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An 18-Year-Old Will Join Blue Origin's First Human Spaceflight, After A Late Shuffle

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 14:26

The flight will also include company founder Jeff Bezos and Wally Funk, 82 — who was older than Oliver Daemen is now back in the early 1960s, when she first trained to be an astronaut.

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The Pandemic Changed The World Of 'Voluntourism.' Some Folks Like The New Way Better

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 14:24

Critics say volunteering abroad does not always benefit local communities. The coronavirus travel bans have led to a different approach for volunteers who want to donate their services.

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The U.S. Climate Envoy Went To Moscow And Talked About More Than Climate

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 14:17

John Kerry, the former secretary of state and now President Biden's special envoy for climate, is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Moscow since Biden took office.

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US Faces Crossroads On Renewable Energy Future — Go Big or Go Local

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:58

NY Times reporter Ivan Penn unpacks the debate over infrastructure: Do we fund huge wind and solar farms with new transmission lines, or go local, with rooftop solar panels, batteries and micro-grids?

Gen Z Is Feeling 'Meh' About The Vaccine. The White House Is Calling In The Pop Stars

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:25

Only 46% of 18-24 year-olds have gotten vaccinated. Eager to reach them, the White House is calling in Gen Z pop stars and trying to spread the word on TikTok.

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Families Are Receiving A Child Tax Credit. Janet Yellen Says It Should Be Permanent

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:19

In an interview with NPR, the Treasury secretary called to permanently expand the child tax credit being paid out to American families starting this week.

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Mac & Cheese Is The Ice Cream You Never Thought You'd Needed And Now It's Hard To Get

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:10

Macaroni & cheese ice cream is here, and not everyone thinks it's a good idea. "We are living in the last days," comedian Josh Pray says.

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A Woman Is Facing A Hate Crime Charge For Stomping On A 'Back The Blue' Sign In Utah

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:05

Utah's hate-crime laws specifically include police as a protected category, along with race and gender. It's one of at least five states with such protections for law enforcement.

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There's Not A Cloud In The Sky, But Your House Could Still Be Underwater

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 13:00

Coastal areas are seeing a steady increase in high tide flooding. Scientists warn the problem is accelerating as the Earth gets hotter. And a little wobble in the Moon's orbit isn't helping.

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The WHO's Chief Says It Was Premature To Rule Out A Lab Leak As The Pandemic's Origin

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 11:41

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there had been a "premature push" to rule out the theory that the coronavirus might have escaped from a Chinese government lab in Wuhan.

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A Dutch Reporter Who Covered Gangsters Dies After Being Shot In Amsterdam

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 11:10

Peter R. de Vries, who fearlessly reported on the violent underworld of the Netherlands and campaigned to breathe new life into cold cases, has died at age 64 after being shot in a brazen attack.

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The Expanded Child Tax Credit Is Here. Here's What You Need To Know

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 10:03

The first monthly payments under the expanded child tax credit were disbursed today. The White House says relief is on the way to the families of nearly 60 million children.

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Cuba's President Has Made A Rare Mea Culpa, Admitting To Failures That Fueled Unrest

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 10:02

In a televised address Wednesday night, President Miguel Díaz-Canel said that failings by the state have played a role in the protests that roiled the island nation this week.

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Who Is Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears' New Lawyer?

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 09:53

The lawyer whom Britney Spears has chosen to represent her is a former federal prosecutor turned high-profile Hollywood lawyer. His celebrity clients have included Steven Spielberg and Sean Penn.

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Emmett Till Funeral Site, Other Black Landmarks Share $3 Million Preservation Grant

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 09:35

A $3 million grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Fund is aimed at helping 40 landmarks across the country address repair, renovation, and other preservation needs.

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Emoji Use At Work? Survey Says — Thumbs Up!

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 09:00

A survey of 7,000 emoji users in the U.S., Europe and Asia found that emoji are not only useful on the job — they can make people feel more connected and receptive to new tasks.

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The Journalist Iran Allegedly Sought To Kidnap Says She Would Have Been Killed

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 07:19

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian American journalist, says she is the target of an alleged kidnapping plot recently described in a federal indictment: "It's just obvious that they were going to execute me."

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The White House Announces Additional Steps To Combat Ransomware

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 07:00

The Biden administration is launching a new ransomware task force and, a website of preventative resources.

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Torrential Rain And Flooding Are Wreaking Havoc Across Western Germany

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 05:19

In the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, authorities say at least 11 people have died and 70 people are missing. A state of emergency has been declared and the army has been deployed.

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The Pandemic Has Worsened Childhood Vaccination Rates Around The World

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 05:15

The pandemic has hurt even routine health services, like vaccines and check ups, as well as immunization outreach, for children around the world, the World Health Organization and UNICEF report.

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