Tag: New York City

Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A campaign to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation’s most populous state. Backers hope the higher cost of cigarettes would discourage young people from smoking while raising money for anti-smoking campaigns and research on tobacco-related illnesses. The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in California is now about $5.50. The $2-a-pack increase would bump that to about $7.50 — an increase of about...

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Some breast cancer patients can skip chemo thanks to Gene Test

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease – good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient’s risk. The test accurately identified a group of women whose cancers are so likely to respond to hormone-blocking drugs that adding chemo would do little if any good while exposing them to side effects and other health risks. In the study, women who skipped chemo based on the test had less than a 1 percent chance of cancer recurring far away, such as...

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NYC Targets Cooling Systems Linked To Legionnaires’ Outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawmakers are rushing to draft New York’s first regulations for a type of heavy-duty rooftop air conditioning equipment amid suspicions that bacteria-laden mist from these units could be the cause of the deadliest known outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the city’s history. Seven people have died and at least 86 have fallen ill in the South Bronx since July 10. People can get exposed to Legionella bacteria from a variety of sources, but cooling towers have been implicated in past outbreaks. Testing found five contaminated units in the part of the city where people are...

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2nd Year As NBA Commissioner, Silver ‘Focused On Action’

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Silver stood at the podium last All-Star weekend and said he wanted to listen. He was two weeks into his rookie year as NBA commissioner, interested in traveling around the league and hearing new ideas about how to make it better. When he returns to the All-Star stage on Saturday – a setting he readily acknowledges will have a special meaning for him as a native New Yorker – he isn’t planning to announce a new platform. But he also knows that the time for talk is ending. “I think the Year 2 needs...

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U.S. Attorney General Confirmation Hearings Begin

The confirmation hearings for U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch officially began today. The senate judiciary committee will be considering whether to confirm the career prosecutor as Eric Holder’s replacement. Over the two-day hearings, lynch may be questioned over topics such as immigration and the justice department’s investigation of police departments. Lynch is currently the U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of New York. She’s perhaps best known for her prosecution and conviction of two New York City police officers who sodomized a Haitian...

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