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In some states, an unpaid foster care bill could mean parents lose their kids forever

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 05:00

Some states allow children to be removed from their parents if they fail to pay the cost of foster care. But that can be hundreds of dollars a month, and it's often the poorest families who must pay.

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Study shows heavy stones may give big leaps in water — plus real-world implications

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 05:00

Researchers have studied the physics behind heavy stones skipping across the surface of water. They say these findings could be applied to real-world problems like de-icing airplanes.

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A new program lets private citizens sponsor refugees in the U.S.

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 02:41

The State Department program, dubbed the Welcome Corps, would give Americans a role in resettling thousands of refugees who arrive every year.

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'A Room With a View' actor Julian Sands is missing after he went on a hike

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 21:39

Search and rescue crews looked for Sands in the area of the San Gabriel Mountains, but had to suspend the ground search because of trail conditions and avalanche risks.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern plans to leave office

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 20:17

Speaking to her party's annual caucus, 42-year-old Ardern said "it's time" for her to move on and that she "no longer had enough in the tank" for her premiership.

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Funerals begin for dozens of people killed in an attack on a Dnipro apartment complex

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 16:06

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of Mykhailo Korenovsky, a beloved boxing coach and father who was killed in a missile strike on an apartment building in Dnipro, Ukraine.

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Nemat Shafik is named the first woman to be president at Columbia University

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 15:30

Shafik, who was born in Egypt and grew up in the United States, has extensive experience across global financial institutions and higher education.

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Customers report problems with Zelle transactions on their Bank of America accounts

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 14:46

The website Downdetector reported spikes in outages involving Bank of America and payment platform Zelle starting Wednesday morning. Some users are even saying money is missing from their accounts.

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Behind your speedy Amazon delivery are serious hazards for workers, government finds

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 13:44

The Labor Department has cited Amazon for failing to keep workers safe at three warehouses. Federal safety inspectors found workers at high risk of lower back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.

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The husband of a missing woman sought info on dismembering a body, prosecutors say

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 13:43

At a hearing, lawyers said that in the days after his wife's disappearance, Brian Walshe did searches on "dismemberment and best ways to dispose of a body" and "hacksaw best tool to dismember."

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How will the hard-right Republicans in Congress wield their newfound power?

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 13:31

New York Times journalist Catie Edmondson says the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives will likely leverage their subpoena power to enact vengeance on the Biden administration.

The world's oldest person, Sister André of France, dies at age 118

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 11:02

Born Lucile Randon in 1904, Sister André spent most of her life in religious service as a Roman Catholic nun. The oldest living person is now Maria Branyas Morera of Spain at age 115.

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Microsoft slashes 10,000 jobs, the latest in a wave of layoffs

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 10:52

Amazon, Salesforce and Goldman Sachs have also announced cuts during a brutal January for corporate workers.

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Twitter is auctioning off office supplies, including a pizza oven and neon bird sign

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 09:01

The 631 lots include mid-century modern furniture, an assortment of office supplies, high-end kitchen appliances and company memorabilia. The de facto fire sale ends on Wednesday.

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Shooter kills a teen mother holding her baby and 4 other family members in California

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:53

The attack early Monday morning in central California took place at a home linked to drugs and guns. "None of this was by accident," a sheriff said. "It was deliberate, intentional and horrific."

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With less access to paid leave, rural workers face hard choices about health, family

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 08:00

Coastal and politically progressive states have passed stronger paid sick and family leave policies than many states with larger rural populations.

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A polar bear kills a woman and a boy in a remote Alaska village

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 07:53

A polar bear entered the remote northwestern village of Wales and chased multiple people before being fatally shot by a local resident, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

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Derek Chauvin's lawyer is expected to ask a court to throw out his murder convictions

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 06:45

The former Minneapolis police officer was convicted in the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin, who is white, pinned the Black man to the ground with his knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes.

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Another North Carolina power substation was damaged by gunfire

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 05:10

Two power substations were damaged in early December, knocking out power for tens of thousands. The latest shooting did not cause any outages, the utility said.

A Colorado library is closed after meth contamination. What will it take to clean it?

Wed, 01/18/2023 - 05:02

The Englewood Public Library is the second library in Colorado to have to close its doors due to meth contamination.

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