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DOJ sues Walmart for 'fueling the opioid crisis' by 'turning its 5,000 stores into leading suppliers of addictive painkillers and failing to properly screen questionable prescriptions'

The Department of Justice has sued Walmart, accusing the retail giant of fueling the opioid crisis by unlawfully dispensing controlled substances from its thousands of pharmacies across the country. The 160-page civil complaint filed on Tuesday accuses Walmart of hundreds of thousands of violations of the Controlled Substances Act and seeks penalties which could total in the billions of dollars. As one of the largest pharmacy chains and wholesale drug distributors in the country, Walmart had the responsibility and the means to help prevent the diversion of prescription opioids,' said Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, in a statement.  'Instead, for years, it did the opposite — filling thousands of invalid prescriptions at its pharmacies and failing to report suspicious orders of opioids and other drugs placed by those pharmacies,' he added. Walmart blasted the lawsuit as factually inaccurate and legally baseless in a strongly wor

Snakes on a plate! Up to 300,000 monster pythons are laying waste to Florida's wildlife. The state's solution? Start eating them. But, asks TOM LEONARD, will U.S. diners really get a taste for hiss and chips?

Watching a Burmese python prepare its dinner is not a pretty sight, as hunter Mike Kimmel recently discovered. He narrowly avoided becoming the main course for a 17ft-long monster he'd disturbed on a small island deep in the Everglades, the 1.5 million acres of wetlands in southern Florida. When Kimmel, a licensed python hunter, grabbed it by its tail rather than following standard procedure and holding it by its massive head, he didn't allow for the creature's huge reach. The snake sank its sharp teeth — rearward-pointing to better impale and hold prey — into his arm, slicing a vein just below his elbow and sending blood spattering everywhere. He was just seconds away from the snake wrapping its body around him and contracting its immensely powerful muscles to squeeze out his life. Instead, the lone hunter — one of the superstars of this dangerous profession — managed to tie up his bloody arm using a cloth snake bag without letting go of the writhing reptile. Mike Kimmel i

Hope Hicks gets plum spot on Fulbright board as Donald Trump hands out sinecures before leaving White House - including Kennedy Center role for model agent who discovered Melania

President Donald Trump, less than a month away from leaving office, has named a spate of loyalists to plum boards – placing longtime aide Hope Hicks get the group overseeing Fulbright scholars and putting the businessman who introduced him to the first lady on the Kennedy Center board.  Paulo Zampolli introduced Trump to the the former Melania Knauss when she was a Slovenian model at the Kit Kat club in 1998. He will not sit on the board of the Kennedy Center – nabbing a prestigious perk in Washington social circles (although indoor concerts are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic). The Italy-born Zampolli ran a modeling business in New York, and attended the couple's wedding at Mar-a-Lago. He also helped secure Melania her first visa (she is now a U.S. citizen, as are her two parents).  ON BOARD! Hope Hicks has been named to a board overseeing Fulbright scholars The Kennedy Center post could provide opportunities to score tickets to the National Symphony or the Washington Na

Pence claims 'we're going to keep fighting' to overturn election in speech to student supporters screaming 'stop the steal' - after Trump fumes VP is not doing enough to keep him in office and threatens to fire WH counsel Pat Cipollone

Vice President Mike Pence delivered a fiery speech to screaming young MAGA supporters at a Turning Point USA conference Tuesday – where he publicly endorsed the president's effort to challenge the election results without backing any specific conspiracy charge.  'As our election contest continues, I'll make you a promise. We’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted,' Pence told the crowd on a trip to Florida. 'We're going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out,' he added.  He urged screaming young supporters to 'stay in the fight' – even as the crowd cheered to 'stop the steal' and called for 'four more years.' Vice President vowed to 'keep fighting until every legal vote is counted,' after the Electoral College met and made Joe Biden's win official 'Stay in the fight.  Stay in the fight in our election. Stay in the fight in Georgia’s election. And stay in the fight every day that fo

Elderly man, 77, is accused of sexually abusing four girls as young as nine under the water at a public swimming pool

A man is accused of sexually touching four girls while they were swimming at a pool on the NSW South Coast. Police say two girls aged 11 and nine were swimming at a pool in Kiama on October 3 when a man swam close to the girls before touching them on the leg area. The girls left the pool and reported the incident to staff and police. A man, 77, has been arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station for allegedly sexually touching young girls at a public swimming pool The young girls aged between nine and 11 reported the incident to staff and police (stock image) A second incident occurred on October 8 where police say the man approached two girls - aged 11 and 10 - swimming at the same pool and allegedly touched them underwater on their back and legs. This incident was also reported to staff and police. Detectives arrested a 77-year-old man on Tuesday at Lake Illawarra Police Station. He was charged with six counts of sexually touching a person without consent and was granted co

