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On the last full day of a Bahamas excursion, Vincent Wasney had three epileptic seizures. While being evacuated, he received a bill for expenses incurred during the cruise. Kristen Norman/KFF Health News hide caption

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He fell ill on a cruise. Before he boarded the rescue boat, they handed him the bill

A man from Michigan was evacuated from a cruise ship after having seizures. First, he drained his bank account to pay his medical bills.

The dunes sagebrush lizard makes its home across the desert that spreads out over West Texas and Southeast New Mexico. USFWS hide caption

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Federal protection for rare dunes sagebrush lizard draws the ire of the oil industry

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For years environmentalists and researchers have tried to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard, the small reptile that makes its home across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is declaring the lizard an endangered species, which will offer protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Rep. Arturo Alonso-Sandoval, D-Oklahoma City, gives a speech in opposition to HB 4156 during a protest by the Latino community against the measure April 23, 2024, on the north lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the bill into law two weeks later and now the state faces a legal challenge from the federal government. Lionel Ramos/KOSU hide caption

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The federal government sues Oklahoma over a new immigration law

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The U.S. Department of Justice made good on a promise to sue Oklahoma if it decided to enforce a controversial immigration law.

Anti-abortion activists who describe themselves as "abolitionists" protest outside a fertility clinic in North Carolina in April 2024. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Republicans try to soften their stances on abortion as 'abolitionists' push farther

Activists who describe themselves as "abortion abolitionists" want to charge women who have abortions with homicide and ban the fertility treatment known as IVF, saying life begins at conception.

Michael McDonald, 72, describes his voice as a "malleable" instrument: "Especially with age, it's like you're constantly renegotiating with it." Timothy White/Sacks & Co. hide caption

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With age and sobriety, Michael McDonald is ready to get personal

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McDonald says that earlier in his career, he tended to avoid writing about himself directly in songs. He opens up about his life and career in the memoir, What a Fool Believes.

With age and sobriety, Michael McDonald is ready to get personal

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A Singapore Airlines plane flies after take off from Changi Airport in Singapore on Feb. 20. A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore was diverted after it encountered severe turbulence. Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How dangerous is turbulence on airplanes? Here's what you need to know

One man died and 30 people were injured after a flight from London to Singapore experienced severe turbulence. Here's what to know about how to keep yourself safe and why turbulence happens.

A Miami police officer talks with a homeless person, prior to a cleaning of the street in 2021. Starting October 1st, a new law will ban Florida's homeless from sleeping in public spaces. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Amid record homelessness, a Texas think tank tries to upend how states tackle it

The conservative Cicero Institute is working with states to ban street camps, and shift money away from housing to addiction treatment. Homelessness advocates says such moves are counterproductive.

Amid record homelessness, a Texas think tank tries to upend how states tackle it

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Former President Donald Trump appears in court with attorneys Emil Bove (left) and Todd Blanche (right) for his trial for allegedly covering up hush money payments at Manhattan criminal court on Tuesday in New York City. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump won't testify in his New York hush money trial

The defense for former President Donald Trump has rested in the case, marking the end of witness testimony and paving the way for jury deliberation. The jury could begin deliberating next Wednesday.

Iranians gather at Valiasr Square in central Tehran on May 20 to mourn the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and several others in a helicopter crash the previous day. Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What might have caused the helicopter crash that killed Iran's president

Bad weather may have been a cause of Sunday's crash that killed Ebrahim Raisi. But mechanical issues, possibly exacerbated by a lack of spare parts due to U.S. sanctions, could also be a factor.

Located less than an hour outside Madison, Wisc., Columbia county has both city commuters and people in more rural, small towns. Portage, with a population of around 10,000, is the largest town in the county. Jeongyoon Han/NPR hide caption

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One voted Biden. One picked Trump. It's a tale of two counties in pivotal Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of a handful of pivotal states in the 2024 presidential election. Within the swing state, there are swing counties that could decide the election — even as people remain divided.

One voted Biden. One picked Trump. It's a tale of two counties in pivotal Wisconsin

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When OpenAI announced its latest ChatGPT last week, the AI voice it used in its demo was quickly compared to Scarlett Johansson's voice in the 2013 sci-fi film "Her," but now the company says it is pulling the voice. Leon Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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OpenAI pulls AI voice that was compared to Scarlett Johansson in the movie 'Her'

The AI company said the voice was not patterned after Johansson, but that it was removing the voice as an option in the wake of speculation about whether the sci-fi film inspired the voice.

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