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Pregnancy-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled In Texas After Cuts To Women’s Health

Texas pregnancy related deaths riseTexas experienced a sudden and dramatic spike in pregnancy-related deaths in 2011, the same year the state slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs, according to a study in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

After a modest increase in maternal mortality in Texas between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in 2011 and 2012 ― something researchers described as “puzzling” and out of sync with data from the other 49 states. Seventy-two women in Texas died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in 2010, and that number jumped to 148 in 2012.

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Boy in the ambulance: shocking image emerges of Syrian child pulled from Aleppo rubble

Boy in ambulance in SyriaA photograph of a boy sitting dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after surviving a regime airstrike in Aleppo has highlighted the desperation of the Syrian civil war and the struggle for control of the city.

The child has been identified as five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who was injured late on Wednesday in a military strike on the rebel-held Qaterji neighbourhood.

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Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper gets 18 years in federal prison for drugging, raping as many as 16 women

Darren SharoeFormer NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday. He earlier pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans to drugging three women so he could rape them. He also has pleaded guilty or no contest in state courts in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada to charges arising from allegations of drugging and raping women.

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Fire Seven Officers For Laquan McDonald Cover-Up, Police Supt. Says

Fire seven officers for Laquan shootingSupt. Eddie Johnson is moving to fire seven officers accused of lying about the shooting of Laquan McDonald and its aftermath.

"The officers have been relieved of their police powers prior to the determination of the Police Board," Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

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Report: U.S. Swimmers ‘Fabricated’ Robbery Story

Olympic swimmers lied about robberyAs the police investigation continues into the alleged robbery of four U.S. Olympic swimmers in Rio, a Brazilian police source told ABC News that "one of the swimmers was seen on CCTV footage breaking down the door to the bathroom at [a] gas station and fighting with a security guard" on the night of the incident.

Police told ABC News that the swimmers "offered 100 reals and $20" to compensate for the damage.

Swimmer Ryan Lochte claimed on Sunday that he and three teammates were robbed in a taxi early that morning while heading to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.

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Justice Department to End Use of Private Prisons

DOJ to end private prisonsThe Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is reportedly planning to stop using private prisons.

According to a memo from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates obtained by the Post, officials have been instructed to not renew contracts with prison operators or diminish existing contracts.

Shares of GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America were originally halted on the news, but have since reopened, falling more than 20 percent. Both stocks were then halted again for volatility.

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Alaskan town votes to relocate as climate change submerges island

Alaskan town to relocateThe Alaskan village of Shishmaref narrowly voted to abandon their island and relocate to the mainland due to the effects of climate change, a town official said.

The 89-to-78 vote Wednesday makes Shishmaref, north of the Bering Strait, one of the first towns in the United States to move due to climate change. Melting sea ice is raising ocean levels and will submerge the island in a few decades.

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Target spending $20M on third bathrooms in transgender debate

Target- Target Corporation, facing a boycott over its transgender-friendly restroom options, said it will spend $20 million to install third restrooms in stores.

A separate and lockable single-toilet restroom will be available for customers and employees in need of privacy, including those uncomfortable using the same facilities as a transgender person or those with small children of a different gender.

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Police stop two US Olympic swimmers from leaving Brazil

Police stop two US Olympic swimmers from leaving RioBrazilian police pulled two US Olympic swimmers off a plane about to leave the country to question them about a claim they made to have been victims of an armed mugging, according to US officials.

"We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities," Patrick Sandusky, spokesman for the US Olympic Committee, said on Wednesday.

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