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1 charged in fatal stabbing at Tennessee counseling business

Dec. 6, 2019 2:39 AM EST

MADISON, Tenn. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged in the death of a Tennessee woman found stabbed to death at a counseling business. Brian D. Conley, 31, is charged with the “brutal murder” of Melissa Hamilton, who was found dead early Wednesday, Metro Nashville police said in an...

TB, armed guards, lack of food at UN migrant center in Libya

Dec. 6, 2019 1:40 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. The...

Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California

Dec. 5, 2019 10:04 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area, prompting health authorities to alert law enforcement and other officials in California. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2...

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

Dec. 5, 2019 6:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector-general said Thursday. Agency officials at the...

Pelosi sets Medicare showdown on drug costs and new benefits

Dec. 5, 2019 5:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will hold a showdown vote next week on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's bill empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices, expanded Thursday to provide seniors with dental, vision and hearing benefits not currently covered. Leading Democratic committee chairmen said the Congressional...

US report: Prescription drug prices down slightly last year

Dec. 5, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices for prescription drugs edged down by 1% last year, a rare result driven by declines for generics and slow, low growth in the cost of brand-name medications, the government said Thursday. Though modest, it was the first such price drop in 45 years, according to nonpartisan economic...

Experts split sharply over experimental Alzheimer’s drug

Dec. 5, 2019 3:43 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease made its case to scientists Thursday but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval. Excitement and...

Heart transplant patient dies after Chicago hospital wedding

Dec. 5, 2019 3:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A 23-year-old Chicago man who received two heart transplants as a teenager died in hospice care, days after he married his high school sweetheart, his new bride said. Javier Rodriguez was diagnosed in seventh grade with dilated cardiomyopathy, a genetic disease that predisposes victims to...

Officials: Chemical in Texas blasts posed no serious risks

Dec. 5, 2019 3:19 PM EST

Officials lifted a voluntary evacuation order for residents in the Texas Gulf Coast city of Port Neches on Thursday, saying air levels of the chemical butadiene had dropped to safe levels. The chemical was released after two explosions at a chemical plant last week. Here's a closer look at the chemical: WHAT IS...