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Following Trip, Nancy Pelosi Offers Support To Taiwan Despite Threats, Criticism

Following a trip to Taiwan that made her the first U.S. Speaker to visit the country in more than 25 years, Nancy Pelosi voiced her and her delegation's continued support despite the trip heightening tensions between China and the U.S.

International And Domestic Air Travel Companies Coping With Staff Shortages During Busy Travel Season

A multitude of international and domestic airlines are struggling to keep up with recent travel demands as they cope with staff shortages, leading to thousands of delayed and canceled flights.

Thailand’s Gay-Romance TV Dramas Reviving Tourism Industry

A recent wave of Thai television dramas known as “Boys Love” (BL), or the “Y” series, has grown in popularity in Thailand. The genre of show portrays some sort of gay romance, which has attracted a large audience across Asia in recent months.

World Health Organization Declares Monkeypox Outbreak As A Global Health Emergency 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern, the strongest call to action the agency can make. 

Illinois Amazon Warehouse Employees Allege Racially Hostile Work Environment 

The employees are alleging that they’ve experienced corporate abuse, racial discrimination, and retaliation. 

MLB Trade Deadline: Which Pitchers Or Hitters Could Be On The Move?

With the MLB deadline approaching, a number of players — including Juan Soto, Willson Contreras, and Luis Castillo — could be attempting to help bring home a championship for a new team come October.

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How Expanding Our Consciousness Helps Us To Overcome Fears And Develop Compassion | Mikaya Heart

We are frequently held back from realizing our full potential by fear and other negative emotions. According to holistic healer Mikaya Heart, these limiting factors can be overcome if we gather our courage and commit to the process of dealing with them.

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Record High Temperatures Hit Europe, Prompting Multiple Heat Warnings 

The UK and other parts of Europe are gearing up for one of the hottest summers to date.

US Olympic Basketball Star Brittney Griner Appears In Russian Court On Drug Smuggling Charges

Brittney Griner, two-time US Olympic basketball gold medalist, went on trial in Moscow this week on drug smuggling charges which are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
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Roe Vs Wade Overturned, Experts Warn Maternal Mortality Rate Will Rise In US 

The Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe vs Wade last week in a 6-3 decision, officially revoking the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States. Experts are now saying that pregnancy-related deaths will almost certainly increase, especially among people of color. 
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Japan Courts Say Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Constitutional 

A Japanese court ruled this week that a ban on same-sex marriage is not considered unconstitutional, marking a major setback to LGBTQ rights in the only Group Of Seven nations that does not allow same-sex marriages. 

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How A Social Worker Has Helped To Bring Awareness And Accessibility To Maternal Mental Health | Amy Green

Pregnancy and postpartum can be wonderful experiences, but they can also have a significant impact on the birthing person. Depression and anxiety could strain the new parent, leaving them lost and afraid. That potential outcome is why NCCC founder Amy Green has strived to provide birthing parents support and education to help them overcome mental health struggles.

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July 4 Weekend Sees Droves Of Gun Violence And Deaths Across The U.S.

The Fourth of July weekend saw a deadly toll for American citizens, as almost every state had shootings that totaled 220 dead victims and 550 nationwide. Among the deadliest mass shootings was one that occured in Highland Park, Illinois, where seven people were killed during an Independence Day parade.

Death Toll In San Antonio Migrant Tragedy Continues To Rise

Following the initial discovery of 46 migrants in a tractor trailer dead from heat strokes and exhaustion in San Antonio, the death toll has now risen to 53. 14 others have been hospitalized. It continues what is being referred to as the deadliest smuggling incident in U.S. history, and now brings the total migrant deaths up to 290 in 2022.

Takeaways From Latest Jan. 6 Hearing: Election Officials Felt Trump’s Pressure

Emotions ran high on Tuesday's Jan. 6 hearing, with testimonies from officials in battleground states recalling how they were attacked by Donald Trump and his supporters during the former President's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Retail Sales Drop 0.3% In May As Federal Reserve Prepares To Hike Interest Rates Further

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, retail sales fell 0.3% in May, wiping out any progress made by a 0.7% rise in April. It comes as a 8.6% inflation jump has forced millions to focus their money on food and gas, the latter of which now sits above $5 per gallon nationally.

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US Economy Adds 372,000 Jobs In June, Exceeding Expectations 

According to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the US economy added 372,000 new jobs in June, exceeding expectations and providing citizens with a surge in hiring. 

