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The protests won't lead to regime change, Iran's foreign minister tells NPR

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says he is telling Western diplomats that the protests in his country will not destabilize Iran.


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Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness plan will cost $400 billion, budget office says

Joe Biden's plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for federal aid borrowers is expected to cost about $400 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The estimate is for a period of the next 30 years and will add to the country's deficit, it said.

Additionally, the pause on federal student loan repayments cost $20 billion from September to December 2022, the agency said.


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Journalists are being trained to gather evidence of war crimes — starting in Ukraine

Investigators appointed by the United Nations have confirmed that Russian armed forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine, including documented cases of civilian executions, torture and sexual violence.

But there is another group in a unique position to track atrocities in Ukraine — journalists. The Reckoning Project is a training program that exists to teach journalists not just to collect information for their stories, but also evidence of war crimes that can be used in international courts.


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Montana health officials call for more oversight of nonprofit hospitals

Montana health officials are proposing to oversee and set standards for the charitable contributions that nonprofit hospitals make in their communities each year to justify their access to millions of dollars in tax exemptions.


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The dollar is surging. This is who gets helped - and hurt - by its newfound strength

Updated September 27, 2022 at 9:26 AM ET

The value of the U.S. dollar is surging at a moment when there are few clear bright spots in the American economy.

It's now the strongest it has been in two decades, and it's poised to get even stronger. The new power of the greenback is roiling economies and markets around the globe, and creating winners and losers.


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This congressional staff became the first in U.S. history to form a union

The Congressional Workers Union announced on Monday via Twitter that the office of Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., won its union election — the first one to do so on the Hill. According to the union, the vote was unanimous.

"It is with great pride we announce the landslide union election victory in Congressman Andy Levin's office," the Congressional Workers Union said in a statement shared with NPR. "... the workers clearly and emphatically expressed their desire to bargain collectively and have a seat at the table to determine workplace conditions and benefits."


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Why the White House wants to put nutrition labels on the front of food packages

The Biden administration is proposing that nutrition labels go on the front of food packages rather than the back. It's part of a strategy to end hunger and diet-related diseases in America in eight years – some 40 pages of ideas to try to make the nation healthier.

The White House unveiled the plan ahead of a conference on hunger, nutrition and health being held in Washington on Wednesday – the first of its kind since 1969, when a similar effort sparked programs like food stamps.


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In a big Jan. 6 case, Oath Keepers go on trial for seditious conspiracy

In the highest-profile prosecution so far stemming from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the founder of the Oath Keepers and four others individuals linked to the far-right, anti-government group go on trial Tuesday on seditious conspiracy and other charges stemming from the deadly assault.


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Brazilians are about to vote. And they're dealing with familiar viral election lies

As Brazilians head to the polls to pick their next leader, the shadows of the country's 2018 election as well as the 2020 U.S. presidential vote loom large.


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John Cena sets a new Guinness World record by granting 650 Make-A-Wish wishes

John Cena has just set a new record — and it didn't happen in the wrestling ring.

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the actor and WWE superstar for the most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish foundation, coming in at 650.

Cena has become one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the WWE since his 2002 debut. He granted his first wish in 2002 and, in 2012, he granted the foundation's 1,000th wish.


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