APNewsBreak: Livestrong revenue dropped again in 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Livestrong cancer charity saw a fundraising and contributions nosedive in 2015 for a third straight year after founder Lance Armstrong's performance-enhancing drug scandal. Livestrong's most recent federal financial disclosures obtained by The Associated Press show sharp declines in contributions, revenue and assets in in 2015. Contributions in 2015 fell to $3.7 million from $11.9 million the previous year. Total revenue fell to $6.2 million from $16.

Small businesses can feel bigger effects from a PR disaster

NEW YORK (AP) -- Halfway through Valentine's Day, florist Ajay Kori realized he was in the midst of a disaster. His company wasn't going to be able to deliver many of the promised roses and other flowers by the end of the day. Angry customers started venting online, posting negative reviews of UrbanStems on sites like Google and Yelp. It was a public relations nightmare.

FDA: Avoid fake 'miracle' cancer treatments sold on internet

U.S. regulators are warning consumers to avoid 65 bogus products hawked on the internet with false claims that they can cure, treat or prevent cancer. The Food and Drug Administration says these products , mostly sold on websites and social media, can be harmful, waste money and result in people not getting approved, effective treatments. The pills, creams and teas are untested and not approved by the FDA.

Swiss drugs giant Novartis posts 15 percent drop in profit

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals group Novartis says net income fell 15 percent in the first quarter as it continued to adjust to generic competition for its Gleevec leukemia drug and stopped work on a hoped-for treatment for heart failure. The Basel-based company said net income dropped to $1.7 billion, compared with $2.01 billion in the year-earlier period.

Overcoming Opioids: Special schools help teens stay clean

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- When Logan Snyder got hooked on pills after a prescription to treat pain from a kidney stone, she joined the millions already swept up in the nation's grim wave of addiction to opioid painkillers. She was just 14. Youth is a drawback when it comes to kicking drugs. Only half of U.S. treatment centers accept teenagers and even fewer offer teen-focused groups or programs. After treatment, adolescents find little structured support.

Doctors to keep George HW Bush in hospital a few more days

HOUSTON (AP) -- A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the nation's 41st president will remain in a Houston hospital for a few more days of observation while he recovers from a mild case of pneumonia. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday that the medical team at Houston Methodist Hospital hopes to discharge the 92-year-old Bush by the end of the week.

The Latest: Spokesman says inmate apologized to director

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Latest on Arkansas' attempt to carry out the nation's first double execution since 2000 (all times local): 12:10 a.m. An Arkansas prisons spokesman says the first inmate executed Monday night was speaking to the Arkansas Department of Correction director shortly after his lethal injection began. Spokesman Solomon Graves says Jack Jones was talking to prisons director Wendy Kelley at the start of his execution, which lasted 14 minutes.

Officials: 'Happy Days' star Moran likely died from cancer

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities say former "Happy Days" star Erin Moran likely died from cancer at her southern Indiana home. A statement released Monday by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says an autopsy revealed the 56-year-old actress had stage-four cancer, but doesn't specify what type. The department says Moran died Saturday in the rural community of New Salisbury, about 20 miles northwest of Louisville, Kentucky.

House speaker creates committee to study painkiller abuse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's House leader has created a legislative committee to study how the state can fight the rising problem of abuse of painkillers. Speaker Jay Lucas said in a news release Monday he is asking the committee to meet for the rest of the year to figure out what kind of laws South Carolina can pass to stop the abuse and trafficking of opioids. Lucas appointed Rep.

3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death.

Snyder presides over another Kansas State spring game

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Bill Snyder took his familiar place on the sideline inside the stadium that bears his name, and watched the first half with his usual exacting eye as Kansas State played its annual spring game. Perhaps it will be the last time he goes through this rite of spring. Then again, he shows few signs of slowing down.

After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Drawn-out deaths. Communities torn apart. Survivor's guilt. Patrick Fallah says his memories of the days when the Ebola virus swept through Liberia are so awful that he sometimes has trouble focusing on the present. "Sometimes when I have a flashback of the death of my son and others who died in the Ebola treatment unit, I don't want to speak to people.

FDA approves near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders

Federal regulators have approved an alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it approved Renflexis, developed by Samsung Bioepis Co. of South Korea. It will be marketed by its U.S. partner, Merck & Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey. The companies refused to disclose the list price.

George HW Bush to stay through weekend in Houston hospital

HOUSTON (AP) -- A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush says the nation's 41st president will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend while he recovers from a mild case of pneumonia. Family spokesman Jim McGrath posted Friday on Twitter that doctors will keep the 92-year-old Bush at Houston Methodist Hospital "to ensure a fully clean bill of health.

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government's latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list. The report counts cases in only 10 states for nine of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends.

State health officials report 5 flu-related deaths last week

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina health officials say five more people have died from the flu in the state, including one pediatric death. The latest figures reported on Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Services says the deaths during the week ending April 15 raise the death toll for the 2016-2017 season to 179.

Q&A: Could the Henrietta Lacks case happen today?

NEW YORK (AP) -- What happened in the 1951 case of Henrietta Lacks, and could it happen again today? The story of the woman who unwittingly spurred a scientific bonanza made for a best-selling book in 2010. On Saturday, it returns in an HBO film with Oprah Winfrey portraying Lacks' daughter Deborah. Cells taken from Henrietta Lacks have been widely used in biomedical research.

South Carolina teen confirmed among those who die from flu

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Officials say a South Carolina teen is among those who has died from complications of influenza. Local media outlets reported that the Charleston County coroner's office said 18-year-old Emily Getman of Hanahan died last week at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital. The Department of Health and Environmental Control reports a child under the age of 4 also died from the flue between April 9 and April 15.