What to Know
- Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from prison, his attorney says
- CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to do so
- Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are suing the NFL and the Patriots over his death after a brain study showed the he suffered from CTE
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“Deranged” Trump Will “Pay Dearly” for Threat, Kim Jong Un Says
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon. Kim said Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country." He also described the U.S. president as "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire." Later, South Korean media reported North Korea's top diplomat says his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean to fulfill leader Kim Jong Un's vow to take the "highest-level" action against the United States. Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho comments on the sidelines of a United Nations gathering followed an extraordinary direct statement by Kim in response to Trump's threat to "totally destroy" the North. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports that Ri told reporters in New York that a response "could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific."
Ex-Mafia Hit Man “Sammy the Bull” Out of Prison
Former Mafia hit man Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano has been released early from federal prison after serving most of a 20-year sentence for drug-related convictions in Arizona and New York, his attorney said. Thomas Farinella said his 72-year-old client was released, but wouldn't disclose where Gravano served his time or where he plans to live now that he's a free man. Arizona Department of Corrections officials said Gravano got released from the state prison system last year, but was incarcerated federally until recently. Authorities said Gravano will be on federal parole for the rest of his life. Gravano was a former underboss for the Gambino crime family and confessed to involvement in 19 murders. He later became a government informant in 1991 and helped bring down 39 mobsters, including the family's boss John Gotti by testifying against him.
With Death Toll at 273, Search for Earthquake Survivors Enters Day 4
Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Mexico's federal police said several people were lifted out of the debris of two buildings. Rescuers removed or broke through slabs until they found cracks that allowed workers to wiggle through to reach the victims, then lift them to safety. The city government said 60 people in all had been rescued since the quake hit at midday Tuesday. Still, with the hours passing, fewer of the living were being found, and the official death toll rose to 273 in Mexico City and several nearby states, with 137 in the capital. The time was nearing when rescuers would be replaced by bulldozers to clear rubble, but officials went to great pains to say it was still a rescue operation.
As Puerto Rico Recovers, Maria Eyes Turks and Caicos
The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as the southeastern Bahamas, as Puerto Rico was still reeling from the storm's devastation. Maria is still a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, sitting 35 miles east-northeast of Grand Turk Island and moving northwest at 7 mph. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, as well as the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Central Bahamas. Two days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity. The storm knocked out the entire grid across the U.S. territory of 3.4 million, leaving many without power.
CVS to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply
CVS Pharmacy will limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for certain conditions, becoming the first national retail chain to restrict how many pain pills doctors can give patients, NBC News reported. When filling prescription for opioid pills, pharmacists will also be required to talk to patients about the risks of addiction, secure storage of medications in the home and proper disposal, the retail pharmacy chain said. The move by CVS to limit prescription opioids like OxyContin or Vicodin to a seven-day supply is a significant restriction for patients — the average pill supply given by doctors in the U.S. increased from 13 days in 2006 to 18 days in 2015, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Aaron Hernandez's Family Suing NFL, Pats After CTE Diagnosis
Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez are suing the NFL and the New England Patriots over his death after a brain study showed the former football star suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Boston on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter. It claims the team and the league deprived Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father. Hernandez's lawyer Jose Baez said Hernandez had Stage 3 out of 4 CTE, usually found in a 67-year-old man. Boston University officials who examined Hernandez's brain said he also had early brain atrophy and perforations in a central membrane. CTE can only be diagnosed in an autopsy. The Patriots did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The NFL said it has not seen a copy of the lawsuit and "cannot comment at this time."