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Veterans Affairs data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 6:03 a.m.

In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would boost employee drug testing and inspections amid rising cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions, acknowledging gaps that had allowed thousands of doctors, nurses and other staff to go unchecked for signs of illicit drug use.

Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 4:58 a.m.

In this Feb. 17, 2016, photo, marijuana plants grow  in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Marina Riker / Associated Press)
After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among nearly 14,000 patients in New York state who are certified to use medical marijuana for one of 10 conditions, including her primary diagnosis, inflammatory bowel disease. Marijuana doesn’t address her underlying disease, but it does relieve her painful symptoms.

Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

President Donald Trump, left, and Vice President Mike Pence, right, participate in a meeting with health insurance company executives Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump declared Monday that “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Yet the opposite has long been painfully obvious for top congressional Republicans, who face mounting pressure to scrap the Affordable Care Act even as problems grow longer and knottier.

Sessions says he’ll recuse himself on Russia Probe if needed

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, then-Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said for the first time that he’ll recuse himself if necessary from investigations into contacts that associates of President Donald Trump may have had with Russian government officials.

Plane hits houses in California, leaving three dead and two injured

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 11:15 p.m.

Firefighters put out flames after a plane crashed in Riverside, Calif., Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. The deadly crash injured several when a small plane collided with two homes Monday shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, officials said. (Watchara Phomicinda / Press-Enterprise)
One person was killed and five were injured when a small plane crashed into two homes Monday evening in Riverside shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, leaving fiery wreckage that nearly destroyed one of the homes, officials said.

Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5 p.m.

In this photo taken Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, malnourished baby Ali Hassan, 9-months-old, is held by his mother Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim, who fled the drought in southern Somalia, at a feeding center in a camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh / Associated Press)
Her eyes glued to the feeble movements of her malnourished baby with protruding ribs and sunken eyes, Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim struggled to hold back her tears in the stifling and crowded feeding center in Somalia’s capital. She waved a scrap of fabric over him to create a current of air.

California dam spillway water shut off to clear debris

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

This Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, shows erosion caused when overflow water cascaded down the emergency spillway, right, of the Oroville Dam in Oroville, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
California water authorities stopped the flow of water down the Oroville Dam’s crippled spillway Monday, allowing workers to start clearing out massive debris that’s blocking a hydroelectric plant from working.

SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

In this 2015 file photo made available by SpaceX, their Dragon capsule sits aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. (SpaceX / Associated Press)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Tech billionaire Elon Musk – the company’s founder and chief executive officer – announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from NASA’s legendary moon pad.

Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 1:53 p.m.

President Donald Trump meets with health insurance company CEOs, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump promised the nation’s governors Monday that his yet-to-be-revealed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act would give states greater flexibility and thanked some Republicans in the room who advised him on health care.

The dirty dozen: U.N. issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

In this Monday, May 17, 2010, file photo, Dr. Mansour Samadpour points out a growth of of salmonella in a petri dish at IEH Laboratories in Lake Forest Park, Wash. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press briefing on Monday, the U.N. health agency said its list is meant to promote the development of medicines for the most worrying drug-resistant bacteria, including salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.

Coast Guard unloads major drug haul in Puerto Rico

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

A U.S. Coast Guard official in Puerto Rico says the agency has made the largest seizure of cocaine in the region in years from a boat off South America’s northeastern coast.

Records show EPA’s Pruitt used private email, despite denial

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 12:52 p.m.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff while serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, despite telling Congress that he always used a state email account for government business.

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