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Valeant Pharmaceutics Raised Prices on Needed Drugs, Then Its Stock Took a Hit

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and its billionaire boss Michael Pearson have been the subject of some bad press lately, and since then, the company’s stock has taken a tumble.

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Report: Shift in Sentencing Guidelines Will Mean Freedom for 6,000 U.S. Inmates

In a move that will hopefully lead to further concrete steps to target America’s mass incarceration problem, the U.S. Justice Department is getting ready to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, according to The New York Times.

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Authorities Shift Blame for Certain Fatal Police Shootings Onto the Dead

Several fatal shootings by police around the U.S. are being ruled as “suicides by cop.” Are officials too eager to explain away the use of deadly force?

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VIDEO: U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Says Kunduz Hospital Was ‘Mistakenly Struck’

This just in from Capitol Hill: Gen. John Campbell, America’s head military honcho in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that a Doctors Without Borders-affiliated hospital in Kunduz was “mistakenly struck” in Saturday’s air attack.

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Sweden Is Moving Toward the 6-hour Workday — and It’s Turning Out Great

Sweden’s experiment aimed at transforming the workday is having unexpected results.

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Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of U.S. Lobbyists and Public Relations Experts

Foreign lobbying disclosure documents reveal that the government of Saudi Arabia, known for its grotesque human rights abuses, is aggressively seeking to expand its influence in Washington, D.C.

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Needy Americans Gamble on English Billionaire’s Space Dream—and Lose

Told it would boost the local economy, the residents of an impoverished town in the New Mexico desert raised taxes on themselves to help billionaire Richard Branson launch wealthy tourists briefly into space. Now the lofty plan is on indefinite hold.

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U.S. Government’s Bid to Train Overseas Security Forces Has Basically Been a Wash

When asking an expert how the U.S. government’s very expensive and time-consuming push to train security forces in other countries has fared, the last thing that government would want to hear is this kind of description: “Our track record at building security forces over the past 15 years is miserable.”

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Another Big Pharma Company Forces Patients to Pay Sky-High Drug Prices

Another drug company has joined the likes of the recently exposed Turing Pharmaceuticals by jacking up prices of life-sustaining meds on extremely short notice. Remember this name: Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

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Moscow and Kiev in ‘Positive Mood’ After Talks in Paris on Ending Ukraine Conflict

Russian and Ukrainian officials expressed cautious optimism following discussions in which Russia pushed for Ukraine to take back legal control of eastern territories.

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