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Conserving Art Is Preserving History | Dr. Jan Cavanaugh

Art is one of the most universally accepted ways of learning about our world’s history. It gives the viewer the unique perspective of what it was like to live through significant periods of time. Dr. Jan Cavanaugh, PhD, MAC, has worn 3 hats: art curator, art history professor, and currently paintings conservator. As a Conservator of Paintings she understands first hand what it truly means to maintain the stories that art has told, and will continue to tell for future generations. In a growing digital age where we all have access to an unlimited amount of information in our pockets, it’s never been more important to preserve the mediums that tell our world’s stories.

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Microplastics Are Saturating Our Environment, Here’s How You Can Help At Home

Microplastics are defined as pieces of plastic that are less than five millimeters in length, most commonly found in plastic drinking supplies, bottled water, as well as lakes, rivers, oceans, and even us.
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Tainted Alcohol Causes 25 Deaths In Costa Rica: Why It’s Happening and How To Avoid It

Since June, a total of 25 people have died out of 59 that have been hospitalized this summer on their Costa Rican vacations. The cause? High levels of methanol found in alcoholic beverages on the resorts. 
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Deteriorating South Korea-Japan Relations Highlight Long-Standing Feud

In the past, American leadership has served to mitigate the consequences of the two countries’ dispute. But the Trump administration has been reluctant to get involved in foreign politics,  and Donald Trump has expressed annoyance at the suggestion of playing a role in negotiating agreements between the two countries.
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“Super Mario Maker 2” Players Let their Imaginations Run Wild

Many of us who grew up playing video games spent our childhood afternoons imagining creating our own levels in some of our favorite games. With its Super Mario Maker series, Nintendo has enabled players to make their dreams come true with a suite of level-creation tools and a platform for sharing these levels and playing others’ creations.
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How To Talk About Getting Fired In An Interview

Getting fired from a job is never fun. Whether it’s simply due to the fact that your position/department was eliminated, or maybe you had quite the disagreement with your boss, either way it’s time to move on and start job hunting. 
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Amazon Opens Largest Office Building And Isn’t Stopping Anytime Soon

This week, Amazon opened its biggest office building in the world, and it's in the city of Hyderabad, India. This building is the first fully owned Amazon office space outside of the United States, covers over 9 acres of land, and has 1.8 million square feet of office space.
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Behind The Trigger: Part 1 | Dr. Faye Snyder

Dr. Faye Snyder is a psychologist and forensic evaluator and founder of The Parenting and Relationship Counseling Foundation (PaRC). Dr. Snyder is a researcher of research, and she has some challenging ideas about the causes of behavior.

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Scientists Warn Of Multiple Tipping Points In Climate Change

A new scientific report has warned that the continued warming of the planet could trigger not only the collapse of the Greenland ice sheet, the single largest contributor to global sea levels rising, but also multiple environmental “tipping points” that will be irreversible.

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Death Toll From Chile Wildfires Surpasses 130 With More Than 300 People Still Missing

Chile is currently in a massive rescue and recovery effort after the nation has been enduring what the United Nations disaster agency is calling the deadliest wildfires on record. The fires have unfortunately claimed over 130 lives with hundreds of others still missing. 
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Deadly Earthquake Hits Japan On New Year’s, Thousands Forced To Leave Their Homes 

On New Year’s Day, Japan was hit with a massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake that has left thousands of citizens without a home. The earthquake hit the western coast of Japan, and at least 168 people have died with dozens still missing.
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Vatican Approves Blessings For Same-Sex Couples 

The Vatican announced this week that Roman Catholic priests can administer blessings to same-sex couples as long as they’re not a part of regular Church rituals or liturgies. The “landmark ruling” was approved by Pope Francis and released to the public in a document from the Vatican’s doctrinal office. 
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Israel And Hamas Reach Deal To Release Hostages And Pause Fighting 

According to reports from NBC, Israel and Hamas have agreed to a deal in which 50 women and children who were kidnapped and held in Gaza will be released while both sides take a pause on fighting with each other. The deal will also involve 150 Palestinian women and children being released from Israeli jails, as well as the delivery of hundreds of aid trucks. 

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New York State To Study Potential Reparations For Residents Of African Descent

New York State has created a commission to study potential reparations for state residents of African descent. This would make New York the second state to look into reparations after California.

