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Georgia governor declares state of emergency over ‘Cop City’ protests

The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency following violent protests in Atlanta. Demonstrators have been gathering in the city for months, but tensions have flared up after a police officer shot and killed an environmental activist who had reportedly fired a gun at a state trooper. At the center of the recent […]

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Project Veritas video purports to show Pfizer exec discussing COVID mutations

An undercover video from the conservative activist group Project Veritas is causing controversy on social media. It appears to show a Pfizer executive discussing the idea of artificially mutating the coronavirus in an effort to create vaccines preemptively. In the video, an interviewee identified as Jordan Trishton Walker is heard saying, “One of the things […]

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Rep. Santos’ growing web of lies from the past and present

Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y, may hold a high seat in U.S. power, but the list of lies following him is getting longer by the day. Here is a review of some of his false claims:  Santos said he graduated with a degree in economics and finance from Baruch College, but the school said it has […]

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Study reveals environment pays a high price for electric vehicles

As the U.S. moves toward its ambitious goal to electrify America’s vehicles, one study is adding some perspective on the real world costs it could have. Joint research by the University of California found that a full U.S. transition to EVs could require three times as much lithium than what’s produced right now for the […]

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ChatGPT AI passes MBA and medical licensing exams

Everyone has heard about ChatGPT, as the software has been blowing up all over the internet. The artificial intelligence tool is nothing short of impressive, but with users testing out the limits, it’s turning out to be a lot smarter than originally thought. According to a Wharton Business School professor at the University of Pennsylvania, […]

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Former Postal Service worker’s religious freedom case heads to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is set to hear a new case that could redefine religious freedom in the workplace. The case involves a former United States Postal Service worker who claims the agency showed religious bias after he was reprimanded for refusing to work on Sundays. The case dates back to 2012, when Gerald Groff, a […]

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Amazon warehouses cited by OSHA for high injury risks

As consumers enjoy the convenience of Amazon’s fast deliveries, federal safety investigators have uncovered working conditions at three of the company’s warehouses that they say are unacceptable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the company for putting workers at a high risk of back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. OSHA announced the citations […]

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Pentagon taps US ammo stockpile in Israel to supply Ukraine

As the Russia-Ukraine War reaches its one-year mark, the United States is feeling the strain. Supplies are running low and the Pentagon is now tapping into a little-known stockpile of American ammunition in Israel to meet Ukraine’s need for artillery shells in the war. This stockpile, located on Israeli soil, is typically used to provide […]

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Dress code for female lawmakers sparks debate in Missouri

A recent change to the dress code for female lawmakers in Missouri is sparking a contentious debate. The Missouri House of Representatives recently adopted new rules on “proper attire” for women in the chamber. It requires female legislators and staff members on duty to wear a jacket, cardigan or blazer to cover their arms. Many […]

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ChatGPT threatens Google as Microsoft looks to invest in the AI giant

It took Netflix more than three years to reach a million users but it took this new artificial intelligence tool just five days. ChatGPT is Big Tech’s latest gold mine. It’s a state-of-the-art natural language processing model developed by San Francisco based startup OpenAI.  It can put together detailed responses in a way that mimics […]

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Bolsonaro supporters attack Brazil’s capital as he seeks refuge in US

There was chaos in Brazil over the weekend. Supporters of the country’s ousted President Jair Bolsonaro stormed buildings in the capital as they refused to accept his defeat to now President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. At least 400 people have been arrested after rioters smashed windows, climbed on the roofs and flooded parts of […]

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US Census Bureau changes its definition of ‘urban’

When the U.S. government changes the definitions of words, it may or may not impact the average person at all. But depending on where one lives, this latest move certainly could. The U.S. Census Bureau announced it is updating its definition of an urban area, from one with 2,500 people to now one with more […]

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FBI still searching for pipe bomb suspect 2 years after Jan. 6 attack

It’s been two years since the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The FBI is upping its reward, yet again, to help find the person who planted pipe bombs on the night before the attack. Someone placed two explosive devices just blocks apart on Jan. 5, 2020. One was placed near the headquarters for […]

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Being ‘chronically online’ may be changing teens’ brains

In the age of social media, many people have more interactions on the internet than in real life. This experience has been coined as a new descriptive term: Chronically online. According to the Urban Dictionary, the chronically online are those who have become so absorbed in internet culture and online discourse, they’ve lost touch with […]

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Musk announces new Twitter policy is to follow, question science

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has been flipping the platform with some big changes. Now, he’s taking aim at scientific consensus. “New Twitter policy is to follow the science, which necessarily includes reasoned questioning of the science,” Musk tweeted.  Musk did not elaborate what constitutes reasoned questioning nor how this policy would take effect. Previous Twitter […]

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Gov. DeSantis investigating Christmas drag show where children were present

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that his office will investigate a Fort Lauderdale Christmas drag show that was accused of being indecent for children, who were permitted to be in the audience. The event reportedly featured sexually explicit content. The show took place at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts on Monday […]

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Iran reroutes soccer star’s flight, pursues high-profile protest supporters

As protests on the streets of Iran continue, the so-called Islamic Republic is going after one of its high-profile athletes. An Iranian former soccer legend, Ali Daei, had his flight redirected mid-air as he was traveling to Dubai with his family. According to local reports, Iranian authorities are barring them and other high-profile figures from […]

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Twitter Files: Twitter secretly aided Pentagon propaganda campaigns

Newly released documents obtained by the Intercept suggest Twitter secretly helped the U.S. wage a propaganda campaign in the Middle East at the request of The Pentagon. That’s according to the latest batch of the so-called “Twitter Files” revealed this week. According to journalist Lee Fang, dozens of fake social media accounts covertly run by […]

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US Air Force grounds fleet of B-2 bombers after emergency landing

The U.S. Air Force is grounding its entire fleet of B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers, after one of the aircraft caught fire during an emergency landing. The bat-winged heavy bombers are among the most powerful weapons in the U.S. military and were first launched into the skies back in 1989. Capable of carrying both conventional and […]

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‘A failed concept’: Study says only 5% of plastic waste actually recycled

Recycling plastic has long been branded as a way to help reduce the use of energy and save the environment. But a new study is calling it a failed concept. Titled “Circular Claims Fall Flat Again,” the study found that of 51 million tons of plastic waste generated by U.S. households in 2021, only 2.4 […]

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Musk causing Twitter frenzy over plans to charge $20 monthly for verification

Now that Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, the new “Chief Twit” is wasting no time switching up the platform. The Verge reported that Musk is looking to change Twitter Blue, the company’s optional, $4.99-per-month subscription that unlocks additional features, into a more expensive subscription that also verifies users. It could […]

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What’s behind Iowa’s crumbling bridges?

