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FDA cautions some people using pets to obtain opioids

Pet owners could be stealing opioids that were meant for their pets, according to a statement Wednesday from Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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“We recognize that opioids and other pain medications have a legitimate and important role in treating pain in animals -- just as they do for people,” Gottlieb said. “But just like the opioid medications used in humans, these drugs have potentially serious risks, not just for the animal patients, but also because of their potential to lead to addiction, abuse and overdose in humans who may divert them for their own use.”

Gottlieb’s statement comes a week after a paper released by the American Journal of Public Health urged the veterinary, public health, pharmaceutical and regulatory communities to address prescription opioid diversion in veterinary medicine, CNN reported.

"I was thrilled to see the FDA commissioner make a statement that not only validated our findings but also demonstrates why research is so important for good policy," Liliana Tenney, a senior instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus who co-authored the paper, CNN reported.

Serena Williams learned sister's killer was paroled before worst loss of career

Serena Williams said she learned 10 minutes before the worst defeat of her professional tennis career that the man who killed her older sister had been paroled, Time reported.

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Williams, who owns an Open-era 23 Grand Slam singles titles, lost 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes to Johanna Konta on July 31 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

Time published an interview Thursday that detailed Williams’ comeback after her pregnancy and the challenges of balancing motherhood and her professional career.

Williams told the magazine that she learned that Robert E. Maxfield, who was convicted in 2003 of killing 31-year-old Yetunde Price, was paroled three years short of his full sentence, ESPN reported.

"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Williams told Time.

"I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said after her loss to Konta. "When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say."

Williams said she found out about Maxfield’s parole while checking her Instagram account, ESPN reported.

"It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me,” Williams told Time. “And how much I love them."

"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."

Williams was asked if she could forgive Maxfield but told Time she was “not there yet.”

“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (daughter) Olympia that as well.” Williams told the magazine. “I want to forgive. I have to get there. I'll be there."

Multiple students arrested after brawl at Indianapolis high school

Thirteen students were arrested after a brawl Thursday at an Indianapolis high school, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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The fight, witnessed by more than 100 students, occurred at Arsenal Tech High School, WXIN reported.

Authorities said no weapons were involved during the fight, which began inside the school’s cafeteria and spilled out into the courtyard, the Star reported.

At least seven people were injured and three were taken to the hospital, the newspaper reported. The students arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, the Star reported.

At least one officer used pepper spray to control the crowds, the newspaper reported.

"This is what happens when you put 600 more students on a campus this big. You mix multiple gangs," Merry Juerling, a parent of one of the students, told WXIN. "It is clear they are setting this place up to fail. When you mix 600 new students and multiple gangs this is going to happen and I’m not OK that my child is not safe."

New York boy who drowned gives life to 3 people via transplants

A 23-month-old New York boy who drowned last month has provided life to three people since his death, WSTM reported.

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Jaxson Finizio died July 27, several weeks after he wandered out of a home and into a pool. His family decided to donate the child’s organs, the television station reported.

According to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the donated organs “have given life to others.”

Jaxon's kidneys were transplanted into the body of a man in his early 50s who has been waiting for a donation since August 2016, WSTM reported. His liver was donated to a 16-month-old boy, while his heart was transplanted into the body of a 3-year-old girl, the television station reported.

NYU offering free tuition for medical students

The New York University School of Medicine announced Thursday that it will be offering free tuition to all of its students, WNBC reported.

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The college, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” for graduates, made the announcement during its annual “White Coat Ceremony” for new students and their families, The New York Times reported. The tuition break will cover all current and future students, the newspaper reported.

In a statement, NYU said that it would be the only top-ranked medical school nationally to offer full-tuition scholarships to all students.

Tuition had been expected to be approximately $55,000 for the upcoming school year, WNBC reported.

There are 93 first-year students, and another 350 students who have up to three years left before graduating, the Times reported.

While the tuition burden has been lifted, students still will need to fork over about $29,000 annually for room, board and other expenses, WNBC reported.

Police: Drugs disguised as gummy bears found during South Carolina traffic stop

A South Carolina man was arrested Thursday when police found candy pieces filled with THC during a traffic stop, WYFF reported.

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Clemson police Chief Jimmy Dixon said police found 50 bags of what appeared to be gummy bears but were actually pieces of candy laced with the drug, the television station reported. Police also found approximately five pounds of marijuana, 122 vape pens containing THC and 152 vape pen refills containing THC.

