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White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated …

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3- 2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome set for implosion

ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation’s largest domed stadiums is set for implosion. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives are on hand to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to smithereens Monday at 7:30 a.m. If all goes well, the dome that opened in 1992 will be flattened within about 15 seconds. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which includes …

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe faces deadline to resign, or impeachment

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Longtime President Robert Mugabe faced a midday deadline set by the ruling party to resign or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave. “Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF,” one newspaper headline said. Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association …

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Philippines’ Duterte offers China 3rd telecom carrier slot

Li Keqiang, Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to China an opportunity to operate a new, third telecommunications carrier in the country, his spokesman said Monday. The move is aimed at breaking a telecoms duopoly in a country that is said to have the slowest internet speed in the Asia Pacific. It is unclear if China or any …

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Kenya top court upholds Kenyatta’s win in repeat election

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made. The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political drama never before seen in Africa that has left dozens dead. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed challenges …

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The Latest: Kenya opposition urges calm after court ruling

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenya’s election turmoil (all times local): 11:15 a.m. The call for calm by Kenya’s main opposition coalition seems to be holding shortly after the Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote last month. But anger remains. “We will not respect him even after the court verdict. That was not …

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Germany faces uncertain political future as gov’t talks fail

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faced an uncertain political future on Monday after the collapse of weeks of talks on forming a new government, with Chancellor Angela Merkel set to consult the country’s president and the possibility of new elections looming. Germany’s Sept. 24 election produced an awkward result that left Merkel’s two-party conservative bloc seeking a coalition with the pro-business …

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Global shares lower in muted trading ahead of Thanksgiving

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly lower in muted trading Monday ahead of the Thanksgiving holidays in the U.S., as gloom carried over from Friday’s retreat on Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 fell 0.1 percent in early trading to 5,312.37, while Germany’s DAX lost 0.3 percent to 12,959.45. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost nearly 0.4 percent to 7,352.88. …

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White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

Mick Mulvaney

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump’s top legislative priorities. The provision would repeal a requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance or pay a fine, but …

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