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Obama proposes $1.1 billion to expand treatment for growing heroin problem

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 02:00

Obama speaks at the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act event in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama will push for $1.1 billion in new funding to expand treatment for the fast-growing number of people addicted to heroin and prescription pain killers, the White House said on Tuesday. Racing to address an epidemic that has become an issue in the 2016 presidential election campaign, Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for a huge increase in funding, most of which would be used to help hard-hit states and rural areas expand treatment. In 2014, a record number of Americans died from drug overdoses, with the highest rates seen in West Virginia, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.


Slain teen's parents ask New York City mayor to fire officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:53

FILE- In this June 13, 2012, file photo, the parents of Ramarley Graham, Constance Malcolm, right, and Frank Graham, walk to make a statement to the media outside the courthouse in New York. The parents of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed black teenager killed by a white New York City police officer, have written a letter to the mayor saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer. Ramarley Graham was shot four years ago Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in the bathroom of his Bronx home. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white police officer four years ago Tuesday have written a letter to the mayor and his wife saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer.


Model Chloe Goins drops sex abuse lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:52

Model Chloe Goins drops sex abuse lawsuit against Bill CosbyA model has dropped her lawsuit accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.


Detroit school system's manager to step down this month

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:50
Detroit Public Schools' emergency manager Darnell Earley is stepping down later this month, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Tuesday. Earley, who has drawn criticism from the teachers union and black state lawmakers for the crumbling state of the city's schools, will leave the school district on Feb. 29, the governor said in a statement. Earley, who had formerly presided over the city of Flint and its now lead-contaminated water system, has served as manager of the Detroit schools since January 2015.

Troubled Indian Health Service office gets interim director

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:49
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The regional office responsible for federally administered hospitals that care for thousands of members of Native American tribes in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Iowa has been assigned a new interim director.

Shooting victim gets to Frankford hospital on his own

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:48

Shooting victim gets to Frankford hospital on his ownPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting that left a man injured in the Frankford section.


Patient climbs out of moving ambulance, is killed by car

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:45
HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A man suffering from a mental illness unbuckled himself from a stretcher, opened the back door of a moving ambulance and jumped out before he was struck and killed by a vehicle that then left the scene, a police official said Tuesday.

Baltimore homicide rate falls in January after deadly 2015

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:45
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's homicide rate fell in January for the first time since unrest in April.

Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely, study finds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:18
CHICAGO (AP) — Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.

Suspect sought for choking and robbing man in North Philadephia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:13

Suspect sought for choking and robbing man in North PhiladephiaPolice are searching for the suspect who allegedly robbed and choked a 32-year-old man in North Philadelphia.


Russia slaps travel ban on five U.S. officials

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:08
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had introduced a travel ban on 5 law-enforcement officials from the United States in retaliation for a similar action by Washington. The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on five Russian officials it accuses of human rights abuses including four it said were involved in the 2009 death in prison of a corruption-fighting Russian lawyer. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin)

Ex-drug executive Shkreli hires lawyer to celebrities for fraud case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 01:03

Shkreli, chief executive officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals and KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc, departs U.S. Federal Court after an arraignment following his being charged in a federal indictment filed in Brooklyn in New YorkBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former drug executive Martin Shkreli, facing an indictment for engaging in securities fraud, replaced his legal team on Tuesday with a New York lawyer whose past clients have included former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs. Shkreli, 32, had gained notoriety before his indictment when Turing Pharmaceuticals, which he headed at the time, raised the price of a drug used to treat a dangerous parasitic infection to $750 from $13.50. The lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, confirmed on Tuesday that he had been hired to represent Shkreli, who was arrested in December on charges filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.


Documents detail price hike decisions by Turing, Valeant

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:55

Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli is interviewed by host Maria Bartiromo during her "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" program on the Fox Business Network, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Federal lawmakers have released excerpts from thousands of documents detailing how two drugmakers hiked prices to squeeze more revenue from some life-saving medicines, a practice that has recently sparked public outrage.


Scientists map bedbug genome, follow pest through NYC subway

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:51
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have mapped the genome of the bedbug.

Plan to spin off air traffic control generates turbulence

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:32

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2008, file photo an air traffic controller stands beneath a radar screen in the control tower at Washington's Reagan National Airport. House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bud Shuster, R-Pa., is launching a push this week to take control of that system away from the government and hand it to a non-profit corporation directed by the airlines, airports, and labor unions, among others. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The air traffic control system that choreographs the roughly 7,000 aircraft in U.S. skies at any given moment is the most complex, but also one of the safest, in the world — and rarely a thought in the minds of the millions of travelers who rely on it.


US proposes more Pentagon funding for Europe aid, equipment

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:24

Carter to boost Pentagon funding on aid, equipment to EuropeWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it will propose quadrupling what it spends on its troops and training in Europe, as part of the U.S. military's accelerating effort to deter Russia.


Ohio man faces death penalty for slaying of police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:14
An Ohio man accused of shooting and killing a police officer could face the death penalty after a grand jury on Monday returned aggravated murder charges against him, county prosecutors said. A Knox County grand jury handed up a 10-count indictment that included aggravated murder, grand theft auto and tampering with evidence against Herschel R. Jones III for the murder of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell in January.

Boy, 5, witnesses murder of parents, then calls 911

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:13

Boy, 5, witnesses murder of parents, then calls 911"My daddy and my mama got shot," the boy told the operator.That was the message from a 5-year-old boy to a 911 dispatcher in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after he witnessed someone shoot both of his parents, Lakita Hicks and George Dillard.


Kensington school on lockdown over school cop's missing gun

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:12

Kensington school on lockdown over school cop's missing gunA Kensington high school is on lockdown over a school police officer's missing gun.


Bill Cosby in court as lawyers push to get charges dropped

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 00:12

Bill Cosby in court as lawyers push to get charges droppedBill Cosby's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women.