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Nation Nov 28Why do state laws put an expiration date on sex crimes?
At the state level nationwide, a movement is gaining momentum to ease or eliminate statutes of limitation to prosecute sexual offenses.
Politics Nov 21Poll: Most Americans dreading talk of politics at Thanksgiving dinner
Most Americans will bolt for the nearest exit if anyone at Thanksgiving dinner steers the conversation head-on into politics, according to a new poll from PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist.
Nation Nov 21Poll: A third of women say they’ve been sexually harassed or abused at work
A third of American women say they’ve been sexually harassed or abused in the workplace, according to a new poll, highlighting an issue roiling the political, media and entertainment industries.
Nation Nov 14At least 6 dead, 2 school children wounded after shooting in Northern California
Authorities in California said Wednesday that the body of the wife of a man who went on a shooting rampage was found in the floorboards of their home, bringing the death toll to six.
Health Nov 09Why Maine voted to expand Medicaid — and what’s next
Maine voters said they want to offer Medicaid to more people in the state, but in the face of opposition from Governor Paul LePage and the Trump administration, will it happen?…
Health Nov 02Do you plan to enroll for health care coverage under Obamacare? Tell us your story
Is this enrollment season better, worse or the same for millions of Americans signing up for health insurance coverage? The PBS NewsHour wants to hear your story.
Health Nov 01How should we fight the opioid crisis? A White House commission offered these 56 strategies
The final report by the commission, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now awaits review by President Donald Trump.
Arts Oct 27LISTEN: This blues song tells the story of the opioid crisis — and the ‘white coat men’ who started it
Singer-songwriter Marcus Oglesby said he found inspiration to write a song about opioids when he took a hard look at the place and people that raised him and found his West Virginia hometown transformed.
Politics Oct 26Words matter when it comes to declaring the opioid crisis an emergency
President Donald Trump's public health emergency declaration elevated his administration’s response to the opioid crisis -- and stopped short of declaring a national emergency. Here's the key difference.
Politics Oct 26WATCH: Donald Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency
President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency, but provided no new funds to confront this problem nor took media questions during a press briefing in the White House East Room Thursday.