How EpiPen came to symbolize corporate greed

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EpiPen maker to offer discounts for some patients
EpiPen maker to offer discounts for some patients

The EpiPen scandal has transformed Mylan Pharmaceuticals and its CEO Heather Bresch into the newest symbols of corporate greed.

In the span of just a few weeks, they’ve gone from little-known players in the vast pharmaceutical industry to the targets of national ridicule over a relentless series of EpiPen price hikes.

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Olympic hero given land

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  • Fiji community honors Ben Ryan
  • Olympic hero given plot of land
  • Englishman also receives a Fijian name
  • Expected to leave when coaching deal expires
Fiji is preparing for the departure of Ben Ryan, the English rugby coach who rediscovered his love of the game in a tropical paradise and helped the tiny Pacific Island nation overcome tragedy and win its first gold Olympic medal.
Last week he was awarded the country’s highest honor, being made a Companion of the Order of Fiji by its president Jioji Konrote.
Read more: Fiji hero – ‘The nation is going nuts’
On Monday the 44-year-old was given three acres of land by the people of Serua province, and bestowed with the Fijian name Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, an honorary chief title.
“The land now belongs to him and his family and all his descendants, and he can do anything he wants with the land now, it is his now,” Ratu Kini Vitukawalu, one of the chiefs of Vunibau village, was quoted as saying by Fiji’s Newswire agency.
“And because he has claimed to be one of us, it is only fitting that he has land too to forever tie him to Serua.”
Ryan, who came to Fiji in 2013 with his wife Natalie, said Serua had played a key role in resurrecting the fortunes of sevens in Fiji, where the shortened rugby format is an integral part of community life.
Read more: Hollywood lured by Ryan’s cult of personality
“I love every part of Fiji but this part in particular, Serua,” he said at the ceremony. “Serua will always be our vale (home). I will be back soon, it will always be a place in my heart and I would just like to say a big vinaka vakalevu (thank you).
“This small piece of land is what we have constantly spoke about when we were in the world series, because this is where the work was done and this is where the minds were forged and this is where the players were selected.”
Under Ryan’s guidance, Fiji won back-to-back Sevens World Series titles and went into the Olympics as clear favorite to win gold.
The team thrashed Great Britain 43-7 in the final to earn Fiji’s first medal of any kind at the Summer Games.
The victory brought ecstatic celebrations in a country still dealing with the devastating effects of February’s Cyclone Winstone, which killed more than 40 people and left many homeless.
Read more: Pacific Island rugby – Trouble in paradise?
Ryan said before the Olympics that it would likely be his last tournament in charge of Fiji, with his contract due to expire next month.
He told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that he has received “over 20 offers” including one from the Japanese Rugby Union, which would include coaching the national 15s and sevens teams plus its Sunwolves franchise in the Super Rugby competition.
Get more sevens news at cnn.com/rugby
Japan, which finished a surprise fourth at the Olympics in the men’s competition after losing to Fiji in the semifinals, will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Ryan had previously been coach of England’s sevens team, and took it to the 2013 World Cup final in his final tournament in charge.
He told CNN in March he had felt burnt out by corporate pressures after his seven years in the role, but life in Fiji had helped rejuvenate him — despite not being paid for his first four months due to the national rugby union’s financial problems.

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‘His music’s a legacy’: Gabriel dies

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  • Juan Gabriel was scheduled to perform a concert in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday
  • He led Billboard magazine’s Top Latin Albums chart five times in the past 18 months
For devoted fans around the world, his romantic rancheras were go-to tunes in the soundtracks of their lives.
The 66-year-old music star died in Santa Monica, California, on Sunday morning, two days after a sold-out show and hours before he was set to perform a concert in El Paso, Texas.
A cheering crowd at a Los Angeles arena heard him sing to them onstage for the last time.
Word of the iconic performer’s death sparked an outpouring of condolences from political leaders, rock stars and fans.
Mourners flocked to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to share memories and pay tribute as Gabriel’s music played in the background.

