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Universal free lunch programs are ending in the U.S here’s what you need to know

One good benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic was that universal free lunch, regardless of the situation, became the norm for kids across America in school. However, Congressional inaction dating back to June is about to disrupt that for thousands of hungry kids whose own families are struggling with inflation like almost any other family. Thanks to sky-high food costs more families than ever before very much depended on the program as school kicked back into gear for the new school year. Because Congress did not expand the waiver program that resulted in more families being able to get into the program those same families now no longer qualify because they make too much money -- even in the face of soaring food costs. Around 30 million students were receiving free meals at school, ...
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Wal-Mart is broadening its abortion access for employees

In response the right 's war on women 's bodies America 's largest employer is taking matters into its own hands. According to an internal memo sent out Friday, Wal-Mart has had a hosted of new abortion and fertility related medical services to available healthcare plans for employees. The new plans "when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability." In the last plan update, the company's plan covered abortion only "when the health of the mother would be in danger if the fetus were carried to term, the fetus could not survive the birthing process, or death would be imminent after birth," according to a copy of the policy viewed the outlet.
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NYC: Don’t freak out if squirrels start splooting they are OK

A photo of a squirrel "splooting," a behavior the animals use to cool off during hot weather. Following a series of concerned comments from city-goers, New York City Park officials have confirmed what this is. According to park officials, squirrels appearing as such is called splooting and is perfectly normal. "If you see a squirrel lying down like this, don't worry; it's just fine," wrote the department on Twitter alongside an image of a squirrel stretching out its limbs. "On hot days, squirrels keep cool by splooting (stretching out) on cool surfaces to reduce body heat. It is sometimes referred to as heat dumping."
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Following sexual assault allegations the Southern Baptist Convention is facing a DOJ probe

Following an explosive report that detailed how church-leaders allegedly mishandled dozens of sexual assault complaints, the convention has confirmed that the Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation into the matter. The report was first released a while ago by a third party firm called Guidepost Solutions. It all but found that people who reported sexual abuse often were intentionally ignored and then intimidated into keeping quiet. "Survivors and others who reported abuse were ignored, disbelieved, or met with the constant refrain that the SBC could take no action," the report found, "even if it meant that convicted molesters continued in ministry with no notice or warning to their current church or congregation."
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Warren Buffet ‘s mortgage company discriminated against Black and Latino homebuyers DOJ says

Trident Mortgage Company (aka part of Warren Buffet 's HomeServices of America) has caught the ire of the DOJ. According to the DOJ, an investigation has found that the PA based Trident Mortgage Company discriminated against Black and Latino potential homebuyers on a wide scale. Multiple reports indicate that not only did they discriminate against people they also made rude comments that some neighborhoods were "ghetto" and then posed in front of confederate flags. “Trident’s unlawful redlining activity denied communities of color equal access to residential mortgages, stripped them of the opportunity to build wealth, and devalued properties in their neighborhoods,” said Kristen Clarke, an assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a prepared s...
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The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than $1B

But please for the love of god stop holding up the lines at your neighborhood bodegas people just want to go home. Anyways, the Mega Millions jackpot is once again making headlines amid reports that officials have announced the grand prize is now more than $1.02B (or about $603m presumably after taxes and such.) This is the third largest prize ever but nobody turned up with a winning ticket on Tuesday night. https://twitter.com/BNONews/status/1552166023465500672?s=20&t=W1F5qGkrDV8T2biladLcOg
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Congress has killed a benefit that would otherwise benefit laid off factory workers

Congress is doing what Congress does best and that is next to nothing. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program officially met its fate this month after Congress failed to achieve an extension for the program entirely. On an annual basis the program helped more than 100,000 people. Many parts of this program typically supported elderly workers. The TAA program typically provides job counseling, retraining for new careers or wage subsidies for older workers who take lower-paying jobs than what they’d previously earned. The best hope for the continuation of the program was the bill for semiconductor chips which is currently engulfed in debate among other things in Washington.
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NYC has closed its beaches amid a scary rise in shark sightings and attacks

It'll be a suckish summer for most of New York City. According to the parks department, officials have made the unfortunate choice to close swathes of the most accessible beaches in the boroughs because of sharks. Yes that's correct -- against COVID and now monkeypox humans are now duking it out with sharks beneath us. Those hit with closures include all beach and areas from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street — some seven miles of oceanfront. They come amid a number of sightings across New York 's shores and an order from the Governor to beef up beach patrols to prevent shark attacks.
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Amber Heard is asking a judge to throw out Johnny Depp ‘s defamation win: Report

Amber Heard is looking to have Depp 's payday reversed. According to reports published this weekend, Heard has filed new documents in court in an effort to have the bombshell loss reversed on her behalf against Depp 's win. The previous judge ruled in favour of Depp ultimately resulting in a ruling that Heard indeed defamed him and now must pay him upwards of $8m USD. Courthouse News reports that Heard 's attorneys are also arguing that a juror was improperly vetted and had questioned whether or not he was even to belong there. Depp 's lawyers also released a statement to the site confirming that such was already what they expected and they intend to challenge the motion. The ruling puts Heard in financial straits as it is understood she does not have the money to pay the fees.
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T.V star Erika Jayne reportedly ‘broke’ can’t pay massive $2.2m tax bill to the state of California

