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Michelle Weaver is a news writer for the Bergen Newspaper Group. She has been writing professionally for over three years, and she loves her job because she gets to tell people's stories—whether they're a student who just made the honor roll, or a new business owner who just opened their doors.

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Brazil's flooded south sees first deaths from disease, as experts warn of coming surge in fatalities

SAO PAULO — The first two deaths from waterborne bacterial disease were reported in southern Brazil, where floodwaters were slowly receding, and health authorities warned additional fatalities were likely. Rio Grande do Sul state’s health secretariat confirmed the death of a 33-year-old man due to leptospirosis on Wednesday. On Monday, authorities registered that a 67-year-old […]

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Texas health department appoints anti-abortion OB-GYN to maternal mortality committee

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas’ health department has appointed an outspoken anti-abortion OB-GYN to a committee that reviews pregnancy-related deaths as doctors have been warning that the state’s restrictive abortion ban puts women’s lives at risk. Dr. Ingrid Skop was among the new appointees to the Texas Maternal Morality and Morbidity Review Committee announced last week

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Buy now, pay later companies must adhere to credit card standards, consumer agency says

NEW YORK — Buy now, pay later companies must provide consumers with the same legal rights and protections as credit card lenders do, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday in a new rule. That includes the right to demand a refund and to dispute transactions. The agency began an inquiry into the short-term lending

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Wind towers crumpled after Iowa wind farm suffers rare direct hit from powerful twister

OKLAHOMA CITY — A wind farm in southwest Iowa suffered a direct hit from a powerful tornado that crumpled five of the massive, power-producing towers, including one that burst into flames. But experts say fortunately such incidents are rare. Video of the direct hit on the wind farm near Greenfield, Iowa, showed frightening images of

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Nashville council rejects proposed sign for Morgan Wallen's new bar, decrying his behavior

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville councilmembers have rejected plans for a glowing sign to be erected at Morgan Wallen’s new bar along the city’s neon-lit strip of honky tonks, citing his use of a racial slur that caused controversy in 2021 and recent criminal charges accusing the country star of throwing a chair off a rooftop

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Can Medicare money protect doctors from abortion crimes? It worked before, desegregating hospitals

ATLANTA — The Supreme Court’s pending Idaho abortion ruling may hinge on how federal spending power might protect doctors against a state’s criminal code. For guidance, the justices can look to the very beginning of Medicare in the 1960s, when the promise of federal funding finally persuaded hospitals in the Jim Crow South to desegregate.

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Top Apple exec acknowledges shortcomings in effort to bring competition in iPhone app payments

OAKLAND, Calif. — Longtime Apple executive Phil Schiller on Wednesday acknowledged a court-ordered makeover of the U.S. payment system in its iPhone app store hasn’t done much to increase competition — a shortcoming that could result in a federal judge demanding more changes. Schiller, who has been overseeing the iPhone app store since its inception

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