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Job Openings In The US Grew In December According To New Labor Data 

The US job market currently remains stable with workers being in demand in multiple industries, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau reported that the number of available jobs in the US rose in December to an estimated 9.026 million. 
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Judge Rules That Idaho Cannot Enforce Ban On Gender-Affirming Care For Transgender Youth 

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho cannot enforce a law that would ban transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming care such as puberty blockers and hormone treatments. This is being hailed as a major victory for the families who had sued the state initially challenging the law.
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US Charges Four Russian Soldiers With War Crimes for Torturing American in Ukraine

A Virginia federal court has charged four Russian soldiers for committing war crimes against an American who was residing in Ukraine during the Russian invasion. The charges include unlawful confinement, conspiracy to commit war crimes, inhuman treatment, and torture.
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Portland Public School Teachers Reach Tentative Deal After More Than Three Weeks Of Striking 

Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers have reached a tentative deal to end the teachers strike that’s been occurring for over three weeks, keeping schools in the area closed since November 1st. This week, more than 40,000 students were able to return to the classroom. 

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The Transformative Power of Faith | Michele Stoudt-Wright

In the dance of life, faith offers a wealth of wisdom, guiding individuals through challenges and transformation. It is a light that shines in moments of doubt, a strength that sustains through trials, and a compass that directs towards a purpose greater than oneself. In this narrative of faith’s power, we encounter Michele Stoudt-Wright. Her journey to becoming an author, entrepreneur, life coach and associate pastor exemplifies the profound influence of devotion in shaping one’s destiny.

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40% Of Jobs Worldwide Could Be Affected By Artificial Intelligence, IMF Says 

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), around 40% of jobs globally could be affected by the rise in the use of artificial intelligence (AI). The IMF warned that these recent trends in AI could deepen the inequality that’s already present in the tech industry, and other industries where AI is being used. 
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Only Half Of US Credit Card Customers Believe They Can Pay Off Their Holiday Bills

According to the LendingTree Credit Card Confidence Index, a monthly survey published since 2018, only half of America’s credit card customers believe they’ll be able to pay off their December balance in full as we come out of the holiday season. 
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Poverty Rates In The UK Have Been So Bad, They Soon May Reach Victorian Era Levels 

According to a new report from the Center for Social Justice, the most disadvantaged and impoverished people in the United Kingdom are no better off than they were 15 years ago.
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Emirates Places $52 Billion Order For 95 Boeing Aircraft Jets

Emirates Airline announced on Monday that it placed an order for 95 Boeing aircraft jets valued at $52 billion. This marks the first major deal of the 2023 Dubai Airshow.

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Conserving Art Is Preserving History | Dr. Jan Cavanaugh

Art is one of the most universally accepted ways of learning about our world’s history. It gives the viewer the unique perspective of what it was like to live through significant periods of time. Dr. Jan Cavanaugh, PhD, MAC, has worn 3 hats: art curator, art history professor, and currently paintings conservator. As a Conservator of Paintings she understands first hand what it truly means to maintain the stories that art has told, and will continue to tell for future generations. In a growing digital age where we all have access to an unlimited amount of information in our pockets, it’s never been more important to preserve the mediums that tell our world’s stories.

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June Givanni, UK Curator Of African Film, To Receive Bafta Award 

June Givanni is known as a pioneering curator, writer, and programmer of African film’s who founded a London-based archive that documents Pan-African cinema over 40 years ago.
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UK Campaigners Claim That Millions Have Been Wasted Creating Nationwide Library Website 

The UK’s public libraries have been facing major difficulties within the past few years as the government have been indecisive and delayed plans on how to spend millions of pounds for funding a nationwide library website. 
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Clara Peeters, The Forgotten 17th Century Artist Whose Painting Could Now Sell For Over $700,000 

A painting of a basket of flowers from the early 17th-century is about to be sold at an auction in December. The untitled work is by Clara Peeters, a Flemish painter who was written out of art history for centuries. 
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Bandcamp Lays Off Half Of Its Staff After Being Bought By Songtradr

The online music platform that is known for championing independent artists and labels, Bandcamp, has laid off half of its staff after the company was bought out by Songtradr, a music licensing startup. 

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Original Mickey Mouse Cartoon Enters Public Domain, Here’s What We Already Have To Look Forward To 

Steamboat Willie, the original Mickey Mouse cartoon, officially lost its US copyright protection on January 1st 2024, making its likeness available to the public, who have already taken advantage of having legal access to the iconic character.

