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…

Catholics divided as bishops examine Biden’s abortion stance

(AP)   Catholics split almost evenly between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the presidential election. Now they’re divided over a declaration by the head of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference that Biden’s support for abortion rights presents the church with a difficult dilemma. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez made that statement near the close of…

State of emergency extended as virus hits Missouri hospitals

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri’s hospitals are struggling to cope with rising coronavirus cases. The Republican governor said Thursday that he’s extending the state of emergency in Missouri through March. He says hospitals face staffing shortages and that the state is considering sending in the military and asking for help from…

Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after McCarrick report

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is vowing to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offering prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Wednesday’s pledge came a day after the Vatican released its detailed report into the decadeslong church cover-up of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. Francis concluded his weekly general audience by recalling that…