Aug 6, 2017

Did Fox News and a big Trump supporter create and spread a conspiracy theory?

That's the accusation leveled in a lawsuit filed this week. "[Fox commentator] Rod Wheeler unfortunately was used as a pawn by Ed Butowsky, Fox News and the Trump administration to try and steer away the attention that was being given about the Russian hacking of the DNC emails," says Wheeler's lawyer.
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Giving birth nearly killed them. Here’s what they wished they’d known before.

In the months ProPublica and NPR have been investigating maternal deaths in the U.S., we've heard from 3,100 women who had life-threatening complications from pregnancy or childbirth. Those experiences taught them a lot about how to choose a provider, prepare for an emergency, or convince the people caring for you — or even convince yourself — that something's really wrong.

See their advice.
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Should a judge be able to tell you which drugs to take? This pharmaceutical company counts on it.

Vivitrol, one of three FDA-approved drugs for treating opioid addiction, isn't effective for every patient, and the monthly shot can have some unpleasant, long-lasting side effects. Alkermes, Vivitrol's manufacturer, markets it directly to drug court judges and other officials, and now it's the only treatment option available in some courts. Some treatment specialists see huge problems with that:

"They're not health care providers. They don't know data. They don't know research."
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A Fox commentator says the network invented his quotes on who killed a DNC staffer to distract from the Russia scandal

Rod Wheeler’s lawsuit focuses particular attention on the role of a wealthy Trump supporter in weaving the story that Seth Rich was murdered because he leaked Democratic information to WikiLeaks — a story that enraged Rich’s family and that the network was forced to retract. Wheeler and Butowsky discussed the story with Sean Spicer, and the lawsuit says Butowsky claimed to have run it by the president himself.

Fox News disputes some of the claims.
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Where the Mississippi pours into the Gulf of Mexico, in an area the size of New Jersey, fish can't survive

The huge amount of agricultural runoff the river delivers into the Gulf causes algae blooms that die, decompose and absorb all the oxygen from the water. The so-called "dead zone" is bigger than scientists have ever seen it. Many bottom-feeders are killed because they are too slow to get out of the way, researchers say.

It could wreck Louisiana's shrimp industry.
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These graduates have held lower-paying jobs in public service for 10 years, but the government may cancel their reward

The Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness program promised a chance at reduced student debt for those who worked for the government or nonprofits and paid their loans on time for 10 years. The first teachers and social workers to plan their careers and loan payments around the program will hit the 10-year mark this fall — just as the government is looking to kill the program.

It could leave some crushed under inescapable debt.
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