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W. Virginia recovering addicts wage legal battle over prescription use

W Va. addicts wage legal battleWilbert Hatcher admits he broke the law.

In the depths of a decade-long addiction to prescription opioid painkillers, the father of two fed his craving by buying blackmarket pills on the streets of his small West Virginia town. He finally shook the addiction three years ago. But now Hatcher, 50, an assistant manager at Walmart, is at the heart of a groundbreaking legal battle with the medical industry over whether he is a criminal or a victim.

“I’m a well-rounded, educated individual who thinks that I don’t have an addictive personality. But when you go to the doctor and they’re pushing the drugs, and they feed and feed the addiction,” he said. “What is it going to take before we as a nation accept that we are the victims for the most part and the doctor, the pharmacist and pharmacies are the perpetrators feeding off the lives of others?”

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U.S. to Accept 10,000th Syrian Refugee

US to accept 10,000th Syrian refugeeThe U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.

The resettlement program has emerged as an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign, with Republican nominee Donald Trump alleging displaced Syrians pose a potential security threat.

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Two United Airlines pilots suspected of being drunk arrested at Glasgow airport

Pilots could be drunkTwo United Airlines pilots suspected of boarding a plane while intoxicated were arrested in the cockpit Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.

The men, 35 and 45 years old, whose names have not yet been released, are both believed to be U.S. citizens, BBC reported.

The men were scheduled to pilot a 9 a.m. flight from Glasgow to Newark, N.J. The plane later took off with a new flight crew. The pilots are expected to appear Monday before the Paisley Sheriff Court.

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French mayors refuse to lift burkini ban despite court ruling

Burkini ban continuesA majority of mayors who have banned burkinis in about 30 French coastal resorts are refusing to lift the restrictions despite the country’s highest administrative court ruling that the bans are illegal, leaving the state facing a dilemma about how to react.

More than 20 mayors have defiantly kept in place decrees under which municipal police can stop and fine any women in full-body swimsuits at the beach despite the ruling from the state council that the burkini bans are a “serious and manifestly illegal violation of fundamental freedoms”.

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Rikers Island correction bosses routinely ‘purge’ unfavorable violence stats

Rikers IslandThere’s something hokey going on at the city’s pokey.

As pressure mounts to reduce violence at the troubled jails, top correction bosses — seeking to create the impression they have turned matters around — repeatedly order underlings to downgrade incidents, a Daily News review of scores of internal documents shows.

Knife fights and ugly brawls between inmates, even attacks on officers, often end up airbrushed in the records as routine “log book entries,” sources familiar with the process say.

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Children’s Home Shuns Atheist Dollars

Children's home shuns atheist donationOn Monday, Matt Wilbourn, the founder of the Muskogee Atheist Community in Oklahoma, made a $100 donation in his organization’s name to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home. Later that day, his phone rang.

“I received a phone call an hour later from the lady who accepted my donation earlier telling me that her director asked her to call me and tell me that my donation was not accepted,” Wilbourn wrote on a Go Fund Me page. “She went on to say that they are funded by the American Baptist Churches Association and accepting a donation from atheists would go against everything they believe in.”

“I emailed the director and even told her that I’m raising the amount to $250. I’m awaiting her response,” he added.

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Former Obama aide calls Trump a 'psychopath'

David PlouffeA former top adviser to President Barack Obama on Sunday labeled Donald Trump a "psychopath", saying the Republican presidential nominee met the clinical definition of the personality disorder.

With a little more than two months to go before the Nov. 8 U.S. election, the comments by David Plouffe, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and manager of his 2008 presidential campaign, mark another escalation in a series of blows exchanged between Trump's camp and that of his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.

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Haiti's peanut producers oppose 500-tonne US donation

Haiti refuses peanut donationsPeanut producers in Haiti have united to block the delivery of a 500-tonne shipment of nuts from the US.

They say the shipment threatens to undermine the livelihood of thousands of people in the country.

According to the World Bank, extreme poverty in the country has fallen from 31 to 24 percent over the last decade but remains the poorest country in the Americas and one of the poorest in the world (with a GDP per capita of $846 in 2014).

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Alex Baer: Robert and the Big Red Bus

Missing gop linksAnd now, boys and girls, a story about Missing Links in the Republican Party:

There came a time -- just once, so far -- when the Big Red Republican Bus made room for everyone inside, even the people usually considered too nasty or looney or strange to ride with all the nice people who rode the Big Red Bus for years and years and years.

These new-ish, and very different people, were called the BS-ers, which was short for the Bus-Stoppers and Bus-Toppers.  These were nicknames for people who would try to stop the Big Red Bus as it sped down the highway, and try to make the driver at least let them ride up on top, outside, in the open air -- because they wanted to be part of the Big Red Bus Ride so very, very much.

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