Iowa’s bridges are bad – and many are crumbling. The Hawkeye state has the seventh most bridges in the nation but has more structurally deficient bridges than any other state. The bridges rated in “poor” condition sit at more than 2.5 times the national average. James Nelson, the Bridges and Structures Bureau director at Iowa’s […]

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Sacheen Littlefeather’s sisters claim she faked her Native American ancestry

The siblings of Sacheen Littlefeather are accusing the actress of faking her Native American ancestry. The late actress is known for famously taking the stage for Marlon Brando in 1973 to decline the Best Actor Oscar. In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Littlefeather’s sisters Rosalind Cruz and Trudy Orlandi said that their sister’s […]

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Liz Truss is out as UK prime minister, but still raking it in for life

British Prime Minister Liz Truss has quit her position after just 44 days in office. But she’s not walking away empty handed. Thanks to the country’s “Public Duty Cost Allowance,” Truss will be able to claim up to $130,000 in yearly taxpayer-funded allowance for her entire lifetime. The money will go to reimbursing any official duty […]

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Climate activists target Volkswagen, glue hands to facility floor

Nine environmental activists in Germany have glued themselves to the floor at a Porsche pavilion in a hunger strike, protesting what they call a climate emergency. The target this time is Volkswagen. The activists are calling on Germany to introduce cheaper public transport tickets and to set speed limits on the country’s highways to reduce carbon […]

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Climate protesters throw soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting in London

Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 masterpiece “Sunflowers” painting, one of the Dutch artist’s most iconic works estimated to be worth around $81 million. The two people behind the move have been arrested after opening up two cans of Heinz tomato soup and splattering it across the work of art at London’s National Gallery. The suspects are […]

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Report: Animal populations shrunk 69% over the past 50 years

These are dark times for animal populations around the world, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. Over the past 50 years, wildlife numbers have suffered a devastating decline, the WWF study revealed. The organization said the monitored populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have seen a devastating 69% drop […]

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TikTok is planning to open US fulfillment centers, hints at e-commerce plans

Social media giant TikTok is heating up competition in the U.S. A new report indicates the Chinese-owned platform is setting up its own product fulfillment centers in America to expand into the e-commerce space. The company posted several job openings on LinkedIn, seeking out industry veterans in Seattle and Los Angeles to support the new warehouses. […]

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New Zealand’s climate fight includes taxing cattle urine, burps

New Zealand has long committed itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change. Now the nation plans to take its efforts a step further with a new tax on burps from cattle. On Tuesday, the country introduced a controversial greenhouse emissions plan to tax farm animal burps and pee to reduce greenhouse […]

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The UN partners with Google to filter ‘distorted’ climate change results

During a panel on disinformation at the World Economic Forum, the United Nations’ under-secretary-general for global communications spoke about the U.N. partnering with Google on climate change. In April, the U.N. announced it had teamed up with the tech giant to push “verified climate information.” Under-Secretary General Melissa Fleming said the move was a response […]

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Denver unveils $250M plan to tackle rising homelessness

Denver has unveiled a $250 million plan to re-house hundreds of people and create more affordable homes as part of a 2023 action plan to combat homelessness. The city’s Department of Housing Stability detailed its latest five-year strategy to end the housing crisis. It includes creating 1,700 affordable homes, expanding pathways to homeownership, implementing encampment […]

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DEA issues warning over rainbow fentanyl targeting young people

The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States. A new wave of multi-colored “rainbow fentanyl” pills, powders and blocks that look similar to candy have been seized in at least 21 states. According to the DEA, this trend appears to be a […]

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Putin grants Russian citizenship to whistleblower Edward Snowden

Russia has granted citizenship to former American intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after he exposed information about the scale of U.S. surveillance programs that capture communications and data from around the world. Snowden, 39, was given asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking secret files that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations […]

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NASA will slam a spacecraft into an asteroid to test planetary defense

In an unprecedented, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to slam a spacecraft into a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. It’s part of a test mission to determine if we can deflect dangerous incoming killer asteroids heading towards Earth and defend the planet from a potential future disaster. NASA hopes the impact will be […]

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Russians rush for flights out after Putin declares a partial ‘military mobilization’

Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way flights out of the country after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of 300,000 military reservists to continue the war in Ukraine. Putin said conscription would “prioritize people who served in the armed forces and those with military specialization and experience.” The decree took effect […]

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DHS allocates almost $700k to investigate extremism on gaming platforms

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded a $699,763 grant to a joint venture to investigate the rise of extremism in gaming. “Over the past decade, video games have increasingly become focal points of social activity and identity creation for adolescents and young adults. Relationships made and fostered within game ecosystems routinely cross over into […]

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Queen Elizabeth’s death brings mixed feelings over history of colonial rule

The United Kingdom and the world said a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Monday with a state funeral that drew presidents and kings, princes and prime ministers — and crowds in the streets of London — to honor the monarch’s 70-year reign. But as the queen is laid to rest, her legacy is […]

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Trump wants a special master to review Mar-a-Lago records. What does that mean?

Following the search of his Mar-a-Lago home, former President Donald Trump has asked the courts to appoint a “special master” to review the documents obtained during the search. According to the Associated Press, a federal judge is planning to do just that. However, it could be too late. The Justice Department said Monday that it has […]

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Some employees are ‘quiet quitting’ in latest viral workplace trend

A new viral trend on TikTok is encouraging people to reconsider going the extra mile while on the job. “Quiet quitting” has been gaining popularity among social media users, and while it doesn’t entail turning in a resignation as the name suggests, it instead aims to help employees everywhere find a better work-life balance. Whether that […]

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Musk and Twitter will face off at the Delaware Court of Chancery

Twitter Inc. and Elon Musk are gearing up for a legal fight at a small but powerful Delaware court that specializes in high-stakes business disputes. The social media giant filed a lawsuit to force Musk to make good on his promise to buy the platform. In April, the billionaire businessman pledged to pay $54.20 per […]

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Global population will surpass 8 billion this year, UN projects

The United Nations projects the world’s population will surpass 8 billion later this year and that India will replace China as the world’s most populous nation in 2023. In a report released on World Population Day, the U.N. also said global population growth fell below 1% in 2020 for the first time since 1950. Despite […]

