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Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

Mom's grief spurs NY bill targeting opioid dealers in deaths

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Four years after Patty Farrell found her 18-year-old daughter lying cold and blue in bed from an overdose, the former police detective hopes to see heroin dealers charged with homicide when their product kills. "She was the love of my life, my only child," says Farrell, whose home is like a shrine to her daughter with photos and keepsakes everywhere. "When I lost her, I lost my world." A bill named for her daughter, Laree, would create a new criminal classification of "homicide by sale of an opiate-controlled substance," punishable by 15 to 25 years in prison. It has passed the state Senate and awaits action by the Assembly as the Legislative session moves into its final week. Proponents say tougher penalties would help reduce overdoses. But critics say the focus should be on prevention, ...
Why The Whole Foods Buyout Could Signify An Upheaval of the American Grocery Store

Why The Whole Foods Buyout Could Signify An Upheaval of the American Grocery Store

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This article originally appeared on CookingLight.com.In the great saga that is American retail, Amazon is by and far a disruptor – and we’ve seen the site that launched at the turn of the century as an online book retailer come full-circle with two brick-and-mortar bookstores in New York this year.And the next space to be disrupted? Food shopping.In what has been an expected move for some time now, Amazon announced this morning that it will add Whole Foods into its arsenal of consumer-centered properties for a whopping $ 13.7 billion. As part of the takeover, Whole Foods will remain in control of stores and the overall brand, with CEO John Mackey remaining at the helm of the grocery chain.But how long will Whole Foods, and its more than 430 grocery stores scattered through cities and subur
GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

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Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are anticipating problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed. As a result, they're considering ways to channel new financing for health insurance through existing government programs that bar the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion, according to sources familiar with the policy discussions. Those options include the Children's Health Insurance Program. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of closely held discussions about a Senate version of the health care bill. GOP aides said nothing has been resolved. Republican leaders are pressing for a Senate vote on health care, which could come before the July 4 holiday. Senate GOP leaders want their bill to bar fe...
Study: More than two billion people worldwide overweight, obese

Study: More than two billion people worldwide overweight, obese

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MONDAY, June 12, 2017 -- In a sign that the obesity epidemic has become more than just an American problem, a new study shows that 2 billion of the world's population is obese or overweight.Meanwhile, a growing number of people are dying from weight-related health problems even though they are not technically considered obese."Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting nearly one in every three people," said study author Ashkan Afshin. He's an assistant professor of global health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.Of the 4 million deaths attributed to weight in 2015, 40 percent involved people whose body mass index, BMI -- an estimate of body fat based on weight and height -- was...