Jun 15, 2018

American support for the death penalty jumps in 2018

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Cancer death rates drop by largest amount on record in U.S.

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American Cancer Society researchers revealed in a new report published Wednesday that the U.S. cancer death rate dropped 2.2% between 2016 and 2017, the largest decline recorded in national cancer statistics dating back to 1930, AP reports.

The big picture via Axios' Bob Herman: Lung cancer drove most of the decline, as fewer people smoke cigarettes, and advanced lung cancer treatments become standard. Lung cancer accounts for nearly a quarter of all cancer deaths, according to the lead author of the report, Rebecca Siegel.

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Most Americans think measles vaccine has "very high" preventative care benefits

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56% of Americans believe the measles vaccine has "very high" preventative care benefits — an 11-point increase since 2016, according to data out Tuesday from the Pew Research Center.

The big picture: While overall approval of the vaccine (88%) has remained unchanged, Pew credits the increase in perceived preventative health benefits to improved awareness of how measles outbreaks have become a public health problem.

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Epstein surveillance video taken during first suicide attempt missing

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Prosecutors told a court Wednesday that surveillance footage recorded at the time of Jeffrey Epstein’s first apparent suicide attempt inside Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center has gone missing, the New York Daily News first reported.

Details: The revelation of the missing footage captured outside Epstein's cell emerged during a New York hearing of accused quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione, who shared a cell with the convicted sex offender.

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