Cancer patients’ SuperPac takes aim at drug prices
— A political action committee founded by cancer patients wants to lower prescription drug prices — and plans to take aim at lawmakers from both parties standing in its way.
— Patients for Affordable Drugs Action on Tuesday launched $250,000 worth of digital and mail ads criticizing Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, for accepting money from pharmaceutical companies and voting against measures it says were aimed at providing relief for people with expensive prescriptions.
–The unusual group is also targeting Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-California and Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, and Bob Hugin, Republican candidate for Senate in New Jersey — who it says have all rejected solutions to offer patients relief from high drug prices.
2018 Nobel Prize for physics goes to tools made from light beams –
a particle physicist explains
– Our world is full of light, and we depend upon it to power life on our planet. So it is appropriate to honor three scientists who invented new ways of using light rays to explore our world.
– The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for developing tools made from light beams. Ashkin won half of the prize for his work on optical tweezers, which are beams of light that can actually manipulate tiny objects like cells or atoms, while Mourou and Strickland won the other half for creating technology that generates high-intensity, ultra-short laser pulses, which are used for eye surgeries, material sciences, studies of very fast processes and plasma physics, among others.
Is the Pope a Catholic? Maybe, but not a popular one
— Pope Francis, whose humility and warmth made him highly popular among U.S. Catholics and non-Catholics alike, is now rated no more favorably than his somewhat aloof predecessor, Pope Benedict.
— A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that roughly half of the U.S. public still says it has a favorable view of Pope Francis. That is down sharply, however, from early 2015, when 7 of 10 Americans saw him favorably. It puts Francis on a par with Benedict, who, according to Pew, was seen favorably by 49 percent of Americans when he resigned the papacy in 2013.
Bosnia village bans politicians, calls them liars
— As politicians embark on their final days of campaigning for Bosnian elections on Sunday, there is one small corner of the country where they cannot pass: Podgora, a poor hamlet fed up with the government’s broken promises.
— “You’ve been lying to us for years. No party is welcome in Podgora,” reads a white banner strung across the main square of the 700-person village, which lies some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the capital Sarajevo.
Sunday’s general elections will fill Bosnia’s highest political offices, from a three-person presidency down to district assemblies.
— But few are expecting significant change in a nation that has been paralysed for decades, in part because of unresolved conflicts dating back to the ethnic conflicts that engulfed Bosnia in the 1990s.
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LITTLE ROCKET MAN’S A BIG THIEF
— U.S. security firm FireEye raised the alarm Wednesday over a North Korean group that it says has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars by infiltrating the computer systems of banks around the world since 2014 through highly sophisticated and destructive attacks that have spanned at least 11 countries. It says the group is still operating and poses “an active global threat.”
US won’t sell you killer drones? Hell! Buy ’em from China
— Across the Middle East, countries locked out of purchasing U.S.-made drones due to rules over excessive civilian casualties are being wooed by Chinese arms dealers, who are world’s main distributor of armed drones.
— “The Chinese product now doesn’t lack technology, it only lacks market share,” said Song Zhongping, a Chinese military analyst and former lecturer at the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force University of Engineering. “And the United States restricting its arms exports is precisely what gives China a great opportunity.”
Woman sues Facebook over sex trafficking, says she was victim at 15
— A Texas woman, claiming that she was raped, beaten and sex trafficked at the age of 15 by a pimp who posed as a Facebook “friend,” has filed suit against the social network, alleging its executives knew minors were being lured into the sex trade on their platform.