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Patients have a right to an observer to prevent sexual misconduct in doctors' offices, new NJ rules say

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New Jersey is proposing new rules to better protect patients from sexual misconduct in doctors' offices.

The rules would require doctors to confirm that patients have read and understood their right to have another licensed medical professional present as an observer before proceeding with a sensitive examination, including breast, pelvic, ...Read more

SpaceX launch this evening would mark 300th booster landing if successful

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ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX is set to send up the 30th launch on the Space Coast this year targeting an evening liftoff Tuesday that would see the 300th booster recovery if successful.

A Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 of SpaceX’s Starlink internet satellites is aiming to launch at 6:17 p.m. at the opening of a four-hour window Tuesday that runs ...Read more

Federal judge orders California county to review death penalty cases

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LOS ANGELES — Dozens of death penalty convictions in Alameda County must be reviewed after prosecutors there were found to have intentionally excluded Black and Jewish jurors during a murder trial in 1995, a federal judge ordered.

Handwritten notes from prosecutors in the decades-old case suggests the attorneys were involved in "serious ...Read more

Supreme Court hears case about LA man denied visa in part over his tattoos

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday in the case of a Los Angeles man who was denied a green card after marrying a U.S. citizen.

Luis Acensio Cordero was denied a visa to return to the U.S. from El Salvador and has been separated from his wife, Sandra Muñoz, since 2015.

The couple sued, arguing the federal ...Read more

Trump faces potential punishment for violating gag order as hush money trial resumes

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NEW YORK — Donald Trump on Tuesday is expected to be threatened with thousands of dollars in fines — and potentially jail time — for denigrating anticipated witnesses and jurors in his hush-money case in violation of a gag order.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan is expected to hear arguments from prosecutors requesting that ...Read more

Russia threatens to increase strikes on Ukraine over US aid

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Russia threatened to step up strikes on Ukraine in response to the U.S. vote to provide new military aid to the government in Kyiv.

“We will increase the intensity of attacks on logistics centers and storage bases for Western weapons” in Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday at a meeting with senior military staff, ...Read more

US commander warns China is fast becoming more aggressive in region

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China is rapidly becoming more aggressive in its rhetoric and actions across Asia, the outgoing head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said, as Beijing turned up the heat on Washington just before Secretary of State Tony Blinken heads to the country for a high-stakes visit.

“We all need to understand that it’s moving very fast,” Admiral ...Read more


Biden administration sets higher staffing mandates. Most nursing homes don't meet them

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The Biden administration finalized nursing home staffing rules Monday that will require thousands of them to hire more nurses and aides — while giving them years to do so.

The new rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are the most substantial changes to federal oversight of the nation’s roughly 15,000 nursing homes in more...Read more

What you eat could alter your unborn children and grandchildren’s genes and health outcomes

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Within the last century, researchers’ understanding of genetics has undergone a profound transformation.

Genes, regions of DNA that are largely responsible for our physical characteristics, were considered unchanging under the original model of genetics pioneered by biologist Gregor Mendel in 1865. That is, genes were thought to be ...Read more

Can states prevent doctors from giving emergency abortions, even if federal law requires them to do so? The Supreme Court will decide

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Hospitals across the country have long operated under the same federal law that says they must treat and stabilize all patients when they have a medical emergency.

But in states that now ban abortions and have limited or no health exceptions to these restrictions, medical providers face an impossible situation. They can administer a ...Read more

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State's new law involving PSE aspires to set a course for the future

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SEATTLE —Over the past couple of years, Washington lawmakers have wrestled with a daunting task.

The problem: The state's largest utility, Puget Sound Energy, sells natural gas to nearly 1 million customers and burns gas and coal to electrify cities. That contributes millions of metric tons of planet-warming gases to the atmosphere.

It makes...Read more

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'Self-annihilation?' LA rabbi wants to heal a 'world on fire'

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LOS ANGELES — She was a clever girl, a daughter of retailers, who thought she had been born too late. The civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s inspired her. But Sharon Brous grew up in the age of Reagan, hedge funds and indifference. By the time she reached rabbinical school, Brous had many questions. All of them big and centering ...Read more

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Chicago's O'Hare rebuild is mired in negotiations and potential changes. Here's how another airport finished construction

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CHICAGO -- A few years before Chicago reached an agreement with the city’s airlines to overhaul O’Hare International Airport, New York officials jump-started a rebuild of LaGuardia Airport.

After years of discussion, planning and a design competition for the New York airport, in 2015 a development team got the go-ahead to begin the first ...Read more


Medicare's push to improve chronic care attracts businesses, but not many doctors

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Carrie Lester looks forward to the phone call every Thursday from her doctors’ medical assistant, who asks how she’s doing and if she needs prescription refills. The assistant counsels her on dealing with anxiety and her other health issues.

Lester credits the chats for keeping her out of the hospital and reducing the need for clinic visits...Read more

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Too many cubicles, too few homes spur incentives to convert offices to housing

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HERNDON, Va. — Juan Ramirez, watching his dog play in Chandon Park here in suburban Virginia on a Saturday morning, tries to imagine the massive office buildings next to the park becoming apartments and townhouses.

“I guess it’s inevitable. People don’t use offices as much now. I hope it’s affordable. Maybe it’ll bring more young ...Read more

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Inside an Arizona abortion clinic: uncertainty looms and optimism reigns

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PHOENIX -- When Anna first read about the Arizona Supreme Court reinstating an 1864 law banning all abortions except when a mother's life is at risk, she sent the article to her partner with an angry text.

"I was like, 'God, this makes me so mad,'" she said.

She also decided to take a pregnancy test, just in case. Her period was a few days ...Read more

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights to meet in Barbados to confront climate crisis

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The relationship between human rights and the climate crisis will be explored this week, when the Inter-American Court on Human Rights will hear testimony from experts from around the globe and Caribbean nationals in Barbados.

On Monday, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights opened its 166th Regular Session at the University of the West ...Read more

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YNW Melly associate waits for verdict in his own murder trial

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Accused killer Terrence Mathis is waiting for a Broward County jury to decide whether he is guilty of killing a liquor store manager in Lighthouse Point nearly seven years ago.

Mathis, 40, is also accused in a separate case of helping rapper Jamell “YNW Melly” Demons tamper with witnesses in the rapper’s highly ...Read more

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Russia's North Korea embrace could embolden Kim Jong Un, US says

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Russia’s “complete embrace” of North Korea could increase Kim Jong Un’s appetite for risk when it comes to threatening South Korea and exporting weapons abroad, as well as helping Pyongyang ignore Washington’s call to return to nuclear talks, a senior Biden administration official said.

As North Korea ships weapons to help power ...Read more

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Sunak's Rwanda deportation bill to become law after long fight

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LONDON — Rishi Sunak’s government is preparing to get the first deportation flights to Rwanda off the ground by July after the U.K. prime minister’s flagship law to declare the African nation a “safe” destination for asylum seekers cleared its final hurdle in Parliament.

Following weeks of legislative “ping-pong” between the House...Read more