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Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues voted to keep interest rates unchanged Wednesday, as they try to curb stubborn inflation. Saul Loeb/AFP hide caption

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The Fed holds rates steady, sees only one rate cut in 2024 as inflation cools slowly

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady while signaling it can cut rates only once this year. The decision came after data earlier showed inflation cooling slightly.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus goes from 'Veep' to weep in new tearjerker film 'Tuesday'

The Seinfeld star plays the mother of a terminally ill girl being visited by Death, who has taken the physical form of a giant parrot, in new film.

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Suppressing mosquitoes could give birds like the kiwikiu a chance to survive. “There is no place safe for them, so we have to make that place safe again,” says Chris Warren of Haleakalā National Park. “It’s the only option.”
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Hawaii's birds are going extinct. Their last hope could be millions of mosquitoes

Hawaii's unique birds, known as honeycreepers, are being wiped out by mosquitoes carrying avian malaria. The birds' last hope could be more mosquitoes, designed to crash their own population.

Maui Birds vs. Mosquitos

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In this May 2024 image provided by Garry Kozak, remains of what experts believe to be is a 10-seat Jet Commander aircraft that disappeared in 1971 rest on the floor of Lake Champlain off Juniper Island, Vt. Garry Kozak/AP hide caption

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A jet missing since 1971 has been found at the bottom of Vermont's Lake Champlain

The corporate jet disappeared shortly after departing the Burlington airport for Providence, R.I., on Jan. 27, 1971. At least 17 searches since then had turned up nothing.

Joey Chestnut emerges victorious after eating 63 hot dogs in 10 minutes during the 2022 Nathans Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images hide caption

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Hot dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut won't compete this July 4. What’s the beef?

The 16-time reigning champion lost his spot in this year's competition after signing an endorsement deal with a company that makes plant-based hot dogs, potentially clearing the way for an underdog.

Nathan's hot-dog eating contest bans Joey Chestnut over Impossible deal

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Survivors of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting share their thoughts on high school graduation before a rally against gun violence on Friday, June 7, 2024 in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston) Bryan Woolston/AP hide caption

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Sandy Hook survivors to graduate with mixed emotions without 20 of their classmates

About 60 of the 330 kids graduating from Newtown High School will also be carrying the emotional burden of knowing that many of their former classmates won't get to walk across the stage with them.

The Los Angeles Lakers' Jerry West drives around the Milwaukee Bucks' Oscar Robertson and Curtis Perry during the NBA playoffs in Milwaukee in April 1972. West, who was selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame three times in a storied career as a player and executive, and whose silhouette is considered to be the basis of the NBA logo, died Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Clippers announced. He was 86. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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Lakers legend Jerry West has died at 86

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West, whose silhouette is on the NBA logo, is a three-time Hall of Famer, who later took over as coach of the Lakers. They reached the playoffs every year he coached.

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'Always Sunny' creator Rob McElhenney on his pandemic splurge: a Welsh soccer team

McElhenney says he bought the team to “bring hope to a town that had fallen on hard times." The FX series Welcome to Wrexham chronicles the team and its owners and fans.

'Always Sunny' creator Rob McElhenney on his pandemic purchase: a Welsh soccer team

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A new study looks at the roles that African and European genetic ancestries can play in Black Americans' risk for some brain disorders. TEK Image/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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African ancestry genes may be linked to Black Americans' risk for some brain disorders

A new genomic analysis hints at why African Americans face a higher risk of Alzheimer’s and stroke, but a lower risk of Parkinson’s.

African ancestry genes may be linked to Black Americans' risk for some brain disorders

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Republican presidential candidate, former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Sunday in Las Vegas. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Trump could — and wants to — shake up U.S. foreign policy even more in a second term

Promising to revaluate NATO and reshape global trade, former President Donald Trump is crafting foreign policy that picks up where he left off after his first term and takes things to the next level.

Breaking down Trump's foreign policy plan for second term

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Pope Francis leaves evening prayers in the Vatican Gardens on June 7, 2024. The pope will meet this week with G7 leaders to talk about the ethics of artificial intelligence. Alessandra Tarantino/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Why G7 leaders are turning to a special guest — Pope Francis — for advice on AI

G7 leaders are meeting in Italy, where Pope Francis will join them to talk about the ethics of artificial intelligence.

Pope Francis, the G7 and artificial intelligence

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Previous issues of The Prison Mirror are seen at Stillwater Correctional Facility on Friday, May 10, 2024, in Stillwater, Minn. Kerem Yücel | MPR News hide caption

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This prison newspaper has been publishing for more than a century

A newspaper in a Minnesota prison began publishing more than a century ago. The paper covers prison life and gives its writers purpose. It’s one of around two dozen similar publications nationwide.

Prison Newspaper

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Coffee shop owner Chiu Sih-chi looks at his cellphone in Taiwan in March 2023. Few people pay attention to their breathing while using screens, resulting in shallower, more frequent breathes that send a stress signal to the brain. Huizhong Wu/AP hide caption

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From Body Electric

Screen apnea: What happens to our breath when we type, tap, scroll

Our breath is essential for our health, but when we work in front of screens, proper breathing habits tend to go out the window. Here's a guide for retraining your breath ... even while you scroll.

Mountain View High School will soon be known by its former name, Stonewall Jackson High School. The Shenandoah County School Board voted 5-1 to once again honor the Confederate general, whose name was originally attached to the school during the battle over racial segregation. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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The Virginia NAACP sues a school board that restored Confederate names

Plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed in Virginia include students who say they don't want to be forced to glorify or represent historical figures who fought to maintain slavery and white supremacy.

Eminem, performing here during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium in 2022, returns to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week with "Houdini." Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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The top songs of the week take a nostalgia trip, courtesy of Eminem

For a seventh straight week, Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department rules the Billboard 200. On the singles chart, Eminem references both the Steve Miller Band and his own past glory.

TIKTOK 50 CHART

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