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Back surgery patient Lisa French.

She was told surgery would cost about $1,300. Then the bill came: $229,000.

This past week, after a years-long legal battle, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Lisa Melody French did not have to pay the nearly $230,000 for the spinal-fusion surgery she underwent at St. Anthony North Hospital in Westminster in 2014.

A sign signaled an advance voting place in Marietta, Ga., last week. By the end of Friday, the final day of early in-person voting, nearly 800,000 Georgians had cast ballots.

Voting is surging in Georgia despite controversial new election law

After three weeks of early voting ahead of Tuesday's primary, record-breaking turnout is undercutting predictions that the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021 would lead to a falloff in voting.

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated Easter Mass in  2020. He said Friday that he would not allow House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion.

Archbishop bars Pelosi from Communion over abortion stance

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who has repeatedly confronted Pelosi over abortion, said in a letter Friday that until Pelosi was willing to “publicly repudiate” her position defending the “legitimacy of abortion,” she would be banned from the sacrament, a central element of Catholic worship.

Todd McCormick, a derivatives trader, with his dog, Higgins, at home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. McCormick can't foresee a time when he'll leave Higgins and return to an office.

Your dog is not ready for you to return to the office

Many, of course, have long since returned to their workplaces, or never stopped going to them. But for those contemplating the transition now, and for their dogs, a day of reckoning has arrived.

This an undated image provided by the Renville County Sheriff's Office showed part of a skull, believed to be about 8,000 years old, found in the Minnesota River in September 2021

Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River

The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River about 110 miles (180 kilometers) west of Minneapolis, Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said.

A tarantula at Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesia in 2020.

Scientists uncover a shady web of online spider sales

“You can buy yourself a mystery present of mystery spiders,” said Alice Hughes, a conservation biologist at the University of Hong Kong. “It’s like getting your deck of Pokemon cards: You might get a super rare one, or you might get a bunch of random stuff.”

This image from NASA TV showed the Boeing Starliner preparing to dock at the International Space Station on Friday.

Boeing docks crew capsule to space station in test do-over

With Starliner’s arrival, NASA finally realizes its longtime effort to have crew capsules from competing U.S. companies flying to the space station.

Theresa Haske sorted through debris from what was her garage after a tornado tore through Gaylord, Mich., on May 20, 2022.

Tornado in northern Michigan kills one and injures more than 40

At least one person was killed and 44 people were injured when a tornado swept through northern Michigan on Friday, damaging numerous homes and businesses, flipping cars, and downing trees, authorities said.