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In this March 12 photo, Luis Escamilla puts on gloves before cutting prosciutto at the Hock Farm Restaurant in Sacramento, Calif. California's chefs and bartenders could resume legally handling food with their bare hands under a bill headed to the governor's desk that would repeal an unpopular regulation. The bill, AB2130, passed its final legislative hurdle Thursday with a 32-0 vote in the state Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
WASHINGTON: A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls “deaths of despair” — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.