It turns out all that glitters isn't gold. According to legal docs obtained by People Magazine, Erika Jayne is teetering on financial trouble amid reports that she cannot afford to pay her $2.2m tax bill to the state of California. The documents revealed that a few weeks back tax administrators in the state delivered a bill to Jayne. Nonetheless, the troubled reality star, 50, has so far not paid the bill according to the same People Magazine report. It comes as Jayne said in the most recent episode of the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills that she will not be downsizing on her massive glam squad that costs a fortune.
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Harvey Weinstein is facing two more charges in the UK over his rapey sex pest past

Harvey Weinstein 's reign of ugly rapey terror apparently spans much further than what was previously known. According to CNN, Weinstein has been charged by British authorities over a 1996 pair of cases that see him accused of sexually exposing himself to women without their consent.  These ones took place between July 31 and August 31, 1996 and that the alleged victim is a woman who is now in her 50s.
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A Wisconsin man really ate a Big Mac a day for 50 years (totally not joking)

There are all types of food in the world but for one Wisconsin man apparently, all that matters is a Big Mac from McDonald's. This week a wild story appeared out of Wisconsin revealing that a local man has eaten a Big Mac every day (-8 times) since roughly 1972. That means Don Gorske has eaten more than 30,000 Big Macs over the past several decades at his local Fond Du Lac restaurant. "All through life here, a lot of people said, 'You’ll be dead before you reach 50 years of eating Big Macs.' I guess I proved them wrong," Gorske said, per KCRG.
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White Guilt Money

Those were the words muttered by disgraced former BLM co-leader Patrisse Cullors. For weeks several revelations have emerged about Cullors and just how far her financial mismanagement went over within the organisation. The Daily Mail reports that Cullors even referred to the massive influx of cash following the 2020 murder of Beorge Floyd as "problematic" because she claims the group just wasn't ready for that kind of money. 'It was a major shock,' she told MSNBC's Into America podcast Monday. 'You know, contrary to what, you know, has been reported, much of the funding that came in was from individual donors. That was a lot of white guilt money. There's a lot of white folks being like, 'We just got to put the money.''
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Marjorie Taylor Green claims satan is the reason why women are having abortions

But that's not all. According to the often intentionally dishonest Congresswoman, satan is the reason women are having abortions so they can keep their boyfriends. Some shocking but not so shocking but still shocking comments by Marjorie are making their rounds. In a bizarre interview, the Georgia far-right Congresswoman told a religious extremist that women are pretty much nothing if they aren't or don't become mothers. "Being a mother is what makes a woman's dreams come true," not a career, she told a religious extremist. “Abortion is a lie that Satan sells to women,” Greene told ChurchMilitant.com’s Michael Voris in an interview. “He sells it to them.” “When Satan sells a sin, it’s not loud,” she said. “It’s whispered softly and gently into your ears and into your soul.” ...
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Grindr is selling your location data and more to the highest bidder

A data compromise at Grindr the gay dating app has surfaced. According to reports, a huge swathe of users appear to have had their location data sold to advertisers. The revelations come after it was discovered that advertisers reportedly had been getting data from the app mostly about location -- which was then without the consent of users used for other things. It does appear that advertisers may have been getting this information from historical data rather than present day data though that is unclear at this time. Back in 2020, the app claimed that it would stop all ways for this to be possible ruling out that advertisers would ever get access to app data. It does not appear that names and such were included in the data, however, experts say that some of the data ...
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Researchers are headed to Alabama to further study a sunken slave ship and what remains inside of it

Researchers are reportedly returning to Alabama to assess the long-found remains of one of the last known ships to have arrived in America carrying enslaved Africans. Researchers have revealed that today down in Mobile Alabama they're beginning a 10-day research project into the remains of a slave ship known as the Cotilda. The Alabama Historical Society is understood to be leading the research project into the ship that is believed to have sank more than 160 years ago. A maritime agency called Resolve Marine is also a part of the project. Many locals and others have called for the ship to be fully gathered and looked into and then whatever remains are taken from the ship to be studied and placed in a new museum. Originally, the ship was financed by wealthy businessman Timot...
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Instacart just announced a new policy to crack down tip-baiting + the practice explained

Tip baiting is described as when someone say orders on Instacart appears to put a tip up on the order when all is said and done. However the bait part comes when some (and evidently there are allot of people who do this) remove the tip at the very end with no valid reason. As many are probably aware with the delivery platform this has been an ongoing issue for Instacart so much so that they've actually addressed this once before. But it didn't do much. The new policy as noted below attempts to address it yet again for those cruel people out there taking tips from people who performed a task that otherwise could've been done by said person themselves (if it were that difficult to tip to begin with.) FROM INSTACART: If the customer reduces their tip to $0 without reporting any ...
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