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



White House: True cost of opioid epidemic
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....



Theo's journey: A transgender child at war with his body
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt....



Hard to believe: Some consumers find free health insurance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers are getting the word that taxpayer-subsidized health plans are widely available for next year for no monthly premium or little cost, and marketing companies say they're starting to see an impact on sign-ups....



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



European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK
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
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
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
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
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....