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As gas prices surge, here's how to get the most out of your tank

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 12:00

As U.S. gas prices hit record highs, it's an especially good time to improve your car's fuel economy. Keeping windows closed, avoiding high speeds and getting routine tuneups can all help.

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A man who got the 1st pig heart transplant has died after 2 months

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 10:58

David Bennett, 57, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was the first person to receive a heart transplant from a pig.

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Researcher finds 'stunning' rate of COVID among deer. Here's what it means for humans

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 10:31

Studies on white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania and Ontario offer evidence that the mammals are a reservoir for the virus. What are the implications for the course of SARS-CoV-2?

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Hundreds gather to honor fallen Ukrainian soldiers

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 09:39

The first of Ukraine's fallen soldiers are starting to come home. Two men were killed on the front lines in Russia's war on Ukraine. Hundreds gathered to mourn at their funeral on Tuesday.

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Ukraine says the Chernobyl nuclear site has lost power

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 08:18

Emergency diesel generators are providing power to critical safety systems at the facility, but they only have enough fuel for 48 hours.

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New York City will stop collecting Social Security money from children in foster care

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 06:00

New York City officials announced the city will no longer take all Social Security checks from children to pay for foster care. Last year NPR and The Marshall Project investigated the common practice.

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5 ways to bounce back better from a sports injury

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:53

If you are used to regular exercise and conditioning, the sudden shock of immobility or pain is both frustrating and depressing. Here are some things you can do to make your recovery easier.

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Sick veterans demand medical coverage for illnesses caused by burn pits

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:30

President Biden is urging Congress to send a burn-pits bill to his desk.

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Vice President Harris is going to Poland after the U.S. rejected fighter jet offer

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:20

Poland offered to stage fighter jets for Ukraine on a U.S. base in Germany. The Pentagon said that wasn't tenable. It all happened the day before Vice President Harris left for Warsaw.

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Ukraine's libraries are offering bomb shelters, camouflage classes, and yes, books

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:01

One bundle of homemade camouflage netting was packaged with a note reading, "Death to enemies." The libraries are also sending Ukrainian books out of the country, to refugees who have fled.

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The war in Ukraine has derailed one American family's adoption plan

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:00

The Bell family has been trying to adopt Vanya and Serogzha from Ukraine for about two years.

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Ukrainians in the U.S. try to help their country. But getting aid there is difficult

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:00

As Russia bombs Ukraine, many Ukrainians in the U.S. are trying to help their country, but are finding challenges as normal shipping channels are broken with dangerous roads and blocked ports.

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As U.S. COVID deaths near 1 million, advocates press for a memorial day

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:00

Millions of people in the U.S. have lost someone they love to COVID-19, and advocates hope to have those losses marked each year on the first Monday in March.

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Why it's hard to know how accurate the 2020 census was

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:00

COVID-19 and interference by former President Donald Trump's administration have made it harder to pinpoint the accuracy of the numbers used to redistribute political representation and federal money.

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No floats or beads at this Mardi Gras, but there are chickens

Wed, 03/09/2022 - 05:00

Faquetaigue Courir de Mardi Gras is all about chickens, mischief and gumbo. Photographer Bryan Tarnowski captured it all.

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