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The FCC shut the door on illegal robocalls, but spam texts are on the rise

Spam text messages are on the rise in the U.S. and scammers are getting millions of dollars. The average American received roughly 44 spam texts just in the month of June, according to new data from RoboKiller, an app that blocks spam calls and texts. It’s a lucrative business for criminals. FTC data shows Americans […]

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Muslims begin largest Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca since COVID-19 pandemic hit

About 1 million Muslim pilgrims are visiting Mecca for the first Hajj since 2019, marking the largest Islamic pilgrimage since the COVID-19 pandemic upended the annual event. It is a scene that stirs hope — and relief — for Muslims around the world. The Hajj pilgrimage is one of Islam’s five central pillars and a […]

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5 ways to commemorate Juneteenth in 2022

Federal agencies and corporations were left scrambling last year to give their employees the day off when Congress passed a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday and President Joe Biden signed it into law. It’s the first federal holiday created since Martin Luther King Jr. Day nearly four decades ago.  June 19, 1865, commemorates the […]

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Guests weigh in on Disney opposing so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

The debate over the new Florida Parental Rights in Education law has forced Disney into a balancing act between the expectations of a diverse workforce and demands from an increasingly polarized, politicized marketplace. The company’s CEO Bob Chapek has criticized the Florida legislation that opponents call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. On the other side, politicians […]

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Russian hackers bring warfare to cyber theaters

Russian hackers have become more adept at bringing companies and digital infrastructure to their knees. The cybercriminals’ attacks have paralyzed pipelines, collected ransoms and forced nations and private companies to invest billions in cybersecurity. In 2020, Russian hackers hacked a single software provider and used that customer data to infiltrate more than 100 organizations around […]

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What’s next for Tom Brady? Business prospects abound after NFL career

Tom Brady’s time in the NFL came to an end this week as he announced his retirement in an Instagram post. The 44-year-old now moves on to the next chapter of his life, including plans to focus on running three companies he has cofounded. “The future is exciting,” Brady wrote in his retirement post. “I’m fortunate to […]

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Neil Young to Spotify: Ban Joe Rogan or delete my music

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s Neil Young vs. Joe Rogan for the allegiance of Spotify. Or is it? The veteran rocker fired off a public missive to his management on Monday, demanding they remove his music from Spotify in protest of Rogan spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine on his popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” […]

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VP Harris reacts to NYT column suggesting Biden-Cheney 2024 ticket

Vice President Kamala Harris dismissed a question on whether President Joe Biden would replace her as his running mate in 2024, possibly with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). The interview with the Today show’s Craig Melvin on Thursday marked the latest reaction to a New York Times column. Harris said she had not heard the rumors. “No, I did […]

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Gates of Hell: Turkmenistan plans to close its blazing gas crater

A tourist destination in Turkmenistan called the “Gates of Hell” could soon be extinguished. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow is calling for the closure of the blazing natural gas crater that has been burning since the 1970s. The Darvaza crater located about 160 miles north of the capital, Ashgabat,  formed when the ground collapsed during a Soviet […]

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‘Full House,’ ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ star Bob Saget dead at 65

Bob Saget, the actor-comedian who left his mark in the television world with his starring roles in “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” was found dead in an Orlando hotel room Sunday. The local county sheriff’s office confirmed his death at the age of 65 in a Sunday tweet. “Earlier today, deputies were called […]

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Djokovic detention in Australia fuels debate over COVID protocols

On the tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s timing is perfect. But the No. 1 player’s timing for his arrival in Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year could not have been worse. While traveling to the country, his COVID-19 vaccine exemption was revoked and he was denied entry when he landed. Some are […]

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‘Loss of humanity’: Pope says having pets over children is selfish

Pope Francis is criticizing couples who choose to have pets instead of children saying the trend leads to “a loss of humanity” and is a detriment to civilization. “We see that some people do not want to have a child,” Pope Francis said. “Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and […]

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Ashli Babbitt: Martyr or a traitor?

Ashli Babbitt died while wearing a Trump campaign flag wrapped around her shoulders like a cape. The 35-year-old was fatally shot during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol while attempting to climb through the broken window of a barricaded door leading to the Speaker’s Lobby, where police officers were evacuating members of Congress. Former […]

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Student loan payments to resume, migrant payment talks end

In the same week that the Biden administration signaled student loan payments would resume for 41 million Americans in February, negotiations also faltered for payments to migrants separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents families in the litigation over the migrant policy, announced the development Thursday and said the group […]

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Hamilton, Verstappen battling to win historic Formula 1 title

It’s hard to script a scenario like the one unfolding in Formula 1’s 2021 season. With just one Grand Prix left on the calendar, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has earned the same number of championship points as 24-year-old Dutchman Max Verstappen. In 72 seasons of Formula 1 racing, the only other time two drivers […]

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Potentially hazardous and valuable asteroid to fly by Earth this weekend

An asteroid the size of the Eiffel Tower is zipping through space and will make a “near-Earth” approach this weekend. Experts say the giant space rock, which is about 1,082 feet wide, will not pose a threat to our planet because it will remain about 2.4 million miles away during its closest approach on Dec. […]

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Family accountability: Parents of alleged Michigan school shooter face criminal charges

Michigan prosecutors have filed involuntary manslaughter charges against James and Jennifer Crumbley. They’re the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who is accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at his high school. Authorities have said Ethan Crumbley opened fire on Tuesday, November 30 at Oxford High School. Seven students and a teacher […]

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Dollar Tree raising prices to $1.25 per item

Dollar Tree announced it has started rolling out a price increase to $1.25 for many items in stores. The change is a sign of the pressures low-cost retailers face holding down prices during a period of rising inflation. “Lifting the one-dollar constraint represents a monumental step for our organization, and we are enthusiastic about the […]

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Target will not open on Thanksgiving. Here’s what other stores are doing.

