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BOSTON | Surgeon General: Federal drug classification needs changes

BOSTON — The nation’s drug classification system should be revisited but illegal drugs shouldn’t simply be decriminalized nationwide, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told a gathering of police leaders focused on the opioids crisis Thursday in Boston. “Our scheduling system is functioning, but not as ideally as it could,” he said of the federal schedule … Continue reading BOSTON | Surgeon General: Federal drug classification needs changes

HONOLULU | Correction: Missing Hawaii Humpbacks story

HONOLULU  — In a story Nov. 26 about a decline in Hawaii humpback whale sightings in Hawaii, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a researcher published data about the latest decline in whale sightings. The researcher has published peer-reviewed papers about this population of humpbacks in the past and has submitted a study about the … Continue reading HONOLULU | Correction: Missing Hawaii Humpbacks story

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | The Latest: Pence, Xi chat on APEC summit sidelines

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — The Latest on the summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local): 10:40 a.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Chinese President Xi Jinping were seen chatting for a minute and a half on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting Saturday evening, hours … Continue reading PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea | The Latest: Pence, Xi chat on APEC summit sidelines

WASHINGTON | After midterms success, Democrats develop 2020 strategies

WASHINGTON — Speaking before a gathering of black leaders on Capitol Hill this week, Sen. Kamala Harris offered guidance on when Democrats should fight President Donald Trump and Republicans. “What I’ve found myself recently saying is this: ‘If it’s worth fighting for, it’s a fight worth having,’” the California Democrat and potential presidential candidate said, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | After midterms success, Democrats develop 2020 strategies

NUSA DUA, Indonesia | The Latest: Rights groups say police stifled talks in Bali

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — The Latest on the IMF-World Bank annual meeting (all times local): 4:30 p.m. About a dozen activists have staged a brief, peaceful protest at the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Bali, Indonesia. Representatives of various rights groups held up placards and chanted “Defend peoples’ … Continue reading NUSA DUA, Indonesia | The Latest: Rights groups say police stifled talks in Bali

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Pakistan blames India for breakdown in talks

UNITED NATIONS — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 3:00 p.m. Pakistan’s top diplomat is blaming India for a recent breakdown in their relations as he addresses a U.N. gathering of world leaders. He says Pakistan “prefers politics over peace.” Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s comments came a few hours … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: Pakistan blames India for breakdown in talks

LONDON | UK foreign secretary urges EU to step back from ‘abyss’

LONDON — Britain’s foreign secretary has urged European Union leaders to “step back from the abyss” and seek a compromise over Brexit. Jeremy Hunt told BBC Saturday the EU should work with Britain to try to find a way to make Prime Minister Theresa May’s “sensible, concrete proposals actually work.” He spoke one day after … Continue reading LONDON | UK foreign secretary urges EU to step back from ‘abyss’

DALLAS | Rising oil prices haven’t hurt the US economy so far

DALLAS  — America’s rediscovered prowess in oil production is shaking up old notions about the impact of higher crude prices on the U.S. economy. It has long been conventional wisdom that rising oil prices hurt the economy by forcing consumers to spend more on gasoline and heating their homes, leaving less for other things. Presumably … Continue reading DALLAS | Rising oil prices haven’t hurt the US economy so far