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Tim Lillard at the home he and his late wife, Ann Picha-Lillard, shared in suburban southeast Michigan. Since her death in 2022, Lillard has made it his mission to pass the Safe Patient Care Act, which would create mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios in Michigan hospitals. Beth Weiler/Michigan Public hide caption

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After his wife died, he joined nurses to push for new staffing rules in hospitals

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Nurses have been telling lawmakers that hospital understaffing is putting patient lives at risk. They want Michigan to follow California and Oregon and institute mandatory staffing ratios.

Mexican health authorities suspended operation at this medical clinic in Matamoros, Tamaulipas after reports that a number of cosmetic surgery patients were exposed to a potentially deadly fungal meningitis. Twelve patients with probable or confirmed cases died. Abraham Pineda/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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They came to clinics in Mexico for cosmetic surgery and got a deadly fungal meningitis

The risks of medical tourism are depicted in a study of U.S patients who traveled to two clinics for procedures like tummy tucks and butt lifts — and were exposed to a virulent fungal meningitis.

Brazilian soccer star Dani Alves sits during his trial in Barcelona, Spain, on Feb. 5, 2024. Alves has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in a Barcelona nightclub and has been sentenced Alves to 4 1/2 years in prison. D.Zorrakino/AP hide caption

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Soccer star Dani Alves is found guilty of rape and sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison

Dani Alves, one of the most successful soccer players of his generation, was found guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub in 2022.

Hydeia Broadbent attends the Los Angeles premiere of Apple's "They Call Me Magic" at Regency Village Theatre on April 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Leon Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Hydeia Broadbent, a prominent HIV/AIDS activist, dies at 39

Broadbent, diagnosed at age 3, was one of the first generation of children born HIV positive, and known for raising awareness to lessen the stigma of the disease from a young age. She died Tuesday.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) leaves the Senate chamber after a live quorum call at the U.S. Capitol. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Joe Manchin on why he can't endorse Trump, but isn't sold on Biden

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin talks to NPR's Michel Martin about Joe Biden, Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, and his decisions against another run for the Senate or a new bid for president.

Sen. Joe Manchin on why he can't endorse Trump, but isn't sold on Biden

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Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo Portuguese dog, poses for a photo with his Guinness World Records certificates for the oldest dog ever, at his home in Conqueiros, central Portugal, on May 20, 2023. Jorge Jeronimo/AP hide caption

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Guinness World Records posthumously strips Bobi of his title of 'oldest dog ever'

Bobi's owner said the dog had lived a record-breaking 31 years and 165 days old when he died in October 2023. But a review by Guinness World Records found that evidence of his age was inconclusive.

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Learning a new skill can be hard. Here's how to set yourself up for success

It can be incredibly gratifying to harness mastery of a skill. But why is learning new things so hard? Here are three steps to get you started. All that's left is to pick what you want to learn!

Learning a new skill can be hard. Here's how to set yourself up for success

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Aides to Gov. Brian Kemp recently sent word to lawmakers he was skeptical of an expansion of the state's Medicaid program, pouring cold water on a push earlier in the session to provide health coverage for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians. Arvin Temkar/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS/ABACA via Reuters Connect hide caption

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Red states that have resisted Medicaid expansion are feeling pressure to give up

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More and more Southern states are talking about fully expanding Medicaid to cover poor residents. They've resisted the option for a decade, but are now running into competition with each other.

Shan'Terrius Sly-Brown, 16, left, and Shaniya Wade-Red, 15, hold signs Wednesday outside of the home of Barbers Hill Independent School District superintendent Greg Poole in Baytown, Texas. The teen traveled from Mississippi to participate in the protest and attend a Thursday trial for Darryl George, a student who has been kept out of his regular classes since August because of his hairstyle. Juan Lozano/AP hide caption

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A Texas judge rules against a Black high school student who was suspended over his hairstyle

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A Houston-area judge on Thursday determined that a local school district has not violated Texas' CROWN Act after it repeatedly suspended 18-year-old Darryl George for the length of his dreadlocks.

Handy Kennedy, founder of AgriUnity cooperative, counts his cows on HK Farms on April 20, 2021 in Cobbtown, Ga. The cooperative is a group of Black farmers formed to better their chances of success by putting their resources together to reduce their overhead costs. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Some USDA programs have been mired in inequity. A panel's final report offers changes

An equity commission created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released over 60 recommendations it says will finally bring more fairness to policies affecting farming and rural America.

Fighters carry the coffin of Abu Baqir al-Saadi during his funeral on Feb. 8. He was a senior commander in Kataib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad. Ameer Al-Mohammedawi/dpa via Getty Images hide caption

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What fighting in the Middle East means for the U.S. troop presence in Iraq

After the U.S. killed a commander of an Iran-backed militia in Baghdad, pressure is mounting on Iraq's government to expel America's 2,500 military personnel.

What fighting in the Middle East means for the U.S. troop presence in Iraq

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Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks at a campaign event on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, in Greer, S.C. David Yeazell/AP hide caption

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Nikki Haley says Biden is 'more dangerous' than Trump but neither is fit for the job

In an interview with NPR, Nikki Haley says in a rematch between President Biden and former President Donald Trump, Biden is a bigger threat. But she's hoping she presents voters with another option.

