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Exchange rates are advertised outside a Bureau de Change on Monday in London. The British pound fell against the U.S. dollar, fluctuating between $1.03 and $1.07 Monday morning. Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images hide caption

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The British pound hit a record low over fears about income tax cuts and debt

The British pound sank to $1.03, before stabilizing slightly, as traders and investors react negatively to new government plans to cut taxes for highest earners and businesses and boosting borrowing.

From left, The League's Matteo Salvini, Forza Italia's Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy's Giorgia Meloni and Noi Con l'Italia's Maurizio Lupi attend the center-right coalition closing rally in Rome on Thursday. Italians have elected their country's most right-wing government since the end of World War II. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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What you need to know about Italy's new far-right leader Giorgia Meloni

Meloni is poised to be Italy's next prime minister. Her Brothers of Italy party has roots in the neo-fascist movement that emerged after World War II.

What you need to know about Italy's new far-right leader Giorgia Meloni

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The Library of Congress has acquired the life's work of radio producer Jim Metzner, who has spent decades traveling the world to capture rich soundscapes. While he's honored that they will be archived, he says he wants to make sure people actually listen to them. Library of Congress hide caption

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He spent decades recording soundscapes. Now they're going to the Library of Congress

Jim Metzner has traveled far and wide to record sounds of the world and share them with listeners. The Library of Congress will preserve thousands of tapes and other items dating back to the 1970s.

He spent decades recording soundscapes. Now they're going to the Library of Congress

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Families often get their kids involved in patrolling for pufflings. Kyana Sue Powers compared the atmosphere on the streets each night to Halloween. Kyana Sue Powers hide caption

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Why it's perfectly normal to see baby puffins thrown off cliffs in Iceland each year

Throwing thousands of baby puffins off a cliff is a yearly tradition for the people of Iceland's Westman Islands. It's part of what's known as "puffling season" and is a crucial life-saving endeavor.

Volodymyr Artemchuk shovels a path through debris for water to drain out of the village toward where hoses are pumping it into a field. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Ukraine flooded a village to save Kyiv. Residents are racing to clean up before winter

To stop Russian forces from advancing to Kyiv, the Ukrainian military blew up a dam, flooding a nearby village. Seven months later, residents are still pumping water out of yards and houses.

Ukraine flooded a village to save Kyiv. Residents are racing to clean up before winter

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The entrance to the newly renovated CIA museum at the agency headquarters in Langley, Va. The ceiling features a variety of spy codes. This one is in Morse Code. The CIA plans to put them all online to see if they can be broken. Courtesy of CIA hide caption

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Marking 75 years, the CIA opens a new museum and launches a podcast

The CIA rarely seeks publicity, but has opened up a bit as it marks its anniversary. Director William Burns told the inaugural podcast that he wanted to 'demystify' some of the agency's work.

Marking 75 years, the CIA opens a new museum and launches a podcast

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Allison Case is a family medicine physician who is licensed to practice in both Indiana and New Mexico. Via telehealth appointments, she's used her dual license in the past to help some women who have driven from Texas to New Mexico, where abortion is legal, to get their prescription for abortion medication. Then came Indiana's abortion ban. Farah Yousry/ Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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Telemedicine abortions just got more complicated for health providers

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Prescribing medical abortions across state lines is now risky for doctors. "We're talking about something that's a protected right in one state and a felony in a sister state," says one legal scholar.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson talks to reporters outside the federal courthouse in New Orleans on Aug. 17, 2022. Hoping to beef up a dwindling police force amid a rise in violent crime, New Orleans officials announced a three-year $80 million plan on Sept. 8, 2022, offering raises for all officers, free health care and $30,000 in incentive payments for new hires. Kevin McGill/AP hide caption

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The New Orleans police department is hiring civilians to help its officer shortage

The New Orleans police department is overhauling its hiring process to include civilians, as well as eliminate credit score checks and marijuana use questions.

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