Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON (AP) -- The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was acquitted Wednesday of murder allegations but convicted of racketeering and other crimes in a meningitis outbreak that was traced to fungus-contaminated drugs and killed 64 people across the country. Prosecutors said Barry Cadden, 50, ran the business in an "extraordinarily dangerous" way by disregarding unsanitary conditions to boost production and make more money.

Column: Another sobering reminder of the price players pay

The news seemed unimaginable, much as it might have 78 years ago when Yankees fans learned Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with the disease that would later bear his name. It came on a Sunday night via a more modern form of communication, a Twitter feed. Dwight Clark didn't need the full 140 characters to stun football fans everywhere. "I wanted to share some unfortunate news: I have ALS," Clark tweeted .

Weekend Sports In Brief

MEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT A scintillating Sunday of games jolted the men's NCAA Tournament to life like a triple shot of espresso. North Carolina, the South Region No. 1 seed, had the most frenetic finish, blowing a 17-point lead and then scoring the game's final 12 points to hold off Arkansas. South Carolina, the No. 7 seed in the East, had the biggest takedown, knocking off No.

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Dwight Clark says he has ALS, suspects football a cause

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Dwight Clark revealed Sunday that he has Lou Gehrig's disease and suspects playing football might have caused the illness. Clark announced on Twitter that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks cells that control muscles. The former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver linked to a post on his personal blog detailing his ALS diagnosis, but the site crashed Sunday night, apparently from an overflow of traffic.

Health groups: Next cure may go undiscovered with Trump cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- What goes on the chopping block: Research into cancer or Alzheimer's? A Zika vaccine or a treatment for superbugs? Health groups say President Donald Trump's proposal to slash funds for the nation's engine of biomedical research would be devastating for patients with all kinds of diseases -- and for jobs.

Meningitis outbreak: Murder or public health tragedy?

BOSTON (AP) -- Was it murder or a tragic public health outbreak? Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the trial of a former executive charged in a 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak offered jurors opposing theories Thursday about a public health crisis that killed 64 people and injured about 700 others in 20 states.

'SpongeBob' creator says he has Lou Gehrig's disease

The creator of Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants" says he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Stephen Hillenburg tells Variety he'll continue to work on the show and his other passions for as long as he's able. Lou Gehrig's disease is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. It's a progressive disease that attacks nerve cells that control the muscles. There is no known cure.

FDA issues warning about risky vein opening procedure

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen them and improve blood flow.

Elon student has confirmed case of meningitis

ELON, N.C. (AP) -- The Alamance County Health Department says it has been notified of a confirmed case of meningitis in an Elon University student. Health officials made the announcement Wednesday. Alamance County Health Director Stacie Saunders tells local media that as a precaution, the university and county health department have identified the student's high-risk contacts and reached out to other contacts to provide preventative treatment. No other cases have been identified.

Britain's soccer associations to fund dementia research

LONDON (AP) -- A large study is being funded by Britain's soccer associations to try to determine whether players are more prone to developing dementia. The announcement was made on Friday by the associations after they used a meeting of soccer's lawmaking body to back the introduction of electronic devices on the sidelines to enhance player welfare, including assessing potential concussions by watching video replays.

Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who spent years battling school officials for the right to bring her service dog -- a goldendoodle named Wonder -- to class. The justices ruled unanimously that federal disability laws might allow Ehlena Fry to pursue her case in court without first having to wade through a lengthy administrative process.