Target announced it will no longer open its doors on Thanksgiving. After closing its stores last year to curtail crowds during the pandemic, the company this year decided to make the holiday closure permanent. The move by many consumers to online shopping may have played a role in the decision. “What started as a temporary […]

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has reappeared in public

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai shared on social media that former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli sexually assaulted her. Shortly after Shuai accused the government official, she did not post on her social media platforms for 3 weeks.  Her absence caught the attention of celebrities, lawmakers and tennis colleagues Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. As curiosity grew about […]

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US considers diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics, some say that’s not enough

President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over China’s human rights abuses, a move that would keep American dignitaries, but not athletes, from the Games. Speaking to reporters as he hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office, Biden said […]

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai vanishes from social media after #MeToo allegations

The head of the Women’s Tennis Association on Wednesday questioned the legitimacy of what Chinese state media said was a retraction by Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai who has accused a former top government official of sexual assault. WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon voiced doubt over an email it received, also released by a […]

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Welcome back, top friends lists: Spacehey is the new Myspace

A new social website has resurrected the look and feel of MySpace from the early 2000s. With customizable profiles, top friends, and no intrusive targeted ads, SpaceHey is taking users on a nostalgic trip through the early years of online media. “There is no suggested content begging for your attention,” according to the about page […]

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Judge Bruce Schroeder finds spotlight in Kyle Rittenhouse trial

Bruce Schroeder is gaining national attention as he presides over the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The longest-serving circuit court judge in Wisconsin took a hard line with prosecutors, at times clashing over an attempt to introduce testimony previously ruled inadmissible and over a reference to Rittenhouse’s silence following his arrest in Kenosha, WI. Schroeder […]

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Matthew McConaughey clarifies position on COVID-19 vaccine mandate for kids

Matthew McConaughey clarified via Instagram Stories that his eldest child is vaccinated. The actor updated his stance on COVID-19 vaccine mandates for kids after he said earlier this week that he wants “to find out more information” before supporting any requirements that young children get the shot. McConaughey said he was speaking only about the […]

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Aaron Rodgers tests positive for COVID-19, and the internet yells about lies and double standards

When Aaron Rodgers claimed he had been “immunized” against COVID-19 in August 2021, reporters and fans believed he had been vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine. But Rodgers’ comments on the Pat McAfee show following a positive COVID-19 test revealed that the star quarterback had not received any vaccine shots. Instead, he had been pursuing alternative treatments, […]

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Meet the candidates of color who made history in the 2021 election

Politicians of all backgrounds and party affiliations made history around the country on 2021 Election Day. Democrat Bruce Harrell became the first Asian American and second African American to lead Seattle as mayor. Republican Winsome Sears became the first Black woman elected to serve Virginia as lieutenant governor. Democrat Shahana Hanif became the first Muslim […]

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Your favorite Hollywood celebrity may be your next politician

Celebrities have been leveraging their fame to amass political power for years. And Americans are warming to the celebrity-as-lawmaker concept now more than ever. According to a recent survey from Piplsay, more than half of Americans believe Hollywood stars can make good politicians “with the right attitude and support staff.” 58% of respondents said they’d support […]

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‘Let’s go, Brandon’: The anti-Biden rallying cry, explained

A seemingly upbeat sentiment, “Let’s go, Brandon!” is actually a stand-in for swearing at President Joe Biden. The chant has become conservative code for something more vulgar: “F— Joe Biden.” It started at an Oct. 2 NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Brandon Brown had won his first Xfinity Series and was being […]

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Is the Braves’ tomahawk chop on the chopping block?

The Atlanta Braves World Series matchup against the Houston Astros has renewed scrutiny of fans’ tomahawk chop. The chop is a mock Native American chant beloved by some Braves fans and hated by others. However, franchise history buffs remain unclear about the tradition’s origins.  Many believe it started during the 1990s when NFL Hall of […]

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Chris Evans replaces Tim Allen as new voice of Disney Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear

Toy Story fans accustomed to hearing Tim Allen narrate Buzz Lightyear’s voice were surprised this week when Disney Pixar debuted a new trailer with Chris Evans’ voice bringing Buzz to life. Some fans speculated about why Allen didn’t voice Lightyear in this film, suggesting conservative-oriented public comments cost him the job. Evans has publicly indicated his […]

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Parents start petition to bring Halloween celebrations back to Massachusetts school district

A Massachusetts school district has garnered national attention over its decision to celebrate fall instead of Halloween during school hours. According to a letter Melrose Public School Superintendent Dr. Julie Kukenberger sent to parents of elementary school students, the change was made to be more inclusive to students who do not celebrate Halloween. Parent Carolyn […]

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Unvaccinated NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving sidelined, sparking protests

The NBA’s Brooklyn Nets said seven-time All-Star Kyrie Irving won’t be allowed to play because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. Sunday’s Nets game was filled with fans protesting not just Irving’s sidelining but also vaccine mandates. Irving did not attend the game, and protests outside the Barclays Center forced a brief closure of the […]

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China bans NBA livestreams following controversial tweet

China plans to ban future Boston Celtics NBA games from being live-streamed in their country. The decision comes following a controversial tweet from Celtics center Enes Kanter. On Twitter, Kanter posted photos of custom shoes that had the phrase ‘Free Tibet.’ Tibet is a region currently under China’s control. Kanter also posted a video in which […]

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Questionable motive? Facebook changes name for a fresh new start

Social media giant, Facebook, announced they intend to change its name in the coming weeks. The timing of this is leading many to question the company’s motives. Recently, Facebook came under fire for creating and maintaining an toxic environment for young users on Instagram. According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, the company is interested […]

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900-year-old sword dating back to the Crusades found off the coast of Israel

An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country’s Mediterranean coast that experts say dates back to the Crusaders. The amateur diver was about 170 yards (150-meters) off the coast and in 5.5-yard-deep (five-meter-deep) water when he made the discovery. Covered in marine organisms, the sword weighed around 11-13 pounds when it was […]

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How did Pete Buttigieg spark debate over length, pay of paternity leave?

