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After Sri Lanka Attacks, Islamist Group Blamed And Victims Named

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| Sri Lankans mourned the deaths of nearly 300 people who were caught in Easter Sunday's coordinated church and hotel bombings. Officials blamed the National Thowfeek Jamaath, a local militant group.

The VA Is Again Expanding Its Private Healthcare Options, But Many Veterans Remain Skeptical

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The VA Mission Act hopes to improve upon the Choice program, which ran over budget and didn't do much to reduce wait times for many veterans.

How Effective Are School Lockdown Drills?

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Since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, a generation of American children has learned how to hide from a potential shooter. But there's little data on what kinds of drills work best.

Hunger Strikes At ICE Detention Centers Spread As Parole, Bond Are Denied

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There have been at least six hunger strikes at detention centers in the first three months of 2019 alone. One of the detainees' demands was to be released while their cases were adjudicated.

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The U.S. Now Ranks As A 'Problematic' Place For Journalists

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"Never before have US journalists been subjected to so many death threats," Reporters Without Borders said in its annual World Press Freedom Index, adding that President Trump "exacerbates" problem.

After Columbine, An Unlikely Friendship Bound By The Trauma Of Mass Shootings

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Over the past 20 years, mass shootings have resulted in communities of survivors. Heather Martin, who was a senior at Columbine High School in 1999, runs a nonprofit that connects them.

Appeal To Census Lawsuit Ruling Adds Uncertainty To Citizenship Question's Fate

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The Census Bureau is counting on the Supreme Court to resolve the legal battle by June so that 2020 census forms can be printed. But an appeal in a Maryland lawsuit could complicate that timeline.

U.S. Aid Agency Is Preparing To Lay Off Most Local Staff For Palestinian Projects

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Under Trump administration orders, the U.S. Agency for International Development is readying to lay off most staff on Palestinian projects, according to U.S. government communications reviewed by NPR.

Archdiocese Of Los Angeles Agrees To $8 Million Settlement In Sex Abuse Case

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The settlement goes to a teenager who was sexually abused and then kidnapped by a teacher at her Catholic high school. The archdiocese apologized for the "serious harm" done to the victim.