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GAO report: Too few pilots or too little pay?

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2011, file photo, two pilots from Cathay Pacific walk in the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong. The U.S. airline industry will need to hire 1,900 to 4,500 new pilots annually over the next 10 years due to an expected surge in retirements of pilots reaching age 65 and increased demand for air travel, the Government Accountability Office said in the report obtained late Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's regional airlines are having trouble hiring enough pilots, the government says, suggesting one reason may be that they simply don't pay enough.

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February 28th, 2014

NYC official: Hoffman died from toxic mix of drugs

In this Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Philip Seymour Hoffman poses for a portrait at The Collective and Gibson Lounge Powered by CEG, during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. A spokesperson for the New York City Medical Examiner announced on Friday, Feb. 28, that Hoffman’s death an accident. The Oscar-winning actor’s body was found on Feb. 2 with a needle still in his arm. Officials say he died from a toxic mix of heroin and other drugs. (AP Photo/Victoria Will/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman died from taking a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs, the New York City medical examiner ruled Friday, a toxic mix that addiction specialists say is not uncommon in the tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S. each year.

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February 28th, 2014

Generic drugmakers ramp up campaign against FDA label proposal

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Generic drugmakers are furiously campaigning against a proposed U.S. rule that would require them to change the prescribing information on their products if they receive new safety information, which they say would open them to product liability lawsuits. The rule would overturn regulations that have been in place for three decades that prohibit generic drugmakers from updating safety data on their labels without such changes first being made by the company that developed the drug. The Food and Drug Administration, which issued its proposal in November, said the change is designed to “create parity” between branded and generic drug makers with respect to labeling changes, and remove an unnecessary impediment to the prompt communication of safety data. Generic drugmakers say the proposed rule would raise the cost of drugs and lead to confusion among consumers. Read More..

February 28th, 2014

Documents show 1990s effort to ‘humanize’ Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the University of Miami in FloridaBy John Whitesides and Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Aides in former President Bill Clinton's White House crafted a strategy to "humanize" then-first lady Hillary Clinton and work around her "aversion" to the national media, according to documents released on Friday. The documents also detailed the first lady's struggles in the early 1990s with her healthcare task force, including worries about resistance on Capitol Hill and an aide's warning the plan could not meet a pledge to allow patients to pick their doctors, a promise that also came back to haunt President Barack Obama. The release of nearly 4,000 pages of previously sealed documents by the Clinton Presidential Library served to revisit Hillary Clinton's record and early struggles with her image as she gears up for a potential 2016 run for the presidency. An August 31, 1995, memo by Clinton's press secretary Lisa Caputo suggested she do interviews with "regional media." "Hillary is comfortable with the local reporters and enjoys speaking with them," the memo states.

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February 28th, 2014

Group says new evidence in Texas arson-murder case

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2010, file photo, Scott Cobb, right, joins about 15 members of The Campaign to End the Death Penalty at a protest before a hearing about the Cameron Todd Willingham case outside the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas. The Innocence Project said Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, that newly discovered documents undermine the credibility of a key witness against Willingham who was controversially executed on Feb. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Statesman.com, Jay Janner, File) MAGS OUT; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COMAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Innocence Project argued Friday that newly discovered documents undermine the credibility of a key witness against a Texas man executed for the deaths of his three children based in part on arson evidence that has since been deemed faulty.

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February 28th, 2014
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