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D.C. Clinic Settles Lawsuit For Giving Incorrect HIV Test Results

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Terry Hedgepeth filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Whitman Walker Clinic five years after a clinic worker reported Hedgepeth had tested positive for HIV. The test later turned out to be negative.

Published reports claim terms of Hedgepeth's settlement with the Clinic weren't disclosed, but the agreement was reached as both sides prepared for trial.

Although the test was negative, Hedgepeth didn't find out until he decided to look for alternative treatment in 2005. His lawyer says the misdiagnosis caused his client to develop post-traumatic stress syndrome.

A District Appeals Court recently ruled that patients given incorrect information from their doctors about a life-threatening illness are allowed to sue for emotional distress.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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