FDA Orders Juul To Stop Selling E-Cigarette Products

On Thursday, federal health officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Juul to remove its electronic cigarettes from the U.S. market. It marks the latest move in the FDA's attempts to curb the increased usage of e-cigarettes amongst the country's youth.

U.S. Consumer Confidence Slips In May Among Inflation

On Tuesday, The Conference Board reported that its consumer confidence index decreased slightly in May to 106.4, a score that — while still a strong number — is down from 108.6 in April. Meanwhile, the present situation index declined from 152.9 to 149.6.

Carvana Lays Off 2,500 Employees As It Looks To “Align Staffing With Sales Volumes”

Online automotive retailer Carvana Co. has announced it's letting go of 2,500 employees — nearly 12% of its workforce — as they look to "better align staffing and expense levels with sales volumes." Additionally, executives will forgo their pay for the remainder of the year in order to help pay the severances for departing employees.

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California’s “Late Start” Mandate For Middle and High Schools Offers Mental Health Benefits

A mandate in California has gone into effect that will see middle schools be able to start no earlier than 8:00 a.m., while high schools can start no later than 8:30 a.m. It comes as an effort to help students — who are currently at all-time high levels of stress — receive much-needed sleep, which will in turn help learning and attentiveness.

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Lizzo Sparks Ableism Debate Over Her New Song ‘Grrrls’

Singer songwriter Lizzo has come under fire for including the word "spaz" in her song "Grrrls," which people have labeled an ableist term. Lizzo changed the lyrics of the song and sent out a statement, apologizing for her inadvertent actions.

Despite Death Threats, Jerusalem Proceeds With Pride Parade

Despite death threats made to organizers and politicians attending, Jerusalem still held it's 20th annual Pride Parade, an event that attracted nearly 7,500 participants. One speaker called the march a "victory of light over darkness."

Netflix Delivers New Culture Guidelines Giving Employees Ultimatum 

Netflix employees and viewers have been sharing their extreme dissatisfaction with the platform's decision to upload content that can be seen as harmful or hateful to certain marginalized audiences. 

Ms. Pacman Makes Its Way Into The World Video Game Hall Of Fame

On Thursday, the Strong National Museum of Play announced four inductees — known for their cultural significance — into the World Video Game Hall of Fame: Ms. Pacman, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Dance Dance Revolution, and Sid Meier's Civilization.

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‘The Godfather,’ ‘Misery’ Star James Caan Passes Away At 82

Actor James Caan, famously known for his roles in "The Godfather," "Misery," and "Elf" passed away Thursday at the age of 82. Caan leaves behind a legacy of memorable performances that helped to solidify him as Hollywood's "tough guy."

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‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Receives $245 Million At International Box Office 

“Jurassic World Dominion,” the sixth installment in the long-running series, received $176 million from 72 international markets over the weekend, bringing its international total to $245 million. 

After Intense Court Feud, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Look To Rebuild Images And Lives

Following Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's much publicized trial — where both were determined to be defamed, with Depp being award $8 million more than Heard — the two will now attempt to restart their acting careers and restore their public images.
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Marvel Studios Signs 20-Year Deal With Genius Brand To License “Stan Lee” For Future Media Use

POW! Entertainment has entered a 20-year agreement with Marvel Studios and Genius Brand that will let Marvel Studios use comic book writer Stan Lee's name and likeness in future enterprises. Lee, who passed away in 2018, is the creator of fan-favorite super heroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America.
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How Cinemas Are Going Above And Beyond To Lure Moviegoers Back 

Compared to 2019, domestic movie ticket sales for the first four months of 2022 show a 44% decrease, however, cinemas are seeing a significant increase in ticket purchases when compared to last year. 

Health News


Inside A Neurologist Professor’s Progressive Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries In Veterans | Dr. James Russell Couch, Jr.

For many veterans, the fight doesn't end when they step off the battle. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause significant cognitive, behavioral, and physical damage. However, thanks to research from experts like Dr. James Russell Couch, Jr., more analysis is being found on these afflictions while providing a pathway for better treatment and awareness.

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According to WHO, Monkeypox Cases Have Risen 77% In A Week

On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a 77% weekly increase in the number of lab-confirmed monkeypox cases, contributing to more than 7,000 total reported cases worldwide in 54 locations.
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A Small Cancer Trial Resulted In Remission For Every Patient Involved 

In a new research trial of 18 rectal cancer patients, every individual involved who took the same drug found themselves in remission for their illness. The cancer vanished in every single patient, meaning the cancer was undetectable by physical exam, endoscopy, MRI scans, and PET scans. 

