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Generics may not have the same cost-lowering power for specialty medicines, such as multiple sclerosis drugs, researchers find. That's true especially when other brand-name drugs are approved to treat a given disease before the first generic is approved.
Mon, 01/20/2020 - 08:00

Drugs to treat multiple sclerosis can run $70,000 a year or more. Patients hoped competition from a generic version of one of the most popular brands would spur relief, but prices went up. Here's why.

Kendra Gonzales coaches Linda Haverty on how to add a photo of a friend to her contacts list on her phone.
Mon, 01/20/2020 - 06:00

Senior citizens who don't keep up with technology are at risk of social isolation. A New Mexico nonprofit pairs tech-savvy youth with seniors, and both generations benefit from the human connection.

Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar speaks during a campaign event Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. President Trump's impeachment trial will pull her and three other candidates off the trail at a critical juncture.
Mon, 01/20/2020 - 05:44

The four senators running for president will mostly be off the campaign trail in the final days before Iowa votes. They'll work around the impeachment trial with Skype, surrogates and red-eye flights.

When Heather Woock was conceived, her mom sought the help of a fertility specialist. What happened next was not what she was led to believe. But it took three decades for it to come to light.
Mon, 01/20/2020 - 05:44

Years ago, doctors sometimes lied about whose sperm they used for artificial inseminations. Could it happen now? Some argue regulation is weak in the multibillion dollar fertility treatment industry.

Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates a touchdown pass with teammates Eric Fisher (72) and Mitchell Schwartz (71) during the second half of the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, in Kansas City, Mo.
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 22:40

The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 in the AFC Championship on Sunday. The 49ers followed with an NFC victory over the Green Bay Packers, 37-20. The Chiefs and 49ers will meet in Miami Feb. 2.

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 18:46

In the capital city of St. John's, the snowstorm completely buried cars and caused thousands to lose power. As much as 30 inches of snow fell in some parts of the city.

In this photo taken May 27, 1942, Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller stands at attention after being awarded the Navy Cross for for his actions aboard the USS West Virginia during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 15:36

Miller was a mess attendant on the West Virginia when he jumped in to man a machine gun during the Pearl Harbor attack. He is the first African American to have an aircraft carrier named after him.

SpaceX successfully tested the emergency escape system of its Crew Dragon capsule on Sunday. The capsule is designed to carry astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA.
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 14:16

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and SpaceX's Elon Musk called the test of the Crew Dragon capsule a success. NASA hopes to use the capsule to bring astronauts to the International Space Station.

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath.
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 12:13

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

A new section of the border wall is seen in November 2019 south of Donna, Texas. Trump's 576-mile border wall is expected to cost nearly $20 million per mile, which is more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world.
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 06:25

The costs keep piling up for Trump's border wall which has a current pricetag of $11 billion — nearly $20 million per mile. It's more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world.

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 06:00

"When we organize, we model the world we want to see," says teenager Xiye Bastida. Activist girls like Bastida have been especially visible in the fight against climate change.

Gustavo Ocando Alex and his dad, Gilberto, in 1999. Last year, his father died of a heart attack at age 81.
Sun, 01/19/2020 - 06:00

When this reporter's father died, he accompanied the body as it was taken to the morgue. The grieving son says it was the hardest walk of his life.

Ken Starr cheers with Baylor University students before a 2012 game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks in Waco, Texas.
Sat, 01/18/2020 - 20:58

Ken Starr was stripped of his presidency at Baylor University in 2016, accused of overseeing an administration that ignored a campus sexual assault scandal.

Robert Hyde posing with President Trump. Hyde has emerged as the latest figure in the impeachment saga following the release of messages in which he discusses surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Sat, 01/18/2020 - 20:00

Hyde says he was joking when he messaged an associate of Rudy Giuliani that he was tracking former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Now, U.S. and Ukrainian authorities are investigating.

Protester Connor Czora spoke out on behalf of transgender students at the 2020 Women's March in Washington, D.C.
Sat, 01/18/2020 - 19:43

In its fourth annual iteration, the anti-Trump protest focused on climate change, reproductive justice and immigration.

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