By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott expanded a public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, adding a fifth county to the list of areas in the state with travel-related cases. Zika is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and has been linked to a spike in birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil. Florida's warm climate and nearly year-round mosquito season makes it particularly vulnerable to spreading, although so far all of the state's cases were acquired abroad, officials said.
By Sarah N. Lynch and David Ingram WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former drug executive Martin Shkreli smirked and brushed off questions about drug prices then tweeted that lawmakers were imbeciles on Thursday, when he appeared at a U.S. congressional hearing against his will. Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year among patients, medical societies and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the price of the drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent to $750 a pill. At a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Shkreli repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which says no person shall be compelled in any criminal case "to be a witness against himself." Wearing a sport jacket and collared shirt rather than his usual T-shirt, he responded to questions by laughing, twirling a pencil and yawning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray, whose sole term in office was dogged by a federal investigation that ended with no charges filed against him, began his political comeback Thursday, announcing that he will run for the D.C. Council.
A correction officer at New York City's notorious Rikers Island jail complex has been charged with smuggling synthetic marijuana, also known as "K2," into the facility. Mohammed Sufian, 25, was arrested late on Wednesday after a drug-sniffing dog helped authorities find 61 grams of the narcotic wrapped in electrical tape and hidden inside his socks, according to the city's Department of Investigation. A search of Sufian's home yielded five similar packages, four containing synthetic marijuana and one containing tobacco, authorities said.
Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mistrust, experts say.
HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist's plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.