Florida Officials Investigating U.S.’ Third Possible Monkeypox Case

Florida health officials are currently investigating what they call a "presumptive" monkeypox case, which would make it the third possible case in the U.S. as the disease continues to see afflictions worldwide. Two days before the announcement of the investigation, the CDC issued a health advisory regarding recent cases in the United States.
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FDA Places Strict Limits On Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine 

“We recognize that the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine still has a role in the current pandemic response in the United States and across the global community. Today’s action demonstrates the robustness of our safety surveillance systems and our commitment to ensuring that science and data guide our actions.”

Lifestyle News


US Pools Closing Amid Nationwide Lifeguard Shortage 

Major cities throughout New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and many others are announcing reduced hours of operations for public pools, or just shutting down entirely due to the shortage of lifeguards. 

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Addicted To Your Smartphone And Social Media? It Could End Up Being Harmful

While smartphones and social media can be a blessing in our lives, it can also be harmful due to potential addictions that can develop from constant screen and app usage. These addictions can lead to mood changes, unhealthy living, and potentially dangerous scenarios. But, there are ways to break away and live in the moment.
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Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle In Your 80s Can Add Years To Your Life 

According to new research from Japan, even when you’re in your 80s you can add years to your life by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. 
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Could Greener Lifestyles Lead To Greater Happiness? Studies Suggest So

If you've been wanting a way to positively change your mindset, there may be a solution - and it'll benefit the Earth, as well. According to studies, positive correlations between environmentally friendly acts and a person's wellbeing have been found.
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Pet Safe Flowers To Brighten Up Your Garden This Summer 

For those of us with pets, it’s important to know which flowers are safe to have around the house in case our furry friends decide to do what animals do best and eat something they shouldn’t. 

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Florida Landlord’s Required To Background Check Workers Under New ‘Miya’s Law’ 

The new law requires all landlord’s to use a consumer reporting agency (online databases) to screen prospective employee’s criminal records and sex offender registries within all 50 states and the District of Colombia. 

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Home Sale Cancellations Seeing Highest Rates Since Start Of Pandemic

According to Redfin, 60,000 home sale cancellations occurred in June, the highest mark since March and April of 2020. It's a rate that rose from 12.7% in May and 11.2% from this time in 2021 and is a result of recently raised mortgage rates.

Study Shows ‘Yellowstone’ Show Has Had Giant Impact On Montana Economy, Real Estate

A study found that Paramount's popular "Yellowstone" show has greatly helped both the economy and real estate industry in Montana, as ranch properties are seeing their values soar. Meanwhile, the overall population growth has shot up thanks to the state's amazing scenery and isolation.
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With Rising Mortgage Rates, Housing Market Sees A Cooldown

With raised interest rates, a once-flaming housing market is starting to slow down, and fast. According to RE/Max, home sales for the month decreased less than 1% over March while dropping 12.8% year-over-year, while inventory saw a month-over-month increase of 11.5%.

Gianni Versace’s New York Mansion Now On Sale For $70 Million

Gianni Versace’s former Manhattan townhouse has officially hit the market at the luxury price of $70 million. Versace originally bought the mansion back in 1995 and fully refurbished the interior.

Science News


Success Of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccines Is ‘Just A Glimpse Of Their Full Potential’

According to a new Perspective published in the Medical Journal Of Australia, the success of mRNA vaccines against Covid-19 shows “just a glimpse of their full potential.” 

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White House Covid-19 Response Coordinator Explains Why Some Americans Don’t Trust The Science

Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House’s Covid response coordinator, recently spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival and explained why Americans continue to grow less trusting of medical advice from experts. One of the biggest reasons cited is due to a lack of representation in the scientific/medical field. 
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FDA Says Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Safe And Effective For Children Under 5

Staff for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said on Sunday that the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech is safe and effective for children under the age of 5.

NASA’s DAVINCI Mission Set To Explore Venus In 2029 

NASA’s DAVINCI mission to Venus is scheduled to launch in 2029. In a new paper from the Planetary Science Journal, details are shared of the upcoming mission which aims to shed new light on the potential habitable past for the planet. 

US Military Records Confirm An Interstellar Meteor Collided With Earth In 2014

According to a recently released document from the United States Space Command, researchers discovered an interstellar meteor hit Earth in 2014. An interstellar meteor is a space rock that originated from outside of our solar system, making it extremely rare for any of them to make contact with our planet. 

