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Opioid Antidote Can Save Lives, But Deciding When To Use It Can Be Challenging

Public health officials says it's simple to save the lives of people experiencing an opioid overdose: Give an antidote. But for a bystander, that intervention can be daunting.

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New Bill Proposed to Increase Access to Federal Court Records

Theoretically, certain documents are supposed to be freely accessible to the public, including documents contained in the dockets of the federal courts. Congress has permitted the imposition of fees for electronic access to this otherwise freely available documents, imposing a per page fee that, while not particularly excessive, can certainly add up. That access is accomplished through PACER – Public Access to Court Electronic Records. 

The fees, their use, and any “profit” realized via the system, have been the subject of public debate and litigation. Suits include class actions and are premised on overcharges, proper application of collected fees and failure to abide by certain laws, such as the E-Government Act of 2002. While private companies, such as Thompson Reuters and LexisNexis offer paid access with extra bells and whistles, the debate fundamentally centers on what constitutes public “access” to public documents in this day and age.

Recently, in early September, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has introduced a bill to increase transparency and access to these federal court documents. H.R. 6714, the Electronic Court Records Reform Act, seeks to open up PACER to users for free. It requires documents to be added within five days after filed with the court, in a text-searchable and machine-readable format. It also mandates updates to the woefully cludgy system and interface, including improvements to the search function. The bill also seeks to consolidate the Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system. While this system was intended to improve efficiency within the judicial system, it is broken into different systems in different courts, which further obstructs locating records and documents. The Act would unify these disconnected systems under the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Finally, the Act will permit fees to be charged to States that wish to opt into the CS/ECF system.

Who knows if this Bill will pass and the moneymaker that is PACER forever opened up to the masses through free access. It will be interesting to see how this Bill fares and, if it does pass, what it ultimately will look like. You can take a look at the current version of the bill text here.


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'Another Suspicious Package' To CNN Is Intercepted In Atlanta

The announcement comes as bomb suspect Cesar Altieri Sayoc is due to appear in court on Monday, accused of sending packages to CNN and others last week.

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Jimmy Carter Calls For Georgia Secretary Of State's Resignation In Personal Plea

Brian Kemp isn't just overseeing Georgia's gubernatorial election, he's also the GOP nominee. And the former president says that double role — among other controversies — endangers voter confidence.

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Goodbye Gab, a Haven for the Far Right

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:14
After the Squirrel Hill massacre, the tech industry needs to grapple with a major question: Do platforms like Gab radicalize attackers?
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John Glenn Returns to Space on the STS-95 Mission

NASA Image of the Day - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 10:36
Senator John Glenn during water survival training for the STS-95 mission at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. On Oct. 29, 1998, space shuttle Discovery launched with Senator Glenn aboard, as he returned to space for the first time since his 1962 flight.
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What to Expect from Apple's October 30 iPad Pro and Macbook Event

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 10:11
Apple just plain refuses to give your wallet some rest.
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The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 09:45
Dogs have been trained to detect a dozen human diseases—most recently, malaria—but even these pups may ultimately find their jobs replaced by machines.
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The Singular Joy of the Dumb, Fun Slasher-Movie Threequel, From 'Halloween III' to 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3'

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 09:00
The threequel is often the most interesting installment of a long-running horror series, an attempt to break away from its predecessors—no matter how ridiculously.
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Germany's Angela Merkel Says She Won't Seek Re-Election, Will Leave Party Role

Merkel announced that she will step down from leading the Christian Democratic Union after her party struggled in a regional election. Her current term as chancellor runs into 2021.

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We've Been Talking About Self-Driving Car Safety All Wrong

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 08:00
Forget miles driven and disengagements. It's time for a new framework. We just need to figure out what that looks like.
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Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 07:00
A new report calls for more research into carbon capture tech. Problem, though: Who will pay to make it happen?
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San Francisco Tech Billionaires Go to War over Homelessness

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 07:00
Salesforce's Marc Benioff and Square's Jack Dorsey line up on opposite sides of a proposed tax on businesses to fund homeless programs.
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'Fortnite' Scams Are Even Worse Than You Thought

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 06:00
YouTube videos with millions of views. Nearly 5,000 bogus websites. V-Bucks scammers have gotten out of control.
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Bill Of The Month: A $48,329 Allergy Test Is A Lot Of Scratch

A California college professor never imagined that trying to figure out what was causing her rash could wind up costing so much.

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Devin Nunes' Re-Election Tests Whether All Politics Are Now National

Rep. Devin Nunes easily won his last reelection. Now the chair of the House Intelligence Committee is in for the tightest race of his political life, thanks to his views on the Russia investigations.

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As More Democrats Embrace 'Progressive' Label, It May Not Mean What It Used To

More Democratic candidates who call themselves progressive entered the ring in 2018 than in the past several campaigns, but they're not all running on the full Bernie Sanders agenda.

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Brazil's Far-Right Jair Bolsonaro Wins Presidential Runoff

The retired army colonel has expressed admiration for the country's brutal 1964-1985 dictatorship, made incendiary remarks about women, gays and minorities, and decried "fake news."

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Indonesia Airliner Crashes With 188 Aboard

The Lion Air Boeing 737-800 disappeared from radar over the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta's international airport. Indonesian television showed video of an oil slick and a debris field.

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Boston Red Sox Beat LA Dodgers To Win World Series

The Red Sox closed the series game 5-1 on the Dodgers' home turf Sunday. A leadoff home run from Steve Pearce and strong pitching from David Price helped Boston land their fourth title in 15 years.

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