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Alex Murdaugh stands accused of killing his wife and son. That’s just scratching the surface.

Five deaths, millions in fraud, and 100 years of family power crumbling to ruin in South Carolina.

The US and China might not get over the Taiwan crisis

The US-China relationship will continue to deteriorate.

Instagram is once again in its flop era

A slew of new changes has drawn the ire of celebrities and regular users alike. But hating Instagram is nothing new.

The US could stop one cause of heat wave deaths tomorrow

Utility disconnections during a heat wave can be deadly. They’re also preventable.

Senate Democrats are poised to actually pass a bill with long-sought climate, tax and drug price policies

The Senate parliamentarian cleared most of the Inflation Reduction Act for the fast-track reconciliation process.

The best $4 I ever spent: A sparkly hijab

I had things to say, and a voice to wield, and what I needed to say needed different clothes that in turn had a statement to make.

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