The Brief

Obama Delivers Remarks At National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
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Doctor's Orders

The United States surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has sent a letter to every doctor in the U.S. asking them to help solve the problem of opioid addiction. Murthy points out in the letter that overdose deaths from opioids have quadrupled since 1999

Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen Gives Semiannual Monetary Policy Report To Senate Committee

Fed Chair Says Case for Interest Rate Hike Is Stronger

"I believe the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened in recent months," Janet Yellen said at a summit of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Fed's next policy meeting is due in September


France's Highest Court Overturns a Burkini Ban

The country's highest administrative court has stopped a town in France from banning the wearing of the burkini, a ruling expected to set a precedent across the country. Around 30 other municipalities also introduced a ban on the full-body swimsuit

Governor Paul LePage holds a Town Hall Meeting

Maine Gov Ready to Duel 'Snot-Nosed' Lawmaker

Paul LePage said he was angry enough to challenge a state lawmaker to a duel Thursday, after leaving an explicit voicemail accusing the legislator of calling him a racist. "I want you to prove that I’m a racist," he told Rep. Drew Gattine

Albuquerque Girl-Killed

A 'Most Gruesome Act of Evil'

A 10-year-old girl was found drugged and brutally murdered in an apartment in New Mexico, a homicide that has been described as a "most gruesome act of evil." The girl's mother, her boyfriend and his cousin are in custody

Italy Quake

Hopes Dim for Survivors of Italian Quake

Fears began to grow that firefighters would find no more survivors from Italy's earthquake Friday, as strong aftershocks rattled residents and rescue crews alike. The first funerals were scheduled to be celebrated for some of the 267 dead

Close-up of blood bags

Blood Donations Should Be Tested for Zika, FDA Says

All states are being urged to test their donated blood for the virus, according to an announcement by the FDA Friday. Previously, only areas where there is active spread of the virus among mosquitoes were recommended to test blood

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EpiPen Maker to Offer Discounts to Some Customers

Mylan pharmaceuticals will offer a discount of up to $300 on EpiPens for patients whose health plans require "higher out-of-pocket costs." This could cut the costs of the medication in half for some patients


Boost for Assad as Syria Regime Clears Town of Daraya

Syrian government forces and rebel troops arrived at an agreement this week for the latter to evacuate the besieged city of Daraya, along with thousands of trapped civilians. The deal will allow 700 fighters to relocate to rebel-held Idlib