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Will Ferrell Talks Educating Himself On The Transgender Community At Sundance Film Festival 

Will Ferrell recently made an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of his new documentary “Will & Harper.” 
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‘Fans First’ Live-Event Ticketing Reform Bill Introduced By US Senators 

Six US Senators have introduced a new “Fans First Act” to address the multiple discrepancies in ticketing sales across the country.
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A ‘Barbenheimer’ Parody Movie Is Officially In The Works 

This past summer, ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ releasing in theaters on the same day became a pop culture phenomenon known as “Barbenheimer,” with moviegoers embracing the significance of both films and their vastly unique impacts.
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Daniel Radcliffe Produces Film About Paralyzed Harry Potter Stunt Double

Daniel Radcliffe, renowned for his portrayal of the beloved wizard Harry Potter, is producing a new documentary about his stunt double, David Holmes. While filming The Deathly Hollows—Part 1 in 2009, Holmes suffered a devastating injury on set that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

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From Radish Leaves to a Natural Hormone Balancing Formula: How Tenacity and Empathy for Women’s Health Challenges Led to a Groundbreaking, World First Discovery | Leanna Sue Wilson

Leanna Wilson has spent over two decades working to find natural, effective ways to balance hormone levels. She recognized early on that balanced hormones were the key to solving a myriad of health ailments, particularly those relating to women’s health. The years of research paid off. Leanna and her team at Nokomis Research found the solution. And they found it in radish leaves.

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CDC Is Warning Healthcare Providers That Measles Cases Are On The Rise 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning health officials across the nation that cases of measles are on the rise. The CDC sent out an email on Thursday after reports of nearly two dozen cases since December. They believe these outbreaks are mainly caused by children who were eligible for the vaccine but have not received it.
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What Health Officials Are Saying About New Covid Variant JN.1

JN.1 is the newest fast-spreading variant of Covid-19, and is now the most widely circulating version of the virus, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

New Study Reveals Severe Obesity Is On The Rise For US Children 

An updated study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that although obesity rates in children were dropping last decade, it’s now on the rise. 
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HV.1, The New Covid-19 Variant Spreading Throughout The US 

A new Covid-19 variant is dominating the cases in the US, with another version of the coronavirus already spreading overseas. 

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London Man Runs 365 Marathons In 365 Days For ‘Hope For Justice’ Charity

41-year-old Aaron Robinson has run 365 marathons in 365 days, a major accomplishment for not only himself, but Hope For Justice, the anti-human trafficking charity where he works.

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UK Universities Become First To Feature Famous Hologram Lecturers 

Some universities in the UK are beginning to enter a new era of utilizing unique technology to teach its students. The technology in question involves holograms, the same holograms that have been used to bring back retired or dead singers to the stage; like Tupac at the 2012 Coachella music festival. 
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Digital Wardrobe-Tracking Is The New Sustainability Trend Of 2024

There’s a new trend in the realm of sustainability and fashion that is emerging as we navigate the new year. Social media users are now digitally tracking the clothing that they wear every day, and challenging themselves to do it for the entire year, as a means of analyzing how much they truly wear every piece of clothing they own. 
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Oslo’s Mayor Says London’s Trafalgar Square’s Christmas Tree Must Cut Its Carbon Footprint

Norway and London have a long standing holiday tradition in which Norway sends London a Christmas tree for Trafalgar Square as a way of thanking Britain for its support during World War 2. 
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Young Europeans More Likely To Make Major Lifestyle Changes To Save Planet, New Survey Reveals

According to a survey taken across seven countries, younger people in Europe are more willing than older generations to make major lifestyle changes that would help combat climate change to help save the planet. 

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Development Of Now Open Luxury Residential Tower In London Led To Discovery Of Shakespearean Theater

A new £750 million complex of 412 apartments in a 37-story development named ‘The Stage’ has officially opened in London. The project itself, however, initially made headlines during its development, when archaeologists discovered the remains of a 16th-century Shakespearean theater during excavations.

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45% Of Real Estate Agents Claim They’re Struggling To Pay Rent 

According to a monthly report from Alignable, 45% of real estate agents who own their firms stated that they’re struggling to pay their offices rent in the month of November. This is a 5% increase from October, and 10% higher than September’s data, citing a consistent increase. 
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Empty Bed Bath & Beyond Stores Are Hot Commercial Real Estate Opportunities

Commercial real estate retailers are seeing a major rise in available spaces due to the influx of empty Bed Bath & Beyond stores. 
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What’s Happening With Governor DeSantis’ Ban On Chinese Homeownership In Florida?

In May, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida signed a bipartisan law, SB 264, which banned certain Chinese nationals from buying property within the state as a means of avoiding “the malign influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the state of Florida.” 
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NYC Architects Are Adding More Floors To Skyscrapers To Convert Empty Offices Into Apartments 

New York City real estate is still recovering from the shifts in work from home culture that increased during the pandemic. This shift left many commercial real estate properties vacant. Now, architects and developers are converting these empty office spaces into housing. 

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Study Finds Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Highest In Human History 

A new study has found that the current carbon dioxide levels on Earth are the highest they've been in all of human history.