Telenovela of his life story was set to air

Gabriel, whose legal name was Alberto Aguilera Valadez, died of natural causes, Los Angeles County Coroner spokeswoman Selena Barros said.
He had 15 other US tour dates scheduled through early December, and his life story was set to be told in a telenovela airing on Telemundo.
A statement on the singer’s official website announced his death.
“He has gone to become part of eternity and leaves us his legacy through Juan Gabriel, a character he created with the music he sang and performed across this world,” the site said. “Juan Gabriel hasn’t died, as Alberto would say, ‘As long as someone exists who sings my songs, Juan Gabriel will live.'”
Singer Juan Gabriel performs during the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

100 million records sold

In his 45-year career, Gabriel sold more than 100 million records, according to his website. He also wrote songs for other artists and appeared in the 1975 Mexican film, “Nobleza Ranchera,” and four other movies.
From rock to ranchera: Juan Gabriel's songs of heartbreak and rebirth

From rock to ranchera: Juan Gabriel's songs of heartbreak and rebirth

He was nominated for numerous Grammys and was inducted into Billboard’s Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
“We lament the death of Juan Gabriel, one of the biggest musical icons of our country,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said on Twitter Sunday.
He added, “A voice and a talent that represented Mexico. His music is a legacy to the world. He left us too soon. May he rest in peace.”
Known to his fans as El Divo de Juarez, Juan Gabriel led Billboard magazine’s Top Latin Albums charts five times in the past 18 months.
“More leaders than any other artist in that span of time,” according to Billboard.
His website lists more than 60 albums, with the first, “El Alma Joven,” produced in 1971. His classic hits include “Querida,” “Porqué me haces llorar?” “El Noa Noa” and “Hasta que te conocí.”
Juan Gabriel’s gift to me

‘Like losing a family member’

Fans flocked to social media to share their memories — many of them rooted in childhood and family — of the man whose ballads resonated throughout their lives. Many said his death brought them to tears.
One fan tweeted that losing Gabriel “is like losing a family member..he was always at every party and event.”
Another fan wrote: “In the next few days, he’ll be called Mexico’s Elton John, Madonna, Michael Jackson, etc. Don’t believe it. Juan Gabriel was singular.”
The death of Gabriel brought up memories of people’s childhood, waking up to his music in the morning. “I think every Latino household has had the memory of waking up to Juan Gabriel music blasting at least once,” wrote another fan.
Gabriel was remembered for his impact. “We lost our Prince, our Bowie, our Elton John. Juan Gabriel broke stereotypes in our community for decades,” tweeted Mariana Atencio, a news anchor on Fusion and Univison.

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‘Shoeys’ and sit-downs: Weekend’s big talkers

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  • Mark Webber drinks champagne from Daniel Ricciardo’s race boot
  • Justin Rose shows off his gold medal during The Barclays tournament
In New York, golfer Justin Rose put in a different sort of gold medal performance, while at the Belgian Grand Prix a former F1 star showed that he is still a good sport.
Here are the some of the moments that got you talking.

Webber does a ‘shoey’

After Daniel Ricciardo marked a podium finish in his 100th grand prix with a shoeful of champagne last month, he’s now passed the buck — and the boot — onto F1 racer-turned-pundit Mark Webber.
At Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, the former Red Bull driver reluctantly took up Ricciardo’s challenge to drink from his sweaty race shoe after the Aussie finished second behind race winner Nico Rosberg.
“He flew the flag for Australia as he always has!” joked Ricciardo.
“True blue mate,” responded Webber, alluding to the popular Australian drinking song of the same name.
A grin from Daniel; a grimace from Mark. Aussie Grit indeed.

Arise Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara

Englishman Ben Ryan has been honored by the people of Serua having guided Fiji’s rugby sevens team to the island nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal this summer.
Thousands lined the streets to greet the players as they made their triumphant return last week and now Ryan, who started coaching Fiji in 2013, has been gifted three acres of land and the chiefly name Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara.

