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1 in 5 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have experienced a hate incident in the past year.
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This Turkish band is making music out of trash to promote recycling:
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The first Asian American muppet to join "Sesame Street" has come in swinging: Ji-Young is a rockstar guitarist and skateboarder who is best friends with Elmo.
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The death industry is toxic. But there’s growing alternatives.
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This dumpster diver found large amounts of unexpired food thrown away at a Whole Foods.
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This woman found out she had COVID-19 midflight.
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1.2 million people died in 2019 from drug-resistant bacterial infections, more than HIV/AIDS or malaria. Overuse of antibiotics means they are becoming ineffective against serious infections, say scientists, with poorer countries, mainly in southern Africa, worst affected.
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An American Airlines flight to London from Miami was forced to turn around mid-flight after a passenger refused to wear a mask. The FAA recorded 5,981 reports of unruly passengers in 2021, 4,290 were about masks. This year, there have been 92 mask-related incidents.
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An elephant in Kenya gave birth to twins — a rare event, accounting for just 1% of births. Save The Elephants says they are "touch-and-go," as twins rarely survive. Thousands are killed each year for tusks, but Kenya's elephants have doubled thanks to anti-poaching efforts.
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The federal trial for 3 of the police officers charged for killing #GeorgeFloyd began with jury selection. Ex-cops Kueng, Lane and Thao are charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights, facing up to life in prison. Their state trial for aiding and abetting murder is in June.
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Despite passionate appeals from Senate Democrats, Republicans successfully blocked a voting rights bill that would have made Election Day a federal holiday and other measures to ease voting access.
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The Supreme Court rejected abortion providers' request to send Texas' near-total abortion ban back to a district court judge, who blocked the ban in the past. It will now go to the GOP-controlled state Supreme Court. Liberal justices dissented, Sotomayor calling it a "disaster."
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Prince Andrew's social media accounts are being deleted after he was stripped of his honorary titles. He was cut from royal duties and is being sued by a woman who says he sexually abused her when she was 17. His Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts have been wiped so far.
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Peru declared an "ecological disaster" after an oil spill leaked 6,000 barrels. The Repsol refinery blamed the tsunami from Tonga’s volcano. The spill hit critical sea habitats and fishermen say their livelihoods are destroyed: "They have just destroyed a base of biodiversity."
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President Biden nominated ACLU's Nusrat Choudhury to serve as a federal judge. She would be the first Muslim woman appointed. Biden has appointed 41 judges, more than any president in their 1st year since JFK: ▪️ 75% nominees are women ▪️ 29% are Black, 20% Latino, 19% Asian
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Union membership in the U.S. hit a new low in 2021, says @BLS_gov — 3 million fewer than in 1983, when there were 50 million fewer workers in the U.S. economy. U.S. labor law has made it difficult for many to organize. Here's what America can learn from unions around the world:
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The company making Tom Cruise's new movie is building a film studio and "entertainment venue" in space. It will be in Axiom's 2024 commercial space station, which will also host space tourism. One space tourism flight emits more CO2 than a low-income person emits in a lifetime.
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Voters are calling out Sen. Mitch McConnell for implying Black people are not American, shortly after the GOP blocked a bill that would have protected against voter suppression tactics. “African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans.”
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President Biden raised the refugee cap to 125,000, but expelled about 700,000 asylum seekers in 2021. ▪️ Unlikely to meet refugee targets, partly due to Trump budget cuts. ▪️ Allowed 75,000 Afghan refugees to enter, but over 19,000 still waiting for resettlement on U.S. bases.
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Olympian Pita Taufatofua says he still has not heard from his father in Tonga after the volcano and tsunami last weekend. The athlete, in Australia, raised over $400K on a crowdfund for relief efforts. The disaster wiped out villages and poisoned water supplies with ash.
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