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Flint residents can sue federal government, judge rules

In this image, a man and a woman hold a connected chain of four rows of plastic water bottles while walking outside.
Protests during then-candidate Donald Trump's visit to the Flint Water Treatment Plant on September 14, 2016. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Flint, Michigan residents can proceed with more than a dozen lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal government in connection with increased levels of lead in the city's water supply, CNN reports.

By the numbers: Fetal death rates jumped by 58% in Flint after the city's water was found to be contaminated with high levels of lead in 2014 and 2015, and fertility rates for women dropped by 12%, per a 2017 study. Fifteen state and local officials have been criminally indicted in connection with the Flint water crisis, 4 of whom were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Duke to pay $112.5 million settlement for allegedly falsifying research

Duke statue before chapel on campus.
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Duke University has agreed to pay the U.S. government $112.5 million to settle allegations that it knowingly falsified or fabricated data research in 30 grants to the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency between 2006 and 2018, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Why it matters: The falsified grants caused the NIH and the EPA to pay millions of dollars in funding that they otherwise would not have. "Taxpayers expect and deserve that federal grant dollars will be used efficiently and honestly," the Justice Department said. "Individuals and institutions that receive research funding from the federal government must be scrupulous in conducting research for the common good and rigorous in rooting out fraud."