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The deal will expand the ability of Canadian and American border officials to turn back asylum seekers who cross without authorization. LA Times
Anti-Jewish incidents hit a record high in U.S. and California in 2022, the Anti-Defamation League says. Some harassers referenced Ye's antisemitic remarks. LA Times
Atlanta officials say a new training center would 'reimagine' policing. Activists say it would teach police urban warfare and destroy public forests. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Anti cop mentality will cause more violence.
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U.S. authorities have known for years that Americans have died after consuming counterfeit pills containing fentanyl purchased from pharmacies in Mexico. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Biden's open border policy has brought the matter to light.
Researchers theorize that a widely used degreasing chemical -- found in the soil near some residential areas -- may be linked to Parkinson's disease. LA Times
President Biden's budget proposal was the opening bid in a yearlong battle over federal spending. Republicans rejected it, but their counterproposals don't add up. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media stupidity.
The Ukrainian military's surrender hotline, dubbed 'I Want to Live,' is enticing some Russian soldiers to quit the battlefield as the war drags on. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell if the hotline will work.
Surveillance technology has long been able to identify you. Now, with help from artificial intelligence, it's trying to figure out who your friends are. LA Times
VOA VIEW: These are scary times for privacy.
The war in Ukraine has jacked the global arms trade, fueling a new appetite for materiel not just in Moscow and Kyiv but also around the world. LA Times
VOA VIEW: This is the same factor for all conflicts and wars.
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"You have damage that, even in recovery from the infection, you haven't really recovered your ability to make those CD8+ cells," Stanford Professor Mark Davis said. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The truth is not yet known.
Jerome H. Powell has said that snarled supply chains, an oil shock following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and shifts among American consumers are primarily behind rapid price growth. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Powell is an idiot.
Attorney General Merrick Garland and other prosecutors have sought to demonstrate that politics should not infect the justice system. Those efforts face a steep challenge as the Trump investigations move ahead. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Messing with Trump will make Garland look like the fool, he is.
Lawmakers grilled Shou Chew, TikTok’s chief executive, over the app’s ties to its Chinese parent company and its effects on children, as Chinese officials said they opposed a sale of the platform. New York Times
VOA VIEW: He answered few questions and gave obscure answers.
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For now, they are holding on with inferior Soviet-era tanks, but relish the idea of taking on the Russians with modern Western battle tanks. New York Times
When protests amount to mob censorship. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal Dems and the woke should learn.
Many factors are likely to contribute to rising autism rates, including that diagnoses among kids of color have been catching up to white children.
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Spam calls, emails and texts are something that plague many of us, but there is an easy way to deal with it.
As revelations that a defense witness was also an FBI informant roil the already contentious Capitol riot trial of members of the far-right Proud Boys group, prosecutors said Thursday that the informant was never told to gather information about the defendants or their lawyers. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Government prosecutors can't be trusted or believed.
TikTok acknowledged collecting the precise location information of U.S. users despite previously downplaying concerns about how it tracked people's physical location. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: TikTok must be banned.
Older, heavier women who smoke and are unvaccinated are at significantly higher risk of developing so-called long COVID than people with healthier lifestyles, a study has found. Washington Times
The ingredients of manufactured food ranging from Skittles and Hot Tamales to corn tortillas, cake icing and citrus soda could have to be reworked if a California State Assembly bill passes. Washington Times
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Federal authorities arrested the founder of Coindawg, a bitcoin ATM operation, and charged him with money laundering, saying he helped steal pandemic loans and used the ATMs to launder the proceeds. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Bitcoin is a major problem.
A federal jury has found a former Puerto Rican mayor guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy in the U.S territory's latest government corruption case. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: There is a lot of political corruption in Puerto Rico.
The labor market continues to defy the Federal Reserve’s attempts at loosening it, with U.S. applications for unemployment benefits down again last week and remaining at historically low levels ABC
VOA VIEW: The feds have no clue.
