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First Edition: January 11, 2019

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At this time’s early morning highlights from the main information organizations.

Kaiser Well being Information:
Federal Shutdown Principally Spares Well being Protection, However Different Points Loom 

Because the partial authorities shutdown drags on, about 800,000 federal staff who work for the shuttered businesses — and their households — are dealing with the truth of life and not using a paycheck. And people staff want to think about a number of different associated points as they try and make ends meet. (Appleby, 1/11)

Kaiser Well being Information:
Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ New Yr, New Well being Proposals

The brand new Democratic majority within the Home of Representatives took its first steps on well being care — voting to intervene within the attraction of a Texas-led lawsuit that discovered the Reasonably priced Care Act unconstitutional in December. And across the nation, Democratic governors and mayors unveiled new initiatives aimed toward making well being care cheaper and extra accessible. (1/10)

California Healthline:
Habit Rooted In Childhood Trauma, Says Outstanding Specialist

Dr. Gabor Maté, a well known habit specialist and writer, spent 12 years working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighborhood with a big focus of hardcore drug customers. The company the place he labored operates residential resorts for individuals with addictions, a detox middle and a pioneering injection facility, the place drug customers are permitted to shoot up and may get clear needles, medical care and counseling. (Waters, 1/10)

Kaiser Well being Information:
Payments, Payments, Payments: Readers And Tweeters Supply Solace, Options And Scoldings 

2018 was a busy yr for KHN, harvesting greater than 1,200 medical payments submitted by readers for consideration in our “Bill of the Month” franchise, an investigative partnership with NPR. These month-to-month dives into sufferers’ cumbersome payments proceed to spawn tales — in addition to proposed modifications to well being care coverage by legislators. (1/11)

The New York Occasions:
White Home Considers Utilizing Storm Help Funds As A Method To Pay For The Border Wall

President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to warn of crime and chaos on the frontier, as White Home officers thought-about diverting emergency assist from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to construct a border barrier, maybe underneath an emergency declaration. In an indication of rising unease concerning the partial authorities shutdown, some Senate Republicans got here off the sidelines to hash out a deal that might reopen the federal government as Congress labored towards a broader settlement tying wall funds to safety for some undocumented immigrants and different migrants. (Tackett and Hirschfeld Davis, 1/10)

The Washington Publish:
Trump Administration Lays Groundwork To Declare Nationwide Emergency To Construct Wall

The president and members of his administration have been depicting a humanitarian and public security disaster on the border, specializing in medicine flowing into america and violence by unauthorized immigrants. There was a big uptick in border apprehensions in 2018, in accordance with knowledge from U.S. Customs and Border Safety, particularly of immigrant households, however border apprehensions stay a lot decrease than the excessive ranges seen within the 1980s by way of the 2000s. Requested a few timetable for a nationwide emergency declaration, the president stated he would see the way it goes with Congress. (Werner, Dawsey, DeBonis and Kim, 1/10)

Los Angeles Occasions:
Trump Vows He Will ‘In all probability’ Declare Nationwide Emergency If Congress Doesn’t OK Wall Cash

Trump has acquired conflicting recommendation about declaring an emergency from administration aides and buddies outdoors of Washington. Some view it as an efficient approach out of the extended stalemate that may nonetheless present the president’s supporters that he continues to struggle to realize his signature marketing campaign promise. Different conservatives, nevertheless, have cautioned that declaring a nationwide emergency to bypass a cussed Congress would set a harmful precedent, one that would backfire on Republicans sooner or later ought to Democrats retake the presidency and try and fund different initiatives with out legislative approval. (Stokols and Hennessy-Fiske, 1/10)

FDA Appears To Restart Security Inspections For Dangerous Meals Amid Shutdown

The FDA is working to revive some food-safety inspections for merchandise deemed high-risk, comparable to seafood and uncooked fruit, which were suspended or delayed due to the federal government shutdown. “We’re taking steps to expand the scope of food safety surveillance inspections we’re doing during the shutdown to make sure we continue inspecting high risk food facilities,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb stated Wednesday in a thread on Twitter. (Evich, 1/10)

