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Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, on July 26, 2022, with a piece of tape over his mouth that reads "save the 1st."
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 01:24

Free Speech Systems filed for bankruptcy amid the trial underway seeking to force Jones to pay $150 million or more to the family of one of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook attack.

Pope Francis meets young people and elders at Nakasuk Elementary School Square in Iqaluit, Canada, on Friday.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 00:47

Pope Francis traveled to the edge of the Arctic to deliver an apology to the Inuit people for the "evil" of Canada's residential schools, wrapping up his week-long "penitential pilgrimage" to Canada.

Wikipedia has locked its page for "recession," setting restrictions on who can edit the entry until next week. The freeze was set after editors made a series of revisions to the definition of "recession."
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 17:56

An editing battle over its "recession" entry prompted Wikipedia to put a temporarily lock on revisions. The entry was changed to a definition of recession that aligned with President Biden's stance.

Performer Shakira answers questions at a news conference on Jan. 30, 2020, in Miami. Spanish prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of eight years for Colombian-born pop star Shakira in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud. Shakira is charged for failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes in Spain between 2012 and 2014.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 17:47

Authorities say the Columbian spent at least half the year in Spain in 2012, 2013 and 2014, when she was married to an FC Barcelona football player. That would mean she dodged $15 million in taxes.

Water rescue teams travel overflowed Troublesome Creek on Friday to rescue people that have been stranded since Wednesday night in Lost Creek, Ky.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 14:19

Major floods have devastated Eastern Kentucky and parts of Virginia and West Virginia. The death toll continues to climb as search and rescue teams cover the affected areas.

Yoshikazu Netsuno (left) watches his son Shinichi hammer a thick stack of specialized paper. In between each sheet is a thin layer of gold leaf. "My son is going to take over this business, so in our case, we had a successor," Netsuno says. "Many other artisans' families in Kanazawa were not so lucky."
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 13:34

The city of Kanazawa produces most of Japan's fine gold leaf, but there aren't enough young people to take over the craft. The same situation is playing out for small family businesses across Japan.

Students at Pasadena City College, in Pasadena, Calif.,  participate in a graduation ceremony in 2019.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 13:20

The Education Department originally thought the student loan program would make money — instead, it's losing it. ​​That's according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock in a video on YouTube.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 12:43

The Oscar winner had released a written apology earlier, but this time posted one on YouTube. He said his behavior, striking Rock in response to a joke, was unacceptable.

The Heart of Afghanistan project is Ahmad Fanoos on vocals & harmonium, his sons Elham on piano and Mehran on violin, with Hamid Habibzada on tabla.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 12:12

A family of Afghan musicians in the U.S. wants to raise awareness about their plight.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others attend a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, the day after Senate Republicans blocked a procedural vote to advance PACT Act.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 07:12

Veterans groups are slamming GOP senators for blocking a bill that would have given health care and benefits to veterans affected by from toxic chemicals and burn pits in wars dating back to Vietnam.

The delicious but endangered sea creature is getting the best help Aquilino can offer.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 06:22

Behind a black door and a sign that reads "Authorized Personnel Only" is a project that aims to bring the white abalone back from the brink of extinction.

Healthcare workers with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene help people register for the monkeypox vaccine at one of the City's vaccination sites, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in New York.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 04:19

The country's monkeypox outbreak can still be stopped, U.S. health officials said Thursday, despite rising case numbers and so far limited vaccine supplies.

Fri, 07/29/2022 - 04:01

Psychologists play a critical role in K-12 schools, but there's a clear mismatch between the demographics of school psychologists and the student populations they serve.

Shruti Rajkumar sitting in a wheelchair at a museum in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 04:01

The Americans With Disabilities Act turns 32 this year, and while its anniversary is one to be celebrated, it also calls for a reflection on what more can be done for disability rights.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin struck a deal to include energy and climate spending in a party-line reconciliation bill.
Fri, 07/29/2022 - 04:00

Democrats in Congress look ready to pass legislation with significant climate change elements that push the country closer to President Biden's ambitious goals.

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