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The end of Roe has implications for abortion rights around the globe

Some countries have taken unprecedented steps to expand access to abortion in recent years, but international rights groups have long warned that overturning Roe v. Wade could weaken abortion rights around the world, potentially leading some nations to adopt new restrictive laws.

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What's causing inflation? One expert walks through some of the factors

Lately, it feels like every basic cost has gone up. With paychecks covering less food, gas, and housing than they used to, many Americans are getting frustrated with inflation and wondering what is going on.

Josh Bivens is the director of research for the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, and joined All Things Considered to walk through some of the issues.

Gas prices

In a recent speech that addressed record gas prices, President Joe Biden said that Exxon had, "Made more money than God this year."

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Dogs are sniffing out disease in animals vital to traditions of the Blackfeet tribe

Updated June 29, 2022 at 10:03 AM ET

Kenneth Cook used a mallet and a chisel to crack into a pig's skull in the gravel driveway outside his home on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana.

Cook planned to use the pig's brains in brain tanning, practiced by Indigenous people for thousands of years.

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War in Ukraine is driving demand for Africa's natural gas. That's controversial

As Europe scrambles to replace the Russian natural gas that funds Moscow's war effort, fossil fuel companies are using this moment to push for new gas projects all over the world. Much of the industry lobbying centers on almost a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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On Martha's Vineyard, tribal elders work to restore land to its pre-colonial state

AQUINNAH, Mass. — Off the coast of Massachusetts, the island of Martha's Vineyard is bustling with summer tourists packed into beaches, yacht clubs, and restaurants. A tour around the 96-square-mile island would almost certainly include scenes of tall lighthouses, sprawling estates with manicured laws, and colorful cottages that can be rented for upwards of $330 a night.

But that's not the island life David Vanderhoop lives or wants.

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Americans are deeply divided on transgender rights, a poll shows

Americans are widely opposed to allowing transgender female athletes to compete on women's and girls' sports teams, and, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll, are deeply split along partisan lines on questions of transgender rights.

The NPR/Ipsos poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) are opposed to allowing transgender women and girls to compete on teams that align with their gender identity, while 24% overall support that.

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With Roe overturned, state constitutions are now at the center of the abortion fight

For decades, the legal battle over abortion focused on the U.S. Supreme Court and its guiding document, the U.S. Constitution.

Now, with Roe v. Wade overturned, the legal spotlight has shifted to the states, where abortion supporters and opponents must contend with 50 different constitutions that, in many places, guarantee rights more broadly than their federal counterpart.


Whale entanglements may be dropping but the threat remains, feds say

PORTLAND, Maine — The number of whales entangled in fishing gear has declined recently, but the entanglements remain a critical threat to rare species, the federal government said in a report released Tuesday.

There were 53 confirmed cases of large whales entangled in gear in the U.S. in 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. That was a 25% decline from the previous year and a lower figure than the 13-year average, the agency said.


Airbnb officially bans parties at its listings in a new policy

Short-term rental agency Airbnb is permanently banning parties at properties listed on its site, the company announced Tuesday.

"We know that the overwhelming majority of our Hosts share their homes responsibly, just as the overwhelming majority of guests are responsible and treat their listings and neighborhoods as if they were their own," Airbnb said in a statement.


The school at the center of the Uvalde, Texas, shooting will be rebuilt

Robb Elementary School, where a gunman walked into the building in late May and killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas, will be demolished and rebuilt, the school district announced Tuesday.

Texas grocery chain H-E-B said it will donate $10 million to kick off the effort, while Texas contracting firm Joeris and Texas architect firm Huckabee will provide their services for free.