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  • Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said President Trump in recent meetings was "enthusiastic" about proposals to lower drug prices by having Medicare negotiate with pharmaceutical companies and by importing less costly medicines from Canada or other foreign countries.Cummings said he met three times over the past week with the president about drug prices.“I can tell you that the president was enthusiastic about not the only proposal that Congressman [Peter] Welch and I had with regard to Medicare being able to negotiate drug prices, but he was also enthusiastic about another proposal … and that is the importation of drugs from places like Canada and other foreign countries,” Cummings told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.But in an earlier interview on the show, the president's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, downplayed the possibility of letting Medicare deal directly with pharmaceutical companies for lower prices.Stephanopoulos asked Mulvaney: “So is the administration going to get fully behind this idea to have Medicare negotiate drug prices directly?”“The one I’m more familiar with, George, is how we’re looking at trying to figure out a way to drive down drug prices through changing the regulatory requirement,” Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said.Mulvaney said the reason drug prices are high is the “inability for drug companies and medical device manufacturers to get things approved” by government regulators.Cummings, however, said he talked to the president on Wednesday in a meeting at the White House, and that Trump also called him Friday morning and Friday evening to reiterate that lowering the costs of prescription drugs is a top priority for him.“The president -- I was surprised on Friday evening when he called me Friday evening. He called me Friday morning … So we have had now three discussions with regard to this issue,” said Cummings.When Stephanopoulos noted that Mulvaney “didn’t seem to endorse” the proposal for Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, the congressman replied, “Yes, I heard that."Cummings said Trump "made it clear to me that he was going to do something about" drug prices. “So we will see.”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- A 3-year-old girl from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died Saturday, following a Friday night fire that officials say was ignited by a hoverboard that was recharging.The Lehigh County Coroner said Ashanti Hughes died Saturday morning. Her death, blamed on complications from burns, was ruled an accident.She and two other girls from the home were airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital Friday night. Two other girls are in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, officials said.The fire, which broke out around 7:45 p.m. Friday night, was ruled accidental and attributed to a hoverboard plugged in to recharge on the first floor, where family members were also present, Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said."They heard some sizzling and crackling in the hoverboard and shortly thereafter, it exploded in flames," he said.Enterline said hoverboards are "notorious for starting fires.""We've seen too many fires and too many fire fatalities as a result of these hoverboards," he said.A firefighter responding to the fire was fatally injured when his car was hit as he was heading to the station to pick up his gear, Enterline said.Lt. Dennis DeVoe "was a leader in our department and the fire service as a whole," Enterline said. "His passion for the fire service made each of us strive to be better in all we d. Our department and the City of Harrisburg are better because of his service."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A stronger-than-expected jobs report pushed Wall Street in the green on Friday.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 44.79 (+0.21 percent) to finish at 20,902.98.The Nasdaq jumped 22.92 (+0.39 percent) to close at 5,861.73, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,372.60, up 7.73 (+0.33 percent) from its open.Crude oil prices sunk nearly 2 percent; over $48 a barrel.Jobs Report:  The U.S. added 235,000 jobs last month, according to the Department of Labor, much higher than the expected 190,000 jobs. The unemployment rate also dropped slightly from 4.8 percent in January to 4.7 percent in February. Investors believe the strong jobs report is a good indication the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this month.Winners and Losers:  Ulta Beauty beat quarterly profit and revenue forecasts and shares closed nearly 5 percent higher.Shares in Southwest Airlines sunk 1 percent after the airline slashed its unit revenue outlook.
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  • Harriet Logan(CLEVELAND) -- A Cleveland, Ohio, bookstore hopes to highlight the disparity between men and women in publishing by flipping around every book in its fiction section that was written by a man.Of the 10,000 books that were combed through at Loganberry Books, more than 60 percent were turned around so their spines face inward and only the pages show. That left about 3,700 books, all written by female authors, as the only ones whose titles are still readable.Owner Harriet Logan told ABC News she hoped the two-week effort, which began March 1, will "illustrate just how much more prominent men are in the professional world of letters than women are. This is not by talent, choice, or even popularity, but mostly through industry favoritism, social opportunity, and habit. The random new and used inventory at Loganberry Books is as good a place to illustrate this gender bias as any other."March is Women's History Month.The project took 10 people and two hours to complete. Logan said customers have been "overwhelmingly positive about the project.""Some try to guess what the room will look like before entering, others have already seen photos and just have to see it themselves, and of course some people haven't heard about the project and take some time to understand it before shaking their heads in awe," she said. "It's been a powerful and interesting week."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed lower for another day as investors braced for a February jobs report and drug stocks faced President Donald Trump.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 29.58 (-0.14 percent) to finish at 20,924.76.The Nasdaq gave up 15.25 (-0.26 percent) to close at 5,833.93, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,368.38, down 6.93 (-0.29 percent) from its open.Crude oil prices were flat at about $53 a barrel.Health-care: Health-care stocks were under pressure after Republicans unveiled Monday their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Pharmaceutical stocks were also affected by President Trump's tweet Tuesday: "I am working on a new system where there will be competition in the Drug Industry. Pricing for the American people will come way down!"Winners and Losers: Snapchat parent Snap Inc. sunk 10 percent Tuesday after its strong debut last week. Its stock price is now at $21.44, less than the $24 initial trading price.Preliminary earnings for the fourth-quarter that beat expectations helped shares in Pier 1 Imports Inc soar about 6 percent.
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