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(MENAFN - AFP) The Obama administration on Tuesday emphasized the need for funding to treat opioid and heroin addiction, releasing new statistics showing explosive growth in overdose deaths.

From 2010 to 2014, the number of heroin overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled, while deaths from opioid drugs such as fentanyl -- which killed the singer Prince -- almost ...

(MENAFN - AFP) France's foie gras industry is struggling with the fallout of a bird flu scare that has led to a 25 percent drop in production of the controversial delicacy.

Jean-Jacques Caspari of the foie gras industry association CIFOG warned Tuesday of shortages and soaring prices that were likely to last even beyond this year's festive season.

Foie gras -- consumed ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The US Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the reach of its major ruling in support of abortion rights, denying efforts by two states to reinstate restrictions on doctors providing the procedure.

In brief orders without comment, the court refused to take up appeals by Mississippi and Wisconsin, effectively upholding lower court rulings blocking their laws on ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Florida on Tuesday reported its first case of a baby born with the birth defect microcephaly after the child's mother, a Haitian citizen, was infected with the Zika virus while pregnant, officials said.

The mother contracted Zika in Haiti and came to Florida to deliver the baby, said a statement from Governor Rick Scott's office.

The Florida Department ...

(MENAFN - AFP) More than one third of Britons are likely to cut down on big purchases following Britain's decision to quit the European Union, according to a retail survey published on Wednesday.

A Retail Economics poll of 2,000 people after last week's referendum result showed that 37 percent of consumers would likely reduce spending on large purchases such as televisions, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Online bulletin board Pinterest on Tuesday unveiled new features to facilitate shopping on the site, as the platform pushes to become an e-commerce hub.

The new offerings announced at the company's San Francisco headquarters include a virtual shopping bag that users can fill as they cruise bulletin boards.

"When you're ready to check out, everything you've ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's exit from the European Union may erode the bloc's leadership role in fighting climate change and stymie crucial efforts to set more ambitious targets for cutting greenhouse gases, officials and experts said Tuesday.

The damage will become worse the longer the divorce proceedings drag on, or if Brexit inspires other EU nations to follow suit, they ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Google faces fresh EU anti-competition charges, this time targeting the search engine giant's advertising business, sources close to the matter told AFP on Tuesday.

Margrethe Vestager, the powerful EU Competition Commissioner, could open two new in-depth investigations against Google as early as August, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The German financial sector watchdog, BaFin, said Tuesday it is opposed to a merged company made up of the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges being based in Britain in the wake of the British vote to quit European Union.

"It is hard to imagine that the euro area's most important stock exchange would be managed out of a site outside the EU," BaFin chief Felix ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Volkswagen has agreed to a record $15 billion US payout over its emissions-cheating diesel cars, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000.

The German auto giant agreed in a settlement filed in federal court Tuesday to pay up to $14.7 billion to American consumers and US authorities, and announced a ...

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