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The family of Rod Stensrud is part of a group lawsuit against the NCAA over the alleged link between football and degenerative neurological diseases. “Every time I see football it will remind me of my father,” said his son Reid Stensrud.
President Donald Trump on Twitter said Democrats “and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally,” are to blame for the deaths of an 8-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl in December. The Trump administration faces increasing scrutiny over the quality of care at detention centers for young migrants.
Parts of the national parks are being closed because officials are finding human feces and urine all along the roads.
Nearly 50,000 drug-exposed infants have been born in California since 2000, and the initial extra cost to save these newborns ranges from $159,000 to $238,000 per child, according to research from Stanford University.
“These are the appointments of a governor who is serious about doing something big on health care,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. “You have folks who have engaged the issue very seriously and have the scars to prove it.”
ProPublica has gathered hundreds of police reports detailing allegations of sexual assaults in immigrant children’s shelters, but those reports show that police were quickly — and with little investigation — closing the cases, often within days, or even hours. In other news, the Justice Department is trying to determine if a nonprofit that runs shelters for migrant children misappropriated government money, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was questioned about the death of a 7-year-old girl in U.S. custody, and the U.S. is considering scrapping certain guidelines about restraining pregnant women.
Experts say that although starting deliberate fires to clear the forest of dead plants and underbrush is dangerous, the benefits outweigh the risks.
Under terms of the settlement, Kaiser has agreed to inform other patients who may have similar circumstances that they can re-enroll in their Kaiser health plans.
There’s a stem cell clinic boom happening across the country, but the businesses and their practices are highly unregulated and can be dangerous. The FDA is planning on ramping up oversight of such facilities.
The devices also require random tests while in motion, to prevent the driver from drinking after they’ve passed the first test. Advocates for the new law say it’s a better way to keep the roads safe than taking away drivers licenses.