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Retailers, beware: Resumption of student loan payments could lead some buyers to pull back

July 4, 2023

BY PAUL WISEMAN WASHINGTON (AP) – The reprieve is over. Just as the American economy is struggling with high inflation and interest rates, the coming resumption of student loan payments poses yet another potential challenge. The suspension of federal student loan […]

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Supreme Court ruling brings bitterness for borrowers counting on student loan forgiveness

July 4, 2023

BY SHARON LURYE AND ANNIE MA Whitney Jean Alim, a 27-year-old educator in Chicago, dreamed of buying a house sooner with the room in her budget from President Joe Biden’s student loan cancellation plan. It would have cut in half the […]

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In a polarized US, how to define a patriot increasingly depends on who’s being asked

July 4, 2023

Millions of Americans will attend parades, fireworks and other Independence Day events on Tuesday, celebrating the courage of the nation’s 18th century patriots who fought for independence from Great Britain and what they considered an unjust government. Those events also […]

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North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mike Morgan considering gubernatorial bid

July 3, 2023

North Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Mike Morgan, who announced last month he won’t seek reelection to the court next year, says he’s weighing a 2024 bid for governor. Morgan, one of two registered Democrats on the state’s highest court, […]

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Crowds across France show solidarity at town halls targeted in rioting following police shooting

July 3, 2023

BY CARA ANNA AND NICOLAS GARRIGA NANTERRE, France (AP) – Crowds gathered at town halls across France Monday to show solidarity with local governments targeted in six nights of violence touched off by the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old in […]

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North Carolina amusement park closes ride after discovering crack in support beam

July 3, 2023

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina amusement park closed one of its roller coasters Friday after a crack was found on a support beam. According to news reports, Carowinds shut down Fury 325. The park’s website advertises the ride […]

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Activists spurred by affirmative action ruling sue Harvard over legacy admissions

July 3, 2023

BY COLLIN BINKLEY WASHINGTON (AP) – A civil rights group is challenging legacy admissions at Harvard University, saying the practice discriminates against students of color by giving an unfair boost to the mostly white children of alumni. It’s the latest effort […]

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North Carolina megachurch exits Southern Baptist Convention after expulsions over women pastors

July 2, 2023

BY PETER SMITH Less than a month after finalizing the ouster of one of its largest churches for having women pastors, the Southern Baptist Convention has lost another of its biggest congregations. Elevation Church – a North Carolina-based megachurch that draws […]

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Families worry over the future of Medicaid caregiver payments that were expanded during the pandemic

July 1, 2023

Nathan Hill started receiving $12.75 an hour from a state Medicaid program to help care for his severely disabled son during the pandemic, money he said allowed his family to stop using food stamps. The program was designed to provide […]

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After Republicans expelled him, campaign for Tennessee Democratic Rep. Pearson says he raised $860K

July 1, 2023

BY JONATHAN MATTISE NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Rep. Justin Pearson raised about $860,000 through some 31,700 campaign donations after Tennessee Republican lawmakers abruptly moved to expel him and two other Democrats for a gun control protest on the House floor, […]

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