The Food and Drug Administration has recalled certain drugs in recent days, one out of precaution and one due to possible contamination, and the warning has served as a reminder of a drug market that's increasingly outsourced to other countries, NBC News reported.
Recent recalls include blood pressure drug Valsartan and thyroid medications Levothyroxine and Liothyronine. The FDA said some Valsartan batches around the world have been contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing chemical. No product sold in the U.S. has been found to be contaminated, but the generic versions could have the potential to generate the chemical. Still, the danger only lies in lifetime exposure and patients can continue taking the drug until they confirm its unaffected or they switch to an alternative.
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Los Angeles police are investigating a bizarre trespassing case that came to light after video surfaced of a man climbing a wall at the Los Angeles Zoo and slapping the backside of a hippopotamus.
The video was shared on social media last week. That's when zoo officials first learned of the guest's unusual actions and reported the case to Los Angeles police.
"It is never acceptable for a guest to enter the habitat of any animal at the zoo, excluding our staff-supervised animal encounters," the zoo said in a statement.
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Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans' love of balloons be deflated?
The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they're a very small part of environmental pollution.
This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that's part of its sustainability efforts.
Authorities say a worker has died after falling into a vat of oil at a facility near Walt Disney World.
Lt. Emanuel Curry of the Orange County Sheriff's Office told the Orlando Sentinel the 61-year-old man slipped and fell into the vat early Wednesday while emptying oil and grease from a tractor-trailer.
Local news outlets reported the facility is part of a district created to provide municipal services to the Disney theme park.
The City of Lights has debuted an especially flashy new way to curtail public urination: bright red eco-toilets for those on the go.
Industrial designer Faltazi created the waterless urinal, called "Uritrottoir," to be filled with straw that can be composted. The tops of the urinals double as flower beds.
Several of the toilets were first rolled out in the spring to a muted reaction, The New York Times reported. But a backlash has developed after one was recently installed on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, according to reports.
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A damning months-long grand jury report implicates hundreds of Catholic clergy members in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses, court records revealed Tuesday.
This marks the most sweeping look into sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in the United States.
NBC10 and Telemundo 62 were among the news organizations that joined a court case pressing for the report's release. Read it here.
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Ford Motor Co. plans to spend roughly $740 million renovating Detroit's long vacant train depot and redeveloping other area properties for research and development of self-driving vehicles.
The Dearborn-based company in June used the Michigan Central depot as a backdrop while publicly laying out plans for the 105-year-old train station and surrounding Corktown neighborhood, but the anticipated cost wasn't detailed.
The automaker's Ford Land development arm announced Tuesday it expects to seek $250 million in tax incentives to help offset the cost.
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A North Philadelphia restaurateur who gained local fame last year for spending $25,000 on her son's prom, including camels, has been charged with defrauding the Social Security Administration.
Saudia Shuler was indicted for allegedly collecting nearly $37,000 in government benefits by claiming she was disabled yet continuing to work, according to the U.S. attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania.
"The defendant applied for benefits from the Social Security Administration, claiming she was disabled and unable to work. After Social Security approved benefits, the defendant continued working, including the operation of her own restaurant," a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said in an email Tuesday.
Detectives searched several properties as they built up a profile Wednesday of a Sudan-born man who crashed a car outside Britain's Parliament in what police are treating as an act of terrorism.
Police are trying to determine what was in the mind of 29-year-old Salih Khater when he plowed a car into cyclists and pedestrians, injuring three, before smashing into a security barrier.
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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared that she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle.
In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new book about her time in Trump's orbit, said she believes the president's campaign is trying to keep her from telling her story. She commented just hours after Trump's campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against her, alleging violations of a secrecy agreement she signed.
"I will not be intimidated," she told the AP. "I'm not going to be bullied by Donald Trump."
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Turkish media reports say a Turkish court has rejected an appeal for the release of an American pastor from detention.
Pastor Andrew Brunson's lawyer had on Tuesday renewed an appeal for the clergyman's release from house arrest and for his travel ban to be lifted.
Hurriyet newspaper said the court in Izmir rejected the appeal, but that a higher court would review the appeal.
Florida is dealing with a toxic red tide that is killing vast numbers of fish and other wildlife on the Gulf Coast.
NBC News reports that, while the governor's office emphasized in declaring an emergency that red tides are "naturally occurring," scientists are investigating whether the phenomenon is getting a "booster shot" from man-made pollutants spilling into the ocean from inland waterways like Lake Okeechobee.
"We are looking for signature types of nitrogen, like those in the lake, to see if they scoot right through and into the Gulf, where the red tide is," said Florida Gulf Coast University environmental science professor Bill Mitsch, director of Everglades Wetlands Research Park.
If that's the case, it would likely reinvigorate calls for greater regulation of agricultural runoff from crops in South Florida.
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Los Angeles' subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives, officials said Tuesday.
The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down, will happen in the coming months, said Alex Wiggins, who runs the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's law enforcement division.
Vacaville Police Department bodycam footage shows officers teaming up with Animal Services employees to save 60 animals as the Nelson fire inched toward the shelter.
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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she cannot guarantee that President Donald Trump has never used a racial slur.
Sanders said, "I haven't been in every single room," when asked if she can say with certainty that Trump has never used the N-word.
Ex-Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has alleged she has heard Trump on tape using the slur.
Trump said Monday on Twitter that he doesn't "have that word in my vocabulary, and never had."