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2008-10-12 09:00:23

By KEVIN FREKING By Kevin Freking The Associated Press ROCKVILLE, Md. It's nothing to LOL about. Students these days often have ready access to marijuana, alcohol and tobacco, but they don't feel comfortable talking about the ramifications. So, some of the nation's government scientists went to a computer chat room Tuesday to make it a little easier for them. "How many drinks does it take to get you drunk?" asked anonymous at George Washington High School in California. "For a...

2008-09-24 09:00:17

By KEVIN FREKING By Kevin Freking The Associated Press WASHINGTON In an industry first, Eli Lilly and Co. says it will begin disclosing how much money it paid to individual doctors nationally for advice, speeches and other services. The drug company's move comes as members of Congress push a disclosure bill in an effort to prevent such payments from improperly influencing medical decisions. Beginning next year, Lilly will disclose payments of more than $500 to doctors for their...

2008-09-20 15:00:18

By KEVIN FREKING By Kevin Freking The Associated Press WASHINGTON The monthly premium for the vast majority of elderly and disabled people participating in Medicare will hold steady at $96.40 next year. It's the first time since 2000 that the charge for health coverage is not increasing. Premiums usually go up to reflect higher costs and demand for care projected for the coming year. Such increases will most certainly occur in 2009, but they will be offset when calculating the...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'