Nikki Haley says Biden is 'more dangerous' than Trump but neither is fit for the job

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John Cheeks's lottery ticket matched the numbers posted online in January 2023. But when he tried to redeem his prize, he was repeatedly denied. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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A man sues Powerball after being told his $340M 'win' was a mistake

In early January 2023, John Cheeks saw that the winning Powerball numbers online matched his lottery ticket. But when he tried to redeem the prize he was told it was a "mistake." Now, he's suing.

Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lunar lander was carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Feb. 15. Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Private company Intuitive Machines is set to land on the moon. Here's what to know

The Houston-based company hopes to make the first successful commercial landing on the lunar surface. It would also be America's first soft landing in decades.

Private company Intuitive Machines is set to land on the moon. Here's what to know

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Border officials in Nogales seized more than a dozen assault rifles, a record for the year, and nearly 10,000 rounds of AK-47-style ammunition during the second week in June, all of it on its way to Mexico. Customs and Border Protection hide caption

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A U.S. judge is hearing Mexico's lawsuit against American gun dealers

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The corridor from Tucson to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico is one of the three largest gun smuggling routes in the United States.

Suheir Barghouti's son, Saleh Barghouti, was shot dead by the Israeli military in 2018 in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Six years later, she still doesn't know where his body is. Ayman Oghanna for NPR hide caption

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How the dead serve as bargaining chips in the Israel-Hamas conflict

Israel and Hamas are both holding the bodies of those killed on the other side, refusing to release them. They've done so for years and are again using the enemy dead as leverage in the current war.

How the dead serve as bargaining chips in the Israel-Hamas conflict

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office asked the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, to set an execution date for Alan Eugene Miller, shown here in 1999. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Alabama seeks to carry out 2nd execution using controversial nitrogen gas method

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to set an execution date for Alan Eugene Miller. The state said the execution would use nitrogen.

Ivy Chen (left) and Clarissa Wei browse Shuixian Gong Market in Tainan, Taiwan, in January. An Rong Xu for NPR hide caption

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Feast your eyes on Taiwan's distinct food (and understand a history of colonization)

Taiwan has endured a long history of colonization. As a trip to the culinary center of Tainan reveals, those outside forces have helped create a cuisine that is distinctly Taiwanese.

Feast your eyes on Taiwan's distinct food (and understand a history of colonization)

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Kum Sullivan, who's son Ben died of a heroin overdose in 2015, shows off a tattoo while attending a family addiction support group on March 23, 2016, in Groton, Conn. She got the tattoo to commemorate the year anniversary of his death. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Study: 42% of American adults know someone who died from an overdose

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Roughly 125 million people know at least one person who has died of a drug overdose, according to a RAND Corporation study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Public Health.

An Egyptian truck driver removes a tarp covering humanitarian aid before it is inspected on its way to the Gaza Strip at the Kerem Shalom Crossing in Israel on Dec. 22, 2023. Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images hide caption

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How much humanitarian aid is getting into Gaza? The exact answer can be hard to know

The need for humanitarian aid in Gaza is enormous, but trying to decipher how much aid is getting into the territory and where it's going can be tricky.

The International Space Station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab on Nov. 8, 2021. NASA hide caption

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The International Space Station retires soon. NASA won't run its future replacement

NASA is crashing the ISS into the ocean at the end of 2030. The agency is collaborating with private companies to build its replacement. So what could the space stations of the near future look like?

The International Space Station retires soon. NASA won't run its future replacement.

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FILE - A mechanized shovel loads a haul truck that can carry up to 250 tons of coal at the Spring Creek coal mine, April 4, 2013, near Decker, Mont. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, a U.S. appeals court struck down a judge's 2022 order that imposed a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Federal appeals court revokes Obama-era ban on coal leasing

A U.S. appeals court struck down a judge's 2022 order that imposed a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands.

Julie Silverman had a very rare condition that went undiagnosed for years. Julie Silverman hide caption

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Doctors didn't think much of her cough. A nurse practitioner did and changed her life

After Julie developed a persistent cough, no one seemed to be able to identify the cause. Then, her unsung hero stepped in and saved her life.

No one could figure out the cause of her cough. Then a nurse practitioner had an idea

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Bai Yun, the mother of newly named panda cub, Mei Sheng, gets a mouthful of bamboo during the cub's first day on display at the San Diego Zoo on Dec. 17, 2003. China is working on sending a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo. Lenny Ignelzi/AP hide caption

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China says it plans to send more pandas to the San Diego Zoo this year

In November, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised hopes his country would start sending pandas to the U.S. again after he and President Joe Biden convened in Northern California.

Samuel Altman, CEO of OpenAI, looks on during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law oversight hearing to examine artificial intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2023. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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As Congress lags, California lawmakers take on AI regulations

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California often takes the lead with new legislation to rein in tech. This was true for privacy, social media and now it looks to be playing out the same way for generative AI.

As Congress lags, California lawmakers take on AI regulations

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