Survivors Of Home Violence, Baby Abuse Might Be Hit Subsequent By Shutdown

Survivors of home violence, baby abuse and a slew of different crimes could possibly be subsequent to really feel the squeeze of the partial authorities shutdown. Shelters throughout the nation are bracing for federal funds to dry up within the coming weeks. The Justice Division has been warning the state businesses and nonprofits that run them that it’ll solely be capable of course of funding requests till Jan. 18. Justice is one among 9 departments shuttered by the dispute over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall. (Wermund, 1/10)

The Related Press:
Shutdown Suspends Federal Cleanups At US Superfund Websites

The federal government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund websites across the nation and compelled the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the distrust and resentment of surrounding residents who really feel individuals in energy way back deserted them to reside among the many poisonous residue of the nation’s factories and mines. “We are already hurting, and it’s just adding more fuel to the fire,” says 40-year-old Keisha Brown, whose wood-frame house is in a group nestled amongst coking crops and different factories on Birmingham’s north aspect. (1/11)

The Related Press:
California Heads To Courtroom To Struggle Trump Delivery Management Guidelines

A U.S. decide will hear arguments Friday over California’s try to dam new guidelines by the Trump administration that might permit extra employers to choose out of offering no-cost contraception to ladies. Decide Haywood Gilliam beforehand blocked an interim model of these guidelines — a choice that was upheld in December by an appeals courtroom. However the case is earlier than him once more after the administration finalized the measures in November, prompting a renewed authorized problem by California and different states. (1/11)

Roll Name:
Senators Conflict Over Abortion Payment Rule

Senate Democrats and Republicans at odds over a proposed rule that may change how people are billed for abortion protection despatched two competing letters to Well being and Human Providers this week. The general public remark interval for the rule closed Tuesday, amassing over 74,000 feedback.The Republican letter, led by Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, urges HHS Secretary Alex Azar to maneuver ahead with the rule. (Raman, 1/10)

The Related Press:
Lawmaker Hopes State’s Motion Lead To Demise Of Roe V. Wade

With Kentucky embroiled in three abortion-related courtroom instances and lawmakers contemplating harder restrictions virtually sure to attract a authorized problem, a number one Republican senator stated Thursday that he hopes the state’s actions result in a Supreme Courtroom evaluate of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Anti-abortion lawmakers hope to push extra abortion-related payments via the legislature — led by a proposed ban on most abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which happens round six weeks of being pregnant. The state already is defending three abortion-related legal guidelines in courtroom, and the American Civil Liberties Union says it’s going to problem the fetal heartbeat invoice if it turns into regulation. (Schreiner, 1/10)

Democrats Eyeing 2020 Put An Early Highlight On Drug Costs 

As they jostle to place themselves for 2020, many Democratic presidential hopefuls have all of the sudden zeroed in on a slender coverage goal: prescription drug costs. Sen. Bernie Sanders referred to as his first press convention because the midterms to not talk about President Trump’s quest for a wall or tout universalized well being protection, however to unveil a proposal to decrease drug costs that mirrors considered one of Trump’s personal. Sen. Cory Booker dialed up his personal rhetoric to campaign-trail ranges, decrying excessive drug costs as “a stain on the very idea of America.” The Home Oversight Committee, too, set drug costs atop its personal agenda, scheduling a listening to on that situation that may happen greater than every week earlier than it calls former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to testify. (Facher, 1/11)

Sen. Sanders, Rep. Cummings Introduce Invoice To Decrease U.S. Drug Costs

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Consultant Elijah Cummings launched laws on Thursday aimed toward decreasing the price of prescribed drugs for American shoppers, critiquing President Donald Trump administration’s efforts to curb drugs costs. (Abutaleb, 1/10)

The Hill:
Sanders, Dems Unveil Sweeping Payments To Decrease Drug Costs 

“The people of our country pay by far, not even close, the highest prices in the world for the prescription drugs that they need,” Sanders stated at a press convention. “That has got to end, and the legislation that we are supporting will do just that.” (Sullivan, 1/10)

The Hill:
Drug Costs To Take Middle Stage In First Home Oversight Listening to

The Home Oversight and Reform Committee will maintain a listening to to look at drug worth will increase later this month, the committee’s first since Democrats took management of the Home. In a press release, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stated the listening to will serve to launch a “broad review of the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.” (Weixel, 1/10)

