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Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why

Enlarge this image Wanda Irving holds her granddaughter, Soleil, in front of a portrait of Soleil’s mother, Shalon, at her home in Sandy Springs, Ga. Wanda is raising Soleil since Shalon died of complications due to hypertension a few weeks after giving birth. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption toggle caption Becky Harlan/NPR On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving’s “village” — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta…

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Watch: N.J. Dashcam Captures Brilliant Nighttime Streak

[embedded content] It wasn’t criminal, it was celestial. A police dashcam in New Jersey caught a dazzling sight in the early hours of Saturday: a meteor soaring through the sky in a flash of fiery brilliance. A second or two passes and then with a burst of light, it’s gone and the sky returns to blackness. Hamilton Police Sgt. Michael Virga was on patrol around 3 a.m. when he saw it. “It was a pinpoint in the sky, then a bright lime green streak and then it disintegrated,” he tells…

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Is The Tide Of Antibiotic Use On Farms Now Turning?

Enlarge this image Grass-fed, antibiotic-free cattle gather at a farm in Yamhill, Ore. For the first time, government statistics show America’s pigs, cattle and poultry are getting fewer antibiotic drugs. Don Ryan/AP hide caption toggle caption Don Ryan/AP Something unprecedented happened this week. The Food And Drug Administration released its annual accounting of antibiotics sold in America for use in poultry, pigs and cattle, and for the very first time, it reported that fewer of the drugs were sold. Sales of medically important antibiotics in 2016 declined by 14 percent,…

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