Inside daily news briefs
President Trump is in talks with Democratic leaders over a deal that would protect "Dreamers" from deportation. The proposal would also include reforms to increase border protection but does not call for the construction of a border wall. News of the talks was first revealed by Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi. They said that during a dinner at the White House last night, they had: "agreed to enshrine the protections of (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) into law quickly." Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to say: "No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote." Schumer and Pelosi later issued a statement saying the sides still have to talk about how to boost border security, but that they had agreed that the wall would not be part of a future deal. – CNN
Former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli has been jailed after having his $5 million bond revoked for harassing Hillary Clinton online. In a recent Facebook post, Shkreli offered to pay $5,000 for a strand of Clinton’s hair. In a letter to the judge, Shkreli said the post was an "awkward attempt at humor." "He does not need to apologize to me. He should have apologized to the government, the Secret Service, and Hillary Clinton," U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said when he revoked Shkreli’s bond. Last month, Shkreli was convicted of defrauding investors in two failed hedge funds. He is awaiting sentencing. Shkreli was dubbed "the most hated man in America" by the media after he hiked the price of an HIV treatment by 5,000 percent in 2015. – WAPO
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to stop pharma companies from abusing the Orphan Drug Act that provides economic incentives to encourage the development of drugs for rare diseases. In a blog post published on Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency will review the way it grants "orphan drug" status so that it reflects "current science and drug development and the goals intended by Congress." The legislation, which was approved in 1983, grants tax credits, user fee waivers and seven years of market exclusivity to drugmakers that develop drugs to treat diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 patients. However, an investigation by Kaiser Health News revealed that 70 of the 540 drugs that have benefited from the law were produced for the mass market. They include best-selling drugs such as Crestor, a cholesterol medication, and Humira, to treat rheumatoid arthritis. – NPR
Roald Dahl’s widow said the author wanted the hero of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to be a black boy. When he first began writing the story about Charlie Bucket’s visit to Willy Wonka’s wondrous chocolate factory, Dahl thought Charlie would be "a little black boy," Liccy Dahl told BBC Radio 4. When she was asked why her husband changed his mind, she said: "I don’t know. It’s a great pity." Talking during the same radio show, her husband’s biographer Donald Sturrock said: "I can tell you that it was his agent who thought it was a bad idea, when the book was first published, to have a black hero." – GUARDIAN
Target plans to hire 100,000 temporary workers over the holiday season, 43 percent more than last year. Target recently lowered prices on thousands of items, which could boost sales. "I think they have the potential to have a (better) holiday season than any of their competitors," said Ken Perkins, an analyst with Retail Metrics. Although many U.S. retailers are closing down stores amid fierce competition from e-commerce companies, Target saw a small revenue increase in the second quarter. Retailers make about a third of their annual revenue during the holiday season that starts the day after Thanksgiving and ends in early January. – REUTERS
The Organic Trade Association is suing the U.S. government over the freezing of an Obama-era regulation under which organic egg producers must give hen...