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Maternal deaths in the U.S. spiked in 2021, CDC reports

Thu, 03/16/2023 - 00:02

After years of high rates, the country hit a new high during the pandemic, far exceeding rates in other developed nations. Black women are at especially high risk.

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Jiang Yanyong, the doctor who exposed the size of the 2003 SARS outbreak, dies at 91

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 23:39

Jiang Yanyong was a Chinese military doctor who revealed the full extent of the 2003 SARS outbreak and was later placed under house arrest for his political outspokenness.

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The Biden administration demands that TikTok be sold, or risk a nationwide ban

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 19:58

TikTok officials say they are "disappointed in the outcome," but will remain focused on implementing a plan to keep the data of Americans safe.

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A lawsuit picks a bone with Buffalo Wild Wings: Are 'boneless wings' really wings?

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 19:32

The "boneless wings" served by Buffalo Wild Wings, the national chain of casual sports bar-restaurants, have long been made of white meat from boneless chicken breasts.

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Press 1 for more anger: Americans are fed up with customer service

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 18:01

A new survey shows Americans are unhappy with the service they're getting — and are not afraid to let people know about it.

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T-Mobile buys Ryan Reynolds' Mint Mobile in a $1.35 billion deal

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 17:20

T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert said the telecom giant would use its size and resources to "supercharge" Mint, which is best known for ads starring the actor who is part owner of the smaller company.

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NBA suspends Memphis Grizzlies' Ja Morant 8 games for displaying a gun at a club

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 15:44

The NBA suspended Morant eight games without pay on after determining that his displaying a firearm at a club in suburban Denver earlier this month was "conduct detrimental to the league."

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The small but mighty French bulldog is now the top purebred dog breed in America

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 14:12

The crinkly-faced canine became the most popular breed in the U.S. last year, according to the American Kennel Club, breaking the Labrador retriever's 31-year reign.

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The EPA's new 'good neighbor' rule targets downwind pollution by power plants

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 14:11

Nearly two-dozen states will have to cut harmful industrial emissions of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants, improving air quality for millions of people living in downwind communities.

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Only New Mexico lawmakers don't get paid for their time. That might change this year

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 13:57

Most states pay or offer some financial compensation to state lawmakers for their work. Not New Mexico. That can be a barrier for many people trying to enter politics. A new bill could change that.

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U.S. arrests a Chinese business tycoon in a $1 billion fraud conspiracy

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 13:27

Guo Wengui, long sought by the government of China and known for cultivating ties to Trump administration figures including Steve Bannon, was arrested on charges that he oversaw a fraud conspiracy.

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Federal judge in Texas hears case that could force a major abortion pill off market

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 13:15

If the case succeeds, it could have sweeping repercussions — for abortion clinics and patients across the nation, as well as for the FDA's drug-approval process.

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This safety-net hospital doctor treats mostly uninsured and undocumented patients

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 13:06

Many of Ricardo Nuila's patients at Houston's Ben Taub Hospital are dealing with serious illnesses as a result of not being able to access basic preventive care. His new book is The People's Hospital.

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Students want this women's college to rethink its notion of gender in admissions

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 11:51

Wellesley College currently admits only some transgender and nonbinary applicants. Students voted for a non-binding referendum pushing for more inclusive admissions and communications policies.

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'We Were Once a Family' exposes ills of U.S. child welfare system

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 11:37

Journalist Roxanna Asgarian's tenacious and vulnerable reporting reveals the foundation of the intensely disturbing Hart family story — a broken child welfare system in the U.S.

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'We Were Once a Family' exposes ills of U.S. child welfare system

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 11:36

Journalist Roxanne Asgarian's tenacious and vulnerable reporting reveals the foundation of the intensely disturbing Hart family story — a broken child welfare system in the U.S.

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Honda recalls nearly 500,000 vehicles because front seat belts may not latch properly

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 11:34

The recall covers top-selling models including the 2017 through 2020 CR-V, the 2018 and 2019 Accord, the 2018 through 2020 Odyssey and the 2019 Insight. It also includes the 2019 and 2020 Acura RDX.

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Leaders of Japan and South Korea will meet Thursday to try and mend ties

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 11:33

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida are hoping to overcome historical feuds and domestic politics that have sent relations to their lowest point in decades.

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Tyson will close poultry plants in Virginia and Arkansas that employ more than 1,600

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 11:10

Tyson Foods said it plans to close its processing, broiler and hatching operations in Glen Allen, Va., and a plant in Van Buren, Ark., in an effort to streamline its U.S. poultry business.

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There were 100 recalls of children's products last year — the most since 2013

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 09:54

Nineteen of the recalls were related to the risk of lead poisoning, and 32 recalls were of clothing, the group Kids in Danger said.

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