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How period tracking apps and data privacy fit into a post-Roe v. Wade climate

In the wake of the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, privacy experts are increasingly concerned about how data collected from period-tracking apps, among other applications, could potentially be used to penalize anyone seeking or considering an abortion.

Millions of people use apps to help track their menstrual cycles. Flo, which bills itself as the most popular period and cycle tracking app, has amassed 43 million active users. Another app, Clue, claims 12 million monthly active users.


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Orthodox Christian churches are drawing in far-right American converts

When Sarah Riccardi-Swartz moved from New York City to a small Appalachian town in West Virginia in the fall of 2017, she was searching for an answer to a puzzling question. Why had a group of conservative American Christians converted to Russian Orthodoxy?

"It's typically an immigrant faith, so I was really interested in that experience and why it spoke to converts," said Riccardi-Swartz, a postdoctoral fellow in the Recovering Truth project at Arizona State University.


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An anti-abortion activist scales skyscrapers to spread his message

Maison Des Champs knew he would likely be arrested once he reached the top of the New York Times Building in Manhattan on Thursday but he was at peace with that — he had been arrested just two days earlier after solo climbing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.

Surprisingly, the police were nowhere to be found when he finished his climb that morning. Des Champs hightailed it out of there, racing down some 52 flights of stairs in climbing shoes before he slipped out through an emergency exit.


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3 journalists have been killed over 3 days in Mexico

Three journalists have been killed in Mexico over the course of a three-day span, according to several reports.

Two Mexican journalists from the news website El Veraz — Yesenia Mollinedo, the director, and Sheila Johana García, a reporter — were shot to death Monday in the eastern state of Veracruz, said the state's attorney general, Verónica Hernández.


Winner praises the Pulitzer board's commitment to the 'heart' in journalism

What does it feel like to win a Pulitzer Prize?

Between tears of joy, Maria Hinojosa told NPR, "It's like a dream and when I stop crying it's like, Wow!"

On Monday, Hinojosa and her team of producers and editors at Futuro Media won the Pulitzer Prize in audio recording for a seven-part podcast series called Suave. The show is about a man reentering society after serving more than 30 years in prison. It was a project decades in the making.


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Wisconsin voters with disabilities say their right to vote is at risk

Twenty-seven years ago, Martha Chambers was injured in a horseback riding accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down.

"I use my mouth to do a lot of things — like that mouth stick there, I use for those remotes and that keyboard," she describes while giving a tour of her apartment in Milwaukee, Wis.

Come election time, that's also how she fills out her absentee ballot.


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The ripple effects of Russia's war in Ukraine are changing the world

Far from Russia's war in Ukraine, stores are running out of cooking oil, people are paying more at the gas pump, farmers are scrambling to buy fertilizer and nations are rethinking alliances.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has triggered seismic repercussions: a fast-moving refugee crisis, unprecedented sanctions against a major economy and a shakeup of global relationships, including a reinvigorated NATO. Below, we zoom in on some of the ways the world has changed since the war began on Feb. 24.


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The number of Americans who say they won't get a COVID shot hasn't budged in a year

West Hansen pilots his muddy Subaru through the industrial landscape of Southeast Texas where he grew up — past Bible churches, donut shops and the silver industrial towers of the refineries. The longtime social worker says he's given up trying to explain to his clients how safe the COVID-19 vaccines are.

"I've grown weary of it," he says. "I've realized that there's no convincing somebody once they have their mind made up."


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In Texas, abortion laws inhibit care for miscarriages

As the Supreme Court appears poised to return abortion regulation to the states, recent experience in Texas illustrates that medical care for miscarriages and dangerous ectopic pregnancies would also be threatened if restrictions become more widespread.


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3 primary contests to watch Tuesday in West Virginia and Nebraska

In the Republican strongholds of West Virginia and Nebraska, bitter divisions within a few notable GOP primary contests take center stage Tuesday.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed candidates in competitive races in both states, making Tuesday another evaluation of his influence over the Republican Party after a successful showing for Trump-supported candidates last week.


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