A debate over the length and pay of paternity leave took center stage after Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg shared he took time off once his twins were born. Buttigieg and his husband Chastin welcomed two new babies amid a major supply chain backup at U.S. ports. On Sept. 4, Buttigieg shared his family’s news via Twitter. […]

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Heads Up! It’s asteroid season and NASA is giving us a close-up look

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Attention asteroid aficionados: NASA is set to launch a series of spacecrafts to visit and even bash some of the solar system’s most enticing space rocks. The robotic trailblazer named Lucy is up first, blasting off this weekend on a 12-year cruise to swarms of asteroids out near Jupiter — […]

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Release the Kraken: New Seattle franchise headlines NHL’s opening night

Almost three years after the National Hockey League approved expansion to Seattle, the Kraken will take the ice for their first regular season game in franchise history tonight as the NHL’s 2021-22 regular season begins. Seattle’s opening night opponent, the Vegas Golden Knights, stunned the league in 2017-18 by earning a Stanley Cup Final berth […]

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Lost in translation: Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ disappoints translators and Korean speakers

The Netflix series ‘Squid Game’ is trending on Twitter after users pointed out inaccurate translations in the auto-generated English subtitles. The show has garnered a massive audience since its release in September and is making history as the first Korean show to top the charts on Netflix. Set in South Korea, the series follows a […]

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Taylor Swift and Virginia’s next governor: Why her masters are the focus of a new ad campaign

Taylor Swift fans could help decide the outcome of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is running for the seat again on Nov. 2. He has a new five-figure ad buy that connects his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, to Swift’s bitter battle to gain control over the master recordings of her first six […]

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Campaign ad highlights Lumbee Tribe’s stunning defeat of KKK at the Battle of Hayes Pond

Charles Graham, a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly running to represent North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, became a household name overnight. Graham put out a powerful political ad highlighting the Battle of Hayes Pond that garnered national attention. Twitter metrics indicated Graham’s ad had attracted more than three million views in less than 24 […]

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“It’s just too soon to tell”: Dr. Fauci on celebrating Christmas with family

Dr. Anthony Fauci is under fire following comments he made during an interview on the CBS Sunday talk show ‘Face The Nation.’ “It’s just too soon to tell,” said Dr. Fauci, when asked whether Americans should gather with family this Christmas. “We just need to concentrate on getting those numbers down and not try to […]

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Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show to showcase LA’s love for Hip hop

Hip hop artists Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will headline the NFL‘s Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show. The most-watched sporting event of the year is being held at SOFI Stadium in Inglewood, California on Feb. 13, 2022. This is the first time in nearly three decades that the NFL has granted […]

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A shot at equality: NCAA allows women’s basketball to use ‘March Madness’ in branding

New changes are coming to the 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship: the NCAA is now allowing women’s Division I basketball teams to use the phrase ‘March Madness’ for their national tournament branding. For decades, only men’s basketball teams have been allowed to use the phrase. A statement by the NCAA says the decision to include women […]

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YouTube bans all vaccine misinformation, removes high profile anti-vaxxers

YouTube said on Wednesday it’s expanding its medical misinformation policies and will remove videos that spread false information on any vaccine. In a blog post, YouTube outlined the types of content that it will no longer allow on its platform. This includes videos claiming that vaccines do not reduce rates of transmission or contraction of […]

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First all-Black team set to scale Mount Everest

Phil Henderson will lead the first all-Black team as it attempts to climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain, next year. The team needs to prepare for mental and physical challenges, like major altitude changes it will face in Nepal and Tibet. Henderson and his team also want to encourage diversity and Black representation in […]

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As food deliveries stop or delay, schools scramble to serve lunch

Schools across the country are running low on lunches and food supplies due to delayed deliveries and fewer cafeteria workers. To cope, some schools have tried freezing meals and purchasing food from wholesale stores like Sam’s Club, even though the food may not meet federal nutrition guidelines. One Missouri school district director says three of […]

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Instagram hits pause on kid-friendly app

Instagram is halting work on an app targeting kids under 13. Instagram Kids was supposed to give Tweens a safer digital space with parental supervision. “Today we want to talk about how we’re going to put the work on pause,” Instagram Head Adam Mosseri said on The Today Show. “I still firmly believe that it’s […]

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Presidential pups take center stage on National Dogs in Politics Day

National Dogs in Politics Day fell on September 23, providing a chance to look back and celebrate the many furry friends who have called the White House their dog house. Skip become President Theodore Roosevelt’s best friend, and the American Kennel Club has recognized Skip’s breed as the Teddy Roosevelt Terrier. Photographs of Herbert Hoover […]

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“It cost $30K a ticket!” What did AOC, Rep. Maloney pay to attend Met Gala?

New York Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney were praised and criticized following their Met Gala attendance. According to Fox Business, both House Financial Services Committee members missed part of a meeting marking up the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to attend the event.. At the gala, the progressive politicians wore dresses amplifying their political […]

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AOC’s Met Gala dress reiterates “Tax the rich” message

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attended the 2021 Met Gala and used her gown to promote one of her core beliefs. The attention-grabbing white dress, designed by Aurora James, included “Tax the rich” in red letters across its back. Reports confirm an individual Met Gala ticket costs $30,000, and some social media users took issue with […]

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Apple iPhone 13 release forced to compete with company’s security flaw

Apple’s much-anticipated release of the iPhone 13 was overshadowed by a security flaw impacting iPhones, iPads, iWatch, and Mac computers. The flaw allows hackers to eavesdrop or steal important information by sending a photo via iMessage, according to researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen’s Lab who first uncovered the issue back on March 7.  […]

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Major General Donahue last to leave Afghanistan, ends 20 years of war

Major General Chris Donahue was the last soldier to leave Afghanistan, officially ending 20 years of war. Social media applauded his efforts and commitment. Donahue commands the 82nd Airborne Division, the elite infantry division for parachuting into enemy territory at a moment’s notice.

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These foods can either add time to your life or take those minutes away

A recent study from the University of Michigan shares foods that can add or take away from life expectancy. For example, hotdogs can take away 36 minutes of life expectancy, while fruits and nuts can add to it. Believe it or not, candy adds time to life expectancy.

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Hurricane Ida storms across social media with incredible and heartbreaking images

Hurricane Ida touched down in Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall. The category four hurricane knocked down buildings, homes and caused massive power outages. Many residents shared their hurricane experiences across social media.

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Abbas Karimi is the only Afghan at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Paralympic swimmer Abbas Karimi is the only Afghan at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games. But he is swimming for the refugee team, not Afghanistan. Karimi escaped Afghanistan as a refugee in 2016 and lived in camps in Turkey before coming to the United States. He was born without arms and was the first refugee to […]

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Jolie jumps on Instagram to help Afghanistan with 7 million followers

Angelina Jolie decided to join Instagram, but only to advocate for Afghan women. Her first post shows a letter from an Afghan girl expressing what she is experiencing in Afghanistan as the Taliban regains control in the country. In less than 24 hours, Jolie’s social media presence broke an Instagram record. Her account gained one […]

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Disney updates classic Splash Mountain ride

Disney revealed new updates about its Splash Mountain attraction. Critics called for a redesign because it’s based on the movie “Song of the South,” which depicts African American slaves living happily on a plantation. As a result, Adventures with Princess Tiana from “Princess and the Frog” will be the new theme of the ride. Disney […]

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What is Facebook’s metaverse and why does it matter?

