Cleaning up 'Methadone Mile' and other drug havens


BOSTON (AP) — A young woman crouches on a dusty strip of grass alongside a busy Boston thoroughfare and plunges a needle into her arm. Around the corner, a couple stands zombie-like in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious to passing pedestrians on a muggy morning.


  • Written by By PHILIP MARCELO , Associated Press

Gene therapy helps boys with 'Lorenzo's Oil' disease


The fledgling field of gene therapy has scored another win: An experimental treatment seemed to help boys with the inherited nerve disease featured in the movie "Lorenzo's Oil."


  • Written by By MARILYNN MARCHIONE , AP Chief Medical Writer

Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough food or running water.


  • Written by By MICHAEL MELIA and DANICA COTO , Associated Press

White House, NRA, Congress agree on regulating bump stocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Rifle Association announced its support Thursday for regulating "bump stocks," devices that can effectively convert semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons and that were apparently used in the Las Vegas massacre to lethal effect. It was a surprising shift for the leading gun industry group, which in recent years has resolutely opposed any gun regulations. Immediately afterward the White House, too, said it was open to such a change.

  • Written by By ERICA WERNER , AP Congressional Correspondent