WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is urging first responders to use an overdose-reversal drug to help save lives amid a nationwide resurgence in heroin abuse, a public health scourge claiming the lives of celebrities and young people alike.
Russia and the US ramped up the pressure Wednesday as Washington's top diplomat touched down in Geneva for high-stakes talks on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, where the government is losing control of the separatist east. US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet his Russian, Ukrainian and EU counterparts Thursday in a bid to defuse soaring tensions in the ex-Soviet republic, where pro-Russia militants have taken control of parts of the nation's southeastern industrial heartland. The crunch talks come after a military operation ordered by Kiev to oust the separatists collapsed, with militants showing no sign of budging and even humiliating the government by seizing army vehicles originally dispatched to clear them out. The situation was such that a concerned NATO said it was deploying more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" Ukraine, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in February.
OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — Urging the U.S. to keep up in the global skills race, President Barack Obama on Wednesday highlighted $600 million in new job-training grants that he said could help people land well-paying jobs.