Former St. Louis Public Schools Security Officer Charged with Child Sex Crimes

Child sex charges have been filed against 50-year old Robert Ross of St. Peters. St. Louis County Police say Ross worked as a St. Louis Public Schools security/safety officer from from 2003 to 2006. He’s been charged with first-degree statutory rape, four counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, and three counts of first-degree child molestation. Three…

Biden adjusting agenda to reflect narrow divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is adjusting the scope of his agenda to meet the realities of governing under a divided Congress and the complications of legislating during a historic pandemic. His team and congressional Democrats are looking at ways they can wrap some climate change provisions into a coronavirus aid bill. They’re considering…

UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

LONDON (AP) — Britain has authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for use, greenlighting the first shot backed up by rigorous scientific review. The first vaccinations are expected within days — a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic. The go-ahead Wednesday for the vaccine from American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech comes as the virus surges…

Trump pardons Flynn, taking direct aim at Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, taking direct aim in the final days of his administration at a Russia investigation that he has long insisted was motivated by political bias. Trump announced the pardon on Wednesday, calling it his “Great Honor.” Flynn is the second Trump associate…

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

BC-US–Opioid Crisis-Purdue, 3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 24, 2020 1:53PM (GMT 19:53) Purdue Pharma says its guilty plea over its role in the opioid crisis is “an essential step to preserve billions of dollars” for the settlement it is pursuing in bankruptcy court. The Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of OxyContin also said in a statement Tuesday after a federal…

Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

AP-US-Virus-Outbreak, 2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 23, 2020 12:39PM (GMT 18:39) Despite emphatic warnings from public health authorities to stay home for Thanksgiving, millions of Americans are crowding the nation’s airports ahead of the holiday, many of them unwilling to miss out on seeing family and convinced they can do it safely. More than 3 million people…

Trump makes late-term bid to lower prescription drug costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is trying to close out major unfinished business on lowering prescription drug costs. Two regulations issued Friday promise savings for Medicare recipients. One would tie payments for drugs administered in a doctor’s office to lower prices paid abroad. The second would require that drugmaker rebates for pharmacy medications…