Nation / World

Most states list deadly methadone as a ‘preferred drug’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — As prescription drug overdose deaths soar nationwide, most states have failed to take a simple step that would make it harder for doctors to prescribe the deadliest of all narcotics. Methadone overdoses kill about 5,000 people every year, six times as many as in the late 1990s, when it was prescribed almost exclusively for use in hospitals and addiction clinics where it is tightly controlled. It is four … 0

Permafrost may not be so permanent, scientists say

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Permafrost — a vast, frozen subsurface layer of soil — covers nearly a quarter of the land in the Northern Hemisphere. It contains centuries worth of carbon in the form of plants that have died since the last ice age but remained frozen rather than decomposing. Now scientists are learning that the “perma” part of its name may no longer be accurate. As … 0

Forgotten wonders

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted. The pyramids at Meroe, some 125 miles north of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNESCO … 0

Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5M

Friday, April 24, 2015

YEREVAN, Armenia — The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over … 0

Indiana sees new HIV cases daily

Friday, April 24, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to … 0

Comcast abandons Time Warner buy amid gov’t pushback

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — What killed Comcast’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the two leading U.S. cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband … 0

Nation/world briefs, April 25

Friday, April 24, 2015

Videos show woman beaten by Calif. police LOS ANGELES — Cell phone videos show Long Beach police pulling a woman to the ground and beating her with a baton after a fight outside a bar. One video shows … 0

Wedge of warm seawater known as ‘the blob’ blamed for marine havoc

Thursday, April 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES — It’s called “the blob,” and some blame it for the thousands of dead seabirds and emaciated sea lion pups that have washed ashore on California beaches since late last year. Ever since an unusually warm … 0

Mapping the frack-quakes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — As earthquakes triggered by oil and gas operations shake the heartland, the federal government is scrambling to predict how strong the quakes will get and where they’ll strike. The U.S. Geological Survey released maps Thursday that … 0

Hostage’s widow lashes out at US captive policies

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — The wife of an American hostage who was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in Pakistan blames his al-Qaida captors for the death, but she also lashed out Thursday at what she called “inconsistent and disappointing” … 0

Should doctors be allowed to ask patients about their gun habits?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Physicians acknowledge that they ask their patients questions that, in any other context, would be considered nosy and meddlesome. They expect to get some pushback. But when physicians in Florida ask whether a patient — or a young patient’s parent — has a gun in the home, they … 0

Cruz skips Senate confirmation vote

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, skipped Thursday’s vote on confirming Loretta Lynch as U.S. attorney general after he was among her most outspoken critics. “Bringing in a new attorney general should … 0

Loretta Lynch confirmed as US attorney general

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — As attorney general Loretta Lynch assumes a portfolio that includes fighting terrorism, preventing cyberattacks and dealing with police and race — issues strikingly similar to what she’s dealt with as top federal prosecutor for much of … 0