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Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

By Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.

The research found declines in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide. The results don’t prove there’s a connection, but researchers said policymakers should be aware of the measures’ potential benefits for youth mental health.

Feds step up investigations after drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

By Hope Yen, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

Prairie dog towns in Colorado cover twice the acreage researchers once thought

Prairie dogs — the long-reviled rodents that pester developers and ranchers yet play a key role for Great Plains ecosystems — not only are surviving but may be far more abundant in Colorado than previously believed.

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