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Rescuers are seen entering an office building that collapsed on its side from an early morning earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (AP Photo)

Strong quake hits Taiwan, many trapped in toppled building

Friday, February 5, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, toppling at least one high-rise residential building where rescuers pulled out more than 120 people. Dozens of others are still believed to be inside. Firefighters scrambled to the site with ladders, cranes and other equipment and pulled survivors from the building in the southern city of Tainan, footage from … 0

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig’s lengthy boom fell, officials said. The mobile crane’s boom landed across an intersection, smashed … 0

Many see cause for optimism despite slower US job growth

Friday, February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Consider looking past January’s so-so job growth. At first glance, Friday’s government report on U.S. hiring was a downer — 151,000 added jobs, well below the pace of the previous few months. Yet once you take a fuller view, a brighter picture of the job market emerges: A sub-5 percent unemployment … 0

Price-hiking drug executive takes the Fifth on Capitol Hill, angering lawmakers in hearing

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it. Chairman … 0

Pentagon seeks to boost defense in Europe to counter Russia

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants to boost military spending in Europe next year to stockpile heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other military equipment in eastern and central Europe, a substantial expansion of efforts to counter a resurgent Russia. The proposed $3.4 billion initiative will permit the Pentagon … 0

Nation and World Briefs, Feb. 5

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Pacific free-trade deal signed in New Zealand WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will … 0

Congress eyes drug price spikes as antibiotic skin gel soars 1,860%

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — After Martin Shkreli raised the price of anti-parasitic drug Daraprim more than 50-fold to $750 a pill last year, he said he wasn’t alone in taking big price hikes. As it turns out, the former … 0

Bill Cosby must stand trial

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A bid by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to have the sexual-assault charges against the entertainer dismissed was rejected by a Philadelphia-area judge Wednesday evening, clearing the way for the famed comedian to be brought to trial. … 0

US Zika case sparks questions about sex and mosquito germs

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — A sexually transmitted case of Zika in Texas has scientists scrambling to understand how much of a risk infection through sex is for the usually mosquito-spread illness. Experts still stress that mosquitoes are the main … 0

Even as Dems bash drugmakers, insurers may still feel heat

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — “Price-gouging.” “Predatory.” “Outrageous.” Those are just a few of the barbs presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, have thrown the way of the pharmaceutical industry this campaign season. That rhetoric helped sink drug and biotech stocks … 0

From bromance to brawl

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOW, N.H. — Once a bromance, now a brawl. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz cast aside any veneer of kindness on Wednesday to trade insults and accusations in a show of hardball politics that demonstrated the stakes for … 0

Review reveals problems protecting workers from dangerous pesticides

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BELLE GLADE, Fla. — Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating … 0

Obama to American Muslims: ‘You fit in here’

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BALTIMORE — President Barack Obama, speaking in Baltimore County during his first visit to a U.S. mosque, urged voters to reject the “inexcusable political rhetoric” he said is emanating from the presidential campaign trail as he called on … 0