Australia to bring in world's toughest laws to smash trolls who post revenge porn and other abuse with fines up to $111,000

Australia's cyber watchdog is set to be given new powers to take on internet trolls who post revenge porn and other abuse including huge fines in a world first.  The laws provide new safeguards for adults experiencing online abuse and would require social media platforms to take down offensive material within 24 hours and and provide the identity of those who post the content.  Adults who post material which causes serious harm to victims such as revenge porn or death threats can be hit with huge fines of up to $111,000 under the new legislation being introduced to parliament.  In a world first, Australia's cyber watchdog is set to be given new powers to take on internet trolls who post revenge porn and other abuse including huge fines (stock image)  'Too many Australians are victims of vicious, intimidating trolling on the internet ... Too often people feel they can say and do the most atrocious things online with complete impunity,' communications minister Paul Fletch

Meet Trump's latest election fraud advisor: Ousted Overstock CEO had sex with Russian honeytrap, claimed he had mission from Obama to 'bribe' Hillary and hired hackers to 'prove' election was rigged for Biden

The latest addition to Donald Trump's cabal of election fraud 'advisors' is a retail tycoon turned conspiracy theorist who claims he worked undercover for the FBI and President Obama to catch Hillary Clinton taking foreign bribes. Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne says he was visited in 2015 by two 'Men In Black' who told him: 'The Bureau is setting Hillary Clinton up in a sting. We need you to facilitate a bribe for her.' Byrne, 58, led e-commerce giant Overstock for two decades before stepping down last year when it was revealed he was romantically involved with Maria Butina, a Russian spy jailed for seeking to influence US policy. He argued, however, that he slept with the flame-haired secret agent on the orders of FBI handlers so they could monitor alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election. In recent months Byrne, a flamboyant libertarian who once parachuted into the opening of his former company's headquarters, has turned his atten

Five-year-old boy wakes up to find his parents' bodies after suspected murder-suicide and walks hundreds of metres to his uncle's house to yell 'help, my mummy's dead'

A five-year-old boy walked hundreds of metres to call for help after waking up to find his parents dead from a suspected murder-suicide.   The boy walked through the streets of Townsville, in North Queensland, to the home of his uncle after making the grim discovery on Tuesday morning. 'He's attended an address and provided some information, very limited, that resulted in other people going and identifying that two people were deceased in the other house,' Detective Inspector David Miles said. Police were called to the property on Fulham Road in Gulliver, Townsville, about 9.15am. A five-year-old boy walked to help after finding his parents dead in their North Queensland home. Pictured: police at the scene Police were called to the home on Fulham Road in Gulliver, Townsville, on Tuesday morning 'Any death is a tragedy... in this instance ... we have a young person who is without parents and obviously he's been subjected to an extremely tragic set of circumstances,&

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner's personal bankers QUIT Deutsche Bank amid internal probe and Manhattan DA's investigation into president's taxes

President Donald Trump's longtime banker at Deutsche Bank AG will be stepping down from the German lender. Rosemary Vrablic, a managing director and senior banker in the lender's wealth management division, recently handed in her resignation, which the bank accepted effective as of year-end, Dan Hunter, a spokesman for the lender, confirmed. According to the New York Times, which first reported Vrablic's resignation, she arranged for the lender to grant hundreds of millions of dollars of loans to Trump's company. Rosemary Vrablic is stepping down from her post as a Deutsche Bank executive. She is seen here with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner The resignation of another longtime colleague of Vrablic, Dominic Scalzi, has also been accepted by the bank, Hunter said. The German bank became Trump's primary lender before his presidency, at a time when other lenders were begging off. 'I’ve chosen to resign my position with the bank effective Dec. 31 and am looking forw

12 hours til freedom? Minister drops hint about Christmas Day Covid restrictions as New South Wales reportedly records no major spike in community cases

New South Wales has recorded 'similar' coronavirus case numbers to Tuesday's eight with no major spike in infections. Northern Beaches residents are set to have a more restricted Christmas than the rest of the city, with Gladys Berejiklian to announce the rules at 11am. On Wednesday morning the premier was in a three-hour 'crisis meeting' with health bosses and police chiefs to discuss which restrictions to impose on five million residents of Australia's biggest city.  NSW Police Minster David Elliot earlier told Sunrise that it's 'highly possible' the Northern Beaches, which has been in lockdown since Saturday, would still have different rules to the rest of Sydney. 'It's highly possible because you've got the cluster that has been identified,' he said.    But he hinted that full lockdown will not be renewed for the area beyond 11.59pm, saying: 'The Premier, I can assure you, wants everyone to have as normal a Christmas as possib