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Boston Celtics Complete Comeback As They Steal Game 1 Of NBA Finals Away From Golden State Warriors

Facing a 12 point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, the Boston Celtics roared to life, scoring 40 points in the final 12 minutes to overcome the Golden State Warriors, 120-108, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Helping Boston was their terrific three-point shooting (21-for-41).

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Grading MLB’s Biggest Offseason Moves At The Season’s Midway Point

With the baseball season at the All-Star break, let's look in and see of some of this offseason's biggest signings have panned out for both the teams and players around the league.

Jimbo Fisher Fires Back At Nick Saban: ‘Some People Think They’re God’

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher has fired back at comments made by Alabama head coach Nick Saban saying that Texas A&M "bought every player" in their 2022 recruiting class, which is being hailed as the best class in the era of recruiting rankings.
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Tom Brady To Join Fox Sports As Lead NFL Analyst Following Career

Following his playing career, quarterback Tom Brady will be joining Fox Sports as their lead NFL analyst. While the terms of Brady's contract were not disclosed, the New York Post reported it to be a 10-year, $375 million deal, making him the top annually paid sports broadcaster.

NBA Playoff Preview: Suns Look For Finals Redemption, While It’s Anyone’s Game In The East

The NBA playoffs begin Saturday, with plenty of teams vying for a championship. Among the intriguing first-round matchups include the Boston Celtics against the Brooklyn Nets, who are hoping to have their big three of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Ben Simmons finally together.

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Microsoft Officially Retires Internet Explorer Web Browser 

This past week Microsoft confirmed that its well-known web browser, Internet Explorer, would be retired after years of declining user engagement. Initially launched in 1995, Internet Explorer was the standard for web browsing on all Windows computers. 

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GLAAD Report Shows Social Media Giants Aren’t Doing Enough To Protect LGBTQ Users

According to GLAAD's Social Media Safety Index (SMSI), all five major platforms scored below 50% when it comes to their approach toward both protecting, and helping to properly represent, users from the LGBTQ community.

Apple’s New iOS 16 Transforms The Texting Game With Edit, Unsend Features

At WWDC, Apple showed off their new iOS 16, which will hit iPhones this fall. Among the updates include changes to iMessaging, which will allow users to unsend and edit text messages for up to 15 minutes after they're originally sent. The lock screen will also undergo major developments.

Blizzard Workers Create First Union At A Big U.S. Video Game Company

19 quality assurance workers at Raven Software, a division of American video game publisher Activision Blizzard, have successfully voted to unionize, marking the first labor union at a major U.S. video game company. Backed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), three of the 21 total workers voted against the union.

Elon Musk’s Acquisition Of Twitter Raises Questions About Platform’s Future

With Elon Musk's $44 billion purchase of Twitter, plenty of questions have arisen regarding what the SpaceX and Tesla CEO plans to do with the company in regards to bots, free speech, and montezation.

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Despite Increased Prices, OAG Study Shows Travel Demand Remains Strong

According to a survey by OAG, travel demand is sky high (as are the prices). 27% more people are traveling this summer than in the summer of 2021, while 63% of travelers have booked or are planning to book international flights, up from 49% last year.

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Airlines Set To Cancel Thousands Of Flights Due To Staffing Shortage

Due to a pilot shortage, airlines have had to endure sizeable hits to their flight schedules. Southwest Airlines has cancelled 20,000 flights from June to Labor Day, while Delta Airlines has stated it will be cutting 100 daily flights from July 1 to Aug. 7. While rules are being loosened to help buffen the workforce, it doesn't look like a quick fix.
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Sticker Shock Could Be A Problem For Increased Summer Travelers

While travel this summer is expected to be booming due to easing pandemic restrictions, prices will also be sky-high. According to travel-data firm Hopper, domestic roundtrip flights are averaging $400, 24% higher than in 2019 and 45% higher than this time in 2021.
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TSA Warns Of Travel ‘Hiccups For Very, Very Busy Summer’

David Pekoske, the nation’s TSA chief, and airport and airline leaders throughout the nation have stated that there will be inevitable “hiccups” this summer, as the agency is expecting the largest airport passenger crowds since the Covid-19 pandemic first began. 

Airbnb Cracks Down On Memorial Day, Fourth Of July Parties With Restrictions

Airbnb has announced that they're instituting strict-anti party measures for the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends in order to cut down on unauthorized parties. Guests without a positive review history will be unable to rent one-night rentals during those weekends, while two-day rentals will see restrictions as well.