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Garland tightens the reins on Justice Dept. employees' political activities

Attorney General Merrick Garland has set new restrictions on the political activities of some Justice Department employees, while also strongly reminding them of already established limits.

Political appointees — those workers who are hired by a presidential administration and are not building their careers in the department — are essentially barred from attending partisan political events such as fundraisers and rallies.

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Why even environmentalists are supporting nuclear power today

Resistance to nuclear power is starting to ebb around the world with support from a surprising group: environmentalists.

This change of heart spans the globe, and is being prompted by climate change, unreliable electrical grids and fears about national security in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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No, that wasn't Beyoncé at the U.S. Open. It was Laverne Cox, and she's flattered

Tennis legend Serena Williams drew a star-studded set of spectators to her first-round U.S. Open match — and possibly last pro tournament — on Monday night, from former president Bill Clinton and actress Queen Latifah to tennis star Coco Gauff and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

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A tomato spill makes a major California highway a marinara mess

Some California drivers got a saucy surprise in their Monday morning commute after a truck hit the center divider on Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento, Calif., slathering several lanes in quickly crushed tomatoes.

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The last member of a tribe in Brazil has died, pulling Indigenous rights into focus

The last member of a besieged Indigenous tribe in Brazil has died, apparently of natural causes. Activists are holding up his legacy as a symbol of both the genocide and resilience of his people, calling for his land to be preserved as a reminder of both.

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A Black pastor was watering his neighbor's flowers. Then the police showed up

A Black pastor in Alabama says he was wrongfully arrested and charged with a crime while he was watering his neighbor's flowers.

Michael Jennings, a longtime pastor at Vision of Abundant Life Church in Sylacauga, Ala., says he was doing a neighborly deed of watering his out-of-town neighbor's flowers, per their request, when a police officer showed up.

Marijuana use is outpacing cigarette use for the first time on record

More people in the U.S. are now smoking marijuana than cigarettes, according to a Gallup poll.

Cigarette use has been trending downward during the past decades, with only 11% of Americans saying they smoke them in a poll conducted July 5 to 26, compared to 45% in the mid-1950s.


Zombie ice will raise sea levels more than twice as much as previously forecast

Greenland's rapidly melting ice sheet will eventually raise global sea level by at least 10.6 inches (27 centimeters) — more than twice as much as previously forecast — according to a study published Monday.

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DC Comics reduces Latinos to their food in Hispanic Heritage Month covers, fans say

Although Hispanic Heritage Month doesn't begin until Sept. 15, DC Comics got an early start by revealing several special covers in their attempt to celebrate the upcoming month.

The covers, which were revealed in June, feature several of DC's superheroes surrounded by, holding, or eating a variety of Latin American foods such as tacos, flan, tamales and platanos fritos. Comic book fans on Twitter, specifically Latino fans, aren't too happy with this interpretation of DC's heroes.

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How teens brought a skate park to their Native American reservation

The village of Tewa, Ariz., recently ramped up its skating scene.

Kids living on the Hopi reservation get to drop in on a new halfpipe in the town's first ever skate park thanks to a team of five teens known as Skate264.

"There wasn't really any place to skate down here. Most of the surrounding area is just dirt and rocks," said Quintin Nahsonhoya, one of the skate collective's co-leads.