Trendy Healthcare:
Congress Revives Flurry Of Drug Pricing Laws 

Lawmakers rushed into the drug pricing area this week as they revived a bundle of laws and oversight talks, signaling they need to put producers within the scorching seat in relation to addressing healthcare prices. Medicare negotiation was on the forefront of Democratic messaging with an sudden Republican increase. Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) joined Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) to re-introduce laws to permit the HHS secretary to instantly barter with producers on behalf of Medicare Half D. Rooney is the only Republican to co-sponsor the invoice up to now. (Luthi, 1/10)

The Related Press:
Liberals Dare Trump To Again Their Payments Decreasing Drug Costs

Difficult President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge to chop prescription drug costs, congressional liberals proposed laws Thursday to convey U.S. costs in keeping with the a lot decrease prices in different nations. The Democratic payments stand little probability of turning into regulation in a divided authorities. However the effort might put Republicans on the defensive by echoing Trump’s pledge to pressure drugmakers to chop costs. (1/10)

The Wall Road Journal:
Senator Collins Presses HHS To Reform Drug Rebate System

The impression that refunds can have on prescription drug costs is drawing extra scrutiny of the apply. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, has requested the Division of Well being and Human Providers to take motion on the Trump administration’s pledge to vary drug rebates, saying laws could also be essential to reform the system. (Hopkins, 1/10)

Drug Pricing Advocates To Spend $1M On Advertisements Supporting Trump Proposal

A drug pricing advocacy group on Thursday introduced a roughly $1 million advert marketing campaign to spice up a Trump administration proposal to align American drug costs with these in different rich nations, offering an outdoor increase to a coverage idea that the drug business has vocally opposed. The identical advocacy group, Sufferers for Reasonably priced Medicine, spent $10 million by way of its political arm to endorse midterm election candidates it stated have been working to decrease drug prices — and to oppose candidates it stated have been in mattress with business. (Facher, 1/10)

The Washington Publish:
Louisiana Adopts ‘Netflix’ Mannequin To Pay For Hepatitis C Medicine

Louisiana officers introduced Thursday that their state would grow to be the primary to maneuver ahead with a brand new option to pay for costly hepatitis C remedies, which might dramatically improve the quantity of people that could be cured of the liver-damaging illness and supply a mannequin for others struggling to afford the drugs. As an alternative of paying for every prescription individually, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) stated the state would primarily pay a subscription payment to a drug firm, an alternate cost association that has turn into generally known as the “Netflix model.” The state would then get limitless entry to the drug, just like how shoppers pay a month-to-month charge to stream limitless tv exhibits and films. (Johnson, 1/10)

Louisiana Proceeds With ‘Netflix’ Subscription Mannequin To Purchase Hepatitis C Medicine 

By subsequent July, the state Division of Well being hopes to deal with greater than 10,000 individuals by the top of 2020, eliminating the persistent liver illness and limiting complete spending on hepatitis C medicine to $35 million or much less, the quantity Medicaid and the Louisiana Division of Corrections spent in fiscal yr 2018. Nevertheless, lower than three % of contaminated Medicaid beneficiaries acquired remedy. State officers estimate that about 39,000 people in Medicaid and state prisons are recognized to be contaminated. (Silverman, 1/10)

J&J Raises U.S. Costs On Round Two Dozen Medicine

Johnson & Johnson raised U.S. costs on round two dozen prescribed drugs on Thursday, together with the psoriasis remedy Stelara, prostate most cancers drug Zytiga and blood thinner Xarelto, all amongst its top-selling merchandise. J&J joined many different corporations that raised U.S. costs on lots of of prescription medicines earlier this month. (1/10)

Regeneron CEO: ‘We Want A Carrot-And-Stick System’ For Pricing And Innovation 

Amid ongoing furor over prescription drug pricing, Regeneron Prescription drugs chief government Len Schleifer has typically gleefully adopted the position of an business contrarian, brazenly poking different corporations for worth hikes. His ongoing penchant for addressing the subject, actually, provides him the looks of a Jiminy Cricket lecturing pharma’s Pinocchio. However Schleifer, who’s susceptible to monologues, is just not an indiscriminate naysayer. We spoke with him on the J.P. Morgan Healthcare convention about current worth hikes that Sanofi — a Regeneron companion — took on a drug, the stability between innovation and accessibility, a controversial cost-effectiveness watchdog, and coverage options to excessive costs. That is an edited dialog. (Silverman and Herper, 1/10)

Sanofi-Genzyme Sought Confidential Affected person Information, Worker Lawsuit Alleges

