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NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier dies at 73

Bob Lanier, the left-handed big man who muscled up beside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as one of the NBA's top players of the 1970s, died Tuesday. He was 73.

The NBA said Lanier died after a short illness. The Hall of Famer had worked for the league as a global ambassador. The Athletic reported in 2019 that Lanier was being treated for bladder cancer.

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Tom Brady will be Fox Sports' lead analyst whenever he decides to really retire

Tom Brady might not be hanging up his cleats just yet, but he has made clear what he plans to do following retirement. Fox Sports announced Tuesday that Brady will join the network as its lead analyst "immediately following his playing career."

Brady confirmed the news but noted that he is not done with his work as a player.

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What would overturning Roe mean for birth control?

Overturning Roe v. Wade could have implications for more than access to abortion; medical and legal experts say it could open the door to restrictions on other types of reproductive health care.

"To say that we are incredibly concerned would, I think, actually be putting it mildly," said Dr. Kavita Arora, chair of the ethics committee at the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

'Succession' star James Cromwell glues his hand to a Starbucks counter in a protest

NEW YORK — Actor and activist James Cromwell has gone from "Succession's" Uncle Ewan to real-life supergluin' — pasting his hand to a midtown Manhattan Starbucks counter on Tuesday to protest the coffee chain's extra charge for plant-based milk.

The 82-year-old Oscar nominee, known for "Babe: Pig in the City" and "L.A. Confidential," channeled his role as the crotchety, anti-capitalist brother of a billionaire media mogul for the protest organized by the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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Al Jazeera's Shireen Abu Akleh is killed while reporting on an Israeli raid

Updated May 11, 2022 at 11:11 AM ET

Veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting on an Israeli army raid in the Israeli-occupied West Bank for Al Jazeera, the TV network reported on Wednesday. Al Jazeera says an Israeli force killed Abu Akleh; Israel's government says it believes she may have been hit by Palestinian gunfire.

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Inflation may be easing — but low-income people are still paying the steepest prices

Updated May 11, 2022 at 8:37 AM ET

Four-dollar gasoline and five-dollar hamburger are putting a squeeze on Tanya Byron's pocketbook. But it's the rent that really stings.

"It's pretty depressing," says the Jacksonville, Fla., travel agent, sitting in the tiny dining room that doubles as her home office. "I make $42,000 a year, and I can barely afford a one-bedroom apartment."

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Accusations of 'grooming' are the latest political attack — with homophobic origins

Mallory McMorrow was stunned when she saw it.

With horror, the Michigan state senator, a Democrat, read an email accusing her of "grooming" children. The email was sent by a fellow senator, Republican Lana Theis, who was soliciting funds from her supporters for her reelection campaign.

In that email, Theis wrote that children are "under assault in our schools" by what she called "progressive mobs trying to steal our children's innocence."


Senate to vote on a bill that codifies abortion protections, but it will likely fail

The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the Women's Health Protection Act, a Democrat-led bill that would effectively codify a right to an abortion.

It's an effort largely seen as symbolic, as Democrats do not have enough support from Republicans to reach the 60-vote threshold.


Bitter feuds and crypto ties: Inside one of the most expensive Democratic primaries

In a new congressional district in Oregon, House Democratic candidate Carrick Flynn is a virtual unknown and political novice drawing millions of dollars from curious sources.

The 35-year-old Oregonian recently laughed off rumors he was bought by a shadowy puppet master.

"It's a fun story, right? It's like, 'Oh, here's this, like, secret thing that's happening: They're buying a congressman,'" Flynn recently told Oregon's The Bridge by OR360 podcast.

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The Pentagon Papers leaker explains why the Supreme Court draft leak is a good thing

At 91, Daniel Ellsberg is certain of many things. One of them is that unofficial leaks of government documents are fundamental to keeping a check on the most powerful operators of our society.

"Unauthorized disclosures are the lifeline of a republic," he told NPR during a phone interview from his home in Northern California.

And anyone who chooses to take on the burden of sharing such information in the public interest, "is doing this republic a very great service and helping it to remain a republic."

Ellsberg would know.