Facebook announced a new app called Horizons Workrooms, or as some are calling it, a ‘Facebook Metaverse.’ While wearing an Oculus 2 headset, users can work remotely in a team environment by hosting virtual conference rooms as their personalized avatars. In addition, the app features the ability to work on shared documents or whiteboards with […]

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Aaliyah’s “One in a Million” is finally streaming on music apps

New music from the late R&B princess Aaliyah is now streaming on music apps. “One in a Million” is the first album from the artist shared through the apps. Four more albums are expected to drop within the next few months. August 25 marks the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death in a 2001 plane crash […]

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Afghanistan’s social influencers fear for their freedom and their lives

Ayeda Shadab is Afghanistan’s leading social media influencer with more than 290,000 followers–even more than the country’s president. As the Taliban reassert control in the country and the threat of sharia law looms large, some Afghanistan-based influencers have reduced their social media presence and made their previously public accounts private.

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Up, up and away: United Airlines requires all employees to get vaxxed

United Airlines issued a mandate requiring all employees get vaccinated by October 25th or risk losing their job. Other major carriers like Southwest, Delta, and American airlines have not gone that far, but are offering incentives.

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The sticky frozen honey TikTok trend that makes people sick

Influencer Dave Ramirez started a new TikTok trend that might be more dangerous than fun – eating frozen honey from a water bottle. With honey being a staple kitchen pantry item, the trend quickly became a movement. Unfortunately, as the trend’s popularity grows, more social media users have vocalized feeling sick after participating. Many claim […]

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The top five trending Tokyo Olympic moments we can’t forget

The Summer Olympic Games took over social media timelines with wins, losses and history-making records. Fans captured the trending moments that showed sportsmanship, strength and celebrations.

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Warm up the stage lights, because Broadway is back

Broadway is back after a year of going dark. The first play to officially open the curtains is called Pass over. New York’s Broadway scene will start rolling with shows in September, such as Hadestown, Hamilton, Wicked, The Lion King, and Chicago.

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Can TikTok be the solution to fighting the next stage of the pandemic?

The White House has paid 50 social media stars from TikTok and YouTube to join their vaccination campaign. The social media influencers include Christina Najjar, Ashley Cummins and pop star Olivia Rodrigo. Even state and local governments are recruiting micro influencers to increase vaccination numbers.

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Scarlett Johansson wants more than her $20 million from Disney

Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney for breach of contract over her latest movie, Black Widow. As part of her contract, Johansson would get a percentage of the box office totals. The lawsuit alleges Disney released the movie on the Disney Plus streaming app at the same time as the theater in order to […]

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The twisties? Gymnasts say they understand why Simone Biles bailed on her vault attempt

As Simone Biles bailed on her attempt at a vault with two and a half twists in Tokyo, gymnasts around the world understood why she did it. Coaches and athletes in the sport use the phrase “twisties” in reference to the moments of panic while airborne. Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness coach Javasio McShine says […]

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CDC makes a U-turn and updates COVID-19 guidance, recommends masks indoors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for COVID-19 prevention as concerns over the spread of the Delta variant increase. Now, the CDC recommends people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, living in areas with substantial or high transmission rates of COVID-19 wear masks indoors.  In a media teleconference, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky […]

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Disappointing losses, historic wins: why Tokyo Olympics is always on trend

In the latest day of Olympic Games competition, Simone Biles dropped from a team final, Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the women’s tennis singles tournament, and Flora Duffy earned a historic win in the triathlon for Bermuda.

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Amazon posts an ad, bitcoin surges: will the company accept cryptocurrencies soon?

Bitcoin surged above $40,000 per coin after Amazon revealed it was hiring an expert in the cryptocurrency field. Reuters reported the cryptocurrency’s value jumped 12% over a 24-hour period. The price eased on Tuesday after an Amazon spokesman denied online speculation, saying that while the company had “an interest in the space, the speculation that […]

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Big upsets, new sports: why Tokyo Olympics are constantly trending

What’s been trending in your social media feed since the weekend? More than likely, it’s been competition from the Tokyo Olympic Games. From the latest heartbreaking upsets to incredible golden moments, the one thing dominating social media is the Summer Games.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Friday, July 23 recap

Gwen’s picks for Friday, July 23 include: Cleveland’s MLB team changes name to ‘Guardians’ NFL Commissioner’s warning to unvaccinated players and NFL teams The Tokyo Olympic Games kicked off with the Opening Ceremony. Protesters gathered outside.

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App stole my feature: Reddit throws shade at Twitter’s “new” feature

Twitter is experimenting with allowing users to upvote or downvote Tweet replies, and many have spotted similarities to Reddit functionality.

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Not vaccinated? Not a problem for Eric Clapton concert goers

Rock legend Eric Clapton will not perform at venues requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. After receiving his initial shot, he experienced intense side effects that made him question if he could ever perform live again. Clapton said he doesn’t want others to feel pressured into getting vaccinated.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Wednesday, July 21 recap

Gwen’s picks for Wednesday, July 21 include: GOP Senators filibuster infrastructure plan, but negotiations toward bipartisan deal continue. Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigation committee in shambles after fight over picks. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pushes Americans to get a COVID vaccine. Brisbane 2032! IOC selects Australia to host future Olympic Games.

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First transgender woman poses for Sports Illustrated cover

For the first time in history, Sports Illustrated put a transgender woman, actress and model Leyna Bloom, on the magazine cover. The news threw the internet into a tizzy, as some found it historic and others found it disappointing.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Tuesday, July 20 recap

Gwen’s picks for Tuesday, July 20 include: Jeff Bezos successfully makes it to space and back. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s twitter account gets suspended. The Delta variant is rapidly spreading through the U.S. Canada to open border to Americans next month. CDC says to avoid UK travel.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Monday, July 19 recap

Gwen’s picks for Monday, July 19 include: First capital rioter headed to prison Tokyo Olympics begin Friday and are already off to a rough start Prince Harry is writing a memoir Jeff Bezos heads to space Tuesday  

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Friday, July 16 recap

Gwen’s picks for Friday, July 16 include: Elephants slide down a cornfield and ruin crops. Stephen Breyer says he’s happy at the Supreme Court despite calls for his retirement. A summer supply shortage is making it difficult for Americans to enjoy the outdoors.

