Betting on hepatitis C-infected kidneys to speed transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant if they agree to a drastic-sounding option — getting an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Oil pipeline protesters brace for confrontation with police

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are bracing for a confrontation with police Thursday after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

ROME (AP) —€” A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press

Weed as way of life: California farmers divided on legal bud

GARBERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Laura Costa's son and husband moved quickly with the pruning shears to harvest the family's fall marijuana crop, racing along with several workers to cut the plants and drop them in plastic bins ahead of an impending storm.

The rain could invite "bud rot," Costa said, "a big no-no."

  • Written by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press