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Levittown: Where The Good Life Begins

For many Americans, Levittown is the prototypical suburb, founded on the idea of bringing Americans into a middle-class lifestyle after World War II. But there was a parallel story in Puerto Rico during a time of great change on the island.

Levittown: Where the Good Life Begins

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Stockton, Calif., resident Susie Garza displays the city-provided debit card she receives monthly as part of a pilot universal basic income program. The program began in 2019, when this photo was taken. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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California Program Giving $500 No-Strings-Attached Stipends Pays Off, Study Finds

Independent researchers found that the first year of a universal basic income experiment in Stockton, Calif., measurably improved recipients' job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being.

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Elaine Chao Used DOT Resources For Personal Errands, Family Business, IG Report Says

The Transportation Department's inspector general referred the findings to the Justice Department in December of 2020. The DOJ declined to open its own investigation into the matter.

A pumpjack operates in the desert oil fields in southern Bahrain on April 22, 2020. Bahrain and other members of the OPEC+ alliance decided Thursday to keep output largely unchanged as they hope to push crude prices even higher after a recent rally. Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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OPEC And Allies Keep Oil Production Steady As Saudi Arabia Urges 'Caution'

Oil prices have risen remarkably over the last few months. Now the powerful oil cartel is keeping a lid on supply in an attempt to push crude prices even higher.

Former Laurel, Md., police chief David Crawford is under arrest, facing dozens of criminal charges related to a string of arson attacks on homes and garages. Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department hide caption

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A Former Police Chief In Md. Was A 'Serial Arsonist,' Authorities Say

In a stunning turn of events, David Crawford, a law enforcement veteran, is now under arrest and facing dozens of charges in connection to at least 12 fires at homes, garages and cars.

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Navigating Consent Is All About Communication. Here's Where To Start

Everyone has different boundaries. In this episode, we'll talk through what consent is and how to get clear about what you're comfortable with — so you can communicate that to others.

Navigating Consent Is All About Communication. Here's Where To Start

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A health care worker holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y., on Wednesday. Johnny Milano/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Some U.S. Faith Leaders Express 'Moral Concerns' About Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

U.S. Catholic bishops say the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines did not use abortion-derived fetal cell lines, but that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is acceptable, if it's the only available option.

Some U.S. Faith Leaders Express Moral Concerns About Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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School desks make up an exhibit called "Pandemic Classroom" at the United Nations in New York City. Each of the 168 seats represents 1 million children living in countries where schools have been entirely closed almost a year. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Empty Desks At U.N. Represent Millions Of Children Who Have Missed School In Pandemic

The 168 school desks make up an exhibit called "Pandemic Classroom." Each of the seats represents 1 million children living in countries where schools have been closed for almost a year.

Empty Desks At U.N. Represent Millions Of Children Who Have Missed School In Pandemic

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Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot — to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. Kevin Yufeng Chen hide caption

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Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

Scientists are trying to build a tiny drone with the agility of a mosquito. These light but strong flying robots could be used in critical situations, such as finding people in a collapsed building.

Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

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First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Conn. Mandel Ngan/AP hide caption

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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'

Just one day after being sworn in, Cardona traveled to his hometown of Meriden, Conn., with first lady Jill Biden to take a tour of schools meant to push for the return of in-person learning.

New Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'

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Clapp frequents a local racetrack. She has been out and about in the past year and says hardly anyone in New Zealand wears masks. Carol Clapp hide caption

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Stranded in Paradise: N.H. Retiree Rides Out Pandemic In New Zealand

Carol Clapp, a 73-year-old widow, has been taking art classes, gardening — and she has a new sweetheart.

Stranded in Paradise: N.H. Retiree Rides Out Pandemic In New Zealand

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