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Kiddos beware: When you’re watching Netflix, it’s watching you

Netflix added a new feature to the platform that gives parents an extra way to monitor their kids. The feature sends parents biweekly emails about their children’s watch history, a list of suggested shows (based on the previous shows they watched) and parental control tips.

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STRAIGHT TO IT: Gwen’s top stories on this Throwback Thursday

Looking for a quick and exciting recap of the day’s most interesting stories?  Gwen gets straight to it…..

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Wednesday, July 14 recap

Gwen’s picks for Wednesday, July 14 include: More US overdose deaths than any other year. Protests against Cuban government spread to the US. June’s inflation rate increase. View Jimmie’s interview here on how to stay afloat. Pop star Olivia Rodrigo visits the White House to promote vaccinations. Ron DeSantis sells merchandise with the phrase ‘Don’t […]

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Lego covered gun may look like a toy but it can kill

Utah manufacturer Culper Precision is catching heat for selling a gun that looks like a Lego toy. A cease and desist letter from Lego forced the manufacturer to halt sales. The manufacturer says the firearm was designed to give owners the ability to build a Lego structure on top of it, begging the question: was […]

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Tuesday, July 13 recap

Gwen’s picks for Tuesday, July 13 include: Democratic lawmakers from Texas flee the state. Can they be arrested? Wildfires continue to burn in 12 states FDA warns of potential rare neurological complication with J&J vaccine Mattel releases a new Barbie Role Model doll in the image of Naomi Osaka  

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The First Lady is set to lead US delegation at Tokyo Olympics

First Lady Jill Biden will lead the U.S. delegation in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. This is not the first time the First Lady has attended the Olympics. At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, she led the U.S. delegation as Second Lady.

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Mattel’s new Naomi Osaka Barbie doll sells out hours after release

Mattel released a new Barbie Role Model doll in the image of Naomi Osaka, the Japanese professional tennis player competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The doll sold out on Amazon and caused quite the buzz on the internet.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Monday, July 12 recap

Gwen’s picks for Monday, July 12 include: Firefighters are battling multiple wildfires along the west coast Pfizer makes case for a booster shot Tokyo enters ‘state of emergency’ two weeks before Olympics start Protests continue in Cuba surrounding food shortages, high prices, and rising coronavirus cases

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Cheers to tears: Alcohol sales increased by 54% during pandemic

Did you crack a beer or pop a bottle of wine during the pandemic just because you were home? According to a Neilsen report, alcohol sales increased by 54%, while nationwide stay-at-home orders were enforced.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Thursday, July 8 recap

Gwen’s picks for Thursday, July 8 include: President Joe Biden announced an end date for Afghanistan war. Authorities in Haiti said police killed four suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and took six others into custody. Donald Trump sues Twitter, Facebook, and Google. Olympic organizers announced there will be no fans allowed at […]

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Wednesday, July 7 recap

Gwen’s picks for Wednesday, July 7 include: Haiti’s president was assassinated in a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act”. Former President Donald Trump sued Facebook, Twitter and Google over wrongful censorship. Florida was spared the worst of Elsa, which downgraded to a Tropical Storm before landfall. June 2021 was the hottest June of all time in […]

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The Quiet Games: No cheering allowed at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Olympic officials announced new restrictions for spectators ahead of the Tokyo Olympics to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Though attending the Games on-site is already limited, the new rules for fans include not cheering out loud, sharing high fives, or drinking alcohol at venues.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Friday, July 2 recap

Gwen’s picks for Friday, July 2 include: The first hurricane of the season is here Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump are feuding over a rally scheduled for this weekend A new jobs report brings good news An American track and field star tests positive for THC, knocking her out of a […]

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Fair? Olympic dreams dashed after sprinter tests positive for pot

Sha’Carri Richardson will not be allowed to compete in the 100 meter dash at the Tokyo Olympics. The American track and field star is serving a one-month suspension after testing positive for THC, the main psychoactive component of marijuana. Richardson finished first in the 100 meter finals at the U.S. Olympic trials on June 20. […]

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No Twitter, no problem: Trump to start own social media platform

On July Fourth, Jason Miller, spokesman for former U.S. President Donald Trump, plans to launch a new social media app called Gettr. According to Miller, the new platform is to act as an extension of the MAGA brand and serve as an alternative to other social media platforms from which Trump has been suspended.

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Straight from DC: Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis feud over weekend rally

A storm is brewing in Florida between former president Donald Trump and Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. According to the Washington Times, DeSantis has made a “direct plea” to the former president, asking him to reschedule a campaign-style rally planned in Sarasota, Florida over the weekend. Sarasota is just about 200 miles from Surfside, where more […]

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One less conservative “View”: Meghan McCain leaves the talk show

Meghan McCain, an outspoken conservative and daughter of the late Senator John McCain, broke the news early Thursday morning that she’s leaving the morning show, ‘The View.’ Though two years remain on her contract, McCain said she is ready to step away and focus on her family after spending four seasons on the show.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Thursday, July 1 recap

Gwen’s picks for Thursday, July 1 include: Charges brought against the Trump Organization and its CFO Pelosi appointing select committee members to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riots House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responding to Liz Cheney’s appointment to the committee POTUS meeting with Florida families College athletes cashing in

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Smell the roses but don’t dare touch hemlocks

Hemlocks, blooming in Ohio and Pennsylvania this summer, are one of the most poisonous plants in the continental U.S. The plant is growing faster than previous summers near wildlife, water, and flood plains. If not properly removed, this plant can cause painful blisters and even lead to death.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Wednesday, June 30 recap

Gwen’s picks for Wednesday, June 30 include: Bill Cosby’s release from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his sexual assault conviction The House of Representatives voting to form a Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riots President Trump visiting the U.S.-Mexico border A deadline for phone carriers to implement technology that blocks robocalls […]

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Pride Month: First transgender woman wins Miss Nevada USA

Kataluna Enriquez has made history as the first transgender woman crowned as Miss Nevada USA. With the platform of transgender representation and mental health awareness, she will compete in the Miss USA pageant in November.

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Sesame Street introduces a new family with two gay dads

After 51 years on air, Sesame Street introduced a new family on the show. Frank, Dave and Mia represent the LGBTQ community with two gay dads and a daughter. The show addresses social issues like addiction, discrimination and autism.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Tuesday, June 29 recap

Gwen’s picks for Tuesday, June 29 include: The continuing search for survivors in Florida The spread of the COVID-19 delta variant Biden stumping to build support for his new infrastructure deal The historic heat wave blanketing America FLOTUS gracing the cover of Vogue magazine

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Did the pandemic put your kids at risk for Type 2 diabetes?

