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FILE -  In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner announced on Friday, Feb. 28, that Hoffman’s death an accident. The Oscar-winning actor’s body was found on Feb. 2 with a needle still in his arm. Officials say he died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called on first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike.  (AP Photo/Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

AG Holder urges use of overdose-reversal drug

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday urged first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike. When administered in a timely manner, the reversal drug commonly referred to as narcan can restore breathing to someone experiencing … 0

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students. The College Board released the sample test questions on Wednesday, offering clues to … 0

Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW YORK — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research … 0

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded after a … 0

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never … 0

Some exempted from min. wage, increase or not

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those … 0

SCOTUS to weigh in on political campaign lies

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may … 0

6 dead, 290 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOKPO, South Korea — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers. With their breathing … 0

Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OAKDALE, Pa. — Urging the U.S. to keep up in the global skills race, President Barack Obama on Wednesday highlighted $600 million in new job-training grants that he said could help people land well-paying jobs. Obama joined Vice … 0

US judge overturns six-week abortion ban

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know … 0

‘Everytown for Gun Safety’

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW YORK — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, … 0

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Today’s high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country’s eastern regions are awash in turmoil. A look at the parties in the talks: Russia What Russia says it wants: Since the ouster of Ukraine’s … 0

Mystery object in Saturn’s ring may be baby moon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one — an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn’s large, bright … 0