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Elva Etienne/Getty Images Kristi Daugherty remembers the announcement like it was yesterday. It was March 11, 2021—one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic—and in those twelve months, emerging data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that historic rates of mental illness, overdose deaths and deaths by suicide […]

IronHeart/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — A ticking clock in Washington to avert default by raising the nation’s borrowing limit is drawing attention to the $31.4 trillion debt already accrued by the United States government. The country hit its current debt ceiling in mid-January and is expected to run out of cash to be able to pay […]

Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — An unidentified man entered national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s Washington, D.C., home in late April, prompting a Secret Service investigation, according to an agency spokesperson. Sullivan was home at the time and confronted the intruder, and the incident was over in a matter of minutes, according to […]

Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — As the aviation system is facing questions after at least six “close call” incidents between airplanes since December, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy acknowledged risks while voicing confidence in the system. “We are still the safest aviation system in the world,” Homendy told ABC “This Week” […]

ABC News (NEW YORK) — The National Hurricane Center on Monday issued a rare tropical weather outlook for January: a strong, non-tropical low pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean. The powerful storm, located about 300 miles north of Bermuda, will soon lose steam. It was unable to transition to a subtropical or tropical cyclone as […]

Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $31 million settlement with City National Bank over allegations that the Los Angeles-based bank engaged in “redlining” – a pattern of lending discrimination – in Los Angeles County. The settlement, which according to the DOJ is the largest redlining settlement in the department’s […]

Portland Press Herald via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — The majority of bird species in the U.S. face a grim future in coming decades if environmental efforts, such as mitigating climate change and decreasing habitat degradation and loss, are not implemented on a larger scale. More than half of bird species in the U.S. are […]

iStock/iso100k (NEW YORK) — Bees — whether wild or managed –are integral to the production of the world’s food supply. But as populations continue their steep decline, the crops that rely on pollination could become more scarce and even cease to exist in the future, according to scientists. There are more than 4,000 species of […]