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5/26/2017

Health care and budget experts have said it looks like the White House Medicaid spending cuts would total about $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years by combining the cuts in the president's budget and in the Republicans' health care bill. The exact amount of cuts is not known because the budget doesn't clearly state the spending impact, but the budget watchdog group Concord Coalition estimates the program will lose about half of its budget by 2027.

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5/26/2017

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has never attended a New York Yankees game during his term as mayor and doesn't plan to attend in the future. Having grown up outside of Boston, the mayor is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, longtime rival of the Yankees.

5/26/2017

Deliberate attacks on medical personnel or facilities took place in at least 20 countries last year, in many cases driving health care systems in war-torn countries to the breaking point, said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "These attacks are evidence of a broader trend: Parties to conflict are treating hospitals and health clinics as targets, rather than respecting them as sanctuaries," he says.

5/26/2017

United Nations officials gathered in New York this week to honor 117 military and civilian peacekeeping staff who were killed while serving under the UN flag last year. "They are the best of all of us, and we must always pay tribute to their sacrifice that is a demonstration of the courage and generosity that the United Nations needs to present in today's world," said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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5/26/2017

About 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing severe acute malnutrition as violent conflicts in the country continue, UNICEF officials warn. The agency says more than one-tenth of children in the region die before the age of 5 due to inadequate health care.

5/26/2017

Women who have fled violence to rebel-held areas of northern Sudan have no access to contraception or maternal health care and limited access to basic medicine, greatly increasing their risk of disease and death. A six-year conflict between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army-North is blocking aid to those in regions controlled by rebel forces.

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5/26/2017

Flooding and at least five landslides in Sri Lanka caused by early rains have killed 28 people, left 66 missing and displaced hundreds, officials in the country say. About 400 military personnel have been deployed with boats and helicopters to supplement rescue efforts.

5/26/2017

United Nations efforts to help Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders find common ground have failed and there is no reason to continue negotiations, said the United Nations envoy to Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. A UN spokesman noted the talks have not collapsed and remain leader-led, and that the UN will await word from Cypriot leaders on how to proceed.

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5/26/2017

President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2018 is "very bad for states generally, and it's particularly bad for California," said Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center. "The Trump budget is targeting services for low-income communities, and California has more low-income people, both in overall numbers and proportionately," he added.

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5/26/2017

The Pink Boots Society, a California nonprofit dedicated to training women and helping them advance in the male-dominated craft beer industry, will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. To date, the organization has awarded more than 50 scholarships to women in craft brewing.

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