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David Sherfinski

U.S. Correspondent

Thomson Reuters Foundation

David Sherfinski is a U.S. Correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in the United States. Before joining the Thomson Reuters Foundation, David covered the White House and Congress in Washington, D.C.

July 15, 2024

Across the United States, many far-flung, rural communities have outsized political and economic clout due to the number of people counted as living there, even though many inhabitants are there unwillingly as prisoners in large remote jails.

But a growing number of states are moving to use the home addresses of incarcerated people - often in cities and urban areas - in their own population counts.

July 10, 2024

One is 81 and already the oldest man to run the White House. His challenger - a spry 78 - was right behind him. And neither man seems ready to call it quits.

But President Joe Biden's shaky debate performance against his predecessor Donald Trump has reignited discussion about imposing an age limit on candidates seeking the highest office.

July 09, 2024

Sam Law, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, was one of roughly 80 people arrested and charged with criminal trespassing for protesting the war in Gaza on his campus at the end of April. 

Someone had apparently read a dispersal order over a loudspeaker at that April 29 protest, Law said, citing his arrest affidavit, but he doesn't remember hearing one. 

July 05, 2024

After a particularly gruelling shift lifting heavy boxes in an Amazon warehouse in New York State, Keith Williams' hands and wrist stopped working - when he woke up the next day, he could barely grasp a milk jug.

Williams blames the injury in February last year on the breakneck pace of work at the Amazon facility, which he said the company enforced by precisely measuring his productivity and pushing him to work faster. 

June 27, 2024

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a constitutional right to abortion, justices preserved access to a widely used abortion drug for now in a ruling on June 13.

The justices decided against a group of doctors who had challenged the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approvals of abortion medication, saying in a 9-0 opinion the doctors lacked standing to bring the case.

June 21, 2024

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that granted a constitutional right to an abortion, pro-choice activists have worried law enforcement could use women's data, technology use and even online searches to pursue prosecutions.

But while prosecutions and legal actions are often brought using more low-tech means, states are increasingly looking for new ways to crack down on abortion.

June 21, 2024

When U.S. lawyer Elizabeth Ling takes calls from women seeking legal advice about their abortion rights, the most challenging cases often come from people seeking to terminate their pregnancy while behind bars, on parole or probation.

In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion rights nationwide, the 'Repro Legal Helpline' has been inundated with calls from women struggling to navigate abortion bans and restrictions.

June 19, 2024

His home wrecked by flooding, Texas resident Kevin McKinney had to borrow money from his wife's retirement fund to cover some of the cost of repairing damage wrought by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

"I had three feet (0.9 metres) of water in my home for eight days," McKinney told Context, saying 500 fellow residents had "lost everything" due to flooding in the storm's wake.

June 18, 2024

Two years after a seismic U.S. decision to end a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, the fallout keeps on falling as Americans grapple with the day-to-day legacy of the Supreme Court ruling.

From medics to single mothers to abused minors, Americans from all walks of life have been affected by the landmark 2022 decision that paved the way for further restrictions on access to abortion.

June 10, 2024

A proposal to exclude prisons from California's long-awaited rules to protect indoor workers from extreme heat threatens to delay implementation until well into the summer or kill off the safeguards altogether, labour rights advocates say.

The state's Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board submitted revised standards in May that included the exemption for prisons and jails – months after an earlier version was delayed over apparent cost concerns.