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A campaign that could bring legalized sports betting to California has become the most expensive ballot-initiative fight in U.S. history. Two rival proposals on the November ballot are pitting wealthy Native American tribes against FanDuel, DraftKings and other online gambling companies. At stake is what's expected to be a multibillion-dollar marketplace. Together, both sides have raised over $400 million. A torrent of advertising has crossed TV and cable screens, much of it from the gambling companies. They're making promises about using revenues to fix homelessness, which Gov. Gavin Newsom and other critics say is a false promise.

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Federal authorities have charged 48 people in what they're calling the largest pandemic-related fraud scheme yet uncovered. The defendants allegedly stole $250 million from a federal program that provides meals to low-income children.  But prosecutors say few meals were actually served, and the defendants used the money to buy luxury cars, property and jewelry. Documents made public Tuesday charge the defendants with counts including conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery. Prosecutors say the defendants created companies that claimed to be offering food to thousands of kids, then sought reimbursement. This year, the U.S. Justice Department has made prosecuting pandemic-related fraud a priority and has stepped up enforcement actions.

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Map illustrates the severity of projected food insecurities across Somalia

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Rwandan orphans and runaways queue to receive a meagre ration of food, Friday, August 26, 1994, at the camp for former Rwandan Government sold…

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A Rwandan child cries by his mother who is suffering from cholera at the doctors without borders, makeshift hospital at the Kibumba refugee ca…

A home sits near the Marathon Petroleum Company refinery near Detroit. In a new study, researchers have uncovered stark disparities between wh…