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  • Lawsuit challenges policy of denying inmates addiction meds

    A Massachusetts jail's policy of denying inmates access to opioid addiction medication violates constitutional rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, according a lawsuit filed in federal court this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In a lawsuit...

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  • Cornell review finds academic misconduct by food researcher

    Cornell says a prominent professor of food research has resigned after an investigation found he committed academic misconduct. The school says Brian Wansink will retire at the end of the school year next June and that he has been removed from his teaching positions. Thursday's announcement...

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  • Cardinal hires judge to review church sex abuse policies

    Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the Catholic church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols. Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced the appointment...

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  • Texas couple accused of girl for 16 years

    A suburban Fort Worth couple accused of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years has been indicted on federal charges that include forced labor. A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, who are the son and daughter-in-law of a former president of the West...

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  • Plight of jailed Catalans strains dialogue with Spain

    Jailed separatists have become an emotional symbol for the Catalan independence movement and a key stumbling block in negotiations with Spain out of the country’s political deadlock

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  • Court rules against Poland over plane crash exhumations

    The European Court of Human rights has ruled that the Polish government has violated the rights of two women whose husbands were exhumed without their consent as part of a probe into a plane crash that also killed the president

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  • Meghan Markle takes mom along to cooking event

    Meghan Markle is being joined by her mother for the launch of a cookbook aimed at raising money for victims of the Grenfell fire.

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  • 1 dead, 4 wounded in roadside ambush in southern Thailand

    Police say suspected insurgents killed one person and wounded four in a roadside ambush in southern Thailand, a region where a Muslim separatist rebellion has been active for more than a decade

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  • Peru’s Congress backs referendum after threat of closure

    Facing closure, Peru’s Congress has backed a proposal for a referendum on anti-corruption measures

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  • Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

    Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Mitchell died Wednesday at a New York City hospital...

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  • Food research articles retracted by leading medical journal

    A leading medical journal has retracted six food research articles by a Cornell University marketing professor, saying the results can't be verified. The papers under question include a 2005 study that said people eat more when served food in large bowls and a 2013 article that said hungry...

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  • Mexico's rights agency faults army in fuel-theft killings

    Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says soldiers executed two men and planted rifles on their bodies during a 2017 shootout between authorities and fuel thieves in the central state of Puebla. A total of six civilians and four soldiers were killed in the confrontation that erupted in...

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  • U2's Bono says pope's "aghast" about church sex abuse

    U2 frontman Bono has described Pope Francis as being "aghast" about sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The Irish singer met privately with Francis on Wednesday at the Vatican hotel where the pope lives, to discuss themes that Bono told reporters included "the wild beast that is capitalism"...

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  • Mavs owner Mark Cuban donates $10M after workplace probe

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to women's causes and domestic violence awareness as part of the NBA's investigation into workplace conditions with his franchise. The league also announced Wednesday that it would require staffing, reporting and policy...

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  • Report: One-third of households struggle to pay energy bills

    Nearly a third of U.S. households have trouble paying their energy bills, and the problem mainly impacts racial minorities, according to a report released Wednesday by the Energy Information Administration. One in five households — an estimated 25 million — went without food, medicine or...

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  • Mexico’s rights agency faults army in fuel-theft killings

    Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says soldiers executed two men and planted rifles on their bodies during a 2017 shootout between authorities and fuel thieves in the central state of Puebla

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  • Texans fire back at educator for comments about QB Watson

    The Houston Texans have fired back on Wednesday at an East Texas school superintendent who wrote: "You can't count on a black quarterback," in the comment section of an online news article where he was criticizing quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lynn Redden is superintendent of the Onalaska...

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  • Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

    Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died

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  • 5 things for businesses to know about disaster recovery

    Many small business owners whose companies were hit by Hurricane Florence are embarking on an uncertain path to recovery. While these owners are still trying to assess the damage to their companies, and what they'll get from their insurers, they also need to reach out to customers, vendors...

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  • Former exec sues Spotify over boys-only events and pay

    A former sales executive is suing Spotify for gender discrimination and equal pay violations, saying executives organized "boys' trips" that excluded women and that the company paid men more for the same work. The executive, Hong Perez, sued the music streaming company and its head of U.S....

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  • California city is latest to redo 'sexist' school dress code

    The relaxed new dress code at public schools in the small city of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, is intentionally specific: Midriff-baring shirts are acceptable attire, so are tank tops with spaghetti straps and other once-banned items like micro-mini skirts and short shorts. ...

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  • Editor of The New York Review of Books out after uproar

    The editor of The New York Review of Books has abruptly left his post following an outcry when the magazine published an essay by a former radio host accused of sexual misconduct that many deemed self-serving.

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  • World Bank: Global poverty rate drops to record low 10 pct.

    Global poverty has fallen to a record low. The World Bank said Wednesday that 10 percent of the world's population lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2015 — the last year for which numbers were available — down from 11.2 percent in 2013. That means 735.9 million people lived below the...

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  • Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest

    Paraguayan authorities say they have suspended three judges who gave a priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a minor sentence

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