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How a doctor breaks norms to treat refugees and recent immigrants

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AURORA, Colo. — Fatumo Osman, a 65-year-old Somali refugee who speaks limited English, was in a bind. She made too much money at a meal prep service job so she no longer qualified for Medicaid. But knee pain kept her from working, so her income had dropped. She could reapply for Medicaid, get her knee fixed and return to work, at which point ...Read more

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Why Border Patrol is doing more to rescue and identify missing migrants

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FALFURRIAS, Texas — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent scrutinized video of a dying migrant on her cellphone, trying to match the background to the ranch she was searching for his body last month.

"Can I see the picture real quick, the background?" another agent asked.

Agent Nancy Balogh held out her phone. In the two minutes of ...Read more

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Amid crushing floods in China, officials focus not on climate change, but on control

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ZHENGZHOU, China — The mayor of this flooded city arrived at the tunnel at midnight. Muddy water poured across the road as workers drained the six-lane-wide underpass. Dozens of onlookers gathered, hoping to glimpse what lay beneath the water. Police shooed them away.

Chen Yuanqiu lived nearby. He had witnessed the flood and knew that during ...Read more

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Architect for 'El Chapo's' cross-border narco tunnels sentenced to 10 years

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SAN DIEGO — The tunnel linking a Tijuana warehouse to another in Otay Mesa was equipped with a hydraulic elevator, electric rail cars, lighting, wooden floors and a storeroom.

The subterranean passage discovered in 2011 was designed to secretly move tons of marijuana north — a feat of engineering that U.S. authorities would later marvel at ...Read more

Alaska peninsula rocked by largest earthquake to strike US in more than 50 years

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The Alaska peninsula was rocked late Wednesday night by the strongest earthquake to hit the United States since 1965.

The powerful 8.2-magnitude quake struck just more than 50 miles south of Perryville, Alaska, around 10:15 p.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey. So far, there have been at least two aftershocks, one with a ...Read more

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One month after Surfside collapse, survivors face new challenge: Where to live?

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MIAMI — A month after Champlain Towers South in Surfside collapsed on June 24, survivors who have been living in hotels and temporary apartments are now facing a pressing question: Where will they live after their homes were leveled?

Oren Cytrynbaum, a self-employed real estate agent, was a resident of Champlain Towers South. He’d left his ...Read more

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How Border Patrol has kept newborns locked up with their moms

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SAN DIEGO — Border Patrol has held newborn U.S. citizens in custody unnecessarily — sometimes for multiple nights — according to a government report released this month.

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, reviewed the agency's treatment of pregnant women and births in...Read more

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Ron Popeil, TV pitchman who hawked Veg-O-Matic, Mr. Microphone and more, dies

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With a sales technique honed as a sidewalk hustler, hypnotic TV pitchman Ron Popeil made a fortune hawking such offbeat yet oddly clever contraptions as the Veg-O-Matic and Mr. Microphone.

As he pioneered, in the middle of the 20th century, what became known as the infomercial, both Popeil and his fervently promoted products became part of the ...Read more

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Birds jumped from their nests to escape Seattle's June heat wave. Some died. Others needed help

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SEATTLE — Naturalist Jeff Brown bounded up a ladder, cradling a baby hawk into his torso as if it were a delicate football.

Brown, who helps rehabilitate wildlife for the PAWS Wildlife Center, stopped about 10 rungs up on this July morning, leaned his weight against a towering maple and slowly stretched out his hand.

The hawk's talons curled...Read more

US pole vaulter infected as Japan virus surge worsens

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U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a world champion tipped for a medal at the Tokyo Olympics, has tested positive for coronavirus and is out of the games as the host nation struggles with its worst virus surge yet.

Kendricks is not among the three athletes whose infections were announced by organizers earlier Thursday, a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic...Read more

California sees small boost in vaccinations but needs much more

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LOS ANGELES — With California's summer coronavirus surge worsening, officials are unveiling new rules, redoubling efforts to get more people to wear masks and even employing some pointed remarks as part of an urgent campaign to boost vaccinations and slow the rapid spread of the highly infectious delta variant.

The state Wednesday urged ...Read more

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Unraveling the mysterious mutations that make delta the most transmissible COVID virus yet

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Upon first inspection, the mutations in the highly contagious delta COVID-19 variant don’t look that worrisome.

For starters, delta has fewer genetic changes than earlier versions of the coronavirus.

“When people saw that the epidemic in India was driven by delta, they did not suspect it would be so bad or overtake other variants,” said ...Read more

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How Florida got bipartisan police reform -- and what was lost to achieve it

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TAMPA, Fla. — In early 2020, Florida’s legislative session wrapped up but the Black Caucus kept meeting.

At first, the group focused on what could be done about the pandemic. But as summer began and the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor brought renewed attention to the issue of police brutality and disparate treatment of Black ...Read more

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Troubled Baltimore plant approved to resume production of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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BALTIMORE — Federal regulators will allow Emergent Biosolutions to resume production of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after production woes, officials said Thursday.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered the plant to pause production of the vaccine in April after ingredient mix-ups ruined 75 million doses. The FDA’s review of ...Read more

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Tension boils over between activists, Biden over Democrats' voting rights strategy

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WASHINGTON — Democrats’ increasing focus on defeating Republicans in next year’s midterm elections as the best way to push voting rights forward is angering progressive activists and civil rights leaders, who say the strategy risks backfiring and overlooks the need for immediate action.

The disagreement is the latest example of the ...Read more

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Disney World to require all guests to wear masks indoors starting Friday

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If you’re going to Disney World, you will have to mask up.

Starting Friday, Disney guests will have to wear masks while indoors and on resort transportation, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional when outside, and visitors younger than 2 will not be required to wear a mask.

The updated guidelines, announced by the ...Read more

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St. Louis County executive says mask mandate stands; Missouri attorney general seeks restraining order

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ST. LOUIS — St. Louis County Executive Sam Page defended the county's mask mandate Wednesday morning — and insisted it remained in effect — after County Council members voted the previous night to end the new public health order.

But state Attorney General Eric Schmitt sided with the council. Late Wednesday afternoon, he said he filed for...Read more

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Atlanta mayor issues indoor mask mandate for public places in the city

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order Wednesday mandating residents wear a mask when indoors in a public place, even if they have been vaccinated, amid rising COVID-19 infections and the spread of the delta variant.

The order applies to private businesses as well as public property, the mayor’s office said in a ...Read more

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Georgia seeks dismissal of DOJ suit against voting law

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Georgia asked a judge Wednesday to throw out a federal lawsuit against the state's new voting law, saying the case by the U.S. Department of Justice is based on "political posturing rather than a serious legal challenge."

The motion to dismiss by Republican Attorney General Chris Carr said Georgia's voting laws are nondiscriminatory and ensure ...Read more

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China sends sharp-tongued diplomat as ambassador to Washington

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China dispatched a veteran diplomat known for pushing back against Western criticism to serve as its next ambassador to the U.S., an appointment that suggests Beijing is bracing for a period of prolonged tension with Washington.

Qin Gang, 55, who most recently served as vice foreign minister, arrived in the U.S. Wednesday to fill the post ...Read more