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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. …

Academic v. High Court: Making a Case

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Erwin Chemerinsky has made an exemplary career out of teaching, writing and lecturing about the U.S. Supreme Court. And though he has strongly liberal views, he is widely admired for his ability to explain the work of the court in a way that is thoughtful, clear and fair. …

Watching Them Swim: Book Captures Puppies Underwater

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The blue eyes of Brando, an 8-week-old pit bull puppy, are open as he calmly watches air bubbles stream out of his nose. By contrast, the enormous brown eyes of 6-month-old Monty look wild and excited as the Cavalier King Charles spaniel chases a tennis ball through the …

To Your Good Health: The Mystery of Meat Allergies

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I heard that there is a sudden surge in people coming down with severe meat allergies. Is there any information as to why, after years of eating red meat, you suddenly can become extremely allergic? — E.V. Answer: Meat allergies are uncommon; however, there has …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Don’t Miss The zany cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back on the case. The Season 2 opener picks up six months after Detective Jake Peralta ( Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg) admitted that he had a crush on squadmate Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox. …

What Are the Real Risks of ‘Bash Bug’?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New York — Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw known as the “Bash Bug” may pose a serious threat to millions of computers and other devices such as home Internet routers. Even the systems used to run factory floors and power plants could be …

It’s Not the Glitch, It’s the Response

Sunday, September 28, 2014

San Francisco — Apple’s response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new …

New App Seeks to Bring Voices Back to Phones

Sunday, September 28, 2014

San Francisco — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails …

Wheels: Proof That Fast Need Not Be Furious

Sunday, September 28, 2014

New York — It was a deep baritone, pleasant in its resonance, powerful without being bullying or intimidating. The car’s exhaust note became a throaty growl with increased pressure on its accelerator pedal. Still, there was nothing mean …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bottom line: I’ll take the Challenger over competitive American muscle cars — Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang — any day. The Challenger may not be as fast, or handle as sharply. But overall it is a much better automobile — more accommodating for five people, as fast as anyone …

Money Talk: Pay Off Pricey Credit Card Debt First

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Question: I have $8,000 in savings. Should I use it to pay the accrued interest on federal student loans that go into repayment soon? Or should I pay credit card debts of $662 at 11.24 percent, $3,840 at 7.99 percent and $3,000 at 6.99 percent? Answer: Pay off …