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Supreme Court Challenges North Carolina’s Sex Offender Law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington — A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an unsigned and unanimous decision that could rattle a number of states, the court rejected North Carolina’s arguments and concluded the ankle-bracelet monitoring program amounts to a search. The decision means convicted felons like Torrey Dale Grady can now challenge the lifelong monitoring. “That conclusion, however, does not …

Deadly Exits Kill Hundreds of Truckers in Highway Rollovers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Atlanta — It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, Price had no idea he was entering America’s most dangerous hot zone for truck drivers. …

UnitedHealth Worried Over Drug Costs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, help negotiate the prices that customers pay for prescription drugs. They are seen as a key component in the push to contain soaring costs from specialty drugs, complex …

Fido Helps Doctors Find Cancer

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Little Rock — Man’s best friend may have just graduated to oncologist’s best colleague. A group of Arkansas medical researchers have revealed a new study finding that scent-trained dogs can be used to detect thyroid cancer — with …

U.S. Registry Adds Calif. Artists

Sunday, March 29, 2015

With nods to the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, the Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin, the latest selections to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry have a decidedly California slant. Each year the institution surveys more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

How Will You Die if You’re a Rock Star?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

There is much mystery surrounding the death of Tupac Shakur, killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Was Shakur’s murder gang-related? Was it part of the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop rivalry — perhaps related to …

Miss Manners: Send Thanks Rather Than Announcement to Former Professors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I will be completing my graduate studies during the next college semester, and I’m unsure as to what the proper etiquette is regarding the mailing of announcements. I would like to share this accomplishment with the professors who guided me during my undergraduate career, but …

To Your Good Health: Increase in Prescription Price Can Be Hardship

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I had a partial thyroidectomy over 40 years ago due to an enlarged thyroid, which was benign. I have been on varying amounts of thyroid hormone replacement ever since — initially Armour, then Synthroid, and now levothyroxine 88 mcg. Until recently, the cost of levothyroxine …

Thailand’s Leader Vows to Fight Slave Labor in Seafood Industry

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bangkok — Thailand’s junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets. …

DNA of Yeast, Bacteria Yield New Flavors

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology — a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such as yeast, bacteria, fungi and algae — a new generation of “organism engineers” has already started experimenting with the creation …

Wheels: Feels Like a Tiger Under the Hood

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The little wagon was a pleasant surprise, equipped with the best four-cylinder engine I have driven. Because of what seemed to be its strictly utilitarian nature — it is often used as a small cargo van in the …

Round Is in at This Home Design Show

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines, and are finding their way into design and décor too. “They’re sensuous and inviting,” New York designer Barry Goralnick said at the Architectural Digest Home …