NYPD found their lost ring in a drain. Social sleuths helped track the couple down

(CNN)First he got down on one knee, then he was sent scrambling on his hands and knees. The foreign couple, whom the NYPD identified only as John and Daniella, has been located, the department crowed. “We would like to thank everyone who shared this story!” the department tweeted. “The (now)…

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Invasive tick species spreads to 9 states, raises potential health concerns, CDC says

NEW INVASIVE ‘AGGRESSIVE BITER’ TICK SPREADS ACROSS MULTIPLE US STATES, SPARKS CONCERN But the critters have since spread. New Jersey, Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia have now “reported finding the tick on a variety of hosts, including people, wildlife, domestic animals, and in environmental…

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New York hospitals to repay survivors charged up to $3,000 for forensic rape exams, AG says

“Survivors of sexual assault have already gone through unfathomable trauma,” Underwood, a Democrat, said in a statement. “To then subject them to illegal bills and collection calls is unconscionable.” The attorney general’s office started looking into rape kit billing after it received a complaint that a sexual assault victim was…

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Mississippi’s US Senate race comes to a close amid racial controversies

(CNN)Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was expected to coast to victory in a Mississippi runoff that would conclude the last Senate race of 2018’s midterm elections. The result will finalize the balance of power in the US Senate. As it stands, Republicans will hold 52 seats next year, and Democrats will…

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