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  • Philadelphia sues opioid makers in response to epidemic

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against drug companies that make prescription opioids, saying they’ve created “an unprecedented public health crisis.” It seeks to halt what the city calls deceptive marketing practices and force the drugmakers to pay for treatment costs and reimburse it for the money it has spent responding to the […]
  • Trump to give Dole Congressional Gold Medal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal. The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party’s 1996 presidential candidate, will receive Congress’ highest honor during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. President Donald Trump plans to attend. Some of the award’s 300 […]
  • Suit: Gay couple gets ‘hateful’ flyers, not wedding programs

    BOSTON (AP) — A gay couple says in a federal lawsuit that a printing company sent them pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin instead of the wedding programs they ordered for their special day. Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg sued Vistaprint on Tuesday in Massachusetts. They were married in Pennsylvania in September. The couple’s […]
  • Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe’s mountains of waste

    BERLIN (AP) — Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe’s vast landfills and scrapyards. A group of 17 organizations on Wednesday launched an online database for ‘urban mining’ detailing precious raw materials slumbering in discarded batteries, electronics and cars across the continent. The project, […]
  • Science panel’s sweeping recommendations on drunken driving

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s more than 10,000 drunken driving deaths a year are “entirely preventable,” according to a government-commissioned report released Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Here are the report’s key recommendations for addressing the problem: –States should pass laws lowering their drunken driving thresholds from a blood-alcohol concentration […]
  • Humans will review video from most popular YouTube creators

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google says humans will now review video from its most popular YouTube creators after recent complaints. The videos being targeted are ones Google packages to advertisers as “preferred” content. While Google has had human reviewers before, it relies heavily on software to flag potential problems. YouTube was criticized for moving too […]
  • Threat of e-school closure adds to adversity for students

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As one of the nation’s largest online charter schools faces the possibility that it could abruptly close after this week, students like Isabella Aquino who have found a haven in the Ohio e-school face uncertainty about how they would continue their education. “I have no idea,” said the 16-year-old junior, who […]
  • Longtime Miss America staffer named its executive director

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A longtime Miss America Organization staffer has been named its executive director of operations. Karen Nocella’s appointment was announced Wednesday. She will oversee day-to-day activities in the organization’s Atlantic City office. Nocella has worked for more than 30 years in public relations and marketing. She joined the organization in 2008 […]
  • Bad gifts still hanging around? 6 ways to get rid of them

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the holidays gone, some people still have bad gifts hanging around. Time is ticking, since many retailers have 30-day return windows. But those who have waited can still find a few ways to discard weird sweaters or duplicate air fryers. That includes selling them on eBay, using gift-swapping sites or […]
  • China, Europe jointly test technology for storm satellite

    BERLIN (AP) — China and Europe are jointly testing new technology that could help satellites peer through clouds and analyze storms. The European Space Agency says it has teamed up with China’s National Space Center to conduct ground tests on two complementary devices designed to deliver high-resolution images from an orbit of 36,000 kilometers (22,370 […]