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Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women


During 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, representing a one-year increase of 6.5 percent, from 13.8 per 100,000 persons in 2013 to 14.7 per 100,000 persons in 2014", the CDC report continued. The report also found the rate of opioid-related visits to emergency departments was highest among adults ages 25-44 nationwide. "AHRQ's data can help frontline providers, researchers and policymakers know more about the trends and patient characteristics among ... Read More »

Pennsylvania court ruling on police videos to be short-lived


Bucking state police arguments to keep the videos out of the public realm, the court's 5-2 majority found decisions must be made on a case-by-case basis on whether exceptions for investigative material apply, and police have the burden to show why a video is exempt from release. Read More »

$40K violin found at train station by Boston transit police


In a photo provided by transit police, the suspect appears to be wearing a North Quincy Red Raiders sweatshirt. "I was anxious that it could become damaged". Sims tells WBZ-TV the violin was handmade in NY in 1855. She also thanked Transit Police, and her friends and colleagues who helped get word out about the lost instrument. Read More »

Southwest United States braces for heat wave


Las Vegas was forecast to hit 117 on Tuesday on the first day of summer, and excessive heat warnings cover nearly all of California. The strong weather system is expected to spark heavy rain and flash flooding in the region. In addition to hard, expensive take-offs or flights altogether cancelled from heat, the ICAO report warns of a future with coastal airports lost to ocean rise, changes in the jet stream and increased turbulence , and more frequent sand and dust storms that reduce ... Read More »

Judge declares mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault case

Women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault appeared optimistic Saturday despite their disappointment that a mistrial was declared in the criminal case against the comedian. She also criticized the judge, the accuser's lawyers and the media. Even as his attorney demanded a mistrial, Cosby himself thanked jurors for "their long days" and "their honest work, individually". Read More »

Officer in Critical Condition After Incident at Flint, Michigan, Airport

Mohcin Asrii, a neighbor of Ftiouhi, says he was a "quiet, family guy". A police officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport by a man with a knife Wednesday in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. A separate witness told Fox News that the attacker's face was "totally blank" as he stabbed Neville. The attack just before 10 Bishop International Airport prompted an evacuation and extra security elsewhere in the MI city about 50 miles northwest of ... Read More »

Rubio: Trump's Cuba Policy Will Help 'Individual Cubans'


Senior White House officials say that Trump will not close the newly re-opened U.S. Embassy in Havana. Russia's foreign ministry yesterday said it regretted US President Donald Trump's policy reversal on Cuba, calling it reminiscent of the Cold War era. Read More »

No budget? No worries: Malloy drafting plan to maintain essential services


Dr. Alice Forrester, CEO of the mental health provider Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven, says healthcare providers not only want lawmakers to preserve funding for Medicaid, they also want them to finalize a budget by July 1. Malloy said that means "any plan to allocate available resources would entail deep and hard cuts to valued programs". "It is my honest hope that we can and will pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year". Read More »

White House to negotiate tax overhaul behind closed doors

In his first major speech on tax reform, Paul Ryan (R - WI) said he expects tax reform to be completed in 2017. Ryan said that this prevents companies from "bringing that money home". Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist discussed on Wednesday Republican support for President Trump's tax reform plan after Tuesday night's GOP wins in the Georgia and SC special elections. Read More »

Louisiana governor declares a state of emergency

Heavy rains associated with the storm are raising the possibility of life-threatening flash floods over a wide area of the coast. Although the storm had weakened slightly, with maximum sustained winds dropping from 60 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour, drenching rain bands churning off the weather disturbance remained a serious threat to seaside residents across parts of five states. Read More »

Barrasso: Republicans 'putting final touches' on health care bill


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has faced backlash for the perceived lack of transparency behind the health care bill negotiations, but insisted that there will be "plenty of time" for discussion. Facing unanimous Democratic opposition, Republicans can only afford defections from two of their 52 senators to push the measure through the Senate. Read More »

Trump to tout apprenticeships, turning to an issue with bipartisan support

The White House is making apprenticeships the cornerstone of its workforce-training efforts, arguing that hands-on learning is the best approach to prepare Americans for in-demand jobs. Trump said the law was "one of the greatest catastrophes that our country has signed into law, and the victims are innocent, hardworking Americans". Read More »

Donald Trump blames Obama inaction for Otto Warmbier's death

The U.S. State Department said on June 20 that Washington holds Pyongyang accountable for its treatment of Warmbier, and urged North Korea to free three other U.S. "I explained to the president of China that a trade deal with the USA will be far better for them if they solve the North Korea problem", he said, days after the meeting. Read More »

Funeral Service Set for Nabra Hassanen, Teen Killed Near Va. Mosque

Though police say the murder is not being investigated as a hate crime, Hassanen's mother said she believes the killing was due to her daughter's visibly Muslim appearance. Police in Virginia are continuing to investigate Sunday's fatal attack on a teenage Muslim girl. The number of hate crimes in the US - and fatalities resulting from them - has skyrocketed since the election of President Donald Trump. Read More »

GOP senators complain on eve of health care bill unveiling

Given that U.S. Senate Republicans are working in secret on their replacement of Obamacare - the American Health Care Act - there is really no way to know whether the legislation that emerges will be terrific or something that disappoints most of us after it takes effect. Read More »

Unseen No Longer: Senate Health Care Bill To Be Unveiled Thursday

Brian Schatz and two fellow Democrats in the Senate took a "field trip" to the Congressional Budget Office in Washington on Tuesday, livestreaming what they called an attempt to find a copy of the GOP's secret healthcare bill . So, if you're frustrated by the lack of transparency in this process, I share your frustration wholeheartedly. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Read More »

Cindy brings tornado threat to Gulf Coast


The storm could produce "life-threatening flash floods along the central Gulf Coast ", the National Weather Service said . Cindy was located about 165 miles (265 km) south of Morgan City, Louisiana , early on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles (95 km) per hour, the NHC said. Read More »

Another court rules out Donald Trump's travel ban

The Supreme Court could rule on 4th and 9th Circuit rulings at any time. A trio of federal appellate judges in San Francisco on Monday ruled against President Donald Trump's second try at imposing a so-called " travel ban " that would restrict refugees and people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Read More »

Trump owes banks $315m

Mar-a-Lago, which Trump frequently visits as president, has seen a spike in revenue from just over $29 million in May 2016 to over $ 37 million . The 98-page financial disclosure Trump voluntarily filed shows total income of at least $596.3 million previous year and in the first quarter of 2017. Read More »

Cindy threatens heavy rains en route to Gulf Coast


The temporary suspension of regulations only applies to drivers providing "direct assistance" to restore services such as power, sewer, water and telecommunications, or bringing supplies such as feed, food and fuel to the affected areas, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokesperson Duane DeBruyne. Read More »

Cindy could create 3-foot storm surge near Gulf


The tropical storm warning for the greater New Orleans area has been canceled, but it remains in effect for areas west and east of the New Orleans metro, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm's eye is about 125 miles southeast of Trinidad. The Gulf Coast corridor can expect heavy rain and possible flooding associated with Tropical Storm Cindy, which intensified during its move closer to the Louisiana coastline overnight. Read More »