A former Sanofi-Genzyme worker is accusing the corporate of inappropriately in search of confidential affected person info, as a part of a lawsuit alleging her wrongful termination. The lawsuit, filed in late December in Massachusetts federal courtroom, says the previous Sanofi-Genzyme worker made a proper, inner grievance concerning the inappropriate request for confidential info, after which she skilled “harassment” and “discrimination … in retaliation for the reports she made about [her manager’s] efforts to obtain confidential patient data.” (Sheridan, 1/11)

The Hill:
Chamber Of Commerce CEO Vows To ‘Use All Our Assets’ To Struggle Single-Payer Proposals 

Thomas Donohue, the president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday vowed to use all the Chamber’s assets to struggle single-payer well being care proposals. “We also have to respond to calls for government-run, single-payer health care, because it just doesn’t work,” Donohue stated throughout his annual “State of American Business” handle.  (Hellmann, 1/10)

Politico Professional:
Monetary Conflicts Stall Trump HHS Nominee

The nomination of a Minnesota economist picked two years in the past to be HHS’ prime coverage adviser has expired, and he has informed colleagues that he not expects to be confirmed amid questions on his monetary disclosures, say 5 individuals with information of the state of affairs. Stephen Parente, a College of Minnesota professor and a prime Republican well being coverage advisor with business ties, was nominated by President Donald Trump in April 2017 to be the HHS assistant secretary overseeing planning and analysis. (Diamond, 1/10)

The New York Occasions:
Dealing with Authorized Motion, Insurer Now Will Cowl Individuals Taking Truvada, An H.I.V.-Prevention Drug

Settling allegations of discrimination filed by the Massachusetts lawyer basic’s workplace, Mutual of Omaha has agreed to not deny insurance coverage to individuals who use drugs to stop H.I.V. an infection. The insurer additionally has settled a lawsuit introduced by an unidentified homosexual man in Massachusetts who was turned down for long-term-care insurance coverage after acknowledging that he took an H.I.V.-prevention drug referred to as Truvada. (Kolata, 1/10)

The New York Occasions:
Juul’s Handy Smoke Display

Juul Labs, the corporate behind the insanely in style vaping gadget, has a message for the nation’s estimated 37.eight million grownup people who smoke: It actually, actually, actually cares about them. And it needs them (and solely them — acquired that, teenagers?) to attempt vaping as an alternative. “For smokers. By design,” blares the corporate’s web site. A brand new $10 million TV advert marketing campaign, referred to as “Make the Switch,” echoes that theme, that includes testimonials from ex-smokers, all comfortably above the authorized smoking age, who’ve swapped their cigarettes for a Juul. (Roose, 1/11)

Digital Well being Is Attracting Big Investments, However Will Sufferers Purchase It? 

For 2 days within the desert, its exponential progress was on full show on the Shopper Electronics Present this week. What was as soon as an unique showcase for must-have devices on your house, automotive, and pocket is now a spot the place docs mingle with big know-how corporations which are promising, with a straighter face than ever, to make well being care their prime precedence. Attendees mentioned efforts to make use of artificially clever voice know-how to diagnose the onset of stroke or psychological sickness; others demonstrated software program packages that assist Alzheimer’s sufferers get well misplaced reminiscences, get toddlers to brush their tooth like dentists, and push diabetes sufferers to drive down their blood sugar and enhance their train habits.(Ross, 1/11)

The Related Press:
Surgeons Worry Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Will Spook Sufferers

Docs who focus on feminine pelvic drugs say lawsuits by 4 states, together with Washington and California, over merchandise used to deal with pelvic flooring issues and incontinence may scare sufferers away from one of the best remedy choices — or perhaps even push the merchandise off the market. Sixty-three Washington surgeons signed a letter to state Lawyer Common Bob Ferguson , arguing his consumer-protection lawsuit towards Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon Inc. subsidiary is off-base. (1/10)

The New York Occasions:
Conventional Masculinity Can Harm Boys, Say New A.P.A. Tips

The American Psychological Affiliation has launched a number of guides for psychologists who work with individuals belonging to sure teams — members of ethnic and linguistic minorities, for instance, or ladies and women. It didn’t have a information for working with males, partially as a result of they have been traditionally thought-about the norm. However in August, the A.P.A. permitted its first set of official tips for working with boys and males. (Fortin, 1/10)

