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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

Study: Popular pesticide hurting wild bees

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals. But … 0

Senate Republicans seek to preserve NSA power to collect phone data

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have launched the opening salvo in a battle over government surveillance powers, introducing a bill to preserve intact the National Security Agency’s authority to store and search domestic telephone records. Former NSA contractor Edward … 0

Ballooning down? New weight-loss method tested

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PITTSBURGH — She’s 35 pounds overweight and has tried everything, but when that patient goes to see George Eid, a bariatric surgeon in the Allegheny Health Network, he usually has to tell her she’s not heavy enough for weight-loss surgery. Soon, though, there may be a new option … 0

Obama in Fla.: ‘Climate change cannot be edited out’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MIAMI — President Barack Obama on Wednesday paid his first visit to the Everglades, delivering an Earth Day speech that tied the threat rising seas pose for the imperiled River of Grass to wider climate change risks across … 0


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law. … 0

NFL concussion settlement gets judge’s approval

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A federal judge granted final approval Wednesday to the settlement of long-running concussion litigation between the National Football League and retired players. In a 132-page opinion in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Judge Anita Brody called the deal … 0

Democrat division sparked by Obama’s fast-track trade plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Things got off to a slow start Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade plan, which has emerged as one of the most divisive issues facing Democrats in the new Congress. As the Senate Finance Committee … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Congressional Democrats reignite efforts to control money in politics WASHINGTON — A week after a Florida man illegally landed his gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol to deliver a message on the need for campaign finance reform, U.S. House … 0

Study links Texas earthquakes to fracking activity

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas — Wastewater injection wells, along with brine production related to oil and gas drilling, are the most likely cause of a rash of earthquakes in the Azle and Reno area northwest of Fort Worth a couple of years ago, according to a newly published scientific … 0

ISIS capabilities impress military experts

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

IRBIL, Iraq — The video opens with high-definition footage shot from a drone flying over an oil refinery in central Iraq, but this video isn’t from a multimillion-dollar American drone. It’s from a drone operated by the Islamic … 0