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Minneapolis Cops Secretly Used 'Date Rape Drug' on Suspects for Years: Report

Veterinarians use it as an animal tranquilizer because it induces a temporary paralysis-like state of euphoria. Predators have slipped it into the …

Justice

Why do I wake up depressed?

There are many types of depression. Some, called diurnal variations, involve symptoms getting worse at certain times of the day.<p>Symptoms of …

Depression

Immigrants founded and co-founded half of all the billion-dollar startups in 2016, creating over 33,000 jobs

The Department of Homeland Security recently filed a proposal to remove an Obama-era rule that allows immigrant founders of companies in the US the opportunity to stay for two and a half years, with the possibility of an extension.<p>It was a long time coming, considering the current administration's …

Startups

FEMA Blamed Delays In Puerto Rico On Maria; Agency Records Tell Another Story

<b>Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET</b><p>A month after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan stepped off a helicopter in the town of Ceiba with a mission: Get relief supplies to people in need.<p>He and FEMA's regional administrator, Thomas Von Essen, told the town's mayor and other mayors …

Caribbean

Russia and the NRA Is a Match Made in Trumpland

Russia's meddling in 2016 was just one of the kleptocracy's ventures.<p>It’s time to start paying attention to overseas news again, the way thoughtful people did while the previous Republican administration was lying us into a war. For example, there are a couple of <i>tres piquant</i> tales in the UK press …

Donald Trump

Republicans say race isn’t a factor in the food stamp debate. Research suggests otherwise.

Stereotypes about minorities have long affected how the safety net is discussed.<p>As Congress debates new rules for food stamp recipients,race is one thing Republicans backing the proposal don’t want to discuss.<p>Legislators are currently discussing a bill that would reform the Supplemental Nutrition …

Social Issues

House Republicans are gutting a bill to fight money-laundering

House Republicans this week axed a key passage in a bill that is deemed crucial in the fight to stop kleptocrats, drug traffickers and terrorists from laundering money through the US.<p>The original legislation would have forced anyone setting up a company in the US to tell authorities who the actual …

Corruption

If you get bumped off a flight, make it worthwhile

DALLAS (AP) — Allison Preiss became a hero to airline passengers this spring when she scored a $10,000 travel voucher for losing her seat on an oversold flight.<p>Negotiating skill mixed with a bit of luck helped Preiss land the elusive payoff.<p>With the peak summer travel season right around the …

Flying

Looking for new investment? Owning rental home almost as lucrative as stock market

Millions of Americans who own rental homes count on the income they receive from rent but may not know how they stack up as investments.<p>A new study might change that.<p>Single-family homes in large U.S. cities have generated returns of about 9% annually on average, according to the study, which …

Real Estate

Weekend lie-ins could help you avoid an early death, study says

Many people complain they do not get enough sleep, and it seems they are right to be concerned. Researchers have found that adults under the age of 65 who get five or fewer hours of sleep for seven days a week have a higher risk of death than those who consistently get six or seven hours’ …

Sleep

Baking Soda May Fight Arthritis And Other Autoimmune Disorders When You Drink Some Every Day, New Study Finds

A study last month at the Medical College of Georgia found that drinking a serving of the cheap, common cooking ingredient often used as an antacid …

Immune System

Black people in NYC are 8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites

The NYPD said more 911 calls were behind racial disparities in marijuana arrests. It doesn’t explain the difference.<p>Black New York City residents are arrested much more often than white people for marijuana-related charges, according to a new investigation from the New York Times.<p>The report is just …

Can Weed Help You Have Better Orgasms?

Experts tell us what this smart vibrator seems to already know: Weed can have a profound effect on your orgasm.<p>Lioness, a smart vibrator, can measure a woman’s vaginal contractions (with sensor in the that measures tension in the vagina) and display her orgasms on a chart. The company recently …

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Ketamine has 'fast-acting benefits' for depression

<b>Ketamine has "shown promise" in the rapid treatment of major depression and suicidal thoughts, a US study says.</b><p>Ketamine has a reputation as a party drug but is licensed as an anaesthetic.<p>The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to "significant" improvements in depressive symptoms in …

Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

The world’s richest 1% are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the world’s wealth by 2030, according to a shocking analysis that has lead to a cross-party call for action.<p>World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and …

Economics

Drug companies want Supreme Court to take eye drop dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eye drop users everywhere have had it happen. Tilt your head back, drip a drop in your eye and part of that drop always seems to …

How Luck Shapes Your Life, Part 1

New research suggests your life may be more random than you think.<p>Researchers are increasingly recognizing the role of chance in success—although …

Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

In Robin Dando's lab, several mice chowed down on a specialized diet designed to make them as fat as possible. "I can say the mice are happy. They love this unhealthy diet, and pretty fast they get pretty overweight," says Dando, an assistant professor of food science at Cornell University.<p>But the …

Stanford University

The US spends twice as much on healthcare as other developed nations and gets worse outcomes — and the reasons why show what it’s going to take to reform healthcare

The US healthcare system has seen a lot of changes in the past decade, from the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, to attempts to dismantle it, to criticism of high prices.<p>Through all of that, policymakers and the public have been trying to determine why the US spends so much on healthcare.<p>In …

Could a pathogen be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease?

Although we’ve had compelling evidence of this for decades, the pathogen hypothesis is finally being taken seriously.<br>Read More

HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses

Five years ago, when actor Michael Douglas candidly revealed that his throat cancer was linked to having oral sex, two things happened.<p>He made headlines that mortified his family. And he helped publicize the fact that a pervasive, sexually transmitted virus called HPV was unleashing an epidemic of …

Public Health

Conservatives hated it when Obama said he’d meet with North Korea. Guess what they say now.

And some conservative writers are confused by their peers’ shift.<p>After President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement on Thursday that he had agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, some conservatives wondered why they were abandoning the position they took with President Barack …

Stomach acid drugs may cause depression

A new study — now published in the journal <i>Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics</i> — has found a link between a common class of stomach drugs called proton …

Medical Research

Vitamin D may offer protection against cancers, study says

Vitamin D may offer protection against cancers, new research suggests, although experts are split over whether individuals should start taking supplements.<p>The vitamin plays an important role in the body, including in bone health and muscle strength and in preventing conditions such as rickets.<p>It is …

Cancer

'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent<p>Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How …

Fourteenth Amendment

Trump White House quietly issues report vindicating Obama regulations

It was easy to miss, but OMB demolishes the GOP’s deregulatory claims.<p>President Donald Trump’s administration has been on a deregulatory bender, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations. As of January, the New York Times counted 67 environmental rules on the chopping block under …

I hear you, but your home is still a lousy investment

Home must be where the heart is, because my Feb. 19 column on homeownership being a lousy investment annoyed readers mightily. I may as well have spit on motherhood, apple pie and the girl next door.<p>But my basic point remains true.<p>Readers’ biggest gripe: What about rent? Overwhelmingly, folks …

Home Ownership

A new, huge review of gun research has bad news for the NRA - Vox

The findings, while limited, point in one direction: Gun control can save lives.<p>For decades, the federal government, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has made it very difficult to answer a question at the heart of American public health and safety: Does gun control work?<p>The …

Getting the Inside Dope on Ketamine's Mysterious Ability to Rapidly Relieve Depression

Ketamine has been called the biggest thing to happen to psychiatry in 50 years, due to its uniquely rapid and sustained antidepressant effects. It …