Golden Rose

Gold in Rio was also in the offing for golfer Justin Rose, as the Brit held his nerve to win the first medal of its kind since 1904.
Having made history, Rose hasn’t consigned his prize to the trophy cabinet just yet. Rather, as he prepared for his final putt at The Barclays Tournament, his caddie Mark Fulcher placed the medal around his neck — delighting spectators gathered around the 18th green.
Rose may have ended up nine shots off the lead but, as a TV commentator put it, “that’s a nice thing to have in your golf bag.”

Head, shoulders, knees and elbows

He’s never been sent off for Manchester City, but Sergio Aguero could miss the next three games — including the Manchester derby — if found guilty of elbowing West Ham United’s Winston Reid at the Etihad Stadium during Sunday’s English Premier League clash.
The defender was substituted after the incident but Aguero stayed on the pitch as City ran out 3-1 winners.
The Argentinian striker, who picked up a calf injury during the match and will now miss the upcoming World Cup 2018 qualifiers, could be retrospectively punished by the English FA because referee Andre Marriner did not see the clash.

Kaepernick’s sit-down protest

Finally, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat in protest during the national anthem for a pre-season game, saying he would not honor a song nor “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” he told NFL Media. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
An image of the 28-year-old sitting was posted on Twitter.

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Ashley Graham: Embracing my cellulite helped me land the cover of Sports Illustrated

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“The only pressure that I feel is to continue to represent women of all shapes and sizes in a correct manner,” she said. “I think that I’m doing that by eating healthy, working out and staying true to who I am. I am a very curvy, voluptuous woman.”
Graham, who was featured on the 2016 cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, has been vocal about her experiences being body shamed — no matter her size.
Related Link: Plus-sized model Ashley Graham lands Sports Illustrated swimsuit gig
“I’m too big. I’m too small. I’m too pretty. I’m too ugly. And I think at the end of the day, no woman is ever going to be good enough for society,” Graham said. “So why not just start embracing what is the difference in you and saying that is beautiful.”
Graham attributes her modeling success to self-acceptance.
“I started to claim confidence in my cellulite and my back fat and my cellulite on my arms,” she said. “That’s how you get on the cover of Sports Illustrated.”

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Amber Rose: ‘I take a lot of punches for being a feminist’

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“I’ve been slut shamed publicly quite a few times,” Rose told CNN at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night. “I take a lot of punches for being a feminist and a lot of scrutiny — and I’m okay with that — because I do it for women.”
Rose, 32, has been criticized over the years for her outfit choices and for speaking publicly about her past employment as an exotic dancer.
Kanye West — who dated Rose from 2008 to 2010 — said in a Power 105.1 radio interview last year that he had to take “30 showers” after dating Rose.
More recently, West featured a likeness of Rose naked in bed alongside several other celebrities in his “Famous” music video. Rose told CNN that West never asked her permission to be portrayed in the video.
“It’s an extreme form of bullying that we deal with as women and it’s really unfortunate, but I like to be the voice to bring confidence to women and bring awareness to everyone,” Rose said.
In support of that goal, she started the Amber Rose SlutWalk in 2015. The event aims to bring awareness to sexual injustice and gender inequality.
Related Link: Amber Rose’s SlutWalk sparks debate
“I have millions of people scrutinizing me and telling me I deserve to be slut shamed,” Rose said. “It’s made me more passionate to do what I do.”
This year’s Amber Rose SlutWalk will be held in Los Angles on October 1.

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Next iPhone will likely be unveiled Sept. 7

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Tim Cook's Apple: 5 years in
Tim Cook’s Apple: 5 years in

Apple is holding its annual September product launch event on Wednesday, Sept. 7 to likely show off its next-generation iPhone.

The company, which sent out invitations to members of the press on Monday, is expected to unveil the rumored iPhone 7. The affair kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

In addition to a new iPhone, Tim Cook and his parade of executives will likely announce the official release dates for iOS 10, as well as the new macOS Sierra, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 operating systems.

Related: Apple could be radically redesigning the iPhone

We could also see a new version of the 15-month old Apple Watch and updated MacBook Pros.

