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Opioids are devastating Cherokee families. The tribe has a $100 million plan to heal

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 05:00

The fentanyl crisis is hitting young people hard, and the highest death rates are in Native American communities. The Cherokee Nation is working to help young families recover.

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Vladimir Putin has made a surprise visit to the occupied city of Mariupol

Sun, 03/19/2023 - 04:14

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the port city of Mariupol, Russian state news agencies reported, in his first trip to Ukrainian territory that Moscow illegally annexed in September.

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A strong earthquake has killed at least 13 in Ecuador and 1 in Peru

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 21:10

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 6.8 magnitude earthquake centered just off the Pacific Coast, about 50 miles south of Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city.

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Parliament-Funkadelic singer Clarence 'Fuzzy' Haskins dies at 81

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 20:46

The influential vocalist played a key role in shaping the funk and R&B sound of the 1970s.

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Frozen strawberries sold at Costco, Trader Joe's, recalled after hepatitis A outbreak

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 17:49

Five people in Washington state got sick after eating frozen strawberries from the same supplier, federal regulatory investigators said. The FDA is urging people to stop eating certain products.

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A Florida professor says his contract was terminated for teaching about racial justice

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 16:51

A longtime English professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University says his "decision to teach and speak about racial justice" led to a parent complaining and the university terminating his contract.

Tejano musician Fito Olivares dies at 75

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 14:06

The noted saxophonist, known for songs that were wedding and quinceañera mainstays including the hit "Juana La Cubana," died in Houston. He started playing professionally in his teens.

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Russia agrees to extend the Ukraine grain deal again

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 13:05

Brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, the deal allows Ukraine to ship food and fertilizer through a humanitarian corridor from Black Sea ports. The duration of the extension remained uncertain.

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Raccoon dogs may have been linked to the pandemic. What are they?

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 11:40

The wild animals are more similar to foxes than to domesticated dogs. Data that suggested a link between raccoon dogs and the origins of the COVID pandemic was removed from an international database.

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Putin visits Crimea to mark the anniversary of its annexation from Ukraine

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 10:13

Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to the Black Sea peninsula to mark the ninth anniversary of its annexation from Ukraine. Russia's move in 2014 was denounced as illegal by most of the world.

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Trump claims that he will be arrested next week

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 09:38

The claim comes as a New York prosecutor considers charging him in connection with hush money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. There has been no announcement of plans for an indictment.

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Military surgeon Jiang Yanyong, the doctor who spoke the truth about SARS

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 08:27

In 2003, Dr. Jiang Yanyong watched in disbelief as Chinese officials downplayed how SARS was spreading in China. He took the risky step of alerting the media to the cover-up.

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Police didn't get defunded but many large departments are shrinking

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 08:00

A new study finds that some police forces are losing officers at a faster pace since 2020. In New Orleans, there's a grudging acceptance that it's time to offload some duties to civilians.

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Audubon faces a backlash after deciding to keep name that evokes a racist enslaver

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 07:00

Three board members resigned after the National Audubon Society rejected calls to change its name. Some local groups are renaming themselves anyway.

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An infamous Russian unit that downed a civilian plane in 2014 was active in Ukraine

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 07:00

A secretive Russian military unit, known for its part in the deaths of hundreds of civilians on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly a decade ago, was fighting in eastern Ukraine, NPR uncovered.

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San Francisco will discuss reparation proposals—but even supporters are split on them

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 06:00

While many cheered the possibility of a huge financial windfall for the city's Black residents, one civil rights leader says the proposal is a distraction from tangible efforts to redress racism.

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Paris Hilton was the center of it all. Now she's shedding the 'character' she created

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 06:00

Before the word "influencer" was a household term, before Instagram and TikTok allowed users to document every moment of their life in real time, Paris Hilton was the woman at the center of it all.

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You have the right to a lawyer, but public defenders note a lack of resources, respect

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 05:00

Public defenders operate under heavy pressure and budget constraints 60 years after the Supreme Court ruled low-income criminal defendants should be provided lawyers even if they can't pay for them.

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Why car prices are still so high — and why they are unlikely to fall anytime soon

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 05:00

The average new vehicle costs nearly $49,000, an almost $10,000 increase from before the pandemic. This is a look at today's deeply weird auto market.

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Former Air Force officer gets prison term for Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Sat, 03/18/2023 - 03:19

Larry Brock of Texas joined other rioters on the Senate floor only minutes after then-Vice President Mike Pence, senators and their staff fled to escape the mob attacking the building on Jan. 6, 2021.

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