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  • Deputies: Pair brought gun to ultrasound school

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies in Florida stopped a man and woman from entering a technical college after someone called warning that the pair wanted to “take over the school by force.” Administrative director Greg Davis says the Florida Institute of Ultrasound in Pensacola went into lockdown Wednesday when they learned of the threat. […]
  • New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing […]
  • ‘Pharma Bro’ arrives at low-security federal prison

    FORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug has been placed in a low-security federal prison in New Jersey. Martin Shkreli was moved Tuesday from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix. According to its handbook […]
  • Novartis 1Q profit jumps 12 percent as heart drug sales soar

    GENEVA (AP) — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis says net income jumped 12 percent in the first quarter, pointing to explosive growth in its heart-failure drug Entresto as its rollout continues, and powerful double-digit percentage growth for psoriasis drug Cosentyx. The Basel-based powerhouse, one of the world’s largest drug companies, said Thursday that first-quarter net profit […]
  • Ahead of 420, advocates and critics reflect on pot in the US

    America’s marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday: Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th state […]
  • 2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine

    BANGKOK (AP) — Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between the Myanmar’s army and the Kachin guerrillas in the country’s north. The latest fighting in Kachin state’s […]
  • California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose […]
  • Review: Amy Schumer tackles body image, and it’s complicated

    If you’ve ever walked into a store and were embarrassed to tell the salesperson your real size, or entered the gym locker room and wanted to hide, you’re part of the target audience for Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty.” Whatever age or gender you happen to be. Self-esteem issues related to body image are, without […]
  • Judge says no to law firm on concussion settlement

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has denied a law firm’s request to be added as an administrator of the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected an attempt from the Locks Law Firm to join the process that compensates former players for head injuries they sustained during their careers. […]
  • Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better. The livers keep functioning until they’re transplanted thanks to a machine that pumps them […]