LBN-INVESTIGATES: The following restaurant chains received F grades in antibiotic practices: ***KFC ***Dunkin’ Donuts ***Sonic ***Olive Garden ***Denny’s ***Starbucks ***Jack In The Box ***Burger King ***Applebees ***Domino’s Pizza ***Chilli’s ***Little Caesars ***Buffalo Wild Wings ***Dairy Queen ***Arby’s ***IHOP
CDC: Heroin Causes 25 Percent of U.S. Overdoses:
One in four drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2015 were related to heroin, according to new numbers released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only was 2015the first year that the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. exceeded 50,000, but deaths from opiods increased from 57 percent to 73 percent in only five years. “Starting in 2011, overdoses involving heroin has really skyrocketed,” Andrew Kolodny, of Brandeis University’s Opioid Policy Research Center, said, “There’s a really good chance the increase involving heroin has to be involved with fentanyl.” The CDC study also found a significant increase in the number of deaths related to synthetic opiods, such as fetanyl, the drug linked to Prince’s death this past year. Researchers contend that prescription drug use is being replaced by heroin use because of the cost and crackdown on illegal use of prescription opiods.
Iraq Carries Out First Airstrikes on ISIS Targets in Syria:
According to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
, Iraq’s air force on Friday carried out its first airstrikes on Islamic Statetargets inside Syria. The move comes just one day after Iraqi troops seized the Mosul airport from ISIS. Meanwhile in Syria, an alleged Islamic State car bomb was detonated in the village of Sousian, which had already been recaptured from militants. The explosion killed dozens of people—including many civilians—when it was detonated at a security checkpoint controlled by Turkey-backed rebels. A leading Syrian opposition fighter in the area, Mohammed al-Tawil
, said a suicide attacker blew a small pickup truck outside of a security office. At least 35 civilians are dead, Reuters reports. The attack, in the village of Sousian, may have killed up to 42 people, according to the Britian-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Pence: ‘Obamacare Nightmare’ Almost Over:
Vice President Mike Pence
on Thursday defended the Trump administration’s plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, telling conservatives in Washington that “America’s Obamacarenightmare is about to end.” “Despite the best efforts of liberal activists around the country, the American people know better. Obamacare has failed, and Obamacare must go,” he told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Despite protests against the repeal at town halls across the country—and concerns about the lack of a replacement even within the GOP—Pence promised “an orderly transition to a better health-care system that finally puts the American people first.” He did not provide any specifics on what the replacement plan would entail. An estimated 20 million people are currently insured under former President Obama’s health-care law, and many fear a repeal would leave most of them without coverage.
Trump Wants U.S. Nuclear Arsenal at ‘Top of the Pack’:
on Thursday told Reuters reporters that he wants to make sure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack” but that he’s concerned the nation has “fallen behind on nuclear weapon capacity.” He added, “I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes, but we’re never going to fall behind any country even if it’s a friendly country, we’re never going to fall behind on nuclear power.” According to anti-nuclear group the Ploughshares Fund, the U.S. has 6,800 warheads, and Russia has 7,000 warheads. Trump added, “It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”
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“Current research on young adults suggests that parents and children are maintaining high levels of involvement,” she said. “Although parents and adult children have always maintained some level of involvement, we do see an increase in what is often termed ‘helicopter parenting’ and ‘landing pad’ children.”
LBN-HEALTH WATCH: ***It’s so common it’s been given an unofficial name: Post-Election Stress Disorder. Mental health professionals around the country, especially those working in Democratic strongholds, report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to — or worsened by — the blast of daily news on the new administration. In the past, therapists say it’s been fairly uncommon for patients to bring up politics on the couch. “It is big money to talk about politics with me—that is not what we do!” said Maria Lymberis, a psychiatrist in Santa Monica, Calif.
LBN-R.I.P.: ***Harold R. Denton, the unflappable federal bureaucrat who comforted Americans worried that the nation’s worst commercial nuclear power accident, at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in 1979, would escalate into a doomsday catastrophe, died on Feb. 13 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 80.The cause was complications of pulmonary disease and Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter, Elizabeth Baird, said.
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waiting in her SUV while her bodyguard grabbed her lunch from Lemonade in West Hollywood, Calif. ***Catherine Deneuve
taking selfies with billionaire art collector Jean Pigozzi
at his “Pool Party in the Snow” exhibit in St. Moritz, Switzerland. ***Rashad Jennings
and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy
at Saks Downtown Men’s opening party with GQ.
LBN – THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
Nazi Party Founded in Germany (1920)
The term National Socialist—or Nazi, for short—was added to the name of the German Workers’ Party the year after it was founded. On the day it was renamed, swiftly-rising new member Adolf Hitler outlined the party’s official platform before 2,000 people, its largest audience yet. During the Great Depression, millions of jobless voters joined the party, and in 1932 it became the largest bloc in the Reichstag.
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LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: A few weeks ago, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, Republican senators from Arkansas and Georgia, introduced an immigration bill that would cut the number of legal immigrants to this country each year in half, from about a million to about 500,000. In a press conference, Cotton offered a rationale for his bill. “There’s no denying this generation-long surge in low-skilled immigration has hurt blue-collar wages,” he said. If we can reduce the number of low-skill immigrants coming into the country, that will reduce the pool of labor, put upward pressure on wages and bring more Americans back into the labor force. It seems like a plausible argument. That is, until you actually get out in the real world. Cotton and Perdue’s position, which is now the mainstream Republican position, is based on the unconscious supposition that American society is like a lake, with a relatively fixed boundary. If you cut the supply of fish coming from outside, there will be more food for the ones born here.
LBN-COMMENTARY by Peggy Noonan: If Democrats have a brain in their head, they’ll let Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch sail through the Senate. He’s too attractive. He has been frank and respectful in his meetings with them. He’s been candid about the man who nominated him, Donald Trump, to the reported irritation of the president. He is a thinker of clear conservative leanings who cannot be painted as radical because he’s radical as warm milk. His decisions tend to be plain, direct yet highly literate; in one he diagramed a sentence. He’s a friendly persuader with a serious intellectual background (Marshall Scholar at Oxford) and personal dignity. Sharp and uniform opposition to him would look radical.
***The infamous “Access Hollywood” tape — in which President Donald Trump
bragged about grabbing women by the hoo-ha — was an inside job, leaked by an NBC News staffer on Billy Bush
’s own “Today” show, multiple sources tell Page Six. “The tape was leaked by the NBC News division, by somebody at the ‘Today’ show,” says one source. “NBC News knew for a while about the existence of the tape. Billy himself had told them about it. People in the news division became frustrated that ‘Access Hollywood’ was taking too long to air it and decided it had to come out.” ***Trouble is brewing over Grace Hightower
’s coffee company. We’re told that her husband, Robert De Niro
— who is a major investor in the firm — is steamed because the 5-year-old Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda brand is turning into a money pit. We’re told that Hightower has frustrated business associates — as well as the legendary actor — by dithering over simple decisions, and “changing her mind about how to run the business depending on who she spoke to last.” A source tells us that, in a moment of frustration, De Niro boiled over while bickering with Hightower in public at a Manhattan bar, telling her, “I wouldn’t have to keep making s - - tty movies if you didn’t spend all my money!” ***Amber Rose
has gone from stripper to strip club owner. Speaking at All Def Movie Awards on Wednesday night, the model announced that she had bought the famed Los Angeles gentlemen’s club Ace of Diamonds.
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