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The preventable death of an asylum seeker in a solitary cell

Roylan Hernandez Diaz’s long journey ended inside a white-walled cell in the solitary confinement wing of a Louisiana prison. Nearby were the last of his belongings: a tube of toothpaste, a few foam cups, and a sheet of paper explaining ...

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Trump pitches payroll tax relief to wary lawmakers

President Donald Trump pitched his proposed payroll tax break Tuesday on Capitol Hill as pressure mounts on the administration and Congress to work more vigorously to contain the coronavirus outbreak and respond to the financial fallout. Trump’s economic team joined ...

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Seeking trial delay, sheriff makes false COVID-19 claim

Lawyers for a longtime Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his Monday theft trial wrongly claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus. With Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely set to go on trial ...

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Not going away: Virginia Tech families fight for gun control

She made a commitment a long time ago, so Lori Haas calmly stood up from her chair, put down her stack of notes and approached a table of state legislators. “For 12 years, I’ve stood in this building and in ...

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Behind the scenes, scientists prep for COVID-19 vaccine test

A team of scientists jostled for a view of the lab dish, staring impatiently for the first clue that an experimental vaccine against the new coronavirus just might work. After weeks of round-the-clock research at the National Institutes of Health, ...

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Sanders, Biden up attacks as head-to-head race takes shape

The Democratic presidential primary is down to two major candidates, and it shows. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders both want to show he’s the best choice before six more states — Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, ...

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Big firm lawyers are helping asylum seekers at the border

Legal documents spilled from the arms of attorney Charlene D’Cruz as she led a Honduran mother cradling a limp toddler across the Rio Grande bridge. The asylum-seeking mother needed to get her child, who had life-threatening sepsis, to a Brownsville ...

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‘Simple greed’: Ex-UAW leader Jones charged with corruption

Prosecutors have charged the former president of the United Auto Workers with corruption, alleging he conspired with others to embezzle more than $1 million to treat themselves to private villas, golf outings, boozy meals, good cigars and horseback rides on ...

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Insurers will cover virus tests, but check if costs apply

A day after Vice President Mike Pence assured Americans that lab tests for coronavirus would be covered by private and government health insurance, that promise appeared to be less than airtight. The bottom line: Medicare, Medicaid, and “Obamacare” insurance plans ...

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Lawmakers try to alter voter-approved redistricting reforms

With the census approaching, lawmakers in some states are attempting to alter recent voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures. In Missouri and Utah, Republican-led legislatures ...

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