Health Care

Pfizer’s tax-avoiding megamerger with Allergan sparks outcry

A $160 billion megamerger announced on Monday would turn U.S. pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer Inc. into an Irish drug company, using a controversial tactic that allows companies to dodge billions of dollars in corporate taxes by renouncing their U.S. citizenship.


Study: Death rates rising among middle-aged whites

The U.S. death rate has been falling for decades, but researchers have detected one group in which the rates have been steadily ticking up — middle-aged white people. Suicides and deaths from drug overdose and alcohol abuse are being blamed.