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Fatal drug overdoses more than doubled since 1999, CDC finds

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The rate of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S. more than doubled since 1999, outpacing suicide and car accidents in 2015 as a cause of death, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CDC researchers examined data from the National Vital Statics System to see the effects of drug trends across the nation from 1999 to 2015.Rates of fatal drug overdoses have dramatically increased since 1999, rising from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people to 16.3 deaths per 100,000 ...

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President Trump to address conservatives at CPAC

ABC News(NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday at 10:20 a.m., his fifth time addressing the gathering of right-wing organizers and activists.The conference, which is hosted by the American Conservative Union, began in 1974 and has since grown into a four-day-long event with thousands of attendees. Trump's appearance Friday marks the fourth visit by a sitting president.In his first speech at CPAC in 2011, Trump floated the possibility of a run for the 2012 ...

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White House chief of staff urged FBI to dispute Trump-Russia report

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus made a personal appeal to a top FBI official to dispute reports that multiple senior members of President Trump's campaign had communicated with Russian agents during the 2016 election, a senior White House official confirmed to ABC News on Friday.Priebus had reached out to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in an effort to knock down reports of talks between campaign officials and Russia following a New York Times report on the matter last week, the ...

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Authorities investigating whether Kansas triple shooting that killed one was a hate crime

iStock/Thinkstock(OLATHE, Kan.) — Authorities are investigating whether a triple shooting at a Kansas bar, which resulted in one death, was a hate crime.On Wednesday evening, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, located about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, said Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke.The suspect, Adam W. Purinton, was arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday in Clinton, Missouri and is being held on $2 million bond, said Johnson County District Attorney Steve ...

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POLL: Obamacare favorability nears record propelled by independents

iStock/Thinkstock(MENLO PARK, Calif.) — A new poll gauging the public's feelings on the ongoing battle over healthcare finds continued displeasure with the current policy direction, but near record positive impressions of the Affordable Care Act.The tracking poll, conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, finds 48 percent of its respondents had a very or somewhat favorable view of the legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, the highest level since September 2010, when 49 percent of those viewed it favorably.President Obama signed the measure into law ...

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Tennis tournament using shelter dogs as ballboys

iStock/Thinkstock(SAO PAULO) — Everybody knows that dogs loves to fetch balls.  Tennis matches need people to fetch balls.  Hey — maybe we're on to something.The Washington Post reports that for the second year in a row, shelter dogs will be featured at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, serving as ball boys — make that ball dogs.The pro tennis tournament will feature adorable pooches with sweatbands on their ankles and scarves around their necks. The dogs are specially trained for the ...

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Kim Jong Nam was exposed to nerve agent: Police

TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had been exposed to nerve agent, police in Malaysia said Thursday.According to the police, a preliminary analysis found VX nerve agent on the face of the victim, who was killed on Feb. 13.The Centers for Disease Control says VX "is a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent.""Nerve agents are the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents," the ...

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