Congress Overrides President’s Veto of 9/11 Bill
In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.
Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama's decision to scuttle the legislation. Democrats in both chambers abandoned the president in large numbers despite warnings from Obama and top national security officials that flaws in the bill could put U.S. interests, troops, and intelligence personnel at risk.
Traffic Fatalities Rise in First Half of 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) - Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates recently released by the National Safety Council.
EpiPen Corporation Drastically Jacks Up the Price of Life-Saving Product by 400%, Sending Patients Scrambling
Doctors and patients are blasting the Mylan pharmaceutical corporation for hiking up the price of their signature EpiPen product from around $100 in 2008 to a staggering $500 and up today — a 400% increase.
Saving the life of your allergic child has gotten a lot more expensive.
Researchers Develop Stun Gun That Can Monitor Heart Rate, Rhythms
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have successfully tested a modified conducted electrical weapon capable of recording a subject’s heart rate and rhythm while still delivering an incapacitating electrical charge.
TASER devices — the most popular brand of CEW — are widely used by law enforcement to disable criminals and threatening individuals without the use of a firearm. Though research has shown TASERs to be “stunningly safe” around 99.75 percent of the time, serious injuries and deaths have resulted from cardiac disruptions after the device’s electrical charge. Cases of serious injury and death often include other risk factors, including drug use and pre-existing medical conditions.
Drones To Be Tested For Japanese Ambulance Use
KYUSHU, Japan - First responders will test the use of drones to help sick or injured people this fall in an initiative that could see the remote-controlled devices added to emergency kits nationwide.
The trials in Kyushu will involve medics flying medicines, defibrillators and other medical supplies to places where airborne delivery will be faster than on land.
Judge Orders Pennsylvania Drug Dealer to Pay for Narcan Kits
Fed up with the rising number of opiate overdoses in Western Pennsylvania, an Allegheny County judge is making convicted drug dealers buy lifesaving naloxone kits for the communities where they sold drugs.
Judge Anthony Mariani has recently added the fine to two cases, ordering Andy Buxton to pay a total of $2,650 to three agencies in the Monongahela Valley and Larry Richardson to pay $1,250 to Ross/West View Emergency Medical Squad - $50 for each brick of heroin the men were convicted of possessing with the intent to distribute.