The Daily Populous

Friday January 13rd, 2023 night edition

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A former CVS Health nurse practitioner is suing the pharmacy chain for firing her after she refused to prescribe birth control, citing her religious beliefs.

Texas resident J. Robyn Strader said in the suit that her Baptist Christian faith prevents her from prescribing contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs.

She said that for six and a half years, CVS granted her a religious accommodation to forego having to prescribe the drugs at the CVS MinuteClinic where she worked.

When a customer needed the prescription, she would refer them to a colleague or another CVS MinuteClinic.

But in August 2021, CVS said it was revoking all religious accommodations.

CVS is facing at least two other lawsuits in federal court brought by former nurse practitioners in Kansas and Virginia who say they were fired over the policy.

CVS’ biggest competitor, Walgreens, has previously come under scrutiny for its policy allowing employees to refuse to carry out some transactions, including dispensing contraceptives, that go against their religious beliefs. »

US cancer death rate drops 33% since 1991, partly due to advances in treatment, early detection and less smoking, new report says

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The US cancer death rate has fallen 33% since 1991, which corresponds to an estimated 3.8 million deaths averted, according to the report, published Thursday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

HPV, or human papillomavirus, infections can cause cervical cancer and other cancer types, and vaccination has been linked with a decrease in new cervical cancer cases.

Data showed that the US cancer death rate rose during most of the 20th century, largely due to an increase in lung cancer deaths related to smoking. »

Mining firm: Europe’s largest rare earths deposit found in Sweden

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Europe's largest known deposit of rare earth elements — key for building electric vehicle batteries and wind turbines — has been discovered in northern Sweden, mining company LKAB announced today.

The Swedish company found a deposit of rare earth metals exceeding 1 million tons of rare earth oxides.

No rare earth elements are currently mined in Europe, with China providing nearly 98 percent of the EU’s supply. »

GOP Chair Says George Santos Claimed He Was a Volleyball ‘Star’ at College He Didn’t Attend

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Nassau County Republican Party Chair Joseph Cairo says Rep. George Santos (R-NY) claimed he had been a volleyball "star" at Baruch College — which he did not attend — and led his team to a "league championship."

Nassau County GOP calls for George Santos to resign. — The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) January 11, 2023.

“I support the Nassau Republicans’ decision today to request the resignation of George Santos,” Chairman Nick Langworthy wrote in a statement. »

Congress got rid of a free lunch for all program. That means some students are going hungry

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Students are back to racking up lunch debt this school year after federal legislation that provided free meals to all students expired.

With free meals for all gone, participation in school meal programs has dropped by 23 percent, according to federal data.

Advocates worry kids are going hungry at school as meal prices increase and because they have had to resume filling out applications for free or subsidized meals. »