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Don Meade doesn’t like hospitals, but he uses them. In just one year, he made 62 trips to the emergency room. He rattles off the names of local hospitals in Orange and Los Angeles counties like they’re a handful of pills.

‘Finding Dory’ outswims ‘Independence Day,’ while ‘The Shallows’ surprises (+video)

LOS ANGELES — Two aquatic tales — one geared for families, the other for scare-seeking teens and adults — helped to buoy the weekend box office, with Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory” retaining the No. 1 spot and the shark-attack thriller “The Shallows” exceeding expectations in its first weekend to come in fourth.

Panama Papers are available, but why hasn’t US asked to see them? (+video)

WASHINGTON — Nearly three months after the revelations from the Panama Papers exposed politicians, drug cartels and the wealthy hiding millions behind offshore companies, the U.S. Justice Department has yet to ask its Panamanian counterpart for access to seized records.

FDA approves device that drains food out of your stomach (+video)

The most surprising thing about the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the obesity-control device called AspireAssist may be how little mainstream attention it attracted. Because, frankly, a weight-loss machine that lets you eat all you want and then drains the food out of your stomach is a pretty startling invention.