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Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Robin Williams’ death devastated his family. However, his son, Zak, said that they’re trying to move forward.

“We’re doing okay,” he told Us Weekly. “”We’re acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step.”

Zak, 31, is the oldest of Williams’ three children. He also has two half-siblings Zelda, 25, and Cody, 22.

“Personally, my wife and I are focusing on doing a lot of good,” he said. “She runs the San Francisco office of Human Rights Watch, and we’re working with them to do good in the world.”

Robin Williams was 63 when he died this past August of an apparent suicide.

However, he left behind a legacy that his son cherishes.

“Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone,” he said. “And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The prices of some common generic drugs have skyrocketed in recent years, but the reasons remain murky, lawmakers said.

The hearing of the Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging on Thursday was called after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings announced they were investigating why some generic drug prices have risen hundreds to thousands of percent — putting a severe strain on the pocketbooks of many people who rely on generics to reduce costs compared to brand-name drugs.

To combat the rising prices, Sanders said he was introducing a bill that would require generic drug makers to pay a rebate to Medicaid if the cost increases faster than inflation.

The prices of more than 1,200 generic medications increased an average of 448 percent between July 2013 and July 2014, Sanders said during the hearing, citing federal records.

Among the drugs cited by Sanders and Cummings was a popular asthma medication, albuterol sulfate, which increased in price over 40 fold for two tablets, from $11 to $434, between October 2013 and April 2014, according to data from the Healthcare Supply Chain Association, a trade association representing multi-hospital systems, health care provider alliances and purchasing groups, among others.

Another drug, an antibiotic called doxycycline hyclate, rose in price from an average of $20 to $1,849 per bottle between October 2013 and April 2014 — a more-than 90-fold increase — according to data from the association.

Other medications for blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart attacks increased in price between three-fold and 40-fold, association data showed.

Sanders and Cummings sent letters in October to various pharmaceutical companies asking for comment about price increases and invited officials from three companies to testify at Thursday’s hearing, but none of them agreed to attend, Sanders said.

But in a statement, the CEO of Generic Pharmaceutical Association called the proposed legislation “misguided.”

CEO Ralph Neas said the findings were too narrowly focused on just 10 drugs “in a marketplace of more than 12,000 safe, affordable generic medicines.”

“In actuality, generic drugs continue to be a resounding success in lowering health care costs and benefiting patients,” wrote Neas, who also noted that generic drugs saved consumers $239 billion in 2013 over brand-name drugs, an increase of 14 percent from 2012.

Neas suggested a more competitive marketplace and a more timely review of drug applications by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could help lower prices.

Rob Frankil, a pharmacist and member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, testified that one patient accused him of price gouging after his heart failure medication went up from $15 to $120 for a 90-day supply.

“That’s an increase of 800 [percent],” Frankil told the lawmakers.

A January survey of 1,000 NCPA members found that more than three-quarters of the pharmacists reported higher prices on more than 25 generic drugs, with the prices spiking by 600 percent to 2,000 percent in certain cases.

“I’m seeing it in real dollars and cents on my invoices,” Frankil said.

A patient, Carol Ann Riha, of Des Moines, Iowa, testified that her prescription costs have increased from $849 to more than $1,700 due to price increases.

“How can anyone on a fixed income deal with these vagaries in the system?” Riha said in written testimony. “You sure can’t budget for costs that change month-to-month. And it’s not a few pennies, as you can see. These are significant percentages.”

Manisha Solanki, a pharmacy owner who was not at the hearing, told ABC News that he’s seen generic medications priced similarly to their name-brand counterparts.

“I’ve had people postpone getting a medication, so if they’re supposed to get it this week and they don’t have the funds to pay for it they’ll say, ‘Okay, let me wait a few days. Let me wait till this comes up. Let me see if I have more funds,'” Solanki said. “So we see them slowly pushing back when they should be taking it.”

Panelists and lawmakers debated at the hearing whether regulation by the FDA could be contributing to the price hikes, but Dr. Aaron Kesselheim of the Harvard School of Medicine said that was unlikely to be the sole reason.

“These regulatory issues have been around for a very long time, and this is a new issue so I can’t see how this is a regulatory issue,” Kesselheim said. “I think we all want high quality, safe drugs and we want the FDA to monitor the safety of our drug supply. …I see this as a market failure and a bunch of individual market failures, in some cases.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Gift cards may be among the most requested gift items this year, according to the National Retail Federation, in part because the choices are endless. So which one should you present to your friends and family this holiday season?

CardHub, the credit card comparison site, used data from its gift-card exchange service and listed the most popular gift cards of 2014.T oday, there are 12,647 gift cards available in CardHub’s exchange, which allows users to sell, buy or exchange gift cards.

From Nov. 1 to 20, Cardhub analyzed 648 gift card issuers, which have multiple cards, including discounted ones. CardHub’s analysis took into account the number of user searches for each of these cards on CardHub and the number of clicks for each card.

A spokesman for CardHub said the company has a commercial relationship, in which CardHub gets a cut of every purchase made on its website, with two companies that issue the gift cards in the top 10 list: Amazon and American Express.

  1. Visa Gift Card
  2. Amazon Gift Card
  3. iTunes Gift Card
  4. American Express Gift Card
  5. Netflix Gift Card
  6. Walmart Gift Card
  7. Target Gift Card
  8. Google Play Gift Card
  9. eBay Gift Card
  10. Starbucks Gift Card

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State Dept photo(VIENNA) — Secretary of State John Kerry is staying put — at least for one more night — after initially announcing he would leave the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna just after one day.

According to a U.S. official, Kerry has delayed his Friday departure from the Austrian city to continue consultations there.

The official said it is not yet known when Kerry will leave but he will stay in Vienna overnight.

