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The death rate for children has dropped dramatically. Yet there's cause for alarm

Around the world, the death rate of children has been dropping dramatically. Where 1 in 11 children under 5 years old died in 1990, it was 1 in 27 children in 2020. The total number was 12.6 million in 1990 and 6 million in 2020, according to the World Health Organization.


New York's top court rejects congressional maps drawn by Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's highest court on Wednesday rejected new congressional maps that had widely been seen as favoring Democrats, largely agreeing with Republican voters who argued the district boundaries were unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

The state's Court of Appeals said lawmakers lacked the authority to pass the congressional and state Senate maps after an independent redistricting commission failed to reach a consensus.


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Derek Chauvin appeals his conviction for George Floyd's murder

One year after he was convicted of murdering George Floyd, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filed an appeal hoping to overturn the jury's verdict and reduce his sentence.


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A Kansas lawmaker complains about sharing a bathroom with a trans colleague

TOPEKA, Kan. — LGBTQ rights advocates called Tuesday for a Kansas state lawmaker to be formally censured after she publicly said she didn't want to share the women's restrooms at the Statehouse with a transgender colleague.

The Kansas House's top Republican called GOP state Rep. Cheryl Helmer's comments "unfortunate" and Democrats condemned them. The state's leading LGBTQ rights lobbyist saw "a new level of toxic bigotry" in Helmer's emailed remarks to a University of Kansas student and subsequent interviews about Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Byers.


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Oklahoma bans nonbinary gender identities on birth certificates

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Tuesday explicitly prohibiting the use of nonbinary gender markers on state birth certificates, a ban experts say is the first of its kind in the nation.


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Here's why Dr. Fauci says the U.S. is 'out of the pandemic phase'

Updated April 27, 2022 at 4:07 PM ET

The U.S. is no longer in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the coronavirus's continuing global threat, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden. But Fauci also warns that people should still be mindful of the disease.


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More than 120,000 pounds of ground beef is recalled over possible E. coli concerns

A New Jersey manufacturer is recalling more than 120,000 pounds of ground beef products over concerns that it could contain E. coli.

Regulators discovered during routine testing that certain products from Swedesboro, N.J.-based Lakeside Refrigerated Services may be contaminated with E. coli O103, a harder-to-identify strain of the bacteria.


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Russia halts gas exports to Poland and Bulgaria, hitting back at Europe over sanctions

LVIV, Ukraine — Russian energy giant Gazprom says it has stopped fuel exports to Poland and Bulgaria, marking a rise in tensions with the European Union over Russia's war against Ukraine.

In a statement, Gazprom attributed the stoppage to the Polish and Bulgarian gas companies' refusal to pay in rubles, the Russian currency. The gas is delivered via the Yamal pipeline, which runs from Siberia to Europe.


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U.S. Marine veteran Trevor Reed is released from Russia in a prisoner swap

The Biden administration and the family of Trevor Reed say the U.S. Marine veteran is out of Russian prison and safely on his way back to the U.S. The decision follows years of advocacy by his family and recent reports that his health was rapidly declining.


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Immigration advocates warn of midterm risks for Democrats if Title 42 isn't lifted

After weeks of calls from Democrats in Congress for the White House to produce a more detailed plan for when it lifts Title 42 next month, the Department of Homeland Security released additional details Tuesday afternoon.


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