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  • The opioid epidemic is so bad that librarians are learning how to treat overdoses

    PHILADELPHIA — A crowd hovered over the man lying on the grass as his skin turned purple. Chera Kowalski crouched next to his limp body, a small syringe in her gloved hand. Squeeze. The antidote filled the man’s nostril. The purple faded. Then it came back. Kowalski’s heart raced. “We only gave him one, and he needs another!” she called to a security guard in McPherson Square Park, a tranquil patch of green in one of this city’s roughest neighborhoods. […]

  • Here’s how much it costs to be a wedding guest

    As delighted as you are to hear wedding bells, you know big costs are coming. You skimp and save. You budget — splurge — and maybe alter expectations. And that’s just to be a wedding guest. The average guest last year spent $888 per wedding, according to a study from the Knot. For those in the wedding party, the price of being a stand-up friend was over $1,000. “I did not spend that much!” you may be saying. And that […]

  • Five guys take same photo for 35 years

    SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Five friends from Santa Barbara High School have been snapping the same photo in the same pose on the same cabin bench every five years for the past 35 years. From left to right, as is the tradition, John “Wedge” Wardlaw, Mark Rumer-Cleary, Dallas Burney, John Molony and John Dickson gazed at the camera on Saturday in the remote serenity of Copco Lake on the California-Oregon border to capture their eighth entry into the photo collection […]

  • Fraud trial for Martin Shkreli, ‘most hated man in America’, begins next week

    NEW YORK — Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who gained notoriety for hiking up the price of a life-saving drug, will finally go on trial next week on charges of ripping off investors. Shkreli sparked outrage in 2015 for increasing the price of Daraprim, a drug used by AIDS patients, by more than 5,000% from $13.50 to $750 a pill while he was CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. But that controversy has nothing to do with his criminal trial, set […]

  • What happens if astronauts get sick in space?

    Doctors can’t make house calls to the International Space Station, but even if they could, Earth’s routine practices like setting up an IV, taking a blood sample or even keeping a wound clean are incredibly difficult. Consider heart attacks. Even the healthiest astronauts could suffer cardiac arrest due to the harmful nature of space itself. But CPR as we know it on Earth isn’t possible on the space station because it’s missing one key ingredient: gravity. Trying to perform chest […]

  • Wildfires blazing under extreme heat out West

    A series of wildfires is blazing across the Southwest as the chance of rain remains low amid a deadly heatwave. Eighteen large fires are burning in the region, including six in Arizona, three in Utah, three in California, three in New Mexico and two in Nevada. One large wildfire is burning in Oregon. The two biggest of those are in southern Arizona and Utah. Wildfires already have caused far more destruction than usual in the first half of 2017, meteorologist […]

  • Mexican who originally came to U.S. at 3 says getting deported was ‘best thing that’s happened’ to him

    After heading down a wrong path as an undocumented teen, he was deported to Mexico. It might have saved his life.……—   (@CNN) June 24, 2017 NEW YORK — If you ask Oscar Lopez, getting deported was the best thing that ever happened to him. His parents had brought him to the United States when he was just three years old, hoping to offer him a better life. But by the time he was a teenager, Lopez’s future was […]

  • Can sitting cancel out the benefits of exercise?

    You’ve probably heard the trendy phrase that “sitting is the new smoking.” Although it’s an exaggeration to equate the two behaviors — nothing comes close to smoking in its many ruinous and deadly effects on the body — research does show that prolonged sitting may be harmful, even if you exercise regularly. Pooling results from more than 40 studies, researchers concluded that the more time people spend on their duffs — whether at a desk, on the couch or in […]

  • Restaurant owner in South Carolina can’t take down Confederate flag flying over his business

    ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A Confederate flag flies high above a South Carolina restaurant. Some customers hate it, others revere it. But the restaurant’s owner said he can’t do anything about it. A broad stretch of John C. Calhoun Drive is flanked by two unambiguous landmarks. And each, in its own way, signifies exactly where you are. On the right, a sign welcoming you to Orangeburg, South Carolina, population roughly 13,000. More than three-quarters is black. On the left, a Confederate […]

  • 1st total solar eclipse in 99 years to sweep America – here are the best places to watch

    On August 21, the sun will disappear across America. For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will look like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day. Fourteen states across the US will experience about two minutes of darkness as the eclipse crosses from coast to coast between 10:15 a.m. Pacific Time in Oregon until about 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time in South Carolina. Even if you live elsewhere in […]

  • Conservative summer reading list at high school stirs attention

    SPANISH FORT, Ala. — Nothing spices up a good list of school-assigned summer reads like a dose of political controversy. A high school teacher in Spanish Fort, Alabama, assigned students a summer report on one book from a list of options. More than 30 books were listed, and most have a strong conservative focus. Among the titles are “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder: Savage Solutions,” “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” and “Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and their Assault on America.” […]

  • Father of missing 5-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder

    LAS VEGAS — The father of a 5-year-old boy whose disappearance prompted a monthslong search across Southern California has been arrested on suspicion of murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, was arrested Friday in Las Vegas and is being held on $10 million bail, deputies said. It wasn’t immediately clear what prompted the arrest. Andressian’s son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., was reported missing April 22 after the boy’s mother said her estranged husband did not […]