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What overturning Roe v. Wade could mean for the rest of the world

The leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating it could overturn Roe v. Wade means that millions of women in more than half of U.S. states could either lose the ability to get an abortion or see their access drastically rolled back.

It would be a major shift in abortion law in the U.S., but human rights advocates say such a move could also weaken reproductive rights across the world.

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What COVID might look like in the U.S. once we reach the endemic phase

If it feels like everyone you know has COVID-19 right now, you're not alone. In many parts of the U.S., case numbers are going up, and much of that increase is being driven by subvariants of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

And this new wave of cases might be a glimpse into what the endemic stage of COVID-19 will look like, according to Andy Slavitt, a former senior adviser to President Biden on COVID-19 and a former head of Medicare and Medicaid in the Obama administration.

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Democrats promise votes on abortion rights despite vanishingly small odds of success

About 30 Senate Democrats marched down the steps of the Capitol on Tuesday to declare their support for abortion rights and shout their solidarity with protesters who gathered just across the Capitol plaza in front of the Supreme Court.


U.S. would lag behind global abortion access if Roe v. Wade is undone, advocates say

International rights groups warned the U.S. Supreme Court last year that possibly overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade case that made abortions legal in 1973 would put it behind the curve of other countries that have been expanding access to abortion care.

Human Rights Watch says there is an international trend toward expanding abortion access.

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A former Gap employee embarks on a quest to collect every in-store playlist

It was the blistering summer of 1992 in Dallas, Texas and Michael Bise had just graduated from college and needed a job.

He saw an ad in the paper for his local Gap store.

"You know, it was just seasonal sales. I needed something," he said.

Bise got the job, but he found something unexpected when he started.

"I went there in that very first day. It was just like, immediately, I was hit with the music," he said.

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How one book influencer championing Black authors is changing publishing

Many years ago, Milwaukee-based book influencer Cree Myles first picked up Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and found the validation she didn't know she needed. The book affirmed many of her experiences moving through the world as a Black woman.

"I'm reading it and I was like, yes! And yes! And yes! And I was like, I'm not crazy," she remembers. "That was a seminal moment in my life for sure."

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A shortage of health aides is forcing out those who wish to get care at home

A lot has changed in Jonathan Miller's life in the past decade, but one thing that's remained consistent is his house.

The brick two-bedroom, ranch-style house in West Des Moines, Iowa, is filled with Jonathan's art, photos, puzzles and a substantial collection of University of Iowa gear.

Jon bought the house in 2007, and for three years put a lot of work into the fixer-upper — repairing storm damage, planting trees in the backyard and completely remodeling the interior.


A survivor is found almost 6 days after building collapses in China

BEIJING — Rescuers in central China have pulled a woman alive from the rubble of a building that partially collapsed almost six days earlier, state media reported Thursday.

The unidentified woman is the 10th survivor of the disaster in the city of Changsha, in which at least five people have died and an unknown number, possibly dozens, are still missing.

She was rescued shortly after midnight on Thursday, about 132 hours after the rear of the six-story building suddenly caved in on April 29, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.


Biden declares disaster in New Mexico wildfire zone

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Firefighters slowed the advance of the largest wildfire in the U.S. as heavy winds relented Wednesday, while President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration that brings new financial resources to remote stretches of New Mexico devastated by fire since early April.


Australian prime minister defends his country's ties to Solomons

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Thursday he was following security officials' advice in managing bilateral relations with the Solomon Islands after the South Pacific neighbor's leader alleged he'd been threatened "with invasion."

Solomons Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told Parliament on Wednesday that opponents of his new security pact with China had threatened his country and insulted it.