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  • New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show. Health data firm IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science released […]
  • Armed police will patrol rail stations at royal wedding

    LONDON (AP) — British officials say armed and undercover police officers will patrol train stations with routes leading to Windsor when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle on May 19. British Transport Police said Thursday there will be a visible deployment of officers along with canine units and specialists trained to detect dangerous behavior. Superintendent John […]
  • Berlin councilwoman wants to shut legendary Berghain club

    BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist councilwoman in Berlin has been ridiculed online for proposing the closure of one the city’s most famous techno clubs because of its long opening hours as well as partygoers’ drug consumption and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. Sibylle Schmidt, a district councilor for the far-right Alternative for Germany party, […]
  • Americans reflect on pros, cons of legal pot ahead of 420

    America’s marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan could become the 10th […]
  • Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound. The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, became the first newborn to appear there, just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it. “It’s about time,” the […]
  • Manhattan turf war: ‘Billionaires Row’ vs. homeless shelter

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the world’s wealthiest people have apartments in the half-dozen new skyscrapers built along a stretch of Manhattan’s 57th Street known as “Billionaires Row.” And soon they may have an unwanted new neighbor: a homeless shelter. The city has approved a plan to house 140 single men in what was […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Thursday, April 19, the 109th day of 2018. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1993, the 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; about […]
  • California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose […]
  • Illusionist Copperfield takes stand in tourist injury case

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Copperfield testified Wednesday that he didn’t know until he was sued that a British tourist claimed to have been seriously injured while taking part in an illusion during a performance on the Las Vegas Strip in 2013. Although Copperfield said it might be his fault if an audience volunteer who […]
  • The Latest: Senate to members’ babies: C’mon in

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a Senate resolution to allow members’ babies in the chamber (all times local): 6:42 p.m. The Senate has voted to allow the babies of its members into the tradition-bound chamber. The inspiration for the historic change of rules was Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s daughter, born April 9. Duckworth wants to […]