Buffaloes follow lead of live mascot Ralphie for 50th season

“Heeeeere comes Ralphie ,” the live 1,200-pound buffalo who is guided before games — and again after halftime — by five harness-holding handlers. She hits a speed of roughly 20 mph before disappearing into her trailer in the end zone. She’s become a must-see attraction and long been one of college football’s most distinguished mascots.

Help Me! Boy cries as Rohingya boat fleeing Myanmar capsizes

Just moments before, they had huddled together in the relative safety of a small fishing boat filled with refugees from Myanmar that was bound for Bangladesh. They were part of the largest human exodus in Asia since the Vietnam War — a colossal tide of more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims whose homes had been torched by Buddhist mobs and soldiers.

Trump declares opioids a public health emergency

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency — a step that won’t bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills nearly 100 Americans a day but will expand access to medical services in rural areas, among other changes.

Senators rally behind Trump and his agenda after mini-revolt

There was no dam break of Republican rancor against Donald Trump, a day after a pair of the party’s prominent senators denounced their president and invited colleagues to join them. Instead, most GOP lawmakers rallied around Trump and his agenda Wednesday, with one all but saying “good riddance” to Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee.

New screenings begins for passengers on US-bound flights

New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting global travel.

Trump coy on what’s coming out on JFK assassination

He’s been caught between students of the killing who want every scrap of information out on that crucible of history and intelligence agencies that are said to be counseling restraint. How that plays out should be known Thursday, the day set in law 25 years ago for the disclosure of remaining hidden documents on Kennedy’s killing on Nov. 22, 1963. Only the president can hold some back.

Dollars targeting opioids hit hurdles as impatience builds

In some locations, people addicted to opioids are starting to get treatment for the first time. In others, bureaucratic hurdles prevent innovation, driving home the point that gaining ground on the epidemic will be difficult.

Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak cleared of murder

Jurors said prosecutors failed to prove Glenn Chin was responsible for the deaths of people who were injected with mold-contaminated drugs produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham, just west of Boston. As the supervisory pharmacist, Chin oversaw the so-called clean rooms where the drugs were made.

Trump, GOP at odds over using 401(k)s to pay for tax cuts

Rep. Kevin Brady, the chairman of the House’s tax-writing panel, wouldn’t rule out changes to the program used by 55 million U.S. workers who hold some $5 trillion in their 401(k) accounts, a system that has become a touchstone of retirement security for the middle class.