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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. …

Social Conservatives Pick Sen. Cruz in Straw Poll

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has come in first in the Values Voter Summit presidential straw poll for the second year running. Receiving 25 percent of the votes cast, down from 42 percent in 2013, Cruz was the favorite for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination among the 2,000 social …

Al-Qaida Leader Warns Revenge

Monday, September 29, 2014

Beirut — The leader of al-Qaida’s Syria affiliate vowed Sunday that his group would “use all possible means” to fight back against airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition and warned that the conflict would reach Western countries joining the alliance. The U.S. views the affiliate, known as the Nusra …

Obama: U.S. Miscalculated Islamic State

Monday, September 29, 2014

Washington — President Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man the United Nations has accused of …

Whole Lotta Nuance in Plant’s New Album

Sunday, September 28, 2014

As much as anyone, Robert Plant deserves credit — or blame — for bringing the adjective “histrionic” into the vocabulary about rock music. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, Plant used his pliant voice to create a signature …

Social Security Q&A: Can Dad Get Extra Prescription-Cost Help From Medicare?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Question: My dad is finding it hard to pay for the prescription drugs he needs even though he has Medicare prescription coverage. Is there something else we can do? Answer: If your father has limited income and resources, he may be eligible for Extra Help with Medicare prescription …

Laugh After Death: California Mortician Shares Funny Funeral Industry Stories in New Book

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Signal Hill, Calif. — When it comes to death, mortician Ken McKenzie says people are far too serious. After creating a “Men of Mortuaries” calendar featuring buff, shirtless morticians wielding shovels in 2007 and releasing Mortuary Confidential in 2010, the California mortuary owner has a new book out. …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A Great Passion

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Find Two Mate Threats “Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things” we are told by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot. Few have been more consumed by passion in the pursuit of the object of their devotion than Bobby Fischer. What was …

Miss Manners: ‘You Guys’ Is Not Appropriate for Mixed Audience

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I was addressing an informal talk to a mixed-gender group of seniors. Later, one of the ladies pulled me aside and gently explained that women of her generation did not care to be addressed as “guys,” even in a group (as in, “You guys may …

A Ph.D. in PBR

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Detroit — Colleges and beer have a long shared history. A university in Michigan is taking that partnership to a new level with the creation of a program to train and certify experts in “fermentation science.” Central Michigan …

FDA Revises Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Washington — The Food and Drug Administration last week revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer. The …