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Exclusive: Americans overpaying hugely for cancer drugs - study

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:15

Man buys cancer drug Glivec for a relative who is suffering from cancer at a pharmacy in a government-run hospital in AhmedabadThe United States also pays more than double the price charged in Europe for these drugs - so-called tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), a potent class of cancer pills with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. The analysis by pharmacologist Andrew Hill of Britain's University of Liverpool, who will present his findings at the Sept. 25-29 European Cancer Congress in Vienna, is likely to fuel a growing storm over U.S. drug costs.

NYC street art makes statement for human rights in Iran

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:14

In this Sept. 10, 2015 photo, a large gazelle mural is shown on the side of a building in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The mural is one of about half a dozen that have been commissioned as part of a campaign to raise awareness for a nonprofit created by Maziar Bahari, the journalist who spent 118 days in an Iranian jail after an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The murals are being painted on buildings around the city as the United Nations General Assembly kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 15. Bahari hopes the art will attract the attention of diplomats and spark a conversation about human rights. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)NEW YORK (AP) — A woman in a head scarf gazes piercingly from the side of a Brooklyn brownstone. A flock of spray-painted birds breaks free from shackles on a Manhattan building. A Harlem mural shows a giant teal gazelle against a black background, barren trees and a peacock feather.

Gun-friendly West Virginia eyes adding new Capitol security

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:09
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians can carry firearms to many city swimming pools, tennis courts and afterschool centers under gun protections okayed by state lawmakers and their governor in 2014. Now those officials in the gun-friendly state are debating whether to ratchet up security at their own Capitol.

1 person dead after car crashes through doors of Livermore gym

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:08

1 person dead after car crashes through doors of Livermore gymPolice say a car crashed through the front doors of a Livermore gym on Tuesday, killing one woman and injuring five others. It happened at the LifeStyleRX gym on Stanley Boulevard.

White House seeks answers from China on U.S. woman detained in spy probe

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 03:04

Sandy-Flier-Letter-SizeBy Megha Rajagopalan and Jon Herskovitz BEIJING/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The White House has contacted China's Foreign Ministry over the detention of an American businesswoman accused of spying, a spokesman said on Tuesday, in a case that blew up just as President Xi Jinping began a visit to the United States. Sandy Phan-Gillis of Houston, Texas, has been held by Chinese authorities for about six months under suspicion of spying and stealing state secrets, according to a statement from her family released this week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters it was "disconcerting" that many of the U.S. government's questions "have gone unanswered" by Chinese officials about the status of Phan-Gillis.

Illinois man accused of trying to join Islamic State may face trial

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:37
A federal judge on Tuesday said he wanted to set a trial date for a Chicago-area man accused of trying to provide support to Islamic State militants, as prosecutors and the defense failed to reach a plea deal in the case. Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 20, of the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook is charged with trying to provide material support to Islamic State militants after he tried to travel with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the group. Khan's defense lawyer and federal prosecutors have been trying to reach a plea deal, but were not ready to present one to the judge at a status hearing in federal court in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.

Whistleblowers: VA inspector general a 'joke'

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:35

 Examining First-Hand Accounts of Department of Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to retaliate against whistleblowers despite repeated pledges to stop punishing those who speak up, a national group said Tuesday. One called the department's office of inspector general a "joke."

Blackhawk wins Patriot Coal bankruptcy auction

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:26
Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk had agreed to act as the initial, or stalking horse, bidder for Patriot's assets, which include mines in West Virginia and reserves in other states. Blackhawk's initial bid did not include cash. Instead, the privately held company offered Patriot's creditors new debt and a stake in the entity that would own the auctioned assets.

Groupon to cut 1,100 jobs, about 10 percent of work force

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:26

Groupon to cut 1,100 jobs, about 10 percent of work forceGroupon is cutting 1,100 jobs in the coming year, roughly 10 percent of its workforce.

Taps may sound for New York Military Academy, Trump's alma mater

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:23
New York Military Academy, a 126-year-old preparatory school that counts billionaire Donald Trump among its graduates, faces the prospect of shutting its doors for good unless it can complete a deal to avoid a bankruptcy auction later this month. John Gotti Jr., the son of mob boss John Gotti Sr., is also an alum.

Jailed Florida man may hold key to solving $5 million gold heist

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:21
Law enforcement officials hope a Florida man who pleaded guilty to extortion and was sentenced to about three-and-half years in prison on Tuesday may help identify who stole an estimated $4.8 million of gold from a truck passing through North Carolina earlier this year. Miguel Bovar, 49, was arrested in April after giving a pawn broker a gold bar matching those stolen from the truck to try to sell to a Miami-area refinery, according to court records. An off-duty police officer working there tipped off FBI agents to the pending deal and the gold was seized.

US general: no policy to ignore sexual abuse of Afghan boys

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday he expects U.S. personnel to report to military superiors any allegations of sexual abuse of boys by Afghan forces. He added that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has assured him the government "will not tolerate abuse of its children."

NYC knife law challenge is revived by U.S. appeals court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:20
A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a lawsuit seeking to stop New York City from enforcing a law against carrying certain knives too broadly, and unfairly prosecuting people who carry ordinary pocket knives. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said two individuals and a Greenwich Village retailer could challenge as unconstitutionally vague how Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr and other officials have enforced a state law against gravity knives. At issue was a 1950s-era state law banning possession of gravity knives.

U.S. justices unlikely to address death penalty's constitutionality

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:15

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts and associate justices listen to U.S. President Obama as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWhen the last U.S. Supreme Court term ended in June with an unusual showdown over a decision approving Oklahoma's lethal injection process, some court watchers saw it as a sign the court might soon take up the bigger question of the constitutionality of the death penalty itself. In the June case, which upheld Oklahoma's procedures by a 5-to-4 margin, liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined in a dissenting opinion that called for a full reexamination of capital punishment.

From solar to sudsy, pope souvenirs run the gamut in Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:03
A smorgasbord of Pope Francis memorabilia peddled by shops around Philadelphia run from solar-activated pope dolls and soap bars with the pontiff’s face printed onto them to papal beer with Francis coasters to boot. The pope was scheduled to end his six-day tour of the United States with a stop in the city on Saturday and Sunday, concluding his visit with a public mass expected to draw more than one million worshipers. Francis' appearance and a four-day World Meeting of Families summit starting on Tuesday organized by the Roman Catholic church at the Pennsylvania Convention Center could bring a $500 million boost to the area's economy, conference officials said.

Man shots at deputies, is killed; pregnant woman wounded

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:02
BARBERVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A passenger fired shots at deputies during a central Florida traffic stop late Monday, and they returned fire, killing him, according to officials.

The Latest: Rancher: Sage grouse cooperation broke distrust

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 02:02

In this Saturday, April 20, 2013 photo, a pair of male greater sage grouse fight on a lake outside Walden, Colo. On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, the Interior Department that the ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections following a costly effort to reverse the species' decline without reshaping the region's economy. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The latest on the decision not to list the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered (all times local):

Pope Francis departs Cuba, set to arrive in Washington

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:50

Pope Francis departs Cuba, set to arrive in WashingtonPope Francis headed for Washington on Tuesday for the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his "church of the poor" to the world's wealthiest superpower and a country polarized over issues closest to his heart: immigration, social injustice and economic inequality.

New York regulator issues first bitcoin license to company

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:48
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State regulators have approved their first license to a company dealing in virtual currency such as bitcoin.

Archeologists recover cannon from sunken Confederate warship

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 01:19
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Marine archeologists say they've recovered another cannon from a Confederate warship that's been at the bottom of the Savannah River since the American Civil War.