‘Take all their excuses away’: Hard cases in heroin fight

In this Tuesday, Oct. 24, photo, Richard Rivera lies in his Saint Anthony Hospital bed a few days after arriving sick from heroin withdrawal in Chicago. His public health insurance would cover three days in the hospital's new medical detox unit. Hours later, just moments from going to a sober-living facility, Rivera complained of chest pains that took him away from the watchful eye of the medical detox staff. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin. His next stop: a sober-living facility.

Sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction, but is it real?

This undated shows the campus of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, a sex addiction rehab center in Hattiesburg, Miss. High-profile sex-related accusations against celebrities, politicians and media members have put a spotlight on sex addiction. Skeptics question whether it’s a true addiction or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame. Treatment at Pine Grove and other high-profile residential rehab centers can cost tens of thousands of dollars and despite country club-like settings, there's nothing cushy or indulgent about sex addiction therapy, said Robert Weiss, a California-based sex addiction therapist. (Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services via AP)

Is sex addiction a true addiction, a crime, or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame or repair tarnished images?

Police look for better ways to deal with people in crisis

In a Saturday, June 24, 2017 photo, Maggie Calderon, Juan Gabriel Torres' ex-girlfriend and mother of his children, Juan Gabriel Torres Jr., center, Breeana Torres, background, and Jerry Torres not pictured, gather together for the birthday of Juan Gabriel Torres, at the Lohman Avenue bridge where they made a memorial. The 36-year-old Torres was fatally shot by LCPD officers Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, on Lohman Avenue after allegedly committing a robbery and stealing a pickup truck earlier in the day. Programs in Houston and Santa Fe could be models for how area law enforcement agencies respond to crises sparked by people whose actions are determined as much by mental illness and substance abuse as willful defiance of the law. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Juan Gabriel Torres twice drank a beer in front of police officers while in possession of a knife in 2016. The first time, he was arrested. The next time, he was shot dead.

Report: Agency holding nuke bombs grapples with oversight

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted by the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. By conducting some of the most high-tech research in the world, maintaining the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleaning up after decades of bomb-making, the Department of Energy has its share of management challenges. A report released this week outlines some of those challenges while providing a look at the expansive scope of the department's responsibilities and costly liabilities. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has its share of challenges as it conducts some of the world’s most high-tech research, maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleans up after decades of bomb-making.

AP word cloud: The message in Pyongyang’s propaganda

This image made on Dec. 4, 2017, shows a word cloud representing a visual display of terms used by the North Korean government's Korean Central News Agency's English-language service. The Associated Press boiled down 1,542 stories filed between July 1 and Oct. 11, 2017, by the official North Korean news agency to a list of the words that appear most frequently. The resulting word cloud reveals some of the key patterns Pyongyang employs in its rhetorical wars with Washington. (AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang)

TOKYO (AP) — Kim. Nuclear. War.

Iran TV videos target 2 detainees accused of espionage

Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe who is detained in Iran, during a public demonstration to the Shia Islamic Centre of England in north London, calling for her release from prison, Saturday Nov. 25, 2017. Mother of young child Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held in Iran since April 2016, accused of spying which she denies. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state television aired videos Sunday targeting a Briton and an American serving time on espionage charges, likely trying to pressure the U.S. and Britain as London considers making a $530 million payment to Tehran.

Pope’s visit important for tiny Asia Catholic populations

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, ethnic Kachin Christians arrive at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Yangon, Myanmar. Pope Francis on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 begins a six-day trip to the two countries. While attention will focus on how Francis addresses the Rohingya Muslim crisis, the trip also holds huge significance for the tiny Catholic communities in each country. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday begins a six-day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. While attention will focus on how Francis addresses the Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, the trip also holds huge significance for the tiny Catholic communities in each country.

Extremists go Hollywood to recruit ‘heroes’ in their ranks

FILE - This image made from video posted on a militant website July 5, 2014, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivering a sermon at a mosque in Iraq during his first public appearance. The Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they too can be a hero like Bruce Willis’ character in “Die Hard.”(Militant video via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis’ character in “Die Hard.”

FBI gave heads-up to few of Russian hackers’ U.S. targets

Traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building Wednesday night, Nov. 1, 2017. Scores of U.S. diplomatic, military and government figures were not told about attempts to hack into their emails even though the FBI knew they were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI failed to notify scores of U.S. officials that Russian hackers were trying to break into their personal Gmail accounts despite having evidence for at least a year that the targets were in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, The Associated Press has found.

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