Hepatitis Spikes as Poverty and Isolation Take Hold Among America’s Forgotten

What’s happening in Michigan is the largest outbreak of hepatitis A in the state’s history. But Michigan is hardly unique: In nearby Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky — and as far away as San Diego, Salt Lake City, and New York City — the number of hepatitis A cases is spiking sharply.

Christine Wade sits among her children in front of their donated tent in the city-sanctioned encampment on a parking lot in San Diego. They are, from left, Shawnni, 12, Roland, 4, Rayahna, 3, Jaymason, 2, Brooklyn, 8, and Shaccoya, 14. The Wade family is among several hundred people living in the city's first campground open for the homeless, set up to curb the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States in decades. Gregory Bull | AP

DETROIT -- The first signs that something was amiss surfaced in the weeks before the 2016 election, when public-health officials began to notice one patient after another walking into a clinic, or hospital emergency room in the Detroit metropolitan area complaining of the same symptoms: nausea and vomiting, pains in their stomach and joints,

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One U.S. State Takes Steps to Hold the NSA Accountable for Warrantless Surveillance

In less than a month, a Michigan state law will take effect and ban any state or local government from aiding the National Security Agency’s controversial program that gathers data on Americans in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas, right, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Ga., with the help of "Ben Franklin," introduce the first conservative Internet community "Town Hall," in Washington on June 29, 1995. 'Town Hall" was a joint venture of the Heritage Foundation and the National Review Magazine. (AP/Mark Wilson)

On the heels of the fifth anniversary of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosure of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents to journalists, one state legislature has recently taken steps to hold the government agency accountable for its warrantless surveillance programs by making it illegal for state and local governments, including

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Nestlé to Take 200 Million Gallons of Water per Year from Michigan Town, Pay State $200

Michigan’s approval of Nestlé’s new permit was not just done in spite of opposition from residents, it was a complete rejection of the authority of local governments to govern the use of their own resources.

Members of the Michigan National Guard load Nestle owned Ice Mountain bottled water at a fire station, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

FLINT, MICHIGAN – Despite the outrage from residents, Nestlé -- the world’s largest food and beverage company -- has just been granted the right by the state of Michigan to vastly expand its Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water plant in the town of Stanwood, allowing the company to increase the amount of water it pumps from the town’s aquifer from 250

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Saving 1,400 Iraqi Nationals From ‘Grisly Fate,’ Court Blocks Deportations

A federal court in Michigan temporarily blocked the deportation of over 1,400 Iraqi nationals, many of whom are religious minorities who say face persecution if deported back to Iraq.

Iraqi women stand outside the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, June 21, 2017, in Detroit. A hearing began on a lawsuit that seeks to stop the government from deporting more than 100 Iraqi nationals who were recently rounded up. (AP/Carlos Osorio)

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. A federal district court in Detroit temporarily blocked the deportation of over 1,400 Iraqi nationals, who say they face a “grisly fate” involving “persecution, torture, and senseless religious hatred” if they are deported back to Iraq. The government refused to acknowledge “extraordinary

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In Flint Water Crisis, Will Manslaughter Charges Actually Lead To Prison Time?

Prosecutors will try to prove five Michigan officials were responsible for a Legionnaires’ death because they knew about the problem, but failed to warn the public. Similar cases of environmental disasters have not resulted in convictions, but there are reasons Flint could break the mold.

Drinking fountains are marked "Do Not Drink Until Further Notice" at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Mich. . (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Last week, Michigan's top prosecutor announced that five officials, including the state's Health Department head Nick Lyon, will face charges of involuntary manslaughter for a death resulting from the Flint water crisis. It's a move virtually unheard of in modern American history; legal experts couldn't point to a single case in which government

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Appeals Court To Rule On Legality Of Michigan Government-Led Prayer

“Thomas Jefferson wrote letters and rode his horse all over Virginia and the colonies talking, convincing his contemporaries to keep God out of the constitution, and with Madison’s help, he succeeded. Ever since, my friends here have been trying to slip God back in.”

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-, right, and other senators bow their heads during the prayer before the Senate floor session in Nashville, Tenn., April 16, 2015. (AP/Erik Schelzig)

The entire Sixth Circuit heard debate Wednesday over the constitutionality of a Michigan county’s practice of opening board meetings with a commissioner-led prayer, after the court vacated a three-judge panel’s ruling against the prayer and agreed to decide the case en banc. The arguments included remarks from four parties: pro se plaintiff

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