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  1. Life expectancy is going up everywhere except in the U.S.

    Health

    Here's a rare bit of good news: People are living longer than ever.

    People practice Tai Chi at Fuxing Park in Shanghai, China, on Feb. 9, 2016. [Qilai Shen | Bloomberg]
  2. In Harm's Way: Alone with a gun, her innocent curiosity brought a lifetime of scars

    Health

    PORT RICHEY — It sounded like a picture frame hitting the floor.

    Mackenzie Piascik, then 2 years old, was flown to a hospital in 2010 after she accidentally shot herself with a gun she found on a nightstand. [Times files (2010)]

  3. Brandon Regional unveils expanded emergency department

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    BRANDON — For the past 10 months, J.E. Dunn Construction has worked to complete an expansion and revamping of the Brandon Regional Hospital emergency department.

    A new rooftop helipad represents one of the improvement to the Emergency Department at Brandon Regional Hospital.
  4. In Harm's Way: Gun injuries and deaths among Florida kids have spiked. One child is shot every 17 hours.

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    TAMPA — Huddled in a backyard shed in Sulphur Springs, the four boys examined their prize: a .380 caliber pistol so smooth it looked like a futuristic toy.

    Patricia Davis, mother of Ikeim Boswell, holds an urn with her son's ashes in her Tampa home. Ikeim was 16 on March 14, 2015, when he was fatally shot. Read our special report this morning on child gun deaths and injuries in Florida: "In Harm's Way." [JOHN PENDYGRAFT |   Times]
  5. David Cassidy, heartthrob star of 'The Partridge Family,' reveals he has dementia

    Celebrities

    David Cassidy, best known as the well-coiffed heartthrob who starred in the 1970s series The Partridge Family, watched his family members succumb one by one to dementia.

    David Cassidy, best known for his role as Keith Partridge on "The Partridge Family," said in an interview with People magazine that at 66 years old, he is suffering from dementia. "I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming," Cassidy told People. [Associated Press (2009)]
  6. Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

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    CHICAGO — Teen suicide attempts in the United States declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study has found.

  7. Answers to common fitness questions

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    New to the wonderful world of fitness? If so, you most likely have a plethora of questions. Here to help you begin your journey are the answers to some of the most popular ones:

    Opposite arm and leg lift
  8. Lawmaker wants mental health check for conceal-carry applicants

    Blogs

    Individuals who want a state-issued permit to carry a concealed gun in Florida would first have to pass a mental health evaluation under a new proposal from a Miami-Dade County senator.

    Miami Shores Democratic state Sen. Daphne Campbell, shown here in the Florida House in 2015, has proposed a bill that would require people applying for a concealed weapons permit in Florida to undergo and clear a mental health evaluation.
  9. UnitedHealth Group accused of overbilling Medicare

    Business

    UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation's largest health insurers, is accused in a scheme that allowed its subsidiaries and other insurers to improperly overcharge Medicare by "hundreds of millions — and likely billions — of dollars," according to a lawsuit made public Thursday at the Justice Department's …

  10. GOP leaders unveil new health law outline, divisions remain

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    WASHINGTON — Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the problem that's plagued them for years: What's the party's plan and can Congress pass it?

    House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., offered no details  but said the plan was to introduce legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare after Congress' upcoming weeklong recess.  [Associated Press]