Another pandemic stat has been released, this time involving children. Type 2 diabetes has doubled in children mostly due to eating habits and a lack of physical fitness. However, there are many ways to reduce the risk and even reverse the disease.

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No work, all pay: Bumble gives workers one sweet deal

To avoid burnout, Bumble gave all 700 employees mandatory paid vacation.

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Chicken thighs may be the next best thing to chicken wings

Uh, oh. We’ve got another shortage within the U.S. food market. Get your chicken wings while they last at restaurants because between the rising demand and cost, wings will be off the table and only chicken thighs will remain.

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Random delivery of 150 boxes arrives at New York woman’s door

Do you happen to be missing a recent Amazon order? Well, it may have gone to Jillian Canaan, who recently received 150 boxes to her New York home.

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Monday, June 28 recap

Gwen’s Monday, June 28 picks include: Former President Donald Trump teases a 2024 presidential run The Trump Organization faces legal problems Are solar panels worth the investment? The Tokyo Olympics are set to start in 25 days, and one athlete’s anthem protest has her front and center

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Pelosi takes another shot to investigate Capitol attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she wants to get to the bottom of the Jan 6 attack. Last week, she announced a House select committee investigation. Didn’t the Senate already shoot down an independent commission? How is this different?

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Friday, June 25 recap

Gwen’s Friday picks include: A judge sentencing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prison Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison calling for passing of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Search and rescue efforts in Surfside: interviews with a former Miami-Dade police major and member of the local Jewish community VP […]

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Beware of the bugs: murder hornet found in Washington state

Murder hornets started popping up throughout North America in 2019. Earlier this month, the invasive Asian giant species was found in Washington state, raising questions about what can be done to stop the bug from calling the United States home. Why are officials so concerned? It’s not because of the possible bite from their sting–it’s […]

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Thursday, June 24 Recap

Gwen’s top picks from the day include: A condo collapse in South Florida A bipartisan infrastructure deal, with negotiations and compromises still to come A House Select Committee on the Capitol insurrection Questions about National Institutes of Health funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology Declining life expectancies for Americans

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Tuesday Recap

Gwen’s picks from Tuesday, June 22 include: Shannon Longworth diving into the filibuster, as Senate Republicans block the voting rights bill championed by Democrats The vaccine holdouts as America approaches the Fourth of July An inspector general’s report on nursing home deaths during the pandemic President Biden’s upcoming plan to address rising crime rates

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Monday Recap

Gwen’s picks from Monday, June 21 include: An Olympic coach tests positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Japan SCOTUS hands collegiate athletes a W, NCAA an L A look at how the Postal Service handles more than your holiday cards More airline cancellations pile up as post-pandemic travel demand spikes

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Friday Recap

Gwen’s picks from Friday, June 18 include: Wild weather across the country, from record heat to tropical storm warnings Bye, bye burials America hits a new COVID-19 vaccination milestone

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Straight To It: Gwen’s Wednesday Recap

It’s “Gwensday.” Links to stories in the video above: Top trending moments from Biden, Putin summit Who are the fresh faces in new Olympic sports? Coronavirus in US as early as December 2019

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VP Harris hosts bipartisan, all-female dinner at Naval Observatory

Vice President Kamala Harris invited all 24 female Senators to the Naval Observatory for a tasty, bipartisan dinner.

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Jon Stewart rants about COVID-19 Wuhan leak theory on The Late Show

Appearing as a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Jon Stewart shared his belief in the Wuhan lab-leak theory and more thoughts on the pandemic. Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s discussion on the matter left social media in a frenzy.

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STRAIGHT TO IT: Gwen’s Manic Monday Recap

Gwen’s take on Monday’s big stories.  Links below: Biden: Putin a “worthy adversary” Health experts warn of return of flu, other viruses Explosion leads to massive fire at Illinois chemical plant Coronavirus vaccines can get you free joints in Washington state

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Coronavirus vaccines can get you free joints in Washington state

Washington state started an incentive program called Joints for Jabs, aiming to boost young adults’ COVID-19 vaccination rates in exchange for a pre-rolled marijuana joint.

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Tesla unveils its fastest car ever: 0 to 60 in under 2 seconds

Tesla unveiled the Model S Plaid during a live event at the company’s factory in Fremont, California. The car sports several new updates, including improved speed, range, and a new interior. The car can go from 0-60 mph in a 1.99 seconds and is the fastest production car ever, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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STRAIGHT TO IT: Gwen’s Friday recap and weekend warmup

Links to stories mentioned above. For more on Biden’s tea date with the Queen Consumer prices rise, unemployment falls, stocks hit record high Money tapped for border wall to be returned to the military Follow the President’s travels Waxed and Vaxxed: How to spice up your love life after a pandemic      

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Jill Biden wears “Love” jacket on overseas trip

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Jill Biden is sending a sartorial message of “love” as she accompanies her husband President Joe Biden overseas. The first lady wore a black jacket with the word “love” outlined on the back in silver beading as she and the president met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his […]

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STRAIGHT TO IT: Gwen’s quick hit headlines for Wednesday evening

A fast and fun look at the day’s headlines. Click here for all of the day’s individual news stories and explainers. Can employers require workers to get vaccinated?  Find out here.

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Florida high school Photoshops female students’ pictures to cover tops

A Florida high school Photoshops clothes on female students without their consent.

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STRAIGHT TO IT: Today’s quick hit headlines

What a busy start to the week. Let’s get “Straight To It.” Here are links to the stories above: VP Harris in Guatemala Jimmie’s “Cash For Immigration” explainer First new Alzheimer’s treatment in 18 years DOJ gets back cyberattack ransom Bezos to the moon

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Straight To It: Friday Afternoon Recap

Another week is in the books! Let’s get straight to what we’re following on this Friday afternoon. Facebook has suspended Former President Donald Trump for two years. Their reasoning behind the decision. The CDC is reporting more kids are showing up at hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms. How the CDC is looking to combat this. May […]

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How Reddit is rocking Wall Street

Have you seen the hashtag #WallStreetBets trending? Social media is taking investors for a wild ride.  Confused?  Here’s everything you need to know in 60 seconds

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