Pfizer loses lawsuit over U.S. limits on drug copay assistance

By Jonathan Stempel    NEW YORK (Reuters) – A judge dismissed Pfizer Inc's challenge to a U.S. anti-kickback law that the drugmaker said prevents it from helping Medicare patients afford two drugs that treat a sometimes fatal heart condition, but which cost $225,000 a year.    In a Thursday night decision, U.S.

U.S. bars flight from landing with Americans from Kabul – activists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday denied U.S. landing rights for a charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and U.S. green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan, organizers of the flight said.  "They will not allow a charter on an international flight into a U.S. port of

U.S. judge vacates Trump water rule on environmental grounds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Monday vacated the Trump administration's scaled back clean water rule that had limited the number of waterways that could be federally regulated because leaving it in place could harm the environment, restoring previous protections.  Arizona district court judge Rosemary Marquez said that leaving

U.S. ratings for Tokyo Olympics plunge to half of 2012 Games

By Lisa Richwine    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -U.S. viewership for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a competition clouded by the COVID-19 pandemic, dropped to about half the audience for the London Games in 2012, according to data released by Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal on Monday.    The 17-day event averaged 15.5 million primetime

U.S. passes 35 million Covid cases as California tops 4 million

The number of U.S. Covid-19 cases has surpassed 35 million as California became the first state to pass 4 million, according to an NBC News tally late Sunday. Almost 616,800 people have died from the disease in the U.S., according to the calculations. Related: With schoolchildren returning to classrooms soon,

15 more U.S. states reach settlement in OxyContin maker Purdue bankruptcy

By Mike Spector    NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) – Fifteen more states reached an agreement with Purdue Pharma LP and members of its wealthy Sackler family owners that moved the OxyContin maker a step closer to resolving widespread opioid litigation and exiting bankruptcy protection.    All but a handful of states

U.S. hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans after nearly 20 years

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After nearly 20 years, the U.S. military left Bagram Airfield, the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, two U.S. officials said Friday. The airfield was handed over to the Afghan National

U.S. eases COVID-19 restrictions on Chinese students

‘It’s about time’ CDC loosened restrictions for vaccinated Americans: Gianno Caldwell The Hill correspondent Alex Gangitano and podcast host Gianno Caldwell weigh in on new CDC guidelines for vaccinated people, varying coronavirus restrictions from state to state and changes coming to congressional House seats.  The Biden administration on Tuesday said

U.S. marks slowest population growth since the Depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. population growth has slowed to the lowest rate since the Great Depression, the Census Bureau said Monday, as Americans continued their march to the South and West and one-time engines of growth, New York and California, lost political influence. Altogether, the U.S. population rose to 331,449,281