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A new bill could help protect the census after Trump-era interference

A bill introduced Monday in the U.S. House of Representatives could help the 2030 census and other upcoming national head counts avoid the years of meddling by former President Donald Trump's administration that dogged the country's most recent tally.

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5 things to know about the brain-eating amoeba that infected a swimmer in Iowa

Its name alone is terrifying. Add the fact that it kills most people it infects — and that while infections are rare, the parasite is fairly common — it's not surprising that a confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri infection in a swimmer in Iowa is drawing attention.

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Some states are struggling to prepare for calls to the 988 mental health crisis line

Staff at Memorial Behavioral Health in Springfield, Ill., are on call around the clock to talk with people struggling with suicidal thoughts, drug addiction or other mental health crises.

They provide a listening ear and help connect people to resources or crisis support, if needed.


Russia-Ukraine war: A weekly recap and look ahead (July 11)

As the week begins, here's a roundup of key developments from the past week and a look ahead.

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A NASA telescope will soon show us the universe as we've never seen it

Later today, the world should see something remarkable: an image of some of the first galaxies to form in the universe.

The picture will come from NASA's new, $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope. NASA had planned to release it tomorrow as part of a collection of the first scientific results, but apparently the image is so dramatic that the White House has determined that President Biden should be the one to reveal it to the world.

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When it comes to darker skin, pulse oximeters fall short

Over the past two years, the pulse oximeter has become a crucial tool for tracking the health of COVID-19 patients.

The small device clips onto a finger and measures the amount of oxygen in a patient's blood. But a growing body of evidence shows the device can be inaccurate when measuring oxygen levels in people with dark skin tones.

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Manhattanhenge, a unique urban phenomenon, sets for the last time this year

In a city known for not stopping, the upcoming Manhattanhenge may give New Yorkers a run for their money.

On Monday and Tuesday, for the last time this year, the sun will set between New York's skyscrapers — not only offering the perfect photo opportunity but also a chance to marvel at the serendipitous city planning that made Manhattanhenge possible.


Sri Lanka is in a political vacuum as angry protesters occupy leaders' homes

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka was in a political vacuum for a second day Monday with opposition leaders yet to agree on who should replace its roundly rejected leaders, whose residences are occupied by protesters angry over the country's deep economic woes.


3 people are killed, and scores injured, in Russian attacks on Kharkiv

KHARKIV, Ukraine — Russian shelling of Ukraine's second-largest city killed at least three people on Monday and injured scores, including children, the local administrator said. The shelling came just hours after three missile strikes on Kharkiv which the official described as "absolute terrorism."

Kharkiv regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov said on Telegram that the shelling came from multiple rocket launchers, and those hospitalized for injuries suffered in the attacks included children aged 4 and 16.

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A new dominant omicron strain in the U.S. is driving up cases — and reinfections

Updated July 11, 2022 at 12:39 PM ET

For much of the pandemic, the only silver lining to coming down with a case of COVID-19 was that you likely wouldn't catch it again for a while (though there isn't exactly a definitive answer on how long that period immunity typically lasts).