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$56K Alzheimer’s drug avoiding Biden’s cost curbs, for now

Dec. 08, 2021 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new $56,000-a-year Alzheimer’s medication that’s leading to one of the biggest increases ever in Medicare premiums is highlighting the limitations of President Joe Biden’s strategy for curbing prescription drug costs. The medication known as Aduhelm would...

Publisher scraps plans to release book by Chris Cuomo

Dec. 07, 2021 20:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A planned book by Chris Cuomo has been canceled as fallout continues for the former CNN host who had privately helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, respond to sexual harassment allegations. A spokesperson for Custom House, an imprint of...

Jan. 6 panel threatens contempt vote after Meadows withdraws

Dec. 07, 2021 20:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection are threatening to hold former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress after his lawyer said Tuesday that his client will cease cooperating with the panel. In...

Louisiana Medicaid contractor search slower than planned

Dec. 07, 2021 20:35 PM EST

Louisiana’s latest search for contractors to manage the health care services of nearly 1.6 million Medicaid patients is taking longer than expected, blowing past an early November timeline for announcing the contract awards. The last bid process started by Gov. John Bel Edwards’...

Instagram launches tool urging teens to take a break

Dec. 07, 2021 08:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Instagram on Tuesday launched a feature that urges teenagers to take breaks from the photo-sharing platform and announced other tools aimed at protecting young users from harmful content on the Facebook-owned service. The previously announced “Take A Break" feature...

Ex-Navajo Nation controller faces new criminal complaints

Dec. 06, 2021 19:41 PM EST

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has filed new criminal complaints against its former top financial officer, accusing her of misrepresenting information on a company hired to do rapid COVID-19 testing on the reservation. The complaints filed Friday in tribal court allege that...

Kentucky governor points to benefits of federal pandemic aid

Dec. 06, 2021 18:14 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Massive amounts of federal aid have given Kentucky a once-in-a-generation opportunity to guarantee basic necessities and build on economic momentum, showing the grassroots benefits that trump the partisan rancor over coronavirus pandemic relief, Gov. Andy Beshear said...

DoorDash employs full-time workers for fast delivery in NYC

Dec. 06, 2021 12:59 PM EST

Starting Monday, DoorDash is offering grocery delivery in 15 minutes or less in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York. But instead of the army of gig workers it typically relies on to fulfill orders, DoorDash is forming a new company — called DashCorps — to employ couriers to...

Montgomery rap artist speaks in a new way through kids’ book

Dec. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — There was a time during the pandemic when Jacoby Browder, a Birmingham native who grew up around Prattville, was unemployed for around seven months. Add to that the pressure of being the non-working partner in a relationship and caring for a child, and Browder found...

Sanders to Biden: Cut back looming Medicare premium hike

Dec. 03, 2021 17:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking the White House to cut back a big Medicare premium hike set to take effect in weeks and tied to a pricey Alzheimer's drug whose benefits have been widely questioned. In a letter Friday to President Joe Biden, the Vermont...