“We are not criminals!” — Chronic pain sufferers say pain medication rules unfairly punish

SEATTLE– “It’s the difference between laying in bed crying and getting up and going kayaking,” says Micki Forrester. She’s at a small rally outside the University of Washington Medical Center. It’s one of four statewide and many more across the country to raise awareness of the difficulties patients with chronic debilitating pain are dealing with now that the Centers For Disease Control guidelines on prescribing pain meds are causing doctors to scale down or eliminate opioid medications people like her […]

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Cat causes power outage affecting more than 7,000 customers

NEW ORLEANS – About 7,500 New Orleans residents were without power Monday morning after a cat got into an Entergy substation and caused a “flash.” Lights went out across Mid City around 9 a.m. after the cat came into contact with a piece of equipment in the substation, according to a tweet by Entergy. Crews began working to restore power soon after the catastrophic outage, according to Entergy. A cat got into a substation that feeds parts of Uptown, Central City, […]

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Family says they were evicted after man they tried to help filed protection order

THORNTON, Colo. — A Colorado family was kicked out of their own home after a stranger they say they tried to help filed a protection order against them. “I just want to go home. I want to go home. I want my kids to be able to go home,” Sheryl Lopez-Tobin told KDVR. She says her family is being held hostage, legally barred from entering their own home. It all started as a good deed. Lopez-Tobin and her daughter, Amina […]

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25 most unaffordable U.S. metros for renters

Photo Credit: Pete Niesen / Alamy Stock Photo With rental prices skyrocketing and real wages remaining stagnant, renters across the country are allocating a higher percentage of their spending to housing costs. There are currently over 42 million renter households in the U.S. (36 percent of total households), which represents the highest percentage of renters in more than 50 years. Additionally, many of these renters are categorized as low-income, which has significant implications for urban policy and housing development on a […]

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Postal worker admits to stealing over 6,000 letters with cash, checks and gift cards

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – U.S. Postal Service inspectors say a worker took cash, gift cards and checks from thousands of envelopes addressed to Wisconsin residents. Ebony Smith, 20, admitted to stealing more than 6,000 letters from residents in two Wauwatosa ZIP codes – 53226 and 53213 – according to WITI. It was a special blue envelope that helped catch her in the act. When residents realized their greeting cards with cash inside weren’t getting delivered, the United States Postal Inspection Service […]

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She was planning to ride out the storm with her 7 rescue dogs. Then strangers rented her a van

(CNN) — A South Carolina woman who was planning to ride out Hurricane Florence because she couldn’t evacuate with her seven rescue dogs has found a way out. After CNN reported on Christine Meinhold’s dilemma Wednesday, strangers reached out on Facebook — and thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, they rented her a truck so she could reach her family in Tennessee. The organizer of the campaign, Palms Springs-based radio host Kate Zenna, said she started raising funds because she “wasn’t able […]

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