NEW YORK - 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, March 29. 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.
NEWARK, N.J. - 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.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Capitol Police officers opened fire after a woman drove into a police cruiser near the Capitol and then tried to run over officers on Wednesday, and a police spokeswoman said the incident did not appear related to terrorism. There were no injuries in the incident at the base of Capitol Hill, and the driver has been arrested, Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told reporters.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House voted on Tuesday 215-205 to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc. The White House said earlier Tuesday that President Donald Trump strongly supports the repeal of the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama.
The USA Women's Hockey team reached an agreement Tuesday night for increased wages and support from USA Hockey, the sport's national governing body. The agreement means Team USA will defend its goal medal at the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship, which begins later this week in Plymouth, Mich. Team USA will play Canada on Friday night in its opening game in the tournament.
LOS ANGELES - NBC will broadcast all of its 2018 Winter Olympics coverage live across all time zones, the network announced Tuesday.
Wells Fargo & Co said it agreed in principle to pay $110 million to settle a lawsuit by customers challenging its opening of accounts without their permission, a practice that led to a scandal that cost the bank's chief executive his job. The bank said on Tuesday it expects the settlement to resolve claims in 11 other pending class actions. The complaint was filed in May 2015 in the Northern District of California.
NEW YORK - Seven young contestants from around the United States put their best and smelliest shoe forward at the 42nd National Rotten Sneaker Contest in New York City on Tuesday, March 28. Twelve-year-old Connor Slocombe claimed the first place title for having the worst-smelling sneaker after three prior attempts to win the contest in years past. The four judges of the contest, which was held at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, all cringed at the smell of Slocombe's beat-up shoe.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations that his administration says is hobbling oil drillers and coal miners, a move environmental groups have vowed to take to court. The decree's main target is former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015.
From a miniature pony to goats, dogs and other animals, Derrick Campana fashions prosthetics that use non-invasive techniques that can help them walk again. Angel Marie is a pony that was stepped on by her mother shortly after she was born. Her front legs were so severely damaged, she was too crippled to walk. It was a challenge Derrick Campana, the so-called "Dr. Doolittle" of animal prosthetics, was ready to tackle.