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BALTIMORE (AP) - The harsh flu season has put "a significant" stress on Maryland's hospitals and emergency services.

State health officials said in a press release Thursday that hospitals are being overcrowded. They're urging only the very sick to visit an emergency room.

There's a normal increase in the number of people who go to the hospital in the winter for flu and respiratory illnesses. But the Maryland Department of Health has reported widespread cases.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The foundation that owns the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Delaware and various pediatric physician practices in the region is suing United Healthcare entities in three states for unpaid bills.

Lawyers for the Nemours Foundation filed lawsuits in federal court in Delaware on Wednesday against United Healthcare of Pennsylvania, United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic, and United Healthcare Community Plan of New Jersey.

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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has filed an appeal in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal that seeks to challenge changes to the Florida-based Alfred I. du Pont Trust that he says hurts the First State.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the appeal to overturn the September decision was filed on Friday.

Biden says that the changes were made without proper notice to his state.

The ruling would bar Biden from re-opening a 2004 reorganization of the trust that provides funds for the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.