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US births fell during the pandemic, CDC data show

The number of births in the United States fell by 4% last year, much of it likely due to the pandemic, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s “the largest annual decline in the number of births since 1973,” CDC researchers wrote in their report. Births had…MORE

Biden administration backs end to the disparity of cocaine sentences

The Biden administration “strongly supports” ending the racial disparity of sentencing federal offenders who are convicted for crack versus powdered cocaine, according to head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, who testified Tuesday in support of a measure to do just that. The Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act, known…MORE

Chicago is throwing its ‘whole government’ at summer violence

Chicago is throwing its ‘whole government’ at summer violence

“I’m not saying I’m God or I can prevent anything from happening, but I know in my heart I did what I can at 1 or 2 in the morning to help put this guy in a safer environment.” That’s how Jervon Hicks describes his mission as an outreach worker and life coach on Chicago’s…MORE

Japan’s Olympics superfans who want Tokyo 2020 to go ahead despite Covid-19

Japan’s Olympics superfans who want Tokyo 2020 to go ahead despite Covid-19

Kyoko Ishikawa is not your average Olympics enthusiast. Sporting a bandana, fans, whistle and traditional Japanese costume, the IT company president is a superfan who has attended every Summer Games since Barcelona 1992. She even performs a Japanese cheer routine at each one and hopes to carry on the tradition this year. “The purpose of…MORE

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