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Trump to unveil opioid plan seeking death penalty for drug dealers: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil a plan on Monday to combat the opioid addiction crisis that includes seeking the death penalty for drug dealers and urging Congress to toughen sentencing laws for drug traffickers, White House officials said on Sunday.


Cirque du Soleil star plunges to death during Florida show

(Reuters) - An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a weekend show in Tampa, Florida, the company said on Sunday.

Trump's opioid plan may include death for drug dealers

President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, a senior administration official tells CNN. The plan will likely include stiffer penalties for high intensity drug traffickers, including the possibility of the death penalty.


U.S. agency probing air bag failures after four deaths reported in Hyundai, Kia cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Saturday it is opening an investigation to determine why some air bags failed to deploy in crashes after four deaths were reported in Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp vehicles.


Horse racing: BHA to investigate deaths of six horses at Cheltenham

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to investigate the deaths of six horses at this week's Cheltenham Festival, including four on the final day.

4 indicted in LSU frat pledge death

Four suspects in the alleged hazing death of a Louisiana State University student were indicted on Thursday, according to the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office.


Hundreds gather for Madrid protest after death of street vendor sparked riots

MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of people held a peaceful protest in central Madrid on Friday to demand better police treatment of street vendors, a day after the death of a Senegalese man sparked clashes with riot police.

Politics and Government

Putin ‘Likely’ Ordered Russian Ex-Spy’s Poisoning, Britain Says

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the remarks just hours before the police in London said they were treating the death of another Russian expatriate as a murder.

Outspoken councilwoman gunned down in Rio

Thousands of angry and distraught Brazilians have taken to the streets to protest and mourn the shooting death of Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and a prominent critic of police killings in shantytowns.

Small toy makers: Death of Toys 'R' Us leaves a 'big hole'

Bridges and Tunnels

Death Toll Rises to at Least Six in South Florida Bridge Collapse

Several cars were still trapped under the pedestrian walkway, which was designed to connect the campus of Florida International University to the city of Sweetwater.

California Today

California Today: California Today: A Case Against Cuts to Public Pensions

Friday: Joan Baez on retirement, a former reporter now homeless and the death of a retail mecca

My Father's Wake (Book)

Nonfiction: A Matter of Life and Death

A boisterous, loving Irish wake is “the best guide to life you could ever have,” Kevin Toolis writes in his new memoir, “My Father’s Wake.”


Alabama executes murderer; Georgia puts 'stocking strangler' to death

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Alabama on Thursday executed a 50-year-old man convicted for the kidnapping and murder of a woman in 2000, and Georgia put to death a man dubbed the "stocking strangler."


Pedestrian-friendly road design law tied to fewer traffic deaths

(Reuters Health) - Pedestrian deaths have decreased significantly in Florida since the state implemented a law mandating roadway design that accommodates walkers and cyclists from the beginning, according to a new study.

Airlines and Airplanes

Fallout for United Airlines Continues After Death of Kokito the French Bulldog

The airline admitted fault, as senators introduced a bill designed to prevent more animals from dying in flight.


Senators propose bill to bar airlines from endangering animals

(Reuters) - Two. U.S. senators on Thursday unveiled legislation to explicitly bar airlines from putting animals in danger by placing them in overhead baggage compartments, after the recent death of a puppy on board a passenger aircraft.


FDA takes fresh step towards curbing U.S. nicotine addiction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a fresh step on Thursday towards setting a maximum nicotine level for tobacco products in a bid to lower tobacco-related deaths across the country, saying it would collect public comment and scientific research over the next three months.

Smoking and Tobacco

Global Health: In Poor Countries, Antismoking Activists Face Threats and Violence

Killings, death threats and “wanted” posters are used to intimidate advocates fighting the spread of tobacco to poor and middle-income nations.

Oklahoma plans to use new execution method

Unable to obtain drugs to use for its lethal injections, Oklahoma will use inert gas inhalation as the primary method for death penalty executions once a protocol is developed and finalized, the state's attorney general announced Wednesday.

Capital Punishment

Oklahoma Turns to Gas for Executions Amid Turmoil Over Lethal Injection

If the plan is approved, it will be the first state to put prisoners to death using nitrogen gas, which starves the body of oxygen.

United had the highest rate of airline pet deaths in 2017. And in 2016. And in 2015

For pets, the skies of United Airlines lately have not been so friendly.


Suspected Florida school shooter silent in court, judge enters not-guilty plea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who faces a possible death penalty for a massacre at a high school last month that killed 17 people and triggered a nationwide walkout of students on Wednesday.

Deaths (Obituaries)

In Death as in Life, Women Count. Here’s How The Times Counted Them.

As we embarked on the Overlooked project, we wanted to be able to show how the gender breakdown had changed over time. That turned out to be a project unto itself.

Hawking, Stephen W

Stephen Hawking, in His Own Words

“I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first.”

United apologizes for dog's death

For more than three hours, a passenger's dog was inside an overhead bin on United Airlines Flight 1284 from Houston to New York after a flight attendant told the passenger to put it there.

Duterte, Rodrigo

Philippines Plans to Withdraw From International Criminal Court

President Rodrigo Duterte said the court, which is investigating deaths tied to his drug crackdown, was painting him as a “heartless violator of human rights.”


Physicist Stephen Hawking, who unlocked the secrets of space and time, dies at 76

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.


Physicist Stephen Hawking, who conquered the stars, dies at 76

LONDON (Reuters) - Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while himself working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.


Florida prosecutor seeking death penalty for accused Parkland gunman

(Reuters) - Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the former student accused of murdering 17 people in a shooting spree last month at a Parkland high school, according to a notice filed in court on Tuesday.

Overdose antidote doesn't always mean fewer deaths

Naloxone, a drug that rapidly reverses opioid overdose, has become more widely available as the United States struggles with an epidemic of drug abuse.

Drug deaths rose 8,370% in some US counties over 34 years

From 1980 to 2014, 2.84 million Americans died of alcohol, drugs, suicide, domestic violence or abuse, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. Perhaps most alarming, drug deaths increased by more than 600% in this time period.

Cruz, Nikolas

Florida Will Seek Execution of Nikolas Cruz in Parkland Shooting Trial

The state attorney for Broward County said he would ask jurors to condemn Mr. Cruz to death after a rampage in Parkland, Fla., left 17 people dead.


Florida prosecutor seeks death penalty for accused school shooter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty in the case against Nikolas Cruz, the former student accused of carrying out the shooting spree last month at a Parkland high school in which 17 people were killed, according to a notice filed in court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Parkland school massacre

Prosecutors will seek to put Nikolas Cruz to death for carrying out last month's massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school, they announced in court filings Tuesday.


Russian associate of late tycoon Berezovsky found dead in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - British counter-terrorism police were on Tuesday investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky but said the death was not thought to be linked to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent.


Tennis: Former Olympic doubles champion Flach dies, aged 54

LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis was mourning the death of former Wimbledon and Olympic doubles champion Ken Flach on Tuesday after the governing body of men's tennis, ATP, confirmed that the American had died at the age of 54.

Lead exposure deaths in US 10 times higher than thought

Lead exposure may be responsible for nearly 10 times more deaths in the United States than previously thought, according to a new study.


Newer gout drug poses risk to heart patients

Gout sufferers with major pre-existing heart disease face a higher risk of death if they are treated with the drug febuxostat, a large long-term study has concluded


Colorado investigator relents after being jailed for refusing to testify in death-row case

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado criminal defense investigator, jailed for refusing to testify in a death row inmate's appeal because of her religious beliefs, has agreed to comply with a prosecution subpoena that could set her free, her attorney said on Sunday.

Miller, Rebecca

With...: Rebecca Miller on the Mother of All Subjects: Her Father

Her new documentary for HBO confronts the complicated legacy of Arthur Miller, who wrote “Death of a Salesman” and married Marilyn Monroe.


Trump unleashed at raucous rally for embattled Pennsylvania Republican

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump attacked his critics, promoted his steel and aluminum tariffs and tossed out an idea to have drug dealers face the death penalty, addressing a raucous rally on Saturday for a Republican congressional candidate in a tight race.

California officer dead as standoff continues

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that resulted in one officer's death and the wounding of another remains underway in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles.

There have been 17 officers shot to death in the first 10 weeks of this year

So far this year, 17 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot.

Salmonella outbreak linked to guinea pigs

A multistate outbreak of salmonella has been linked to pet guinea pigs, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine people have been infected in eight states, and one person has been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

Frazier, Kenneth C

Corner Office: Merck C.E.O. Ken Frazier on Death Row Cases and the Corporate Soul

Corner Office, a regular interview with leading C.E.O.s, returns. In the first installment, Ken Frazier talks about race, justice and his break with President Trump.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

Big City: Reckless Driving and the Limits of Vision Zero

The death of two children crossing a busy street in Brooklyn suggests that the war on pedestrian fatalities is really a war against unfit motorists.


Japan probes possible suicide of finance official amid cronyism scandal: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police are investigating as possible suicide the death of an official at a finance ministry bureau that handled a land deal at the heart of a cronyism scandal threatening Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's popularity, media said on Friday.


Second man pleads guilty in Texas death of 10 immigrants in truck

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A second man pleaded guilty on Thursday to arranging the transport of dozens of immigrants across Texas last year that ended with 10 of them dead or dying in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio parking lot.


Los Angeles prosecutors decline to charge police officer in deadly 2015 shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors said on Thursday they would not charge a former police officer in the 2015 shooting death of an unarmed man, despite a call by the city's police chief to do so.

CDC identifies a mystery cluster of deaths among dentists

A cluster of cases of a progressive lung disease occurred among dentists and other dental workers treated at one Virginia care center, according to Thursday's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Review: The Slapstick Horror of ‘The Death of Stalin’

Armando Iannucci’s movie is a very funny comedy about life, death and totalitarianism, and it features a superb Steve Buscemi as Khrushchev.


Toxic particle linked to diesel kills 6,000 a year in Germany: Agency

BERLIN (Reuters) - Some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in Germany, the Federal Environmental Agency said on Thursday, providing more evidence of the health hazards posed by the toxic particles mostly produced by diesel engines.

Race and Ethnicity

From the Death Desk: Why Most Obits Are Still of White Men

The obituaries editor describes his report as being like a rearview mirror, a reflection of a past where the levers of power were held by white men. And he lets us in on how obit subjects are chosen.


Danish inventor denies murder in Swedish journalist death trial: lawyer

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish inventor Peter Madsen denies murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homebuilt submarine in August but admits indecent handling of a corpse, his defense lawyer said at the opening of his trial in Copenhagen on Thursday.


Papua New Guinea sees long recovery ahead as quake death toll tops 100

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Papua New Guinea faces a long road to recovery after the powerful earthquake that hit the nation's rugged highlands more than 10 days ago, with the death toll now believed to have climbed to more than 100, its leader said.


'Death by China' economist ascendant as Trump pushes tariffs, hits China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An economist who believes that Chinese goods are literally poisoning Americans, advocates ending Washington's "One China" policy and says trade deals have weakened the United States economically with the connivance of U.S. business has emerged as the big winner from renewed turmoil in the White House.

Death row inmate sues after 'botched' execution

An Alabama death row inmate whose execution went wrong is asking that his death sentence be vacated. The attempted execution was "botched and bloody," as the inmate's lawyer put it, and left the inmate under "physical and mental duress."

Chrissy Teigen mourns death of her dog

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are mourning the loss of a four-legged member of their family -- their beloved dog, Puddy.

A chilling reminder of suspicious deaths in UK

Questions are swirling over how a Russian official turned British spy and his daughter ended up slumped over a shopping center bench in southern England on Sunday after "suspected exposure to an unknown substance," as police say.

Cecil the lion suffered for 10 hours before dying, a new book claims

When Cecil the lion was killed outside of a national park in Zimbabwe in 2015, it sparked worldwide ire and months of mourning and attention. Cecil, a large black-maned lion, was a protected animal and his death at the hands of an American dentist on a hunting trip was analyzed from every possible angle.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

For de Blasio, Crash That Killed 2 Children Strikes Close to Home

The absence of charges in the deaths of the children inflamed tensions between traffic advocates and the police, with the mayor in the middle.


At least 18 killed as second earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY (Reuters) - At least 18 people have been killed by a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck Papua New Guinea's mountainous Southern Highlands early Wednesday, an official said, adding to the death toll from a larger quake nine days ago.


House to debate bill to reduce violence in schools

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will debate bipartisan legislation next week aimed at preventing violence at schools following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday.


Is Leonard Cohen the New Secular Saint of Montreal?

More than a year after his death, the poet, novelist and singer-songwriter is experiencing a cultural resurgence in the city of his birth.


Russia and U.S. air strikes caused mass civilian deaths in Syria: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition killed civilians in Syria on a large scale last year, while the Assad government carried out unlawful chemical weapon attacks in rebel-held eastern Ghouta, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Tuesday.


Lens: Finding Tenderness in Communities Affected by Manila’s Anti-Drug Killings

Hannah Reyes Morales photographed scenes of death in Manila during the anti-drug campaign. She later returned to those sites to capture the daily lives of residents living in the midst of violence.


Soccer: Italy prosecutors open investigation into Astori death

ROME (Reuters) - Italian public prosecutors are to open proceedings to determine whether the sudden death on Sunday of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori could be considered as manslaughter.


Magnitude 6.0 aftershock rattles quake-hit PNG highlands as toll rises

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Strong aftershocks rocked Papua New Guinea's remote and rugged highlands on Monday, as the death toll climbed to 55 from a 7.5-magnitude earthquake a week ago, and is expected to rise further.


Box office: 'Black Panther' tops $500 million, dominates 'Red Sparrow,' 'Death Wish'

LOS ANGELES, ( - Disney-Marvel's "Black Panther" is continuing its super-heroic run, grossing a stunning $501.1 million in North America in only 17 days and becoming the 10th highest grosser of all time.


Authorities Say Man Shoots Himself to Death Near White House

The Secret Service says a man shot himself to death Saturday as he stood near the fence along the north side of the White House.


Suspect Detained in Killing of the Indian Journalist Gauri Lankesh

Naveen Kumar, a member of a far-right Hindu group, was held in connection with the death of Ms. Lankesh, a critic of the government.


Police arrest Michigan college student suspected of killing parents

(Reuters) - A student at Central Michigan University suspected of shooting to death his parents inside a campus dormitory during a domestic dispute was arrested on Saturday, the school said, after a daylong manhunt.


Police seek Michigan college student suspected of killing parents

(Reuters) - A student at Central Michigan University suspected of shooting to death his parents inside a campus dormitory during a domestic dispute on Friday was still at large, authorities said, and the campus remained largely shut down.

Classical Music

100 Years After Debussy’s Death, He Remains the First ‘Modern’ Composer

The pianist Stephen Hough celebrates Debussy’s slipping, slinking, sparkling piano works, in which he developed his revolutionary approach to music.

School bus driver convicted in deaths of 6 children

A bus driver on trial for his role in the death of six elementary school students was found guilty Thursday on numerous charges relating to a crash in November 2016.

Trump hails drug death penalty nations

President Trump spoke at an opioid discussion at the White House. He said they may sue drug companies and praised countries that have the death penalty for drug dealers.


Almost any amount of exercise may help older men win longevity race

(Reuters Health) - Older men may face a premature death if they spend most of the day sitting around, but it doesn’t require a huge amount of exercise to increase their chances of living longer, a study in the UK suggests.

Pakistan's blasphemy laws persecute weakest of weak

On Saturday, Rome's Colosseum was lit in red in support of persecuted Christians, including Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy laws. At the Rome gathering, Pope Francis described Bibi, alongside a Nigerian woman who was captured by Boko Haram, as "martyrs."


HIV patients with depression face serious risks

(Reuters Health) - The proportion of time patients with HIV spend depressed is directly related to their likelihood of missing doctor appointments, how well their infection is suppressed and their risk of death from any cause, according to a multi-site U. S. study.


CSX outlines path forward after death of former CEO Harrison

(Reuters) - U.S. railroad operator CSX Corp on Thursday reaffirmed its longer-term plan for boosting profitability and outlined financial targets for the next two years, ahead of its first investor day after the death of former chief executive officer, Hunter Harrison.