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Astronomers Detect Water Vapor On Small Exoplanet In “Landmark Discovery”

Astronomers have utilized the Hubble Space Telescope to make a “landmark discovery” of water molecules on a small exoplanet located 97 light-years away from Earth.
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Scientists Develop New Antibiotic to Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Scientists have developed a novel antibiotic to combat bacteria resistant to existing antibiotics. The bacteria, Acinetobacter baumannii, causes infections in the lungs, urinary tract and blood and has a high mortality rate.
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Animal Testing Could Come To An End With 3D-Printed Chip That Shows Body’s Reaction To Drugs 

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have designed a new “body-on-chip” that perfectly mimics how medicine travels through the body, which could eliminate the need for animal testing when it comes to drug and medication development.
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Scientists Reveal Evidence That Supports A Possible Origin Story For The Great Sphinx

Space scientist and geologist Farouk El-Baz initially theorized that wind played a major role in shaping the famous Great Sphinx of Giza 40 years ago. Now, a new study has revealed evidence that suggests El-Baz’s theory might be correct.

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32 Female Athletes Sue University Of Oregon For Alleged Title IX Violations

Thirty-two female athletes at the University of Oregon have filed a lawsuit against the school alleging that they’re violating Title IX requirements, stating that their “shabby facilities and inadequate supplies” violate the equal treatment law.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman Scores Super Bowl-Winning Touchdown: ‘I Blacked Out’

Mecole Hardman of the Kansas City Chiefs told CNN he “blacked out” after scoring the touchdown that would win the Chiefs the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. 
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Yoshinobu Yamamoto Reportedly Signs With The Los Angeles Dodgers For Huge $325 Million Contract

Sources have told ESPN that Japanese star Yoshinobu Yamamoto is reportedly signing a 12-year $325 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This would mark one of the largest deals for a pitcher in Major League Baseball.
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13-Year-Old Skateboarder, Cui Chenxi, Is China’s Youngest Asian Games Gold Medalist 

13-year-old Cui Chenxi of China has become the youngest gold medalist at the Asian Games for skateboarding. Teenage girls in general have been dominating the sport. 
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How AI Could Help Prevent Brain Injuries In Contact Sports 

Artificially intelligent computers are now being taught how to identify on-field head impacts, within the NFL and other contact sports, as a means of preventing and identifying brain injuries right away as opposed to waiting for the player to get checked out. 

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The New York Times Is Suing Microsoft And OpenAI Over Copyright Infringement 

OpenAI and Microsoft are being sued by the New York Times over copyright infringement, alleging that the two companies' artificial intelligence technology has illegally copied millions of articles from the Times to train AI services like ChatGPT.

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Tesla Recalls Over 2 Million Vehicles In The US Due To Warning Light Issues 

Tesla is recalling over 2 million vehicles in the US, nearly all the vehicles sold in the US, due to some warning lights on the instrument panel being too small.
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UK Artists Potentially Joining Lawsuit Against Midjourney Over Use Of Their Work To Train AI Software 

Midjourney is one of the many new image generators available to the public online that uses artificial intelligence to generate a given image, or series of images, based on what the user enters into the given prompts. 
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Indiana State’s Lawsuit Against TikTok Over Child Safety Dismissed By Judge

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit in Indiana state that was filed against TikTok over accusations of making false claims about safety of children on the app and age-appropriate content. 
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Google To Potentially Invest Hundreds Of Millions Into Character.AI Startup 

Google is currently in conversation to invest in Character.AI, an artificial intelligence chatbot platform startup. According to CTech News, Character.AI was created by Noam Shazeer and Daniel De Freitas, two former employees of Google Brain. 

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US Airlines Gearing Up For Record-Breaking Air Travel For Thanksgiving 

US airlines are expecting record breaking travel demand this year for Thanksgiving, with multiple executives across many airline companies gearing up to prepare for the influx in travel.

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US State Department Issues Travel Advisory For Jamaica Amid Crime And Health Concerns 

The US State Department has issued a travel advisory for Jamaica among an influx of crime and health concerns.
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Vietnam Opens New ‘Kissing Bridge’ As A Selfie Hotspot 

Last week, a new hotspot opened in Vietnam called the “Kiss Bridge” to give couples a chance to share a romantic moment with the beautiful Vietnamese sunsets. 
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Virgin Atlantic And British Airways Face Complaints Over Alleged Misleading Sustainability Claims 

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways are currently facing formal complaints regarding accusations that the airlines are misleading the public over their sustainability claims and environmental credentials of aviation. 
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The French Government Is Vowing To ‘Protect’ Nation From Bed Bugs Outbreak 

The French government is vowing to take action and “reassure and protect” the public amid the “widespread” rise in bedbug infestations in its capital Paris.