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|Heroin use, addiction up sharply among U.S. whites: study - |
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Heroin use in the United States has risen five-fold in the past decade and dependence on the drug has more than tripled, with the biggest jumps among whites and men with low incomes and little education, researchers said on Wednesday. Whites aged 18 to 44 accounted for the biggest rise in heroin addiction, which has been fueled in part by the misuse of opioid prescription drugs. The findings are troubling because the people most affected have few resources to deal with the problem, said Dr. Silvia Martins, an associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and her colleagues.
|Former Christie associate gets two years in prison for bridge scandal - |
By Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - A former associate of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in the "Bridgegate" lane closure scandal that played a part in torpedoing the Republican's White House ambitions. Bill Baroni, 45, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was found guilty in November of plotting to close down access lanes at the heavily used George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an act of political retribution.
|Woman hits car, tries to mow down officers near U.S. Capitol: police - |
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A woman was arrested near the U.S. Capitol in Washington after police said she drove erratically, crashed into another vehicle and tried to run over officers on Wednesday. No one was hurt during the morning commotion, during which police fired shots, and the incident did not appear related to terrorism, Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told reporters. "Although preliminary, this incident appears criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism," Malecki said at a news conference.
|Kushner, Anbang end talks to redevelop Manhattan office tower - |
Kushner Companies, the real estate firm formerly headed by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, said it has dropped out of talks to redevelop its flagship New York office tower with China's Anbang Insurance Group [ANBANG.UL]. The two companies, which had been in advanced talks according to media reports, both agreed to end the discussions about redeveloping a 60-year-old office tower that is steps away from St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. "Kushner Companies is no longer in discussions with Anbang about 666 Fifth Avenue's potential redevelopment, and our firms have mutually agreed to end talks regarding the property," a spokesman for Kushner said.
|Decades-old green power law is a fresh nuisance to U.S. utilities - |
North Carolina’s solar boom is rooted in a federal law enacted four decades ago – one that has only recently had much impact. The law is now emerging as a boon for many solar developers in select states, but a nuisance to many power companies, including North Carolina’s top utility, Duke Energy Corp. The federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), passed in 1978, requires utilities in many states to buy renewable power from small providers – provided they can sell it at a price comparable to power from fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas.