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Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died "of dehydration and shock" after she illegally crossed into the United States with her father and was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Washington Post reports.

Details: The girl and her dad were taken into custody on Dec. 6 in New Mexico, and more than eight hours later she began having seizures. Her body temperature was 105.7 degrees, the Post reports, and CBP told the Post she "reportedly had not eaten or consumed water for several days." CBP spokesman Andrew Meehan told the Post that border agents "took every possible step to save the child's life under the most trying of circumstances."

By the numbers: The Post reports that Border Patrol has arrested 25,172 "family unit members" along the Southwest border.

  • 58% of people taken into custody in November along the border were "part of a family group."

What's next: The girl's father is waiting to meet with Guatemalan consular officials, per the Post. CBP is waiting for an autopsy of the girl which should be available in several weeks.

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President Biden sought to clarify his suggestion that a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine may not draw the same response as a large invasion, telling reporters Thursday that "Russia will pay a heavy price" if any troops cross the border.

Why it matters: Some officials in Kyiv saw Biden's comments as inviting Russian aggression.

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Black patients were more than two-and-a-half times as likely as white patients to have negative descriptors about them in their electronic health record, according to a study published Wednesday in Health Affairs.

Why it matters: The study is further evidence of bias in the U.S. health care system, which can ultimately result in worse care and disparately poor outcomes.

Jan. 6 panel asks Ivanka Trump to cooperate with investigation

Former President Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on January 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot sent a letter Thursday to Ivanka Trump requesting her cooperation with the investigation.

Driving the news: "We write to request your voluntary cooperation with our investigation on a range of critical topics," the chair wrote in a letter to the former president's daughter.