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'It never really leaves you.' Opioids haunt users' recovery

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:20:28 GMT2017-11-20T07:20:28Z

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine....

Station: Video shows nurses laughing as 89-year-old dies

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:45:10 GMT2017-11-18T01:45:10Z

ATLANTA (AP) -- Two nurses lost their licenses after a television station persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care....

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:36:08 GMT2017-11-20T00:36:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars....

European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:37:54 GMT2017-11-19T18:37:54Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Brexit is still well over a year away but two European cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union....

Higher premiums for outpatient coverage for many on Medicare

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:17:03 GMT2017-11-18T14:17:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Higher monthly premiums for outpatient coverage await many Medicare beneficiaries next year, the government says. The additional expense will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks....

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:10:06 GMT2017-11-18T13:10:06Z

BONN, Germany (AP) -- As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming....

Nevada wants to use untried execution drugs that pose risks

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:16:14 GMT2017-11-18T01:16:14Z

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- For Nevada's first execution in more than a decade, state officials are turning to a never-before-tried combination of drugs, including a powerful painkiller that is fueling much of the nation's opioid epidemic and a paralyzing drug that could mask any signs of trouble....

Abuse victims say new attention should spur New York reforms

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:08:24 GMT2017-11-17T21:08:24Z

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Every year, Bridie Farrell travels to the state Capitol hoping it's the last time she has to urge lawmakers to pass the Child Victims Act and allow people molested as children to sue those responsible even after the statute of limitations on civil cases has expired....

Student therapy dog can stay in sorority house amid dispute

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:44:55 GMT2017-11-17T19:44:55Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A university student's therapy dog has been allowed to stay in an Ohio sorority house until the courts sort out whether it needs to move because of another student's allergies....

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:57:30 GMT2017-11-17T22:57:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics....