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Drug price hikes can damage company reputations: White House WASHINGTON: The White House on Wednesday said pharmaceutical firms risked damaging their reputations with big price hikes, but it sidestepped commenting directly on Mylan NV's decision to raise the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen. "I'm obviously not going to make specific comments to specifically second guess the pricing strategy of one private enterprise," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing. "I will observe, however, that pharmaceutical companies that often try to portray themselves as the inventors of life-saving medication often do real damage to their reputation by being greedy and jacking up prices," he said. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Clinton in eye of Trump storm over charity donors NEW YORK: Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Hillary Clinton Tuesday as her campaign battled to silence suggestions that donors to her family's charity paid for access when she was America's top diplomat.The Democratic nominee, looking to make history as America's first female commander-in-chief, is polling well ahead of her Republican rival but has hit choppy waters this week as the Trump campaign has fought to rebound from a series of damaging self-inflicted wounds."Hillary ...

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Clinton details plans to boost small businesses LOS ANGELES: Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday vowed to make starting a small business in the United States as easy as opening a lemonade stand if elected president, targeting a large economic sector and a signifcant voting bloc. Her flagship proposal is to establish a standard tax deduction for small businesses, previously only available to individuals, allowing owners to get tax relief without filing additional forms. Clinton would also expand healthcare tax credits in the ...

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Japan at UN urges N.Korea to refrain from provocations UNITED NATIONS: Japan on Tuesday strongly urged North Korea to refrain from provocations following a string of missile launches and threats from Pyongyang of nuclear retaliation in response to US-South Korean military drills.Japanese senior official Kiyoshi Odawara told a UN Security Council debate on non-proliferation that North Korea's missiles launches, the most recent of which reached Japanese-controlled waters, were "blatant violations" of UN resolutions."Japan strongly urges North Korea to refrain from further provocations and to ...

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Obama defends Louisiana flood response BATON ROUGE: After a much-criticized delay, President Barack Obama visited flood-stricken Louisiana Tuesday, defending his administration's response and urging citizens to pitch in and help ravaged communities.Obama -- decked out in hiking boots and with shirt sleeves rolled up -- touched down in Baton Rouge and toured a hard-hit and debris-strewn parish, promising Louisianans they would get all the help they need.At least 13 people have died and more than 100,000 people have registered for ...

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Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami CHICAGO: Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika acquired by local mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami, where the first locally transmitted US cases were reported. Florida Governor Rick Scott also said there were four new cases of Zika transmission in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, where officials have been aggressively spraying for the mosquitoes that carry the virus for weeks. The state department of health ...

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Clinton ready for 'wacky' debate with Trump WASHINGTON: White House hopeful Hillary Clinton suggested Monday that rival Donald Trump could be an unpredictable adversary in upcoming presidential debates, saying she is girding for "wacky stuff."With the first debate scheduled to take place a month from now near New York, Clinton joked about what to expect from her unorthodox opponent."You've got to be prepared for wacky stuff. I'm planning on drawing off my experiences from elementary school," she said on late-night talk show ...