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Harris' Senate portfolio included maternal health, telehealth

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WASHINGTON — Expected Democratic presidential nominee Kamala Harris has been an outspoken proponent of abortion access and maternal health during her time in Washington, but her Senate record demonstrates a wide range of health policy passions, from telemedicine to enforcing consumer protection laws.

“I spent my entire career fighting to ...Read more

Israel ready to hit Houthis again while urging US to take lead

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Israel is prepared to attack Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen again following its air strike last week, the country’s top diplomat said, though would prefer the U.S.-headed maritime security coalition to take the lead role.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz said the Iran-backed militant group is planning fresh attacks after a long-distance Houthi ...Read more

Putin meets Assad amid efforts to renew Syria-Turkey relations

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad this week, the Kremlin said, part of a Moscow-backed push to restore ties between Damascus and neighboring Turkey.

“I am very interested in your opinion on how the situation in the region as a whole is developing,” Putin told Assad in a video released by the Kremlin...Read more

In wake of Key Bridge collapse, Maryland explores pier protection for Bay Bridge; initial budget is $145 million

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BALTIMORE — After the demise of its northern neighbor at the mighty hands of a massive cargo ship, Maryland’s lengthiest and most-celebrated bridge is expected to receive reinforcement from vessel collision in the coming years.

The Maryland Transportation Authority, which owns the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis, said in the months after...Read more

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South Florida is again under a heat advisory. This time, temperatures will feel up to 105

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MIAMI — The oppressive heat will continue to bear down on South Florida as the National Weather Service rolled out another heat advisory, this one lasting until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The NWS warned that “feels-like” temperatures could reach up to 102-105 degrees across Broward and Miami-Dade counties, with a 20% chance of rain. The high ...Read more

ADHD brains present unique challenges, but the condition is highly treatable − a primary care nurse practitioner with ADHD explains the science

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“My brain has way too many tabs open.”

“Why can’t I complete tasks?”

“Why do I lose track of time?”

“Why can’t I pay attention?”

These are all things people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, may ask themselves daily, if not hourly.

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New treatments offer much-needed hope for patients suffering from chronic pain

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Hundreds of millions of people around the world experience chronic pain – meaning pain that lasts longer than three months. While the numbers vary from country to country, most studies estimate that about 10% of the global population is affected, so more than 800 million people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...Read more

US citizenship was forced on Native Americans 100 years ago − its promise remains elusive

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The 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act has garnered little fanfare. Only a handful of news articles and events have commemorated the centennial of the law giving U.S. citizenship to Native Americans.

Perhaps that’s unsurprising. The legislation has little relevance to most American citizens, and many Native Americans ...Read more

Veepstakes have evolved from where you live to who you are − which way will Harris turn to balance the ticket?

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Vice presidential picks can’t help a presidential candidate, but they can hurt one, according to political scientists. Presidential campaigns still spend a fair amount of time thinking about running mates and the ways in which they might boost the ticket – or at least not hurt it.

Who will Vice President Kamala Harris pick as her ...Read more

Trump’s promotion of an image of strength after assassination attempt borrows from authoritarian playbook

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In the days since the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, supporters of the former president have used the incident to project an image of power.

T-shirts of a bloodied Trump with his fist clenched were on sale at the Republican National Convention, where Trump – his ear bandaged – recounted his ordeal.

Of course, ...Read more

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Missouri attorney general keeps fighting against innocence claims. Is it an 'immoral position'?

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In recent days, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey’s office has argued that a wrongfully convicted woman should remain in prison and a man with an innocence claim should not get his day in court, even as he faces a looming death sentence.

The moves are just the latest — and some of the most extreme — in a series ...Read more


California forges ahead with social media rules despite legal barriers

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California lawmakers are pursuing legislation aimed at protecting children from the dangers of social media, one of many efforts around the country to confront what U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and other public health experts say is a mental health emergency among young people.

But California’s efforts, like those in other states, will ...Read more

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Can Idaho rape or incest survivors really get an abortion? Why they may face challenges

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BOISE, Idaho — In a few rare instances, Idaho allows patients to pursue abortions and override the state’s ban on the procedure, one of the most restrictive in the country. Those exceptions include reported cases of rape and incest.

But one major barrier could make that a difficult, if not impossible, reality for survivors: denial of their ...Read more

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After Hollywood and bestseller lists, she now fights global antisemitism for the US

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WASHINGTON — Deborah Lipstadt says she's working in a growth industry, one that is booming. And that is not a good thing.

Already well-known as an acclaimed Holocaust scholar based at Emory University in Atlanta, Lipstadt was confirmed by Congress in 2022 as the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism abroad.

The role is well-...Read more

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COVID is surging again this summer in Maryland, hospitalization and wastewater data shows

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BALTIMORE — Judging from local wastewater surveillance trends, President Joe Biden has plenty of company in Maryland as he continues to recover this week from his third bout of COVID-19.

The state is currently seeing the biggest spike in COVID levels in its wastewater — or sewage — since early January, according to data from the U.S. ...Read more

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Gordie Howe International Bridge officially links Detroit to Windsor

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DETROIT — The U.S. and Canadian sides of the Gordie Howe International Bridge have been connected, marking the bridge as an official border crossing; completion is set for fall 2025, project officials said Wednesday.

The bridge, which spans over the Detroit River, is in southwest Detroit and southwest Windsor. The bridge connects Detroit to ...Read more

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Biden's address to the nation: 'I revere this office, but I love my country more'

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Saying, "I revere this office, but I love my country more," President Biden formally announced the end of his bid for a second term in office with a nationally televised address from the White House on Wednesday evening.

Biden said that while his record was strong, he felt compelled to unite the Democratic Party and to throw his support behind ...Read more

19 charged in maritime human smuggling operation in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Nineteen people have been charged in San Diego federal court on suspicion of operating what prosecutors called a lucrative human smuggling ring that brought undocumented immigrants from Mexico to San Diego County’s coastline via personal watercraft and boats.

Nine of the defendants were in custody as of Wednesday. Many of the ...Read more

Judge rules in Colorado church's favor in fight with town over shelter for homeless families in parking lot

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DENVER — Castle Rock’s attempts to stop a church from housing homeless families in vehicles in its parking lot is a violation of the church’s practice of religious freedom, a federal court has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Domenico issued a preliminary injunction late last week that stops the Douglas County town from using its land ...Read more

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Pulse committee has inaugural meeting, discusses vision for Orlando memorial

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ORLANDO, Florida — In the newest effort to reconcile one of Orlando’s most tragic chapters, survivors, family members of victims and others discussed sometimes conflicting visions for a memorial to the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre during Wednesday’s inaugural meeting of the Pulse Memorial Advisory Committee.

The 18-member panel was ...Read more