Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers

A campaign to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation’s most populous state.

Cancer patient receives first penis transplant in US

Surgeons on the transplant team said at a news conference that there are no signs of rejection or infection and that they are cautiously optimistic Thomas Manning will regain the function he lost in 2012 when cancer led to an amputation of his penis.

Ohio man who sought kidney via message on SUV gets donor

The former college president and professor from the Columbus suburb of Bexley made the news last May when his daughter, Shana, used yellow tape to write a message on his silver-blue SUV that read: “Got kidney? I need 1. PLEASE call or text.”

Ohio to license pharmacy technicians, limit painkillers

Thousands of pharmacy technicians would be licensed by the state for the first time as part of efforts to fight Ohio’s addictions epidemic, under budget proposals announced Tuesday by Gov. John Kasich.