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Can you afford to take care of your children and parents? Biden revives effort to lower costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden runs for reelection, he's resurrecting proposals to reshape American life from the cradle to the grave by lowering the cost of child care, expanding preschool opportunities and making home aides more available to the elderly.
The initiatives were once part of Build Back Better, Bide ... (full story)


Fans are following Taylor Swift to Europe after finding Eras Tour tickets less costly there

Fans are following Taylor Swift to Europe after finding Eras Tour tickets less costly there

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of ride-or-die Taylor Swift fans who missed out on her U.S. concert tour last year or didn't want to buy exorbitantly priced tickets to see her again found an out-of-the-way solution: Fly to Europe.
The pop star kicked off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour in Paris, and planeloa ... (full story)


How to escape from a money rut

Sometimes, climbing out of a money rut starts with a pep talk — to yourself.
"I like affirmations and speaking out loud," says Giovanna Gonzalez, a financial educator and author of "Cultura & Cash." Her favorite affirmations are statements like, "I am not a reflection of my money mistakes," ... (full story)


Local


America's first board game can teach about aspirations of a young nation

(THE CONVERSATION) Board games are booming: In 2023 alone, the industry topped US$16.8 billion and is projected to reach $40.1 billion by 2032.
Classics like "Scrabble" are being refreshed and transformed, while newer inventions such as "Pandemic" and "Wingspan" have garnered millions of devotees.(full story)


Communities become 'sponge cities' as climate change amplifies urban flooding

(THE CONVERSATION) "When it rains, it pours" once was a metaphor for bad things happening in clusters. Now it's becoming a statement of fact about rainfall in a changing climate.
Across the continental U.S., intense single-day precipitation events are growing more frequent, fueled by warming air that can hold increasin ... (full story)


Meet 7th District Court of Appeals Judge Katelyn Dickey

She served as a magistrate and a judge in the lower courts, now Judge Katelyn Dickey has taken the bench at the 7th District Court of Appeals.
“I am very excited and honored by this opportunity,” said Judge Dickey, who started on April 10. “I have a unique background with experience in several areas of the law. ... (full story)


State


TikTok sues US to block law banning social media platform

TikTok sues US to block law banning social media platform

TikTok and its Chinese parent company filed a lawsuit recently challenging a new American law that would ban the popular video-sharing app in the U.S. unless it's sold to an approved buyer, saying it unfairly singles out the platform and is an unprecedented attack on free speech.
In its lawsuit, ByteDance says the new law vaguel ... (full story)


Methodists end anti-gay bans, closing 50 years of battles over sexuality for mainline Protestants

Methodists end anti-gay bans, closing 50 years of battles over sexuality for mainline Protestants

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It took just a few days for United Methodist delegates to remove a half-century's worth of denominational bans on gay clergy and same-sex marriages.
But when asked at a news conference about the lightning speed of the changes, the Rev. Effie McAvoy took a longer view.
"Oh, it didn't take day ... (full story)