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Detroit Man Who Was Deported To Iraq Dies After Family Says He Couldn’t Access Needed Insulin

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Jimmy Aldaoud spent most of his life in the United States but was deported as part of increased immigration enforcement efforts. In Iraq, he was unable to get the insulin needed to treat his diabetes, his family says. “Jimmy Aldaoud … should have never been sent to Iraq,” Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) said. “My Republican colleagues and I have repeatedly called on the executive branch to cease deportation of such vulnerable people. Now, someone has died.” Meanwhile, nearly 700 immigrants were arrested Wednesday in a raid that left children coming back from school to empty homes.

Novartis CEO Justifies Decision To Delay Telling FDA About Manipulated Data For $2.1M Gene Therapy Drug

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Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan said the company “thoroughly, aggressively” investigated whether the issue would effect patient safety. The FDA, after publicly rebuking the company, came to a similar conclusion that patients aren’t at risk because of the lapse in judgment. Other pharmaceutical industry news looks at Gilead’s pricey HIV drug, cell therapies, the cost of a snakebite, and more.

In Era Of Mass Shootings, Workers Turn To Insect Spray, Homemade Panic Buttons And Hiding Spots As Contingency Plans

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“Sadly, we live in a world where you should always suspect the worst,” said Maricarmen Molina, a worker who has a mentally mapped exit plan in case an attacker comes into her building. Meanwhile, Amnesty International issues a warning to travelers over gun violence in America and mourners in both cities grieve as the political fireworks play out.

Tensions Roil Over The Effect Of Ideology and Rhetoric On Mass Shootings, While Trump Visits Dayton, El Paso

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After President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was criticized, some on the right pointed to the Dayton’s shooter left-leaning social media posts in return. But experts say there’s no evidence that the Dayton shooter was motivated by ideology, while the El Paso attacker left behind a manifesto. The accusations have thrust the role of ideology, white supremacy and political rhetoric into the national spotlight following the incidents.

Routinely Blaming Mass Shootings On Mental Illness Is ‘Unfounded And Stigmatizing.’ So What Are The Risk Factors To Look For?

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Experts say that problems with self esteem and perceived social rejection are common characteristics among people who commit mass shootings, as is having experienced significant trauma over an extended period of time. “If you’re going to do screening, you need to screen for multiple things, and mental health is only one of them,” Dan Flannery, director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention at Case Western University, told NBC News. “You need to understand what’s going on in and consider stress points — what’s happening at work, in domestic life and their social media activity. If someone belongs to a lot of hate groups on social media, that’s a red flag.”

Trump Champions Deeper Background Checks For Guns As GOP Rallies Around ‘Red Flag’ Laws Despite Flaws

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President Donald Trump raised concerns among his advisers and the NRA when he talked about the current political appetite for extensive background checks on guns, an idea that hasn’t been popular among his allies in the past. Meanwhile, Republicans see “red flag” laws as a way to address the public’s renewed calls for lawmakers to “do something.” But a look at previous shooting incidents show that those “red flags” often go unseen or unheeded even by those trained to spot them.

Judge In Opioid Litigation Against Drugmakers Likes Proposal Put Forth By Thousands Of Cities, But States Say It Cuts Them Out

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The fate of who gets to manage settlements from opioid lawsuits against drug companies is playing out as the October trial approaches. Federal Judge Dan Polster is overseeing the consolidation of some 2,000 cases from a negotiating bloc of thousands of U.S. cities and towns affected by the opioid crisis. “There has to be some vehicle to resolve these lawsuits,” said Polster. Also, opioid distributors offer their solution to settling claims. News on the opioid epidemic also looks at soaring use of naloxone, abuse by older people, and involuntary treatment, as well.

Series Of Restrictive Arkansas Abortion Laws Including 18-Week Ban Blocked Again By Federal Judge

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U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing the restrictions: an 18-week ban, a mandate that physicians performing abortions be board-certified or board-eligible in obstetrics and gynecology, and a ban on anyone seeking the procedure because of a Down syndrome diagnosis. Abortion news comes out of Alabama and Illinois, as well.

For Many Latinos, The Hatred-Driven El Paso Shooting Is ‘The Death Of The American Dream’

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Latinos, regardless of immigration status, across the country were shaken by the shootings — a lethal exhibition of the increased racism and vitriol directed toward them. “It’s really hard to be alive as an immigrant right now and to not be sick and exhausted,” said Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, 30. “It feels like being hunted.” Meanwhile, experts warn that mass shootings can come in clusters and be contagious. In other news from the shootings: a look into the El Paso medical center that handled the victims; President Donald Trump plans to visit the cities; experts question if the death penalty would really be a deterrent; and more.

Democrats Invoke Emotional, Personal Experiences With Gun Violence In Messaging Shift For Party

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Even a few years ago, it was politically fraught for Democrats to take a fierce and vocal stance against guns. “Since 2008 or 2004, we’ve continued to have, both in intensity and quantity, more and more of these horrific shootings that capture the mind’s eye and public attention,” said Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who runs a rural state with a strong hunting tradition. “My family hasn’t been immune from that.” Other Democrats on the presidential trail are also using stronger language to urge for more restrictions.

Back-To-Back Shootings Spur Bipartisan Support For ‘Red Flag’ Bill That’s Not As Controversial As Background Checks

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President Donald Trump gave political cover to Republicans when he signaled his support for some kind of “red flag” legislation, which allows loved ones and law enforcement to take guns away from those they suspect might harm themselves or others. Some experts, however, question the effectiveness of such proposals and say that despite several “red flags” troubled people still slip through the cracks and end up going on to commit the mass shootings.

Climate Change Raises New Concerns About Large Areas Of World That Could Run Out Of Water

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News on the environment looks at the increasing risk of running out of water, a real possibility in 17 countries that use almost all their water, and new evidence that using fans really is OK during extreme heat waves despite warnings to the contrary. Other environmental news comes from California, Georgia and New York.