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Pregnancy care was always lacking in jails. It could get worse

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It was about midnight in June 2022 when police officers showed up at Angela Collier’s door and told her that someone anonymously requested a welfare check because they thought she might have had a miscarriage.

Standing in front of the concrete steps of her home in Midway, Texas, Collier, initially barefoot and wearing a baggy gray T-shirt, ...Read more

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The new FAFSA: Here's what you need to know before applying for federal student aid for the 2024-25 academic year

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After a delayed launch that set the timeline back by months, the overhauled Free Application for Federal Student Aid is off to a complicated start.

The FAFSA, which typically opens in October, didn’t become available until Dec. 31, after the government revised the form and changed the formula for student aid in an attempt to make it easier to...Read more

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The science behind why we snack, and how to do it better

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From boredom to corporate marketing, there are a lot of reasons people snack. And not all snacks are the same. Some can boost your diet, while others can leave you feeling bloated and tired. In America, many snackers are having more of the latter.

According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the most common snacks in U.S. ...Read more

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Analysis: Data suggests Biden or Trump may struggle with Congress in second term

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WASHINGTON — No matter who wins their expected rematch, President Joe Biden and Donald Trump should not expect much from Congress during a second term as far as legislation goes.

CQ Roll Call data suggests both Biden and Trump would struggle to shepherd bills through both chambers, and especially the House. Despite that history, lawmakers ...Read more

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Some California D.A.s are fighting fentanyl with murder charges. Why San Francisco will join them

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SAN FRANCISCO — County by county in California, as fentanyl overdoses escalate, local prosecutors are turning to a novel legal strategy to stem the spiraling death toll: charging drug dealers with murder.

In July, Placer County reached a landmark plea deal that sent a man to prison for 15 years-to-life on charges of second-degree murder after...Read more

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Health care workers push for their own confidential mental health treatment

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States are redefining when medical professionals can get mental health treatment without risking notifying the boards that regulate their licenses.

Too often, health care workers wait to seek counseling or addiction treatment, causing their work and patient care to suffer, said Jean Branscum, CEO of the Montana Medical Association, an industry ...Read more

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Lawsuits claim South Carolina kids underwent unnecessary genital exams during abuse investigations

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Warning: Some readers may find graphic details in this article to be offensive or disturbing.

CAMDEN, S.C. — Three ongoing federal lawsuits filed in South Carolina accuse the state of forcing boys and girls to undergo traumatic genital exams during child abuse investigations, even when no allegations of sexual abuse have been raised.

One 14...Read more

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Bail clampdowns don't match what research says about suspects, experts say

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Crime is shaping up as a potent election issue, and one of the key points of debate is over bail: Which suspects should be jailed before trial, and which ones should be released on bond — and for how much money?

Some conservatives argue that lenient bail policies put suspects who are likely to commit crimes before their upcoming court ...Read more

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Hungary elects Sulyok as president after sex-abuse scandal ousts predecessor

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BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungarian lawmakers elected the chief of the nation’s constitutional court to be the next president after a child-abuse scandal toppled the head of state this month and threatened to sap support for longtime Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Tamas Sulyok, a 67-year-old jurist who has led a highly politicized top court under ...Read more

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'Bling Bishop' Lamor Whitehead fraud trial starts as feds say he swindled parishioners

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NEW YORK — Brooklyn’s “Bling Bishop” Lamor Whitehead abused his parishioners’ trust and lied about having “the key to the city” from his pal Mayor Eric Adams to pad his wallet with stolen cash and his closet with Louis Vuitton, federal prosecutors alleged Monday in opening statements.

“During this trial, you’ll learn that the ...Read more

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Sweden clears final hurdle to join NATO with Hungary vote

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Sweden cleared the final obstacle to gaining NATO membership in a move that will solidify the alliance’s grip over Northern Europe and the Baltic region.

The approval by Hungary’s parliament Monday came 21 months after the Nordic country submitted its membership bid jointly with Finland in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

With ...Read more

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White House decries Trump's claim that his criminal charges increase black voter support

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WASHINGTON — The White House denounced Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s assertion that his criminal indictments have increased his support among Black voters.

“It is repugnant and divisive to traffic in racist stereotypes,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. “In any context, it ...Read more

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California Senate leader opposes Prop. 47 changes. Here's how he wants to tackle retail theft

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s new Senate leader on Monday came out against changes to Proposition 47, instead advocating for tools to target organized retail theft and help those dealing with opioid addictions.

“I do not believe that this state needs to touch Prop. 47 to be able to help make our communities safer, full stop,” said ...Read more

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Norovirus spikes across the Northeast: 'Very contagious virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea'

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BOSTON — Some toilets have been working overtime across the region in recent weeks.

The “stomach bug” is unfortunately making the rounds these days. Norovirus rates in the Northeast are now at their highest levels since April, according to the CDC. The positive “stomach flu” rates in the Northeast are currently higher than the rest of...Read more

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San Diego federal judge rules California's ban on club-like weapons is unconstitutional

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A federal judge in San Diego has struck down a California law banning possession of club-like weapons, reversing his previous ruling from 2021 that reluctantly upheld the prohibition on billy clubs, batons and similar blunt objects.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez declared Friday that the prohibition "unconstitutionally infringes the Second ...Read more

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Brush fire near Stone Mountain Park extinguished, still under investigation

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ATLANTA — DeKalb County firefighters extinguished a large brush fire on the northern edge of Stone Mountain Park on Monday evening with the help of park officials and the Georgia Forestry Commission, authorities said.

The fire was found in the woods near the Stone Mountain Freeway interchange with Jefferson Davis Drive, according to DeKalb ...Read more

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Man being held in Arizona tried again and again to kill sex worker in NYC hotel room, prosecutors say

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NEW YORK — Raad Almansoori, the man accused of killing a Queens mom and sex worker in a Manhattan hotel, tried again and again to end her life before finally succeeding, authorities said at a Monday court hearing in Arizona, where he remains held without bond.

The suspect is accused of brutally murdering Denisse Oleas-Arancibia in a room on ...Read more

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Beverly Hills middle school rocked by AI-generated nude images of students

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LOS ANGELES — The new face of bullying in schools is real. It's the body below the face that's fake.

Last week, officials and parents at Beverly Vista Middle School in Beverly Hills were shocked by reports that fake images were circulating online that put real students' faces on artificially generated nude bodies. According to the Beverly ...Read more

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Southern California Edison to pay $80 million over deadly 2017 Thomas fire

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LOS ANGELES — Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $80 million to cover costs and damages from the 2017 Thomas fire, a massive blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that killed two people and later triggered a massive mudflow that resulted in 23 deaths.

The Thomas fire, which scorched more than 280,000 acres and destroyed more ...Read more

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Judge: Law partner must testify about Wade's relationship with Willis

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ATLANTA — A judge has determined that Nathan Wade’s former law partner and divorce lawyer must tell the court what he knows about the special prosecutor’s relationship with District Attorney Fani Willis — a decision that could produce more bombshell testimony as defense attorneys seek to disqualify the DA from prosecuting the Fulton ...Read more