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Biden administration expands access to refugee program for Afghans who worked with US

Biden administration expands access to refugee program for Afghans who worked with US

The State Department announced Monday that it will expand access to the US refugee program for certain Afghans amid fears of reprisal by the Taliban as the US military withdrawal nears completion. The process of applying for the Special Immigrant Visa program to come to the United States can take years, however, and of the…MORE

Havana Syndrome stokes fear and frustration among diplomats over response from State Department
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Havana Syndrome stokes fear and frustration among diplomats over response from State Department

As reports continue to rise of US diplomats and intelligence officials being sickened by the mysterious Havana Syndrome, inside the State Department frustration is rising among rank-and-file staffers and diplomats over what multiple officials say has been a tepid response by the department. Of particular concern is a lack of information from leadership, including what…MORE

Florida’s largest school district is worried about funding after governor bans mask mandates for schools
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Florida’s largest school district is worried about funding after governor bans mask mandates for schools

Florida’s largest school district said it’s worried about funding if it does not follow Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order preventing the implementation of mask mandates in schools. Miami-Dade County Public Schools previously said it planned to revisit its mask-optional policy due to new guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…MORE

Georgia students are going back to school as the state sees a Covid-19 summer surge
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Georgia students are going back to school as the state sees a Covid-19 summer surge

Stefanie Watts admits she’s worried about sending her granddaughter and her son back to school on Monday. “I’m scared,” Watts told CNN at a vaccination event in DeKalb County, Georgia. “I’m not gonna tell no lie. I am scared.” But that’s why Watts is getting the teens vaccinated, hoping it will keep them healthy and…MORE

Simone Biles: US gymnast to take part in Tuesday’s balance beam final at Tokyo 2020
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Simone Biles: US gymnast to take part in Tuesday’s balance beam final at Tokyo 2020

Team USA gymnast Simone Biles will take part in Tuesday’s balance beam final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, USA Gymnastics has confirmed. Biles — considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time — participated in the Olympic gymnastic qualifications on July 25 and then in the US’s vault rotation in the women’s team final…MORE

Sky News Australia suspended from YouTube for a week over Covid-19 misinformation

Sky News Australia suspended from YouTube for a week over Covid-19 misinformation

YouTube has temporarily barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content over misinformation related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Google-owned platform, the broadcaster was issued a “strike” last Thursday, which prevents it from posting videos or live-streams for a week. Three strikes over a period of 90 days would result in a permanent…MORE

Wall Street is buying up family homes. The rent checks are too juicy to ignore
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Wall Street is buying up family homes. The rent checks are too juicy to ignore

Housing markets are hotter than ever, and big money is getting in on the act. Pension funds, investment firms and Wall Street banks are snapping up family homes in Europe and the United States at a rapid pace as prices rocket higher, looking for alternatives to lockdown-hit office parks and shopping malls, and betting that…MORE

Too much zucchini is never enough! How to use up summer squash in so many ways

Too much zucchini is never enough! How to use up summer squash in so many ways

The cry goes out from over-ambitious gardeners every summer: “What can I do with all this zucchini?” If you’ve ever been such a gardener, or the unwitting recipient of a surprise stack of squash on your front stoop, you can understand. It might seem like zucchini is nothing to get excited about. But its strength…MORE

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