Republicans' Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. These hospitals serve a largely older, poorer and sicker population than most hospitals, making them particularly vulnerable to changes made to Medicaid funding. "A lot of hospitals like [ours] could get hurt,"...

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Census Finds A More Diverse America, As Whites Lag Growth

America's diversity remains on the rise, with all racial and ethnic minorities growing faster than whites from 2015 to 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau says in a new snapshot of the national population. The agency also found the U.S. median age has risen to nearly 38. Asian and mixed-race people are the two fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Both groups grew by 3 percent from July 2015 to July 2016. In the same 12 months, the non-Hispanic white...

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Summer's Just Begun, But The Southwestern U.S. Is Already Baking

Summer officially began at 12:24 a.m. ET Wednesday, but as the Southwestern United States bakes in a heat wave, the season may already feel like a long and sweltering slog there. The mercury hit 119 degrees Fahrenheit in Phoenix on Tuesday, 117 in Las Vegas and 121 degrees in Palm Springs, Calif. And while forecasters say the heat was expected to peak on Tuesday, excessive heat warnings remain in effect through Sunday evening in parts of Arizona, Nevada and California. The National Weather...

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Hamden Restaurant Hit With Lawsuit Over Alleged Wage Theft

Jun 19, 2017
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A restaurant in Hamden, Connecticut, was a target of protests after a lawsuit was filed that says it underpaid its hourly workers. Unidad Latina en Acción, a New Haven-based activist group, says it's a case of wage theft.

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A congressional hearing will be held Tuesday in Suffolk County to discuss the ongoing gang violence on Long Island.

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NBC host Megyn Kelly’s controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones aired Sunday night. Jones has claimed the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School didn’t happen. Kelly confronted Jones about his claims, but many critics said she shouldn’t have talked to him at all.

Members of the Asian-American rock band The Slants have the right to call themselves by a disparaging name, the Supreme Court says, in a ruling that could have broad impact on how the First Amendment is applied in other trademark cases.

The Slants' frontman, Simon Tam, filed a lawsuit after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office kept the band from registering its name and rejected its appeal, citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits any trademark that could "disparage ... or bring ... into contemp[t] or disrepute" any "persons, living or dead," as the court states.

Suffolk County's Bonds Downgraded

Jun 19, 2017
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Suffolk County’s bonds have been downgraded by Standard and Poor’s after the county forecast up to a $165 million deficit for the next fiscal year.

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Federal authorities have made their first arrest in Connecticut related to the possession of carfentanil, the opioid that is said to be 10,000 times stronger than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl.

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A van drove into pedestrians early Monday morning in north London, police say, in what they are investigating as a terrorist attack.

"One man was pronounced dead at the scene," the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement. "Eight people injured were taken to three separate hospitals; two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries."

Photographer and journalist Katie Hayes Luke reported throughout the year on an innovative school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, Okla. We're not using the first names of students and family members to protect their privacy.

On the last day of school, the fifth grade students at Positive Tomorrows perform last-minute rehearsals for the inaugural "Classy Awards."

President Trump did it again on Twitter late last week.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," he tweeted Friday morning.

Once again, a Trump tweet set off a media frenzy, this time making everyone wonder whether he was indeed confirming that he was under investigation for obstruction of justice. (The White House later said the tweet was not confirmation that Trump has been informed that he is under investigation.)

How Could The Navy Destroyer Collision Happen?

Jun 19, 2017

The headline shocked the close-knit world of the surface Navy: Seven sailors aboard the destroyer USS Fitzgerald were killed, and other crew members injured, when the warship collided with a cargo vessel off Japan.

As the Navy family grieves, both it and the wider world are asking the same question: How did this happen?

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