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Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.

 

School spending by rich is widening wealth gap

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways: Preschool can lift children from poverty. Top high schools prepare students for college. A college degree boosts pay over a lifetime. And the U.S. economy would grow faster if more people stayed in school longer.

Index ranks Norway tops for well-being of elderly

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

A global index reflecting economic security, health and other factors -- and not deducting for cold winters -- ranks Norway and Sweden with the highest level of well-being for older people. Of the 96 nations in the index, Afghanistan ranked last.

Details of presidential security breaches evolve

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service.

 

Nazi hunter pushes for new probe

Posted 10/1/2014 in National

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation, The Associated Press has learned.

 

Big smile in Denver bank robbery suspect mug shot

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin.

Beheading suspect's conversion surprised family

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

Alton Nolen told relatives after his release from prison on drug and assault charges last year that he wanted to focus on getting his life in order.

Virginia police: Forensic evidence links two cases

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing.

 

White House intruder got far past front door

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday.

 

 

Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat.

 

Obama: Mistrust of police corroding America

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says.

 

Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria -- well aware the country is not ready to return to the battlefield with its war wounded still recovering from a decade of conflict.

 

Maine woman finds 2-headed snapping turtle

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road.

 

Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel's Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse.

 

Police: Man accused in Oklahoma beheading is awake

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

A man who was shot after he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and has been interviewed by detectives, police said Saturday.

'Gone With the Wind' at 75: Celebration, censure

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

 

Pentagon wants tighter military short-term loan protections

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

 

 

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