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Express Scripts to cover pricey new cholesterol treatments

The nation's biggest pharmacy benefits manager has decided to cover two new drugs that lower artery-clogging cholesterol but raise concern over prices that can top $14,000 a year.

FDA’s new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth

Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.

Senate moves ahead on defense bill facing veto threat

The Senate moved forward Tuesday on a sweeping, $612 billion defense policy bill despite a presidential veto threat stemming from larger budget disputes that have hamstrung Washington.

What’s in the defense bill for military and families?

Buried in the 1,915-page defense policy bill are significant changes that could affect more than 1 million members of the military and their families.

Carter sounds nearly ready to open combat jobs to women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter sounded like he’s nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, as he told U.S. troops in Sicily on Tuesday that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be “crazy.”

LAPD: Rap group posted video of gun flashed near officer

A video posted online that shows someone flash a gun while filming a police officer is an attempt at publicity from an old hip-hop group looking to find new relevance, but it has still led to an investigation and at least one arrest, Los Angeles police said Tuesday.

Cops: Teen pulled gun on college student, prompting lockdown

A teenager pulled a gun on a student outside a community college building, prompting a campus lockdown and police search and leading to the teen’s arrest, police said.

SC cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

The family of Miss South Carolina 1954 found her flood-soaked pageant scrapbook on a dining room floor littered with dead fish on Tuesday, as the first sunny day in nearly two weeks provided a chance to clean up from historic floods.

‘Scary Lucy’ statue gets new role in mall Halloween display

It’s a role “Scary Lucy” was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween.

ABC Family network changing name to Freeform

The ABC Family network, home of youthful dramas “Pretty Little Liars” and “The Fosters,” said Tuesday it will change its name to Freeform this winter.

‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ rolls into prime-time on CNBC

Jay Leno said it’s been easy to lure Francis Ford Coppola, Laurence Fishburne and other famous folks to his new car-centric TV show.

Patrick Kennedy memoir creates rift among his family

A memoir by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy has created a rift with family members upset over his portrayal of family secrecy, substance abuse and mental illness, including that of his father, late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

Michigan factory supervisor wins $310.5M Powerball ticket

A supervisor at a Michigan fiberglass factory who won a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot said Tuesday that she immediately quit her one-time “nasty, dirty” job and will buy land to build houses for her family.

Russia, US plan another talk to avoid air conflicts in Syria

Russia has informed the United States that Moscow is willing to continue talks to ensure the two countries’ aircraft don’t interfere with each other over Syria, senior U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

Top general in Afghanistan recommends keeping more US troops

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. airstrike “mistakenly” hit a hospital during fierce fighting in the north.

NATO chief: Russian jets in Turkish airspace no accident

NATO’s secretary-general on Tuesday rejected Moscow’s claim that its military incursion into alliance airspace over Turkey wasn’t intentional or important, saying there were two separate incidents and “the violation lasted for a long time.”

Sunken ship had enough lifeboats, but storm overpowered it

Crew members trained regularly in calm waters to handle the lifeboats would instead likely have struggled against buffeting by huge 50-foot waves, a vessel taking on water and listing to one side and winds the Coast Guard estimated reached 140 mph. Life rafts can get torn apart. Lifeboats become impossible to drop into the sea.

Multigenerational hit: Student debt traps parents and kids

A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre’s ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he’s still paying the price of admission. After a decade of repayments, Aguirre still diverts $512 a month to loans and owes $20,000.

US, Chile declare new marine reserves, fight overfishing

President Barack Obama has declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing and oil and gas exploration.

Federal court: Intent matters in migratory-bird deaths

Companies accused of causing migratory bird deaths may be harder to successfully prosecute after a federal appeals court recently ruled that a century-old wildlife protection law only applies if the killing is intentional.