Earlier, the State Department said Kerry was leaving to Paris on Friday to meet with European officials about the ongoing negotiations.

The travel change comes as the clock keeps ticking towards Monday’s deadline.

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State Dept photo(VIENNA) — Secretary of State John Kerry is staying put — at least for one more night — after initially announcing he would leave the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna just after one day.

According to a U.S. official, Kerry has delayed his Friday departure from the Austrian city to continue consultations there.

The official said it is not yet known when Kerry will leave but he will stay in Vienna overnight.

Earlier, the State Department said Kerry was leaving to Paris on Friday to meet with European officials about the ongoing negotiations.

The travel change comes as the clock keeps ticking towards Monday’s deadline.

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DisabilityImages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Put on your bathing suits, cable customers, because you’ll be channel surfing in no time! No, it’s not Jim Carrey’s iconic Cable Guy character coming promptly to your door, but your own local cable guy (or girl).

Comcast is testing a new system in its My-Account App that would allow customers to track when their cable technician will arrive for scheduled services.

The app will reportedly send alerts to customers when the technician is about 30 minutes away, and allow them to track said technician on a map. Customers will also have an option to rate the technician’s service.

The app is expected to be widely available beginning early next year.

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Aleem Agha/ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Despite an upswing in insurgent attacks, Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, has a new milestone: The country’s first-ever amusement park — Kabul City Park.

Nestled between the muddy, polluted Kabul river and the city’s snow-covered mountains, it resembles the kind of smaller amusements parks that dot towns and cities across Europe and North America.

Thousands have visited the park since it opened in October, with peak visiting time on Friday afternoons, after the Islamic day of prayer. The park has a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, roller coaster, spinning tea cups and even a mascot that’s a dead-ringer for Minnie Mouse.

For Afghan families looking to spend an afternoon out, the park offers a rare respite from the ravages of decades of war. Much of the city resembles a cold, muddy maze, with row after row of 20-feet tall concrete blast walls ringing the enclaves protected inside. Many of the city’s key intersections are guarded by armed soldiers and policemen, with inspection checkpoints springing up seemingly at random.

But inside Kabul City Park, the dreariness of the city disappears. Children run to their favorite rides as test-your-skill vendors hand out prizes to game winners. Husbands and wives hold hands, walking together with their children in tow, a rare sight in a city with few entertainment options that families can enjoy together.

The park — a joint partnership between the municipality and a private company –is the latest in a small series of developments aiming to give weary Afghans a chance to escape the harsher realities of conflict. In addition to the park, the city also now has a water park, bowling alley, paintball zone and a semi-functional golf course.

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Aleem Agha/ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Despite an upswing in insurgent attacks, Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, has a new milestone: The country’s first-ever amusement park — Kabul City Park.

Nestled between the muddy, polluted Kabul river and the city’s snow-covered mountains, it resembles the kind of smaller amusements parks that dot towns and cities across Europe and North America.

Thousands have visited the park since it opened in October, with peak visiting time on Friday afternoons, after the Islamic day of prayer. The park has a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, roller coaster, spinning tea cups and even a mascot that’s a dead-ringer for Minnie Mouse.

For Afghan families looking to spend an afternoon out, the park offers a rare respite from the ravages of decades of war. Much of the city resembles a cold, muddy maze, with row after row of 20-feet tall concrete blast walls ringing the enclaves protected inside. Many of the city’s key intersections are guarded by armed soldiers and policemen, with inspection checkpoints springing up seemingly at random.

But inside Kabul City Park, the dreariness of the city disappears. Children run to their favorite rides as test-your-skill vendors hand out prizes to game winners. Husbands and wives hold hands, walking together with their children in tow, a rare sight in a city with few entertainment options that families can enjoy together.

The park — a joint partnership between the municipality and a private company –is the latest in a small series of developments aiming to give weary Afghans a chance to escape the harsher realities of conflict. In addition to the park, the city also now has a water park, bowling alley, paintball zone and a semi-functional golf course.

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Aleem Agha/ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Despite an upswing in insurgent attacks, Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, has a new milestone: The country’s first-ever amusement park — Kabul City Park.

Nestled between the muddy, polluted Kabul river and the city’s snow-covered mountains, it resembles the kind of smaller amusements parks that dot towns and cities across Europe and North America.

Thousands have visited the park since it opened in October, with peak visiting time on Friday afternoons, after the Islamic day of prayer. The park has a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, roller coaster, spinning tea cups and even a mascot that’s a dead-ringer for Minnie Mouse.

For Afghan families looking to spend an afternoon out, the park offers a rare respite from the ravages of decades of war. Much of the city resembles a cold, muddy maze, with row after row of 20-feet tall concrete blast walls ringing the enclaves protected inside. Many of the city’s key intersections are guarded by armed soldiers and policemen, with inspection checkpoints springing up seemingly at random.

But inside Kabul City Park, the dreariness of the city disappears. Children run to their favorite rides as test-your-skill vendors hand out prizes to game winners. Husbands and wives hold hands, walking together with their children in tow, a rare sight in a city with few entertainment options that families can enjoy together.

The park — a joint partnership between the municipality and a private company –is the latest in a small series of developments aiming to give weary Afghans a chance to escape the harsher realities of conflict. In addition to the park, the city also now has a water park, bowling alley, paintball zone and a semi-functional golf course.

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Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) — When Prince William and Duchess Kate come to the U.S. next month, journalists covering their visit may need to dress up.

According to the official website of the British Monarchy, those covering their formal engagements must adhere to a dress code out of respect for the royals.

“Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit,” the website reads. “Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 32, will visit the U.S. next month on behalf of the Royal Foundation, “other charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are closely associated” and the U.K. government. Prince William will spend part of his trip in Washington, D.C., while Kate will stay for the duration in New York City, according to Kensington Palace.

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