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Actavis is paying $66 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal that could finally end a months-long takeover battle waged by Valeant Pharmaceuticals for the Botox maker. Actavis said Monday that it will spend $219 in cash and stock for each share of Allergan. That tops...
CHICAGO (AP) — A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual. But the results aren't strong enough to prove it. Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of...
CHICAGO (AP) — Drugmaker Merck & Co. says its cholesterol-lowering medicine ezetimibe (uh-ZETT-uh-mibe) met its main goal in a study testing whether adding it to an older type of cholesterol medicine could reduce heart risks. The drug is sold as Zetia (ZETT-ee-uh) and in...
POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — Just hours into the experiment, the prognosis was grim for salmon that had been submerged in rain runoff collected from one of Seattle's busiest highways. One by one, the fish were removed from a tank filled with coffee-colored water and inspected: They...
Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs. There were no arrests, Drug Enforcement Administration...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and...
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a productive trip abroad, President Barack Obama is back in Washington, where he faces confrontations with Republicans on immigration and an oil pipeline project. The contentious immigration debate could mean a year-end fight over keeping the government...
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said was the former U.S. Army Ranger-turned-aid worker, who was seized while delivering relief supplies in Syria last...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis is coming to the United States. Francis confirmed Monday that he will travel to the U.S. next year to participate in a rally for families in Philadelphia. He confirmed his presence at the World Meeting of Families during a speech to an...