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Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, in Oakland, Calif. is one of hundreds of hospitals serving poor patients that will get some reprieve from Medicare's readmissions penalties. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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Medicare Eases Up On Readmissions Penalties For Hospitals Serving The Poor

Kaiser Health News

Many hospitals that serve a large share of low-income patients will benefit from Medicare's less punishing approach to penalties for patient readmissions.

Bill Cosby arrives at a Norristown, Pa., court Monday. The first jury in the case deadlocked in 2017. A jury in the second trial convicted Cosby on all counts April 26, 2018. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Cosby Sentenced To At Least 3 Years In State Prison For Sexual Assault

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Cosby, 81, is the first celebrity to be sent to prison in the #MeToo era. The sentence completes the TV dad's stunning fall from groundbreaking cultural icon to convicted sex offender.

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Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth?

Medevac helicopter companies are on the congressional radar, as a funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration nears passage. Consumer protections against deceptive practices could become law.

Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth?

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Taken For A Ride: M.D. Injured In ATV Crash Gets $56,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip

"The biggest challenge for me was to see how I would be a father again," says Dr. Naveed Khan, who was injured while driving an all-terrain vehicle. "With two able-bodied parents at home, it was easier." Shelby Knowles for NPR hide caption

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Taken For A Ride: M.D. Injured In ATV Crash Gets $56,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip

After an accident in an all-terrain vehicle crushed a doctor's left arm, he was whisked by helicopter to the closest trauma center for specialized care. Soon he was fighting over the bill.

Taken For A Ride: M.D. Injured In ATV Crash Gets $56,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip

"The biggest challenge for me was to see how I would be a father again," says Dr. Naveed Khan, who was injured while driving an all-terrain vehicle. "With two able-bodied parents at home, it was easier." Shelby Knowles for NPR hide caption

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Bill Of The Month: Insurance Paid Little Of $56,000 Air Ambulance Trip

After an accident in an all-terrain vehicle crushed a doctor's left arm, he was whisked by helicopter to the closest trauma center for specialized care. Soon he was fighting over the bill.

Taken For A Ride: M.D. Injured In ATV Crash Gets $56,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip

"The biggest challenge for me was to see how I would be a father again," says Dr. Naveed Khan, who was injured while driving an all-terrain vehicle. "With two able-bodied parents at home, it was easier." Shelby Knowles for NPR hide caption

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Taken For a Ride: Man Injured in Crash Gets $56,000 Bill For Air Ambulance

After an accident in an all-terrain vehicle crushed a doctor's left arm, he was whisked by helicopter to the closest trauma center for specialized care. Soon he was fighting over the bill.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Stephan Ackermann present the results of the study on sexual abuse of minors by Germany's Catholic priests and clerics on Tuesday in Fulda, Germany. Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Bishops' Report: At Least 3,677 Minors Were Abused By Clerics

The study found that 5 percent of priests in the country's dioceses had been accused of abuse. Germany's justice minister said the study was "shocking and probably just the tip of the iceberg."

A Myanmar soldier guards an area at the Sittwe airport in Rakhine state last week. UN investigators last month released a damning and meticulous report detailing why six Myanmar generals should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Won't Label Atrocities Against Rohingya 'Genocide'

A much-anticipated report by the U.S. State Department blames Myanmar's security forces for violence against Rohingya Muslims, but does not call the mass killing a genocide.

A new study from the University of Texas at Austin suggests that bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death. Vivian Abagiu/College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas in Austin hide caption

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Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate destroys specialized gut bacteria in bees, leaving them more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria.

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New Mix: Jeff Tweedy, Allen Tate, Charly Bliss, Bad Moves, More

On this week's mix, artists from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco to D.C. upstart Bad Moves ask big questions. Catch Irish duo Saint Sister's unnerving harp, a pure pop single from Charly Bliss and more.

New Mix: Jeff Tweedy, Allen Tate, Charly Bliss, Bad Moves, More

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John Gore, the acting head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, speaks during a June news conference in Charlottesville, Va. Gore leads the division that says it needs the 2020 census citizenship question to better enforce the Voting Rights Act's protections against racial discrimination. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Appeals Court Rules DOJ Official Must Testify For Census Lawsuits

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court order to depose Justice Department official John Gore about the 2020 census citizenship question DOJ requested.

A new report released by the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog found that doctors were not properly vetted, putting immigrants and U.S. citizens at risk. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Doctors With Criminal Records Examined Immigrants, Report Says

Internal investigators at DHS said 132 doctors employed to examine immigrants could pose health or safety risks. Before he was hired, one physician tried to recruit a hit man to kill a patient.

Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop, in Austin, Texas, last month. On Tuesday, the company announced Wilson resigned and severed all ties with the company on Sept. 21. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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3D Gun Pioneer Cody Wilson Resigned As Head Of Defense Distributed

Paloma Heindorff assumed the role of director of the controversial company after Wilson stepped down on Friday. "I'm a different person. I'm not trying to replace him as a character," she said.

Charlotte Gill, owner of Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Maine, says she believes that cannabis can calm crustaceans before they are tossed into boiling water. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Maine Asks Restaurant To Stop Giving Lobsters Cannabis Before Boiling Them

Maine Public

The owner of the eatery says she's giving compassionate cannabis to the crustaceans so that they don't feel pain. But the state isn't sure the practice is in line with health regulations.

Tuesday's discussion between officials of the Department of Justice and state attorneys general focused on the rapid growth of tech companies like Facebook and Google and their handling of user data. Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Attorneys General Zoom In On Tech Privacy And Power

A meeting with the Justice Department was originally pitched to focus on allegations of social media's anti-conservative bias. But the conversation was broadened, raising the stakes for tech giants.

Andrea Kremer (left) and Hannah Storm will be the first all-female broadcast team to announce an NFL game, covering Thursday night's game for Amazon Prime Video. Brian Ach/AP for Amazon hide caption

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Andrea Kremer And Hannah Storm Will Be First Female Duo To Call An NFL Game

There was a decidedly mixed reaction when Amazon Prime Video said it planned to offer the pair as a streaming alternative to the Fox TV broadcast crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Members of the winning team pose with former President Bill Clinton during the Hult Prize Awards Dinner at U.N. headquarters. From left: Kisum Chan, Lincoln Lee, Julia Vannaxay, Vannie Koay Amy Sussman/Hult Prize Foundation via AP Ima hide caption

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It's Rice Vs. Seaweed Vs. Solar ATMs For A $1 Million Prize

The Hult Prize goes to a team of student entrepreneurs with an idea that will make the world a better place. Former President Clinton was on hand to announce the winner.

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