New York nanny heads to trial in 2012 stabbing deaths of two children

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny accused of stabbing to death two children in her care heads to a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday for opening statements in her trial for the 2012 killing.


Death toll rises to 31 in PNG quake as weather and damage hamper relief effort

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The death toll from the strongest earthquake to strike Papua New Guinea's rugged interior in almost a century has climbed to 31 and would probably rise further, officials said on Thursday, as damage to roads, runways and phone lines slowed relief efforts.

Opinion: Last surviving member of Kerner panel: 50 years later, America is still divided

"A physician's warning of approaching death, with a prescription for life."

Lion mauls woman to death at popular wildlife sanctuary

A young woman was mauled to death Tuesday by a lion during a visit to a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa run by Kevin Richardson, the so-called "lion whisperer."


Firearm-related injuries drop during NRA conventions

(Reuters Health) - Gunshot-related deaths and injuries temporarily show a dramatic decline when the National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention, according to a new analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The devastating death of the first pope

The new CNN Original Series, "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History," explores the apostle Peter's critical role in the formation of the Catholic Church. Watch Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Opinion: Arrests won't stop drug war

America's opioid abuse epidemic seems unstoppable. In 2015, the American Society of Addiction Medicine reported that there were 20.5 million Americans living with a substance abuse disorder, including 2 million involving prescription pain relievers, and 591,000 involving heroin. With 64,000 deaths reported from overdoses in 2016, and over 50,000 of those deaths specifically from opioids, the number of Americans struggling with addiction has continued to rise.


Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.

In Jordan Harrison’s wily comedy, a medieval theater troupe tries to outrun the Black Death — and the critics.

Fed chair talks recession risk

Will there be a "Group of Death" in the 2018 World Cup? Find out as FIFA unveils where all 32 countries will be slotted.

Syrian activist: We're sick of waiting on death row

Today was my first day in the basement. I ran down after missiles struck our house at night. In under two minutes, my family and I crossed 150 meters to the nearest makeshift shelter for women and children. We had no time to take any of our belongings with us. We just wanted to escape the hellfire raining on us.

Capital Punishment

Op-Ed Columnist: Death Penalty Madness in Alabama

It is time to grant Doyle Lee Hamm, survivor of the execution chamber, clemency.

North Carolina man killed on Facebook Live minutes after leaving police station

Police in North Carolina are searching for a suspect in the shooting death of a man who was killed while streaming live on Facebook, according to CNN affiliate WSOC-TV.


ExxonMobil shuts LNG plant in Papua New Guinea; reports of casualties

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - ExxonMobil Corp has shut its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in the wake of a powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea's remote highlands region that cut off roads and damaged buildings, with unconfirmed reports of 20 or more deaths.

The legacy of Gustav Klimt and his enduring 'Kiss'

In an upmarket Vienna suburb stands an elegant white villa that once contained the studio of Gustav Klimt. With this month marking 100 years since the painter's death, a visit still reveals much about how he lived and worked.

Toxic lie about gun violence hurts most vulnerable

An NYPD sergeant named Hugh Barry, a 32-year-old white man, was recently acquitted of murder in the death of a 66-year-old black woman named Deborah Danner. Deborah Danner had long been diagnosed with schizophrenia. In 2016, a building security guard called 911, saying that Danner was causing a disturbance in a hallway and that he needed help. As is often the case in this country, that help came in the form of the police.


Slovak Journalist Found Shot to Death at Home

Jan Kuciak’s fiancée was also killed. The killings appeared related to his coverage of tax evasion and corruption in Slovakia.


Review: Who Killed Biggie and Tupac? ‘Unsolved’ Might Know

A 10-part limited series on USA is a lightly fictionalized account of the various investigations into the two rappers’ deaths two decades ago.


Pioneering approach to addiction in Rhode Island jails saves lives

(Reuters Health) - An innovative program offering all of Rhode Island’s prisoners methadone and other drugs to treat opioid-use disorders has slashed overdose deaths in the state during its first year, according to a new study.


British boxing in shock after Westgarth death

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of heavyweight Scott Westgarth was described as a disaster by British Boxing chief Robert Smith on Monday although he said it was impossible to make the sport 100 percent safe.