Antonio Mardequez Brown, of Greenville, was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and trafficking marijuana, WYFF reported.

Dixon said the candy bags were labeled, “Keep Away from Children and Pets,” the television station reported.

“The alarming part of this is how similar the bags appear to those purchased in any store for children – that in reality if picked up by a kid is not going to see or read those words,” Dixon told WYFF.

A .40 caliber pistol was found on the front driver’s floorboard of the vehicle, Dixon said.

Veterans Day military parade postponed until 2019; Trump tweets he canceled it

The Veterans Day military parade that President Donald Trump hoped to stage to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day has been postponed, according to the Department of Defense. Meanwhile, the President said he canceled the parade because the price of the parade “was so ridiculously high.”

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“The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America's military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I," Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday. "We originally targeted Nov. 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.”

The parade, scheduled to be in Washington, was to feature armored vehicles, aircraft flyovers and soldiers parading in World War I-era uniforms, CNBC reported. The original cost of the parade was to be approximately $12 million and was based on the cost for the victory parade after the 1991 Gulf War, NBC News reported. The Washington Post estimated the cost of that parade at $8 million.

In February, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Congress the price could be between $10 million to $30 million.

However, CNBC reported that the expected cost had risen to $92 million.

Trump tweeted early Friday that the price he was given for the parade “was so ridiculously high” that he canceled it.

“Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN,” Trump tweeted. “Now we can buy some more jet fighters!”

President Emmanuel Macron of France is hosting world leaders in Paris on Nov. 11 to celebrate the anniversary, CNN reported. Trump said he was inspired to host a similar parade in Washington after viewing the Bastille Day parade in Paris in 2017, CNN reported.

Toledo winners of St. Jude Dream Home contest donate home back to charity

An Ohio couple was one of 40 winners in the nationwide St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, but they did some giving of their own.

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Dianne and Dave Jaeger of Oregon, Ohio, who won the Toledo version of the contest in June, donated the home back to the St. Jude charity, WTOL reported.

Their donation will fund a treatment plan for a child battling cancer, the television station reported.

The Jaegers, who bought 30 tickets for the drawing, said their decision to donate the home was an easy one.

"We have four great, beautiful, grandchildren and we're really thankful for that and we want to help the people that need help,” they told WTOL. “And we're in a position that sometimes we can.”

Waffle House debuts food truck to cater events

Why go to Waffle House for that big event, when it can come to you?

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The Atlanta-based restaurant chain introduced a new food truck that can cater private events, WSYX reported.

On its website, Waffle House notes that the food truck can set up for parties at the office, schools or even at homes. It also can cater tailgating parties, family reunions, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, and corporate events.

“Our team members are available to serve you 24/7 and offer the same unique experience as in (a) restaurant,” the company said on its website.

“We can pull up and cook your desired menu choices for you and your guests," Waffle House said.

The food truck can be rented nationwide, but an extra fee will be charged for locations outside of Georgia, WSYX reported.

Fox News apologizes for misidentifying Patti LaBelle as Aretha Franklin

The singer who demanded respect in an iconic 1960s song was temporarily disrespected in the eyes of some of her fans Thursday, hours after her death. 

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Fox News issued an apology for mistakenly using an image of Patti LaBelle in a news package tribute for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday morning, People reported.

“We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends,” Fox News Vice President Jessica Santostefano said in a statement.

>> Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Franklin, 76, known as the “Queen of Soul,” died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday.

Fox News shared a news package containing highlights of Franklin’s career. Fans noticed, however, that while one slide showed a shot of Franklin prominently on the left side, on the right side, above Franklin’s birth and death dates, was a second image of LaBelle singing, The New York Daily News reported.

“The dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T. That’s really Patti LaBelle in the corner,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

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“Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret,” Santostefano told People.

The image Fox used came from LaBelle’s performance at the White House in 2014, the magazine reported.

“I am deeply saddened about the passing of the Queen of Soul and my sister in song, Aretha Franklin,” LaBelle, 74, wrote on Twitter. “Today the world has experienced a tremendous loss.

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“Aretha was a rare treasure whose unmatched musical genius helped craft the soundtrack to the lives of so many. My sympathy, love and prayers go out to her family, loved ones and fans around the globe.”

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