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Theresa May warns EU not to block post-Brexit security deal

Theresa May will warn EU leaders that public safety will suffer if they allow “political doctrine and ideology” to hamper post-Brexit security arrangements. The prime minister will say she wants a new partnership of unprecedented “depth and breadth” when the UK leaves the EU. In a speech to the Munich Security Conference she will urge countries to show “real political will”. New security arrangements have yet to be negotiated for after Brexit. During talks with Angela Merkel on Friday, Mrs May said both sides need to be “bold and ambitious”…

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Medicaid recipients sue to block new work-requirement rules

Fifteen people in Kentucky who get their health insurance through Medicaid have sued the federal government, asking a judge to block new first-in-the-nation rules that would make them work to keep their taxpayer-funded benefits. The lawsuit , filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by three nonprofit groups, is the first legal challenge of a Medicaid waiver granted by the Trump administration. The federal government announced earlier this month it would let Kentucky be the first state to require many of its Medicaid recipients to…

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Manchester city centre apartment block fire

Media playback is unsupported on your device Firefighters have been tackling a blaze in an apartment block in Manchester city centre. Manchester Fire said the ninth and 10th floors of a 12-storey block in the Northern Quarter, near the Arndale shopping centre, were affected. BBC Sport journalist Saj Chowdhury, who was near the scene, said the fire now appeared to be under control, after it was “doused quite quickly”. One person has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation. The fire service said 12 engines were at the scene in…

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Bronx fire: Six dead in New York apartment block blaze

At least six people have been killed in a fire at an apartment building in the Bronx borough of New York, officials said. A spokesman for the New York mayor’s office confirmed the death toll on Thursday evening. The New York City Fire Department told the New York Times that at least nine others were seriously injured. The building is located near Fordham University and the Bronx Zoo. It is not known what caused the fire. New York mayor Bill de Blasio is said to be heading to the site….

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Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases. The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group for drugmakers, said in its lawsuit that California’s law illegally tries to dictate national health policy. Because the law is tied to…

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FDA OKs drug to block infection after marrow transplant

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to prevent life-threatening infections in adults after a bone marrow transplant. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved sales of Merck and Co.’s Prevymix (PREH’-vih-miss) to prevent infections with cytomegalovirus (sy-toe-MEG’-a-low-vy-rus), a common virus. It doesn’t sicken most people, but strikes at least half of transplant patients, who are particularly vulnerable to infection. The virus can damage the eyes, lungs and other organs, trigger pneumonia and even kill. Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Merck says the drug will cost $ 195 to $ 270…

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Hundreds of families block organ donation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives. BBC 5 live found that almost a third of families blocked organ donation because they felt the process took “too long”. The law states that consent lies with the deceased, but in practice, relatives’ wishes are always respected. The NHS wants to reduce the number of “overrides” by encouraging prospective donors to talk to their relatives. In England, NHS figures showed…

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