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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says she's confident inflation will ease next year

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday she expects inflation to come down from its three-decade highs in the second half of next year as pandemic pressures on the economy ease.

The Commerce Department reported Friday that consumer prices in September, as measured by the Federal Reserve's preferred yardstick, were 4.4% higher than a year ago. That was the steepest increase since 1991.


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Some parents want to wait to vaccinate their kids. Here's why doctors say do it now

COVID-19 shots for kids are on their way, but Dr. Ibukunoluwa Kalu, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at Duke University, says that some parents she has talked with aren't sure how they feel about that.


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A 15-year-old girl invented a solar ironing cart that's winning global respect

Vinisha Umashankar was returning to her home in southern India from school a few years ago when she saw a man throwing away burnt charcoal on the side of the street.

He was an ironing vendor who pressed people's clothes for a living – and his main appliance was an old-fashioned iron box, which he filled with hot charcoal that emitted a cloud of smoke. Umashankar counted at least six such vendors in her neighborhood in the temple town of Tiruvannamalai alone. She started thinking about how this was happening across India, where the ironing vendor is a fixture.


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The U.N. says all sides in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict may have committed war crimes

All sides in the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have committed atrocities that may amount to war crimes – including summary executions, torture and rape, according to a new report released by the United Nations.


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Ordering food on an app is easy. Delivering it could mean injury and theft

Gustavo Ajche is about to begin his shift in Lower Manhattan. He makes sure his e-bike is powered up and his iPhone mounted to his handlebars, then nods approvingly.

"Now we're gonna connect it to the app," he said. "I'm gonna start working."


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In elections across the country, candidates of color made history Tuesday night

Updated November 3, 2021 at 10:01 AM ET

People of color made history on election night in 2021, bringing diversity to leadership roles in some of America's biggest cities, and in some states as well.

Boston, New York, Pittsburgh and Dearborn, Mich., were among the places that a majority of voters embraced minority candidates.


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A bad omen for Democrats and 4 other election night takeaways

Updated November 3, 2021 at 10:30 AM ET

Republican Glenn Youngkin pulled off the upset in Virginia, defeating Terry McAuliffe in the governor's race. And in perhaps an even bigger stunner in New Jersey, Republican Jack Ciatarelli was within a percentage point of incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.


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Inflation is at a 30-year high. Here's how the Federal Reserve plans to deal with it

The Federal Reserve is caught in a delicate balancing act as it tries to steer the country out of an unprecedented pandemic.

On one side, the Fed feels the economy still needs help given that the U.S. has yet to recover nearly 5 million jobs that were lost during the pandemic.

But the Fed is also facing another opposing problem: Inflation has climbed to its highest level in three decades as Americans have gone on a spending spree that has sparked widespread shortages.


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Gun rights are back at the Supreme Court for the first time in more than a decade

Wednesday marks a showdown over guns at the legal O.K. Corral. The Supreme Court hears arguments in its first major gun case in more than a decade, and the new conservative supermajority seems poised to make gun regulation more difficult.

Listen to the arguments live beginning at 10 a.m. ET.


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The Atlanta Braves shut out the Astros 7-0 to become World Series champions

It was pretty clear throughout Game 6 Tuesday night, that barring big mistakes or a miracle, the Atlanta Braves were going to be crowned World Series champions.

The Braves shut out the Houston Astros 7-0 — winning in Minute Maid Park in Houston to take the series, 4-2.

The Astros had gotten the hometown crowd excited days earlier because they had beaten the Braves in Game 5, 9-5. The Braves could have walked away with the title that Sunday night but the Astros rallied.


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