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Biden administration issues new sanctions on Syria
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Biden administration issues new sanctions on Syria

The US sanctioned Syrian prisons, Assad regime officials and militia leaders on Wednesday, marking the first time the Biden administration has introduced new sanctions on the country. “The United States is sanctioning eight Syrian prisons, five Assad regime officials in the institutions that run those facilities, two militia groups and two militia leaders,” Secretary of…MORE

Two Colorado officers arrested in use of force incident police chief calls a ‘very despicable act’
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Two Colorado officers arrested in use of force incident police chief calls a ‘very despicable act’

Two Colorado officers from the Aurora Police Department (APD) have been arrested on criminal charges in a use of force incident the police chief called a “very despicable act.” The officers — John Raymond Haubert, 39, and Francine Ann Martinez, 40 — were charged in connection with the July 23 incident, which was caught on…MORE

Negotiators strike agreement on major issues in infrastructure deal
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Negotiators strike agreement on major issues in infrastructure deal

The senators negotiating an infrastructure deal announced they have an agreement on their major issues and hope to move forward with a procedural vote as soon as Wednesday evening, an optimistic sign for the group that has been seeking a deal for weeks, even though text has not yet been released. The new bipartisan infrastructure…MORE

The Great American Car Shortage won’t be over for months
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The Great American Car Shortage won’t be over for months

New car inventories, strained for months by a global semiconductor shortage and supply chain disruptions, aren’t expected to begin recovering until September -— and will remain well below their pre-pandemic levels through next year, according to Goldman Sachs. Automakers in recent weeks have sharply revised down their production schedules as they struggle to work around…MORE

Here’s who won gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday
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Here’s who won gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday

Twenty-three gold medals were won. Here’s a breakdown of who’s taking home the gold: Basketball 3 X 3 Women’s: United States Men’s: Latvia Artistic Gymnastics Men’s All-Around: Daiki Hashimoto, Japan Cycling Road Women’s Individual Time Trial: Annemiek van Vleuten, Netherlands Men’s Individual Time Trial: Primoz Roglic, Slovenia Diving Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard: Wang Zongyuan/Xie Siyi,…MORE

Justice Department puts states on notice about post-election audits and election law changes
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Justice Department puts states on notice about post-election audits and election law changes

The Justice Department on Wednesday put states and local officials on notice of their federal obligations when conducting post-election audits and dictating the rules for casting ballots. The department released two new election guidance documents. They come as Arizona Republicans are in the midst of a controversial review of the 2020 results in the state’s…MORE

There may be more Olympians who identify as LGBTQ than ever before. But there are limits to inclusion
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There may be more Olympians who identify as LGBTQ than ever before. But there are limits to inclusion

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games are already historic, and not just because they’re taking place a year later than scheduled. This year’s Olympics feature, by one count, more participants who identify as LGBTQ than at any other Games. At least 168 of the 11,000 Olympians competing in Tokyo this week are openly LGBTQ, according to…MORE

The car market is gonzo. Here’s what to do if you have to buy one anyway
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The car market is gonzo. Here’s what to do if you have to buy one anyway

Pat Shozo has been trying to buy a used car for his son who’s going to attend college in the fall. But after looking for more than three months, Shozo, who lives near Los Angeles, said he’s ready to give up. “Everything’s so inflated,” he said. “It’s actually absurd.” Prices for used cars have rocketed…MORE

The pandemic killed traditional menus and brought QR codes back to life

The pandemic killed traditional menus and brought QR codes back to life

Restaurant menus got a makeover thanks to Covid: Now, placing your order means simply whipping out your phone and scanning a Quick Response code. QR codes are all the rage now, but the technology behind them is hardly new. They were invented in Japan in the 1990s as a sort of bar code that populates…MORE

Advocacy group sues Johnson & Johnson over products marketed to Black women,  alleging cancer link
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Advocacy group sues Johnson & Johnson over products marketed to Black women, alleging cancer link

A Black women’s advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Johnson & Johnson of selectively marketing the company’s talcum-based products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder, to African-American women despite knowing for years that the items had been linked to ovarian cancer, an allegation J&J denies. The pharma giant sold talc-based powder for more than a century,…MORE

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