Groundbreaking 2021 Data Reveals Alarming Trends in U.S. Violent Deaths, Highlighting Suicides and Firearms

In 2021, across 48 states and the District of Columbia, there were significant findings related to violent deaths including homicides, suicides, and deaths of undetermined intent, among others. Data was gathered from 46 states, 31 counties in California, and 13 counties in Texas. These jurisdictions reported a total of 70,688 deaths from various causes. The majority of these fatalities, about 58.2% or 41,116 deaths, were due to suicide, followed by 31.5% or 22,288 deaths from …

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Coastal Alert: Persisting Rip Currents Increase Dangers at U.S. Beaches Amid Summer Heatwave

As the calendar marches toward the Fourth of of July and temperatures climb, throngs are heading to the more refreshing shores of the U.S., from the Gulf Coast stretching up to the Northeast. Yet, this leisurely pursuit of relief is shadowed by a lurking danger: rip currents. These powerful, narrow channels of water rushing away from the coast have been the cause of several fatalities, heightening concerns among both officials and beachgoers. Rip currents can …

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Medicare Drug Price Negotiations: U.S. Makes Initial Offers in Groundbreaking Move

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. government has presented its first proposals for negotiating drug prices with pharmaceutical companies as part of the Medicare program. This move aims to lower the cost of prescription drugs for the elderly and disabled. The Department of Health and Human Services has outlined its initial offers for the Medicare drug price negotiations. This is a significant step towards fulfilling President Biden’s campaign promise to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, …

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Summer Alert: Rising Dangers at U.S. Lakes Highlight Safety Measures for Holiday Revelers

As summer ushers in celebrations like the Fourth of July, many American families gather at bodies of water for enjoyment and relief from the heat. However, these popular destinations also come with hidden dangers, primarily the risk of drowning. Clear, sunny days increase the allure of pools, beaches, rivers, and lakes nationwide. While these settings offer relaxation and fun, they can turn treacherous without proper precautions. Across the U.S., particularly in the Great Lakes, drowning …

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Alarming Rise in Active Shooter Incidents Across U.S. As FBI Reports Highest Death Toll in Years

Washington — The FBI has released a concerning report on Monday indicating that active shooters in the United States have been targeting the public at an 89% higher rate from 2019 to 2023 than in the previous five years. Over this recent period, the nation witnessed 105 deaths in 2023 alone, marking the highest fatality count from such incidents in years. Despite a slight decline in active shootings in 2023, with a 4% decrease compared …

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Scorching Heat Dome Grips Eastern U.S., Threatens Record-Breaking Temperatures and Public Health

Millions of residents across the eastern United States are bracing for potentially record-breaking temperatures as a persistent heat dome continues to dominate weather patterns in the region. This extreme weather event is expected to intensify over the weekend, pushing temperatures into the triple digits in some areas. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for a vast swath of the country stretching from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures in these regions are poised …

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Texas: What Happens To Social Security If It Secedes From The U.S.?

Houston, TX – If Texas were to secede from the United States, it could have significant implications for the future of Social Security in the state. The impact of such a secession on the social welfare system has become a topic of debate and concern. One major consideration is whether Texans would still be eligible for Social Security benefits if the state were to become an independent nation. Currently, Social Security operates under federal jurisdiction, …

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Embezzlement and Fraud: Shenandoah County Woman Pleads Guilty in U.S. District Court

HARRISONBURG, Va. – A woman from Shenandoah County, who was awaiting a jury trial on embezzlement charges in March, appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday. The jury trial scheduled for March is no longer necessary, as Elizabeth Keegan has pleaded guilty to two charges. According to Brian McGinn, Public Affairs Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia, Keegan admitted guilt to one count of identity theft and one count of …

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Colorado Extends Health Coverage to Immigrants Without Legal Status as States Across the U.S. Grapple With Similar Initiatives

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Gabriel Henao found himself in Colorado after fleeing his native Colombia to escape threats on his life from a guerrilla group. The 44-year-old settled in Fort Collins in July 2022, hoping for a fresh start. However, the severe stomach pain he had been experiencing since his time in Mexico continued to plague him in the United States. Henao, a former business owner in Colombia, was unable to afford health insurance on …

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Retirement Specialist Teresa Ghilarducci on the Gray New Deal and the Broken U.S. Retirement System

NEW YORK, NY – Retirement expert Teresa Ghilarducci is advocating for a “Gray New Deal” to improve job and pension prospects for older Americans. Ghilarducci, a professor at the New School for Social Research, asserts that older adults should not feel ashamed about the size of their retirement accounts and should not be required to work during retirement. According to Ghilarducci, the current U.S. retirement system is failing employees, particularly those in middle- and lower-income …

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