Apple iPhone 7 Invitation

Apple’s invitation lacks the usual tag line, which usually gives some vague hint as to the topic, or even just a sense of excitement. Instead, it says “See you on the 7th,” without so much as an exclamation mark.

The background is black with a smattering of generic blurry lights — a possible nod to rumors the iPhone may get an improved camera with a dual-lens system.

Other rumors include a missing headphone jack — you’ll need special headphones that plug into the Lightning port — and a new blue color option.

Related: Steve Wozniak to Apple: Keep the iPhone’s headphone jack

Apple typically holds one of its signature events every September, and they follow a predictable script. We will be there sharing the news as it happens, hoping for any exciting departure from the usual, so stay tuned!

(See Apple, it’s not that hard to toss in an exclamation mark.)

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Workers sue Chipotle for unpaid wages

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5 Stunning stats about Chipotle
5 Stunning stats about Chipotle

Nearly 10,000 workers are suing Chipotle for allegedly cheating them on their pay.

Current and former Chipotle (CMG) employees claim that the company made them work extra hours “off the clock” without paying them. It’s a practice known as wage theft, and Chipotle is allegedly doing it all over the United States.

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French cities ignore burkini ban ruling

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  • Council of State suspends burkini ban in Villeneuve-Loubet, a town near Nice
  • Collective Against Islamophobia in France plans to sue municipalities maintaining ban
But if you thought that was the end of the matter, think again.
Several French mayors have reportedly maintained their bans despite Friday’s ruling concerning the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, which could affect cities around the country.
Among those continuing the ban is Cap d’Ail, near Monaco. The town saw no reason to lift the decree as the ruling wasn’t aimed specifically at it, a press spokesman told CNN.
The Collective Against Islamophobia in France, one of the plaintiffs in the burkini case, plans to sue each municipality maintaining the ban on the full-length swimsuit that covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet.
“These mayors don’t want to lose face in front of extreme-right voters,” Marwan Muhammad, the group’s president, told CNN.
“The CCIF will methodically remind them of the law.”

Burning issue of the summer

The ruling follows the case of 30 French towns banning the burkini — worn mostly by Muslim women.
Officials have said the ban on the outfit was a response to growing terror concerns.
Last month, a truck rampage killed more than 80 people in Nice, and attackers stabbed an 86-year-old priest in northern France.

Ruling divides opinion

Amnesty International Europe Director John Dalhuisen was one of many human rights activists who praised last week’s ruling.
“By overturning a discriminatory ban that is fueled by and is fueling prejudice and intolerance, today’s decision has drawn an important line in the sand,” Dalhuisen said in a statement Friday.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who plans to run again for the nation’s top job, have supported the bans.
Valls called the burkini a “symbol of the enslavement of women,” and Sarkozy said wearing it was a “provocation.”
Opinion: Why France is wrong on burkini ban

Reaction to photo

Police confront a woman in a burkini on a beach in Nice last week.
Photos of French police apparently ordering a woman to remove part of her clothing on a beach in Nice last week catapulted the issue to front pages across the globe.
People shared images online of nuns lounging on beaches in an effort to highlight what they feel is the ban’s hypocrisy.
And in London on Thursday, demonstrators created a makeshift beach outside the French Embassy for a “Wear what you want beach party.”

So what is France’s stance on Islamist dress?

In April 2011, France became the first European country to ban wearing in public the burqa, a full-body covering that includes a mesh over the face, and the niqab, a full-face veil with an opening for the eyes.
And much like the recent burkini bans, opinion in the country is divided between those who see the laws as an infringement on religious freedom, and those who view the Islamic dress as inconsistent with France’s rigorously enforced secularism.
Those breaking the burqa law face fines of 150 euros (about $ 205) or public service duties.
Analysis: Why are the burqa and burkini being banned?
The government also previously banned Muslim headscarves and other “conspicuous” religious symbols in French schools in February 2004.

