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Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

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  • Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer
    Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

    CHICAGO (AP) — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?

  • VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
    VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close

    HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven or more than a century.

  • Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth
    Company town? In Seattle, some fret over Amazon's growth

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

  • Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows
    Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur.

  • Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy
    Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy.

  • BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill
    BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and threatened delicate marshes, BP has agreed to pay a record settlement to affected states in hopes of bringing an end to a legal drama that has cost the companybillions.

  • Solar-powered plane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight
    Solar-powered plane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight

    HONOLULU (AP) — An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan.

  • Evacuated families wait for smoke from rail spill to clear
    Evacuated families wait for smoke from rail spill to clear

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands of eastern Tennessee residents have been displaced after a CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire, forcing their evacuation.

  • Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water
    Gimmicks and technology: California learns to save water

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) — Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess — a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things arond, proving it's possible to get people to change their ways.

  • Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home
    Body of prison escapee released to New York funeral home

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The body of a convicted murderer who broke out of prison and was fatally shot after three weeks on the run was released to a funeral home Thursday as his fellow escapee continued his recovery at a hospital under heavy guard.

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