January 16, 2013 Zach Sayne, who died this month at age 25 in Alabama, never made it home to Georgia where his mother hoped he would be cared for. The story of why she couldn't move him there shows the bureaucratic traps, underfunding and lack of choices that plague state Medicaid programs.
January 4, 2013 Ernie Lopez, whose conviction of sexually assaulting a 6-month-old girl was thrown out, accepted a plea deal in Amarillo, Texas, on Friday, in a move that avoids another trial. Lopez had served nine years in prison.
October 7, 2012 Spinal Elements, a small and growing company, had long made plates, screws and other technology used in spinal surgeries. But its new Hero Allograft was the first product it ever made from the tissue — in this case the bones — of a donated human cadaver.
October 2, 2012 Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial for Richard Lapointe, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence. Lapointe, who has brain damage, confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. His supporters believe he falsely confessed to murder.
September 6, 2012 South African Oscar Pistorius failed in his attempt to win the 100-meter sprint and regain his title as the world's fastest amputee, losing to Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock. American Richard Browne, 21, of Jackson, Miss., won the silver medal.
September 2, 2012 Champion wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden's fight to compete alongside able-bodied athletes opened up civil rights laws providing more opportunities for her sister and other disabled athletes. The sisters will compete against each other at the Paralympic Games in London.
August 28, 2012 One of the biggest debates in Washington these days has nothing to do with taxes, health care or the economy. It's about baseball and whether the Nationals should end the season of their star pitcher, just as the team may be headed for the playoffs.
July 17, 2012 Many organ donors are unaware they've also agreed to donate their veins, bones, skin and other tissue, which can be used not only to save a life, but also to help a cosmetic surgery patient. It's a $1 billion a year industry many know little about.
July 4, 2012 Bryce Harper was 16 when he made the cover of Sports Illustrated as "Baseball's Chosen One." He was 17 when he was the top pick in the amateur draft. And he was 19 when he made his major league debut with the Washington Nationals. Now, after two months of play, he's measuring up to all the hype.
June 13, 2012 A woman with intellectual disabilities who was denied a kidney transplant in 2006 died Tuesday in her sleep. The Oklahoma transplant center that turned her down said a woman with a mild intellectual disability did not have the mental competency to make an informed decision to choose a transplant.