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Last week, a jury awarded a Pennsylvania man $620,000 for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit he filed against a surgeon who mistakenly removed his healthy testicle, leaving the painful, atrophied one intact.

However, if a bill before the House of Representatives passes, the maximum he would be able to receive for such "non-economic" damages would be $250,000.

President Trump's support among independent voters has eroded since he took office. Though he still clings to a loyal base of supporters, his overall disapproval among Americans has reached record highs, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Just 37 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing just over five months into his tenure, while 51 percent disapprove. Forty percent of those polled strongly disapprove of Trump's performance, twice the 20 percent who strongly approved.

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET

Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is describing Tuesday's helicopter assault on the country's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry as a terrorist attack.

But there's a lot of confusion about who was behind the dramatic incident in the capital Caracas, with opponents of the president suggesting that it may have been staged.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin filed a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times on Tuesday in a federal court in Manhattan.

Palin, a former vice presidential nominee, says the newspaper published a statement about her in an editorial earlier this month that it "knew to be false."

Millennials of color are worse off financially

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One of the main reasons why millennials — those 18 to 34 years old — hate the term “millennial” is because it is often used to make blanket statements about their generation. Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation of Americans, with about 19 percent of them identifying as Latino or Hispanic, 13 percent as black or African-American and six percent as Asian-American.

06/28/17: Another month, another malware attack

Jun 28, 2017
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A ransomware attack hit servers around the world yesterday. The infected computers displayed a message in red type over a black screen that read, "Oops, your important files are encrypted," demanding a $300 bitcoin ransom from users to recover the data. This comes just one month after the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected more than 150 countries in May. We talk to Chester Wisniewski of the cybersecurity firm Sophos about this attack. Also on today's show: It's been 10 years since the first iPhone shipped out.

Why this ransomware attack is more alarming than the last

Jun 28, 2017
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A ransomware attack hit servers around the world yesterday. The infected computers displayed a message in red type over a black screen that read, "Oops, your important files are encrypted," demanding a $300 bitcoin ransom from users to recover the data. Attacks were first reported early Tuesday morning in Ukraine, where banks, an airport and the metro system, among other systems, were affected. It quickly spread to other European countries and the U.S. Some say the current attack is a variant of Petya, malware that has the ability to quickly spread over networks.

Congress has sent auditors to several U.S. territories in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. They want to avert the kind of financial mess Puerto Rico got into with $123 billion in bond debt and unfunded pensions. 

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