Excessive-Fiber Weight-reduction plan Linked To Decrease Danger Of Dying And Continual Illnesses

Individuals who eat diets which are excessive in fiber have decrease danger of dying and continual illnesses resembling stroke or most cancers in contrast with individuals with low fiber consumption, a brand new evaluation discovered. Dietary fiber consists of plant-based carbohydrates resembling whole-grain cereal, seeds and a few legumes. Fiber’s well being advantages have been recorded “by over 100 years of research,” Andrew Reynolds, a researcher on the College of Otago in New Zealand, wrote in an e mail. He’s co-author of the brand new meta-analysis of present analysis, which was revealed Thursday within the journal The Lancet. (Avramova, 1/11)

The Washington Publish:
How Your At-Residence DNA Check Outcomes Might Remedy Chilly Instances

The outcomes appear virtually miraculous: an arrest within the killing of a younger woman in 1988 after 30 years of looking. The homicide of a younger couple in 1987, solved in a matter of days. These breakthroughs got here because of an investigative method referred to as “genetic genealogy,” a mix of DNA evaluation and old style archival analysis used to level investigators within the course of an individual of curiosity in a legal case. (Taylor and Turner, 1/10)

Restrictions On Mifepristone Restrict Ladies’s Entry To Miscarriage Remedy

When Kirstin Herbst came upon she was pregnant final winter, she and her fiancé have been overjoyed. However when she went to the physician for her first ultrasound, she came upon she was having a miscarriage. Her physician prescribed a medicine referred to as misoprostol, which helps the miscarriage to cross. However the misoprostol did not work instantly, and Herbst wanted to take one other dose. Herbst was optimistic when she turned pregnant once more this previous summer time. When she went in for an ultrasound, she discovered she was miscarrying once more. (Gordon and McCammon, 1/10)

Drug Overdose Deaths Amongst Ladies Have Skyrocketed, CDC Research Says

As America continues to fight its opioid epidemic, the speed of deaths from drug overdoses amongst ladies has soared in recent times, in response to new knowledge from the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. From 1999 to 2017, the drug overdose demise fee amongst ladies 30 to 64 years previous climbed greater than 260%, in accordance with the report revealed Thursday. (Howard, 1/10)

US Fertility Fee Is Under Degree Wanted To Substitute Inhabitants, Research Says

The entire fertility price for the USA in 2017 continued to dip under what’s wanted for the inhabitants to switch itself, in line with a brand new report from the Nationwide Middle for Well being Statistics. The brand new report additionally reveals some main state-by-state variations in fertility charges. (Howard, 1/10)

China Might Raise Life Expectancy By Almost Three Years If It Meets WHO Smog Requirements: Research

China might increase common life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air high quality to ranges beneficial by the World Well being Organisation (WHO), in accordance a brand new research from a U.S. analysis group. China has vowed to find out the exact influence of air and water air pollution on well being as a part of its efforts to boost common life expectancy to 79 years by 2030 from 76.three years in 2015. (1/11)

Time In The ICU Means Worse Outcomes For Pregnant Mothers With Extreme Flu

Want one more reason to get the flu shot when you’re pregnant? A research out this week exhibits that pregnant ladies with the flu who’re hospitalized in an intensive care unit are 4 occasions extra more likely to ship infants prematurely and 4 and a half occasions extra more likely to have a child of low start weight. (Neighmond, 1/10)

Extreme Physique Fats Round The Center Linked To Smaller Mind, Research Says

Huge waist, small mind? When you’re too heavy, particularly round your center, you in all probability have shrunken grey matter quantity in your mind, in line with a research revealed Wednesday within the journal Neurology. Grey matter accommodates most of your mind’s 100 billion nerve cells, whereas white matter is crammed with nerve fibers that join the mind areas. “Previous studies have shown associations between gray matter atrophy and risk of developing dementia,” research writer Mark Hamer, a professor of train as drugs at Loughborough College in England, wrote in an e mail. (Scutti, 1/9)

The Related Press:
California Governor Provides $144B Price range, Sees Massive Surplus

California Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a state finances proposal Thursday that seemingly does all of it — boosts spending towards his formidable marketing campaign guarantees and units apart vital contributions towards money owed and financial savings. It seems he can have his cake and eat it too as a result of he is projecting an enormous $21.5 billion surplus — far past something the state has seen in almost 20 years — as California collects extra in taxes than predicted and progress slows for Medi-Cal, which supplies well being look after low-income individuals. (1/10)

