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New study highlights massive prescription price hikes

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MILWAUKEE -- Derma-Smoothe oil is a topical treatment for eczema that cost $46 in 2009. This year, its retail drugstore price hit $323.

Retin-A Micro, an acne skin treatment, cost $178 in 2009. This year, it was selling for $915.

Prices for dermatology products have increased dramatically in the past six years, according to new research, but ...Read more

Chinese journalist's prison sentence reduced to 5 years from 7

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BEIJING -- A 71-year-old Chinese journalist imprisoned on charges of leaking state secrets had her sentence reduced from seven years to five, a Beijing court announced Thursday, apparently because of deteriorating health.

Gao Yu, who was convicted in April, suffers from a heart ailment and high blood pressure. Human rights activists say that ...Read more

Gold and platinum offer clues about the moon's mysterious tilt

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A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth about once every year and a half, on average. But imagine if it happened every single month. For this to be the case, the moon would have to orbit Earth in the same plane in which Earth travels around the sun -- that way, the new moon would always come directly between us and the sun.

Instead, the...Read more

4 new Laquan McDonald shooting videos raise more questions

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CHICAGO -- Newly released videos from four additional police vehicles at the scene of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald raise questions about how the city's Police Department documented the killing of an African-American teenager that has led to a Chicago cop being charged with first-degree murder.

The police dashboard camera videos also ...Read more

Questions remain on long inquiry before Laquan McDonald shooting charges

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CHICAGO -- After a Chicago police officer shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014, authorities had prompt access to evidence extending well beyond what is available in many homicide investigations.

Eyewitnesses, including other police officers, saw McDonald shot dead while walking with a knife in the middle of a busy Southwest Side ...Read more

Chinese gay student celebrates her day in court

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BEIJING -- Before she became enmeshed in a potentially groundbreaking lawsuit against the Chinese government, Chen Qiuyan was an ordinary college student struggling to come to terms with her sexuality.

Early this year, the 20-year-old college junior was beginning to realize that she was a lesbian -- her male classmates at Sun Yat-sen University...Read more

Judge grants deadline extension on charges after shooting of 5 at Jamar Clark protest

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Hennepin County attorney's office received a deadline extension Wednesday to decide if charges will be filed against four men arrested in connection with the shooting of five protesters near the 4th Precinct police station earlier this week.

The shooting happened Monday night on Morgan Avenue North, about a block from the ...Read more

SS United States group raises enough to stay afloat

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PHILADELPHIA -- Less than two months after setting a save-it-or-scrap-it deadline for the SS United States, the conservancy that is trying to restore the iconic ocean liner says it has raised $600,000 -- money that will prevent the rusted vessel from being junked.

For now.

The donations will buy 10 months for the preservationists to reach a ...Read more

Charges dropped against Chicago protest leader accused of striking cop

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CHICAGO -- An aspiring Chicago poet and community activist walked out of a Cook County courthouse Wednesday to hugs and cheers from dozens of supporters after prosecutors in a surprise move dropped charges against him for allegedly punching a police officer during protests over the death of Laquan McDonald.

Prosecutors gave no explanation for ...Read more

Bail set at $3 million for teen accused of shooting Pa. trooper

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PHILADELPHIA -- A teenager charged with attempted murder in Tuesday's wounding of a state trooper was arraigned Wednesday, and his bail was set at $3 million.

Giovanni Cotto, 17 -- also charged with aggravated assault, assaulting a law enforcement officer and related offenses -- is accused of shooting at the trooper during the violent ...Read more

Feds to Georgia: Don't deny Syrian refugees food stamp benefits

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ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture warned Georgia's social services agency Wednesday that the state risked violating federal law by refusing to process food stamp benefit applications for new Syrian refugees in Georgia.

The letter from Jessica Shahin of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could set up a legal showdown with ...Read more

Obama says he may ignore congressional limits on Guantanamo transfers

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that he may ignore fresh congressional restrictions on transferring detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, setting up another confrontation with Republicans over the limits of his power.

"The executive branch must have the flexibility, with regard to the detainees who remain at ...Read more

EU air-traveler terror proposal to be widened, lawmaker says

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STRASBOURG, France -- The European Union will probably broaden a plan for airlines to give national governments in Europe information on passengers because of heightened terrorism concerns following this month's attacks in Paris, said a leading EU lawmaker.

Timothy Kirkhope, a U.K. member of the European Parliament, predicted the draft law ...Read more

Western Washington University students say school's response to threats inadequate

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- In a packed news conference in downtown Bellingham on Wednesday, students and community activists described Western Washington University's response to racist threats posted on social media as inadequate.

They said the university should have done a better job of safeguarding those who were threatened, including offering ...Read more

Turing won't cut list price of lifesaving drug Daraprim

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CHICAGO -- A small drugmaker that promised to decrease the price of a lifesaving drug -- after raising it about 5,000 percent -- now says it will not cut the list price of the drug, sold exclusively by select Walgreens pharmacies.

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, a privately held biopharmaceutical company run by former hedge fund manager Martin ...Read more

Laquan McDonald's troubled life

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CHICAGO -- Laquan McDonald said little, if anything, to Chicago police as they tried to detain him last year for breaking into trucks while carrying a knife.

What was going through his 17-year-old mind on that stretch of Pulaski Road before he was fatally shot Oct. 20, 2014, by a Chicago police officer won't ever be known.

But in the teen's ...Read more

Billionaire Sumner Redstone unable to make decisions, says lawsuit by ex-girlfriend

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LOS ANGELES -- A bitter battle to control the fortune of ailing billionaire Sumner Redstone escalated Wednesday when the media mogul's ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit alleging that he is mentally impaired and unable to make decisions.

The lawsuit raises important questions about whether the 92-year-old Redstone is capable of overseeing the ...Read more

Calls for day of mourning as Jamar Clark's funeral is held

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Urban League and Jamar Clark's family are asking for protests to be put on hold Wednesday for the funeral of the 24-year-old black man fatally shot by police.

The league is calling for a day of mourning and peace after a day of anger and shock gripped the north Minneapolis community when five protesters were shot ...Read more

Thanksgiving in Vegas: A holiday tradition for many Southern California Asians

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LOS ANGELES -- For years, the Chiu family tried Thanksgiving the traditional way. The San Gabriel Valley family of four invited people over, cooked a turkey, bought a ham, and whipped up mashed potatoes and stuffing.

But the turkey always seemed to come out dry and eventually everyone admitted they didn't really care for the taste either. Then ...Read more

Scientists aim to fight malaria with genetically engineered mosquitoes

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Watch out, malaria -- scientists are coming for you with genetically engineered mosquitoes.

A team of researchers has altered the DNA in mosquitoes so they can fight and kill the parasites that cause malaria inside their own bodies. That way, the insects can't transmit the deadly parasites to humans.

And for the first time, scientists have ...Read more