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Debt ceiling negotiators reach a deal: 5 essential reads about the tentative accord, brinkmanship and the danger of default

Bryan Keogh, The Conversation and Matt Williams, The Conversation President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on May 27, 2023, agreed in principle to a tentative deal that would raise the debt ceiling while capping some federal spending at current levels. The accord, if approved by both houses of Congress, would avert an unprecedented default that threatens to derail the economy and put hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work. Negotiators agreed to lift the ceiling for two years – past the 2024 presidential election – while putting a temporary cap on most nondefense spending at 2023 levels.

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At a G7 summit high on ambition, nuclear disarmament takes a backseat to Zelensky’s diplomatic appeals

Donna Weeks, Musashino University Hiroshima, the site of this year’s G7 summit, is one of just a handful of places in the world that provides a stark reminder of the horrors of war. The A-bomb Dome in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, for example, is one of few structures left standing in the neighbourhoods that were flattened by the atomic blast in August 1945. Around the city, there are also “survivor trees” from the blast and burn marks on temple stoneware and statues – reminders of how far and wide it radiated. It is no surprise that Japanese Prime Minister

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Victims in the fatal Hwy-101 crash in Sunnyvale identified

The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office identified two of the victims in Monday’s morning crash in Sunnyvale. Tyler Rasay, 28, and Paul Dennig Jr, 24, died in the crash.  A third victim was also pronounced deceased, but their identity is withheld until their next kin can be notified.  Five others were injured in the crash. According to the California Highway Patrol documents, the injured victims were taken to Stanford Medical Center for treatment.  Initial CHP investigation reveals that the driver of a Ford pick-up truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the concrete divider south of the Fair

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Mother allegedly kills 10-year-old daughter

Police are investigating a stabbing that killed a 10-year-old girl in East Oakland Monday morning.  The prime suspect in the case is the victim’s mother.  OPD interim Chief of Police Darren Allison stated in a press conference that OPD received a call reporting a possible shooting or stabbing in the 4500 block of Bancroft Avenue.  At the scene, police found a bloody knife. The original caller notified officers that the suspect had killed the victim. In the residence, they found a 10-year-old girl with critical injuries. Life-saving aid was performed, but the child succumbed to their injuries and died.  Police

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Suspect in the death of a Kardashian-lookalike model appears in court

An unlicensed cosmetologist appears in a San Mateo County courtroom to face charges for the death of a Kim Kardashian-lookalike model.  Vivian Alexandra Gomez is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, and practicing medicine without a certificate, for allegedly giving botched silicone injections. She did not enter a plea. The victim was 34-year-old model Christina Ashten Gourkani, who uses aesthetic procedures to mold her body into Kardashian’s curves. Gourkani has an OnlyFans page and half a million Instagram followers.  According to prosecutors, on April 19, Gomez, 50, injected the model’s buttocks with silicone inside a Burlingame hotel room at SF’s Airport

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Global warming to bring record hot year by 2028 – probably our first above 1.5°C limit

Andrew King, The University of Melbourne One year in the next five will almost certainly be the hottest on record and there’s a two-in-three chance a single year will cross the crucial 1.5℃ global warming threshold, an alarming new report by the World Meteorological Organization predicts. The report, known as the Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, warns if humanity fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero, increasingly worse heat records will tumble beyond this decade. So what is driving the bleak outlook for the next five years? An expected El Niño, on top of the overall global

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Wegovy and Ozempic: could the new weight-loss drug also treat dementia?

Tim Viney, University of Oxford and Barbara Sarkany, University of Oxford Over 55 million people worldwide have dementia. This mind-robbing condition has a huge impact on society and the economy, so scientists are working hard to find ways to treat or prevent it. One of the avenues being explored is the new weight-loss jab, Wegovy. Although age is by far the greatest risk factor for dementia, obesity and type 2 diabetes are also major risk factors for developing the condition. This is where Wegovy and its sister drug, Ozempic, come into the picture. Wegovy and Ozempic, a drug to treat

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