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Artist Tunde Olaniran
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 10:14

Musician and artist Tunde Olaniran is a rising star from Flint, Michigan whose exuberant work comments on serious issues such as environmental injustice and the carceral state.

Flash flooding in eastern Kentucky has killed at least 25 people and resulted in 18,000 power outages. Gov. Andy Beshear said the state is still conducting search and rescue efforts and won't be able to start rebuilding for days and potentially weeks.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 10:00

Kentucky's governor said the numbers would likely rise significantly and it could take weeks to find all the victims. Torrential rains swamped towns across Appalachia earlier this week.

A security guard stands near a sculpture of the Chinese Communist Party flag at the Museum of the Communist Party of China on May 26, 2022, in Beijing. China said it was conducting military exercises Saturday, off its coast opposite Taiwan.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 09:45

China said it was conducting military exercises off its coast after warning U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to scrap possible plans to visit Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.

Austin Acocella, co-owner of Acocella Landscaping in Westchester County, N.Y., is holding onto his gas-powered mowers. He says electric ride-ons are too expensive for him to switch right now.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 09:31

A heavy duty commercial electric mower with long-lasting batteries can cost nearly $30,000, more than three times what a comparable gas-powered machine sells for.

Sat, 07/30/2022 - 08:20

With abortion access changing in many states, advocates for sex education say it's more important than ever.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference Friday. The House has passed legislation to revive a ban on semi-automatic guns. The bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 07:46

The legislation is likely to stall in the Senate, and Republicans have dismissed it as an election-year strategy by Democrats.

A ticket bought in Illinois has the winning numbers for the Mega Millions jackpot, which reached $1.337 billion.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 07:32

There was one winning ticket in the draw, and it was bought in Illinois. The jackpot was the nation's third-largest lottery prize. Earlier, officials had estimated the winning take at $1.28 billion.

A member of a Ukrainian military surveillance team gets ready to launch a drone from a wheat field in southern Ukraine.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 06:59

Even relatively inexpensive drones can provide valuable intelligence to units on the battlefield. "This is our task," a Ukrainian drone surveillance unit member says. "We sit the whole day and watch."

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal flight back from Canada on Saturday.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 04:58

Pope Francis, 85, acknowledged he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments, saying his weeklong Canadian pilgrimage was "a bit of a test."

Kyle Planck, who has recovered from a painful case of monkeypox, has joined advocacy groups and pleaded with elected officials to make the antiviral pills TPOXX more available.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 04:01

Though doctors and advocates have helped speed up access to the antiviral pills – of which the U.S. has enough to treat 1.7 million people – health providers are few and forms are still required.

Dr. Peace shows off one of the delta-8 products, highlighting the specific aspects of the packaging that have the potential to confuse consumers.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 04:00

Delta-8 is a hemp product designed to get users high, but misleading labels or added chemicals have caused people to get sick. And a lack of federal regulation or guidance has states stepping in.

Then-President Donald Trump looks on as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during the Florida Homecoming rally at the BB&T Center in 2019.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 04:00

Trump is still the dominant figure in Republican politics, but he appears more vulnerable after the persistent focus on his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Would earning this sticker motivate you to vote?
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 04:00

When 14-year-old Hudson Rowan drew his spider-robot-humanoid character for an "I Voted" sticker competition, he didn't realize just how far the illustration would travel.

Homeownership feels out of reach for many Americans.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 04:00

Rising interest rates and fierce competition are pushing many potential homeowners out of the market, leading one person to conclude: "I feel like the American dream isn't attainable anymore."

In this photo taken from video, a view of a destroyed barrack at a prison in Olenivka, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine on Friday.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 02:22

Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling a prison in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine, an attack that reportedly killed dozens of Ukrainian POWs captured after the fall of Mariupol.

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