IRKUTSK, Russia—It was a bitter, freezing day here in the hard-working city at the heart of Siberia, more than 3,000 miles east of Moscow. A 39-year-old woman and her 42-year-old husband were waiting for an appointment by the door of a psychologist’s office at the Irkutsk AIDS Center. They both had their woolen hats on, as if they popped in to see their doctor for just a few minutes. Their faces were sad; the flesh on their cheeks sagging. The husband sobbed. His eyes were moist with tears. The center’s doctors recommended the couple begin HIV therapy as soon as possible. But the idea of taking pills for the rest of their lives, twice a day, without missing the scheduled time, frightened them. Both still cherished a tiny hope that AIDS did not exist, that their virus was just a fake story, made up by some American pharmaceutical magnates—an opinion easily found and distributed in Russian internet blogs and in local media for years. “This process of … [Read more...] about Fake News Helped Spread HIV/AIDS in Russia. Has It Stopped?
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A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: A. Graff Photo: A. Graff Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. A large puddle of rainfall accumulated on Franklin Street in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: A. Graff When will it stop raining in the San Francisco Bay Area? 1 / 12 Back to Gallery Last month, Bay Area residents wondered when it would ever rain again. This month they're asking when it will stop. A potent winter storm packed with moisture … [Read more...] about When will it stop raining in the San Francisco Bay Area?
Key House and Senate health care leaders in both parties reached a deal on Sunday on legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills. The deal between House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills Key negotiator says deal close on surprise medical bills legislation House Democrat presses Google executives for answers on handling of health data MORE (D-N.J.), Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills Key negotiator says deal close on … [Read more...] about Key House and Senate health leaders reach deal to stop surprise medical bills
Tucson voters rejected Proposition 205, meaning Tucson will not become a sanctuary city. The proposition, which was officially titled Tucson Families Free and Together Ordinance, stated, “It is the policy of the city that the city be a sanctuary and safe refuge for all persons, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, immigration status, ability to speak English, mode of dress, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, and familial or marital status.” Had the prop passed, Tucson's status as a sanctuary city would have been written into the city code and law enforcement would have been restricted from engaging in certain actions in determining a person’s immigration status. It also would have prohibited officers from contacting federal law enforcement agencies for immigration status and prohibited city employees from questioning a person’s immigration status. A statement that former Mayor Jonathan … [Read more...] about Tucson will not become sanctuary city after Prop 205 fails to pass
JERUSALEM - With three days left for Israel's parliament, the Knesset, to find a solution to the country's ongoing political deadlock, there have been a flurry of proposals that lawmakers hope will prevent an unprecedented third election in less than a year. After two elections in April and September and months of haggling and negotiating by the largest parties to form a ruling coalition, the country is still no closer to having a new government, whether led by the ruling Likud or former army chief of staff Benny Gantz's Blue and White faction. Add to that the criminal indictments issued last month by the country's attorney general against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which have given rise to the question of whether he would legally even be allowed to try forming a government in the future -assuming his party is even successful in gaining a clear majority in another round of voting (most polls suggest the outcome would be similar to the April and September elections). There are … [Read more...] about Stopping a third Israeli election – and why it probably won’t work