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Congress considers codifying same-sex marriage after long battle for gay rights

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

Same-sex marriage was once a deeply divisive issue. Now, polls show over 70 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, and Congress is set to move forward with The Respect for Marriage Act.

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Don't call Florida a red state yet: Left-leaning groups say their voters stayed home

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

After Republicans won big in Florida, Democrats and the groups that organize for them are reckoning with what went so red in the country's largest swing state.

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Democrats made midterm gains in rural areas. Can they keep them?

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

Democrats had better than expected midterm elections in 2022, partly because of their ability to draw votes from rural areas. These voters could create new battlegrounds in 2024.

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Rent control expands as tenants struggle with the record-high cost of housing

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

Voters in several cities approved ballot measures to cap rents, part of a larger resurgence of rent control. Economists warn that such caps can actually reduce affordable housing overall.

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Pablo Eisenberg, a fierce critic of nonprofits and philanthropy, died at age 90

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

Pablo Eisenberg, a loud and influential voice in the nonprofit sector who spoke widely and bluntly about his belief that philanthropy often benefits the wealthy more than the needy, died at age 90.

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Bills targeting trans youth are growing more common — and radically reshaping lives

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

An NPR analysis finds that over the past two years, state lawmakers introduced more than 300 bills targeting trans people. Most of this legislation, 86%, takes aim at the rights of trans youth.

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Trans people struggle to find housing after prison. This group is trying to help

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 05:00

Beyond These Walls, a trans-led group out of the Pacific Northwest, provides reentry services for LGBTQ individuals leaving prison.

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Houston is under a boil water notice after the power went out at a purification plant

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 04:14

A power outage at a Houston water plant caused low water pressure across the city. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he believes the water is safe, but is waiting on confirmation from the state.

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NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is escorted off a plane in Miami

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 01:37

Police removed NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. from an aircraft before takeoff at Miami International Airport after officials said he failed to respond to requests to buckle his seatbelt.

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It's no trick; Merriam-Webster says 'gaslighting' is the word of the year

Mon, 11/28/2022 - 00:57

Online searches for the word 'gaslighting' on increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before, leading the reference publishing company to name it the word of the year.

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Mexico's President López Obrador leads a massive pro-government march

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 23:48

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Mexico's capital Sunday to support President Manuel López Obrador and his proposals to reform the country's electoral authority.

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Plane crash into Maryland transmission tower leaves passengers stranded in the air

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 20:31

The crash left parts of Montgomery County without power on Sunday evening. Hours later, the passengers remained stuck 100 feet in the sky, as officials prepared to rescue them.

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The al-Shabab extremist group attacked a hotel in Somalia's capital

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 19:12

There has been no immediate word of any casualties. Al-Shabab said its fighters attacked the hotel Villa Rose, which has a restaurant popular with government and security officials.

Bird flu outbreak drives Nebraska to cull 1.8 million more chickens

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 17:56

Over 50 million birds have already been killed nationwide as a result of this year's massive outbreak of the disease, which shows no signs of stopping.

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Nearly 4,000 flights were delayed as holiday travel spikes in the U.S.

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 16:51

Another 100 U.S. flights were cancelled altogether, according to tracker, FlightAware.

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Pop sensation Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 14:14

President Bajram Begaj recognized Lipa, the daughter of Albanian immigrants, for her musical talents and contribution to spreading international awareness of Albania.

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A shooting near a popular Atlanta shopping district has left 1 dead and 5 injured

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 11:09

Police believe the victims range in age between 15 and 21 years old. The shooting took place steps from the city's Atlantic Station shopping district, which has struggled with crime.

Zoom and a butter mint recipe bring a mother and daughter together

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 08:01

A long-distance video lesson from Mom also offered a chance to write the recipe down. Cold weather and a marble slab work best to cool this homemade confection, which has helped the family bond.

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How a 'Martian droppings' cookie got its out-of-this-world name

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 08:00

Friends, family and co-workers clamor for the quirky, pistachio-flavored pudding cookie treats that come out looking green.

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All jokes aside, this fruitcake is legendary. It was even served at a wedding

Sun, 11/27/2022 - 08:00

Parents, kids, aunts and a cousin gather on Black Friday to make a big batch to mail around the country. It's shared far and wide at Christmastime and was featured on a bike ride across Iowa.

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