California To Spend Huge On Schooling, Healthcare In $144 Billion Price range

The price range additionally requires an general improve in well being and human providers spending of eight % over the present fiscal yr, and $1 billion to double the state’s earned revenue tax credit score for low-income households. Sponsored premiums can be elevated underneath Coated California, the state’s model of Obamacare, whereas increasing Medi-Cal, the state’s medical plan for the poor. The proposed Medi-Cal enlargement would prolong protection to roughly 138,000 younger grownup immigrants, from age 19 via 25, who’re within the nation illegally. (1/10)

Los Angeles Occasions:
Gov. Gavin Newsom Threatens To Reduce State Funding From Cities That Do not Approve Sufficient Housing

For 50 years, California has required cities and counties to plan for sufficient new housing in order that residents can reside affordably. However many native governments fail to approve new improvement, contributing to the state’s housing crunch. Now, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a radical new step: punishing communities that block homebuilding by withholding state tax dollars. (Dillon, 1/10)

The Wall Road Journal:
New York Gov. Cuomo To Introduce State Finances Weeks Earlier than Deadline

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated he would unveil his proposal for a brand new state price range on Tuesday, weeks earlier than the deadline. … The full finances is projected to exceed $170 billion, with working prices round $102 billion, in accordance with the newest state monetary plan, which was launched in November. The state finances will embrace up to date allocations for college help, Medicaid and infrastructure spending. (Vielkind, 1/10)

The Related Press:
Skilled: Comatose Lady Might Not Have Proven Indicators Of Being pregnant

A physician examined an Arizona lady in a vegetative state almost 9 months earlier than she gave start however didn’t discover that she was pregnant, and medical specialists stated Thursday that it is potential she displayed no outward indicators that staff who cared for her day by day would have observed both. Police are on the lookout for her rapist and say it seems not one of the employees members at a Phoenix long-term care facility knew concerning the being pregnant till the infant was born Dec. 29, a notion that has drawn skepticism. (1/10)

The Washington Submit:
D.C. Police Don’t Carry The Overdose Antidote Naloxone. Ought to They?

As authorities officers throughout the nation wrestle to sluggish the dying toll of America’s opioid epidemic, hundreds of police departments from coast to coast have outfitted their officers with naloxone, a lifesaving overdose antidote. However police officers within the nation’s capital — which in recent times has skilled one of many nation’s sharpest will increase in deadly overdoses — refuse to take action, prompting D.C. lawmakers to advance laws that might require officers to hold the treatment. (Jamison, 1/10)

The Related Press:
Inmates Battling Habit Get An Unlikely Ally: A Pet

Caitlin Hyland’s New Hampshire jail cell seems to be like these of lots of her fellow inmates, that includes household photographs, a number of books and a cot. However one factor units it aside: the cage on the ground for a Four-week-old pet. Hyland, a 28-year-old from Harmony, New Hampshire, who’s serving time for a drug conviction, is one among 4 inmates on the Merrimack County jail who’re coaching puppies for the subsequent month. In a partnership between a gaggle referred to as Hero Pups and the jail, two male and two feminine inmates, who’re all within the jail’s drug remedy program, will increase the puppies for the subsequent two months. They may ultimately be handed over to army veterans and first responders who’re fighting post-traumatic stress dysfunction and different challenges. (Casey, 1/11)

Massachusetts Man Will get 10 Years In Jail For Hospital Cyberattack

A Massachusetts man was sentenced on Thursday to greater than 10 years in jail for finishing up a cyberattack on a hospital on behalf of the hacking activist group Nameless to protest the remedy of an adolescent in a high-profile custody dispute. Martin Gottesfeld, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Decide Nathaniel Gorton in Boston almost three years after he was rescued from a disabled powerboat off the coast of Cuba by a Disney Cruise Line ship after fleeing america amid a federal investigation. (1/10)

The Related Press:
Ex-Scholar Sues Counselor After Making an attempt To Kill Himself

A college and its counselor are being sued for $12 million every by a former scholar who says they didn’t do sufficient to cease his suicide makes an attempt. The Roanoke Occasions reviews that a lawsuit filed this week by Kionte Burnette accuses Washington and Lee College and counselor Rallie Snowden of negligence. (1/10)

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