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Reports to Feds on deadly bacteria outbreaks arrived late

supre bugsReports alerting federal officials that contaminated medical scopes appeared to be spreading deadly superbugs among hospital patients sometimes arrived months late – or not at all, according to federal records and interviews.

Medical device makers are required to file reports to the Food and Drug Administration within 30 days of learning that a product may pose safety risks. But as duodenoscopes were tied to the transmission of drug-resistant bacteria among patients in at least eight U.S. hospitals from 2012-2014, the agency wasn't notified of some outbreaks until long after they occurred, an ongoing USA TODAY investigation finds. And in some cases, the disclosures never were filed.

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Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay

medicare bill passesCongress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors' pay.

Final action came as the Senate voted 92-8 to approve the so-called "doc fix". The House of Representatives had acted over two weeks ago. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama, and he is expected to sign it into law.

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Candlelight vigil commemorates death of Lincoln 150 years ago

Lincoln MemorialA candelight vigil was held to commemorate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated 150 years ago today by John Wilkes Booth in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre.

The vigil was held outside of Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. as part of an around-the-clock event marking the assassination. Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell attended the event, as did Civil War reenactors and period actors.

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Google facing antitrust charges by European Commission

googleThe European Commission is set to charge Google Inc. with antitrust charges for using its commanding position as a search engine to promote its own services.

European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, is expected to make an announcement to her fellow E.U. commissioners in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday -- ending a five-year investigation in what would be the biggest legal battle in the region since the commission took on Microsoft Corp. about a decade ago.

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Unlikely allies: Mexican miners and farmers unite over toxic spill

Mexico farmers and miners uniteThe pipes have gone silent. Gone is the hum of water flowing through them to the world’s second-largest copper mine, just south of the U.S. border. Instead, in the normally empty desert here, tents and buses line the highway. Dust and smoke from cooking fires fill the air while hundreds of people listen to speeches and discuss the day’s events.

This plantón, or occupation, which began on March 18, has shut down most operations at the Cananea mine, which consumes huge quantities of water pumped from 49 wells across the desert in order to extract copper concentrate from crushed ore.

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Big Tobacco Sues FDA Over New Packaging Guidelines

big tobaccoThe nation's largest tobacco companies are suing the Food and Drug Administration over recent guidelines that they claim overstep the agency's authority over labeling and packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Units of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Altria Group Inc. and Lorillard Tobacco filed the lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, claiming the FDA's guidance infringes on their commercial speech.

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Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back

Coal is DyingCoal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number.

Even China, which produces and consumes more coal than the rest of the world put together, is expected to hit peak coal use within a decade, in order to meet its promise to President Barack Obama to reduce its carbon emissions starting in 2030.

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Obama to Drop Cuba From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Obama takes Cuba off terror listPresident Barack Obama notified Congress that he intends to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, less than a week after meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Panama.

The move is the most significant act by the administration since Obama began restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba in December after more than a half century of estrangement. Cuba was put on the terrorism list in 1982.

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Man convicted in 1991 murder investigated by former NYPD Detective gets new trial

Hargrave gets new trialA Brooklyn judge tore into the tactics of a tainted NYPD detective when throwing out a conviction for a 1991 murder Tuesday - releasing a man who’s been in prison for over 23 years.

“The finding of this is court is that retired Detective Louis Scarcella was, at the time of the investigation, engaged in false and misleading practices,” said Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson, as she ordered a new trial for Rosean Hargrave.

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