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Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

CLEVELAND (AP) ” Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to commercial pharmacies in 2006 and 12.6 billion in 2012. That’s an increase of over 50%.Over that seven- […]

The Latest: Officer in chokehold death case is 'gratified'

NEW YORK (AP) ” The Latest on the decision not to bring civil rights charges in the death of Eric Garner (all times local):2:15 p.m.A lawyer says New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo (pan-tuh-LAY‘-oh) is “gratified” that the Justice Department carefully reviewed his case rather than what he calls the “lies and inaccuracies” surrounding it.The government announced Tuesday that it had decided not to bring civil rights charges against Pantaleo in connection with Eric […]

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

BOSTON (AP) ” Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85.The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a hospital in San Leandro, near Oakland; no cause of death was immediately available. The team observed a moment of silence before its game against the Toronto Blue Jays.”Pumpsie Green occupies a special place in our history,” Red Sox […]

Hawaii protesters press on to stop telescope, face arrest

HONOLULU (AP) ” Thousands of protesters joined a swelling effort Wednesday to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, blocking a road to Hawaii’s highest peak and prompting the arrest of a group of elderly demonstrators.Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe said about 2,000 people packed the base of Mauna Kea after the arrests, more than three times the number of protesters who had showed up in […]

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people “storm Area 51,” the top-secret Cold War test site in the Nevada desert.A prank event on Facebook that’s attracted more than 1 million interested people suggests that a mass of people attempt to run into the mysterious site at 3 a.m. on Sept.

Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ” Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves.People raised fears on Twitter and other social media sites that on iPhones, FaceApp would be able to see and upload all your photos, including screenshots with sensitive financial or health information or photos of […]

Top senator calls for FBI to review popular photo app

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The top Senate Democrat is calling on the FBI to review a Russian company’s trendy smartphone app that transforms faces from photos into younger and older images of the person, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.Senator Chuck Schumer says in the letter Wednesday to the FBI and Federal Trade Commission that he’s concerned FaceApp could pose “national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens.”The New York Democr

Fed-up Puerto Ricans march demanding governor resign

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) ” Thousands of people marched to the governor’s residence in San Juan on Wednesday, carrying Puerto Rican flags and chanting demands for Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to resign.The crowd ranged from teenagers to retirees, with some waving the island’s flag printed in black and gray rather than red, white and blue” to symbolize their discontent with a government they say is rife with corruption and scrimping on necessary public services.Police erected […]

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

SAN DIEGO (AP) ” A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas.Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit Friday to McAllen, Texas, showing men crammed behind chain-link fences offered the latest glimpse into squalid conditions at Customs and Border Protection facilities.