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A two-tier wage system roiled the auto industry. Workers today say no way

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente and cereal workers at Kellogg are among those protesting their companies' proposals for a two-tier wage system under which new hires would earn less for the same work.

A two-tier wage system roiled the auto industry. Workers today say no way

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At a memorial ceremony for officers, Biden renews calls for police reform

Speaking at the a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers, the president acknowledged the pain that accompanies losing a loved one. He also pushed again for police reform.

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Wearing A Mask And Getting Vaccinated Help Reduce COVID Case Rates Among School-Aged Kids

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Children ages 6-11 have the highest COVID case rate in Colorado right now. Officials there have reported a clear correlation between high vaccination rates and low infection rates among adults and children.

Afghans inspect damage of the Ahmadi family house after a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 29. The strike, which the Pentagon originally deemed a success in striking an ISIS-K target, killed 10 civilians, none of whom were associated with the terrorist group. Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi/AP hide caption

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U.S. will provide condolence payments to families of Kabul drone strike victims

The Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike was supposed to target ISIS-K members, but the attack killed 10 Afghan civilians. Now those victims' families will get unspecified condolence payments.

Omar Mohamed, left, and his brother, Hassan. In the graphic memoir he coauthored, When Stars Are Scattered, Mohamed shares what their life was like in the refugee camps in Kenya — and their journey to resettlement in the U.S. Omar Mohamed hide caption

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A refugee at 4, he felt like a lost star. Now his voice shines in a graphic memoir

When Stars Are Scattered is the story of Omar Mohamed's years at a refugee camp in Kenya. He cared for his brother and found the courage to dream big. The book was a National Book Awards finalist.

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Meet Z The Author, a standout artist from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of impressive unsigned artists from across the country — including Z The Author, who sent in a song inspired by 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.

Meet Z The Author, a standout artist from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

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A new crew docks at China's first permanent space station

The three astronauts began their six-month mission on China's first permanent space station. The crew includes Wang Yaping, who is expected to become China's first female spacewalker.

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High schoolers are training to drive 18-wheelers amid a shortage of truck drivers

The trucking industry is short 68,000 drivers. By 2028, industry officials fear the number could jump to more than 100,000. A California high school allows seniors to learn trucking skills.

A Nashville Public Radio and ProPublica investigation found the juvenile justice system in Rutherford, Tenn. was detaining children at a rate 10 times higher than the rest of the state. Mark Harris for ProPublica/ProPublica hide caption

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Black kids were jailed for a nonexistent crime. Almost nothing happened to the adults in charge

A Nashville Public Radio and ProPublica investigation found the juvenile justice system in Rutherford, Tenn. was detaining children at a rate 10 times higher than the rest of the state.

Then-President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Some of his most loyal supporters want him to return to power in Washington as speaker of the House if the Republican Party wins back control next year. Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images hide caption

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Just the idea of House Speaker Trump could be a dream or nightmare for each party

Some of the former president's boosters are pushing for him to lead the House if Republicans win it back in 2022. Even if he's not really interested, just the notion may be an issue in the midterms.

Louise Penny (left), a best-selling author, and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, paired up to write State of Terror, a new novel that they say is meant to serve as a cautionary tale. Dominique Lafond and Deborah Feingold/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny tackle nuclear war and diplomacy in new crime novel

The former secretary of state and the best-selling author say their new book, State of Terror is meant to serve as an entertaining yet cautionary tale that deals with the perils of the "vast silence."

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny tackle nuclear war and diplomacy in new crime novel

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Netflix fires an employee as conflicts over the latest Dave Chappelle special grow

The company alleges that the employee leaked confidential information outside the company. Netflix employees have planned a walkout over transphobic comments made in Chappelle's new special.

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The global reason behind Chicago's 'garbage juice'

Chicago residents are upset about a foul liquid running through their streets. NPR's Scott Simon notes that runoff from rundown garbage trucks has long had a stomach-turning nickname: "The Gravy."

Opinion: The global reason behind Chicago's 'garbage juice'

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The CDC emphasizes COVID vaccinations as a key to safe holiday gatherings

The CDC says that having every person in attendance vaccinated is important for protecting those who can't get a shot. And it recommends that those who aren't fully vaccinated delay travel.

The Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, is in the spotlight after an administrator reportedly instructed teachers to provide students with "opposing" views of the Holocaust when the subject of recent statewide legislation came up. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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In one Texas district, teachers were told to give 'opposing' views of the Holocaust

An administrator with the Southlake School District reportedly made the statement during a meeting when a new state law came up. It says multiple perspectives should be presented on certain topics.

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