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The United States is denying Chinese claims that its military had driven away an American guided-missile destroyer from operating around disputed islands in the South China Sea ABC
A rocket made almost entirely of 3D-printed parts has finally taken flight, but didn't last long ABC
European Union leaders are poised to endorse a plan for sending Ukraine 1 million rounds of artillery ammunition within the next 12 months to help the country counter Russia's invasion ABC
VOA VIEW: Talk and promises are cheap.
Americans eager to buy a home this spring, beware: It’s slim pickings out there ABC
VOA VIEW: Finances are high.
A new report from the American Library Association says attempted book bannings and restrictions at school and public libraries continue to surge, setting a record in 2022 ABC
Even after inflation, wages for the worst-paid U.S. workers jumped 9% since 2019, new analysis finds. CBS
VOA VIEW: The government free money paid dividends.
In his new book, "Poverty, by America," Matthew Desmond says that poverty persists in the U.S. because many Americans and large companies profit from it. CNBC
The predictions of new record highs mark a more optimistic outlook than in January when industry executives told CNBC they expected 2023 to be a year of caution. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Maybe and maybe not.
A witness told CNBC the driverless Cruise vehicles did not appear to detect and avoid the caution tape and bus wires, and instead became "tangled in them." CNBC
VOA VIEW: More like a big mess.
Switzerland has approved plans to legalize the sale and consumption of cannabis in Zurich in a trial designed to assess the economic and social benefits of regulating the drug. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Not a good idea.
A federal appeals court is refusing to block Donald Trump's defense lawyer, Evan Corcoran, from testifying and turning over documents about the former president as part of the criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified documents. CNN
VOA VIEW: There is always the Supreme Court.
The United States is facing a crisis of overdose deaths. In 2021, more than 106,000 Americans lost their lives to drug-involved overdoses — including more than 1,100 teens that year alone. CNN
• Price hikes are double whammy for pet owners
• House GOP faces long odds in effort to overturn Biden investment rule veto CNN
VOA VIEW: As long as Biden is in office.
Within days of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's memorial service in late September 2020, boxes of her files and other office possessions were moved down to a dark, windowless theater on the Supreme Court's ground floor, where -- before the ongoing pandemic -- tourists could watch a film about court operations. CNN
New rules from the US government could soon let Americans more easily cancel free trials and subscriptions they no longer want, according to the Federal Trade Commission. CNN
VOA VIEW: It will cost if the government gets involved.
The Federal Aviation Administration told airlines in a rare industrywide bulletin Wednesday to step up vigilance at airports after a series of close calls on or near runways. CNN
A so-called bomb cyclone of weather moving through California has killed two people in the San Francisco Bay Area, officials said Wednesday. UPI
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed a controversial law Wednesday that restricts transgender youth from using the school bathrooms that align with their gender identity. UPI
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The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new regulations to end deceptive surcharges from satellite and cable providers. The regulation would require the providers to list the "all in" price of service. UPI
VOA VIEW: Transparency would be a good thing.
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The Federal Trade Commission proposed a rule that would bar employers from enforcing noncompete clauses on their workers, saying the pacts suffocate wage growth. This would be a violation of the Constitution.
The proposed rule would make it illegal for employers from entering, trying to enter or maintaining a contract making a worker subject to a noncompete agreement. Independent contractors, as well as paid and unpaid laborers fall under the scope of the proposed rule.
Employers who have active noncompete clauses would be required to rescind those agreements — and inform their employees when those agreements have ended. “The freedom to change jobs is core to economic liberty and to a competitive, thriving economy,” FTC Chairwoman Lina M. Khan said in a news release. “Noncompetes block workers from freely switching jobs, depriving them of higher wages and better working conditions, and depriving businesses of a talent pool that they need to build and expand.”
About 1 in 5 American workers, or 30 million people, are bound by noncompete clauses that prevent them from working for rival companies or from starting a business in the same industry and general area for a certain period after workers leave their former employer, according to the FTC.
The agency estimated that its proposed rule could increase wages by nearly $300 billion per year for workers who are contractually obligated by noncompete agreements. FTC argues that workers tied to noncompete contracts and those who aren’t suffer from lower wages since the clauses let employers remove a skilled employee from other job opportunities and drive down the bargaining power of all current and prospective employees.