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As a top prosecutor, Klobuchar often declined to pursue charges in police-involved killings

Elise Viebeck and Michelle Lee on presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar’s history as a county prosecutor; Lenny Bernstein on a lack of HIV prevention drugs where they’re needed; and Elahe Izadi on the horror-movie renaissance.
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Klobuchar the prosecutor
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a presidential hopeful, is a former chief prosecutor for one of Minnesota’s most populous counties. She was considered tough on crime. Now her track record on the job is being scrutinized ahead of the 2020 race.

As a prosecutor, she declined to pursue more than two dozen cases in which people were killed in encounters with police. Reporters Elise Viebeck and Michelle Lee tell host Martine Powers that at the same time she aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses such as vandalism and routinely sought longer-than-recommended sentences, including for minors. Klobuchar, for her part, emphasized that those policies were widespread at the time and that her community had wanted a firm approach to criminal justice.

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The medication that protects against HIV is hard to get in the rural South
Southern states accounted for more than half of the United States’ HIV diagnoses in 2017 — more than any other region. And yet, the HIV prevention drug PrEP remains difficult to get in many rural parts of the South. Health reporter Lenny Bernstein says that the reasons are a tangle of stigma, poverty, racial bias and inadequate access to health care.

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How to watch a horror movie
Avoiding the horror genre has become increasingly difficult these days. In recent years, several films classified as horror have topped critics’ lists, won Oscars and sparked conversations about societal issues. But the growing pressure to see horror movies isn’t so great for people who don’t like them.

Pop-culture writer Elahe Izadi is one of those people. She just saw “Us,” the new horror film from the director of “Get Out,” and has tips and tricks for those who are heading to see it this weekend.

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