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U.S. Doctors Get $3.5 Billion From Drug Companies

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New York — U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion by drug and device makers over five months in 2013, according to the first comprehensive disclosure of the companies’ financial ties to the medical professionals that prescribe and use their products. The disclosures by the U.S. government cover 4.4 million payments to about 550,000 doctors and 1,360 teaching hospitals from August to December 2013. The companies had to …

Secret Service Chief on Hot Seat

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Washington — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday took “full responsibility” for what she called an “unacceptable” intrusion at the White House last week but failed to mollify a bipartisan group of lawmakers who worried that repeat slipups by the elite agency could leave President Obama and his family vulnerable to attack. …

First Ebola Case Confirmed in U.S.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dallas — A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas this month was diagnosed with Ebola Tuesday, becoming the first person to board a passenger jet and unknowingly bring the disease here from West Africa, where it has killed thousands of people in recent months. Experts have said that such an event was increasingly likely the longer the epidemic rages in West Africa. …

Afghanistan Swears in New President

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with …

Air Traffic Sabotage Impact Could Be in the Millions

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicago — The economic impact of a sabotaged radar center near Chicago that struck at the heart of the nation’s air transportation grid will easily soar into tens of millions of dollars and perhaps hundreds of millions, experts say. The impact on some 44,000 passengers alone has already …

Intruder Ran Deeper Into White House Than Previously Known, Official Says

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Washington — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service had publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect …

Campfire Stories May Have Sparked Learning

Monday, September 29, 2014

Don’t underestimate the value of sitting around a campfire, listening to stories, singing songs and letting yourself stare mesmerized into the flickering flames. These activities may have played an essential role in early societies. A new study suggests socializing and storytelling around a communal fire may have offered …

‘Transparent’ Creator Champions Transgender Rights

Monday, September 29, 2014

“I’ve been writing about misogyny for 20 years and trying to understand what femininity means for my entire career,” Jill Soloway, who created Amazon’s new show Transparent, told me in Los Angeles in July. “ On ‘Six Feet …

‘Modern Family’ Actress Alleges Ex-Boyfriend Choked Her

Monday, September 29, 2014

Los Angeles (lat) — Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has obtained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill her, court records show. A Los Angeles County judge issued the order days before her ex, 24-year-old Matthew Prokop, was due to be …

Movement for More Internet Privacy Grows

Monday, September 29, 2014

San Jose, Calif. — Before Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and Prism made headlines, a group of technologists was dedicated to making the Internet more anonymous. They were viewed mostly as paranoid, weird and potentially criminal. Now, more than a year after revelations of the government’s mass …

Police Fire Tear Gas in Hong Kong Protests

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray in failed efforts to disperse thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators who continued to blockade roads and besiege the government headquarters early Monday morning. In the biggest clashes …

Both Sides Eager for High Court Resolution on Gay Marriage

Monday, September 29, 2014

Washington — After fighting state by state for more than 20 years, the same-sex marriage movement is riding an extraordinary wave of legal victories as the Supreme Court prepares to decide whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry nationwide. The justices meet for the first …

31 Believed Dead After Japanese Volcano Erupts

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tokyo — Rescue efforts on Mt. Ontake were to resume later Sunday as hopes diminish that survivors will be found near the peak after Japan’s second-highest volcano erupted two days ago, the nation’s second natural disaster in a …