Lung cancer death rate continues slide
On the strength of anti-smoking campaigns and better medical treatments, the number of deaths attributed to lung cancer has declined dramatically over the past 25 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation’s lung cancer death rate reached a historic high of 59.3 deaths per 100,000 persons in 1990, and has declined in each year since 2000 to 40.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2015. The decline has been greater for males (from 91.1 to 49.5 deaths per 100,000 males between 1990 and 2015) than for females (from 37.1 to 33.5 deaths per 100,000 females between 1990 and 2015).
Digital Congressional Record reaches back to 1891
The Government Publishing Office added two more decades of Congressional Record editions that were published between 1891 and 1911 to its digitized collection. When the digitizing project is completed, the collection will provide online access to every Congressional Record dating back to its initiation in 1873. The newly added editions contain debates and proceedings of the 52nd through 61st Congresses. Among historic events during these years was the Spanish-American War, the first flight by the Wright Brothers, and congressional passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act.
Ponzi scheme wrapped inside a consumer fraud
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission warned consumers of a fraud that entices them to buy a product and invest in a Ponzi scheme. According to the SEC, consumers buy a subscription or a product with the promise of an easy payday by merely clicking on a certain number of online ads. The SEC said the scammers used the “buy-in” fees paid by new investors to pay the earlier investors, a transaction that is the hallmark of an illegal Ponzi scheme.
Felon sentenced for gun possession
Jeff Green, a 59-year-old resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was given a nine-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of three handguns. Ordinarily, his case would not draw public attention. But it was Green’s 15th conviction for a felonious crime, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives said. When last arrested, Anchorage police found a handgun in Green’s pocket and two more guns in a storage closet adjacent to his apartment. Green had cut a hole in a wall so he could easily retrieve the guns without having to leave his apartment.
Drug take-back day snags record pill haul
Last weekend’s 14th prescription drug take back event, coming on the heels of widely publicized campaigns against opioid addiction, brought more than 900,000 pounds of outdated and unwanted prescriptions. The drugs will be destroyed by the Drug Enforcement Administration which has emptied over 9 million pounds of prescription drugs from America’s medicine cabinets since the event’s 2010 inauguration. The 14th event was conducted at more than 5,300 collection sites throughout the country.
Mobsters plead guilty to extortion
Ralph Santaniello, 50, and Giovanni Calabrese, 54, both of Longmeadow, Mass., and both members of the Genovese organized crime family, pleaded guilty to making violent threats to extort money from a businessman. The Department of Justice said Santaniello and Calabrese threatened to behead the businessman if he refused to pay them $20,000 to protect himself and his business.
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