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Keep crime out of earthquake rebuild, mafia-buster warns

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  • Construction is a main mafia source of revenue, expert says
  • Trials continue over 2012 ‘mafia-linked’ post-quake reconstruction
The earthquake that struck central Italy before dawn on Wednesday flattened entire villages in ancient towns like Amatrice, but even newly constructed buildings that were supposed to be quake-proofed, including a school, were destroyed.
Bulldozers pull down structures in danger of collapsing in Amatrice, Italy, as aftershocks continue.
Italy earthquake: Amid the rubble, a couple says ‘I do’
“The risks are there, it’s impossible to hide. And post-earthquake reconstruction is historically a delicious morsel for criminal groups and business interests,” anti-mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti told the Italian daily La Repubblica.
He said the country could learn lessons from the 1980 Irpinia earthquake, in which more than 2,400 people died.
“Behind those thousands of dead was reckless building and clan affairs,” Roberti said.
“And without wishing to rush judgments I see that also in 2016 many buildings crumbled, public buildings also. Too many,” he said, adding that if anti-seismic standards had been met, buildings might crack but shouldn’t collapse.
“This is why … I imagine there’s a lot to learn.”
He said, however, that the reconstruction after an earthquake in L’Aquila in 2009, which killed more than 300 people, had been largely successful.

Devastation

The quake has so far claimed the lives of at least 290 people, and as hopes of finding any more survivors are all but gone, officials are now faced with cleaning up the mountains of rubble and organizing a mammoth reconstruction plan.
In Amatrice — the worst hit town — the main road was almost entirely destroyed. Bulldozers are now demolishing the half-standing structures that have no hope of being repaired. Amatrice’s mayor has vowed to rebuild the town as it was, but some are wondering if that’s smart to do in a town that lies on a fault line — officials on the ground estimate that it could take five years.

Trials continue over ‘mafia-linked’ reconstruction

Italy has long struggled with mafia power and corruption. The finance ministry has its own police force and has sent officers to monitor the recovery so that all resources go to the right people and places.
The country’s law enforcement agencies are in a renewed anti-mafia drive, and more than 140 people are currently on trial for helping the southern ‘Ndrangheta mafia infiltrate the country’s wealthy north. Many of them were accused of helping the network profit illegally from reconstruction projects after deadly earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region in 2012.
Anna Sergi, an organized crime expert from the University of Essex, said she was pessimistic that the country would be able to keep the mafia entirely out of the reconstruction.
“Construction is one of the mafia’s main sources of revenue, partly because construction is linked to territory, so the mafia not only seeks construction contracts for money, but also to mark their territory,” Sergi told CNN.
“There is very likely to be corruption in a reconstruction effort like this, because in Italy, where there is a lot of money, there is always a link to mafia power.”
Another challenge in keeping them out of the picture is that they are very difficult to spot these days.
Italy earthquake survivors: ‘The future is finished’
“In more traditional areas of mafia power, they used to use guns and violence to intimidate people, but in most places, they now look more like businessmen, who use corruption and threats to win contracts.”
What often happens, Sergi said, is that a mafia-linked company will win a contract for a certain amount of money, and underpay its sub-contractors to pocket a wider margin.
“They pay their workers way less, so they of course do a worse job, and that leads to higher maintenance costs, and in many case, more money generated for them.”
The Romolo Capranica school crumbled in the Italian town of Amatrice

Corruption a ‘cancer in Italy’

In some affected parts of central Italy, the villages are so small that officials have to weigh up whether they will bother rebuilding at all.
The village of Capricchia has a few hundred people living there in the summer, when residents from cities visit the mountains to get out of the heat. But in the winter, there are usually 12 to 15 residents.
In the village, Rosella Santarelli is staying in a campervan, too afraid to stay in a building as aftershocks continue.
“I don’t think there’ll be a future. Our village is poor, there are no people and no jobs. Amatrice is 5 miles away, but there’s nothing left of that.”
And even in L’Aquila, where the reconstruction was apparently a success, some said they felt they were left out of the town’s rebuild, and that too much had been spent fixing the damage to the historic center rather than their neighborhoods.
“In Italy, corruption is the big problem,” Davide Tonati, 36, told CNN in L’Aquila.
“There are many politicians and bribes. It is the cancer in Italy.”

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