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Russian Strike’s Toll Rises to 12 as Zelensky Blames Air Defense Delay
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Russian Strike’s Toll Rises to 12 as Zelensky Blames Air Defense Delay

Rescue workers in the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa pulled the bodies of a mother and baby from the rubble of an apartment building on Sunday, as the death toll in a Russian attack two days earlier rose to 12. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said delays by allies in supplying air defenses had contributed to the deaths.The denunciation by Mr. Zelensky appeared to reflect frustration that Ukraine’s capacity to resist Moscow’s military campaign and protect its own citizens has been undermined by the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a multibillion-dollar military aid package.A drone hit the building overnight on Friday, and since then emergency workers have been picking through its rubble. Odesa, a port city on the Black Sea, was a key initial target of Moscow’s ...
How 33-Year-Olds, the Peak Millennials, Are Shaping the U.S. Economy
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How 33-Year-Olds, the Peak Millennials, Are Shaping the U.S. Economy

I have covered economics for 11 years now, and in that time, I have come to the realization that I am a statistic. Every time I make a major life choice, I promptly watch it become the thing that everyone is doing that year.I started college in 2009, in the era of all-time-high matriculation rates. When I moved to a big coastal city after graduation, so did a huge crowd of people: It was the age of millennial urbanization. When I lived in a walk-in closet so that I could pay off my student loans (“The yellow paint makes it cheerful!”, Craigslist promised), student debt had recently overtaken auto loans and credit cards as the biggest source of borrowing outside of housing in America.My partner and I bought a house in 2021, along with (seemingly and actually) a huge chunk of the rest of the...
University of Idaho Needs More Students. Should It Buy an Online School?
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University of Idaho Needs More Students. Should It Buy an Online School?

Depending on whom you ask, the University of Idaho’s plan to take over the University of Phoenix, a for-profit online school, is either a sweet deal or a potential disaster.C. Scott Green, the president of University of Idaho, said he viewed the agreement with a price tag of $550 million as a hedge against what is known as the “demographic cliff,” an expected drop in the number of college-age students.But critics of the university’s plan, like U.S. senators including Elizabeth Warren, nonprofits and a union, have questioned why the state’s top public university would team up with the University of Phoenix, known historically for its low graduation rates and misleading claims, so much so that it was recently ridiculed on “Saturday Night Live.”The University of Idaho is just the latest publi...
Shrinkflation 101: The Economics of Smaller Groceries
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Shrinkflation 101: The Economics of Smaller Groceries

Grocery store shoppers are noticing something amiss. Air-filled bags of chips. Shrunken soup cans. Diminished detergent packages.Companies are downsizing products without downsizing prices, and consumer posts from Reddit to TikTok to the New York Times comments section drip with indignation at the trend, widely known as “shrinkflation.”The practice isn’t new. Sellers have been quietly shrinking products to avoid raising prices for centuries, and experts think it has been an obvious corporate strategy since at least 1988, when Chock Full o’Nuts cut its one-pound coffee canister to 13 ounces and its competitors followed suit.But outrage today is acute. President Biden tapped into the angst in a recent video. (“What makes me the most angry is that ice cream cartons have actually shrunk in siz...
Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister Who Led Canada Into NAFTA, Dies at 84
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Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister Who Led Canada Into NAFTA, Dies at 84

Brian Mulroney, Canada’s 18th prime minister, whose statesmanship on what he called “great causes,” from free trade and acid rain in North America to the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa, gave way to accusations of financial misdoing and influence-peddling after he left office, died on Thursday in a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla., where he had a home. He was 84.A spokesman for his daughter Caroline Mulroney said Mr. Mulroney had been hospitalized after a fall at his home. Ms. Mulroney is a cabinet minister in Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government. “He died peacefully, surrounded by family,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter.Born into a blue-collar family in northeastern Quebec, Mr. Mulroney transcended his small-town roots to become a prosperous lawyer and business executive bef...
Donna Summer’s Estate Sues Ye for Sampling ‘I Feel Love’
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Donna Summer’s Estate Sues Ye for Sampling ‘I Feel Love’

When Ye and Ty Dolla Sign asked last month for permission to sample Donna Summer’s 1977 song “I Feel Love,” the disco singer’s estate firmly told them no. Yet when their joint LP, “Vultures 1,” was released weeks ago, a song with strong similarities to Summer’s famous tune was there on the track list.A copyright infringement lawsuit detailing that timeline was filed against Ye, the rapper once known as Kanye West, and Ty Dolla Sign on Tuesday by Summer’s husband and executor, Bruce Sudano. Summer, known as the “Queen of Disco,” had three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 in the late 1970s and died of cancer in 2012.The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, said that Summer’s estate “wanted no association with West’s controversial history.”Ye, once one of the biggest music sta...
Una ciudad en Georgia se convierte en el campo de batalla más reciente sobre la migración
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Una ciudad en Georgia se convierte en el campo de batalla más reciente sobre la migración

Cuando una estudiante de enfermería de 22 años fue encontrada muerta en un sendero boscoso de la Universidad de Georgia, en lo que se cree que es el primer homicidio cometido en el campus en casi 30 años, se desencadenaron olas de dolor y miedo que conmocionaron a la universidad.Pero cuando un migrante venezolano de 26 años fue acusado el viernes de secuestrar y matar a la estudiante, Laken Riley, sucedió algo más: transformó a Athens y al condado de Clarke, una comunidad de aproximadamente 130.000 habitantes ubicada a unos 110 kilómetros al este de Atlanta, en el nuevo epicentro de la lucha política sobre las leyes migratorias de Estados Unidos.El lunes, en una publicación de redes sociales, el expresidente Donald Trump dijo que el sospechoso, José Antonio Ibarra, era un “monstruo” y culp...
¿Qué podemos esperar de la segunda temporada de Constelación de Apple TV+?
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¿Qué podemos esperar de la segunda temporada de Constelación de Apple TV+?

Hasta el momento, Apple TV+ no ha revelado muchos detalles sobre Constelación temporada 2. Sin embargo, podemos especular sobre algunas posibilidades basadas en la primera temporada: La historia: Es probable que la segunda temporada continúe la historia de los personajes principales, Joanna y Errol, y su viaje a través del multiverso. Nuevos personajes: Es posible que se introduzcan nuevos personajes para agregar complejidad a la trama y explorar nuevos universos. Mundos: La serie ya ha mostrado una gran variedad de mundos en la primera temporada, y es probable que la segunda temporada nos lleve a aún más lugares increíbles. Misterio: La primera temporada dejó algunas preguntas sin respuesta, y es probable que la segunda temporada explore estos misterios con más profundida...
Housing Costs Are Running Hot, but Is the Data Missing a Cooling Trend?
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Housing Costs Are Running Hot, but Is the Data Missing a Cooling Trend?

The Federal Reserve may have a housing problem. At the very least, it has a housing riddle.Overall inflation has eased substantially over the past year. But housing has proved a tenacious — and surprising — exception. The cost of shelter was up 6 percent in January from a year earlier, and rose faster on a monthly basis than in December, according to the Labor Department. That acceleration was a big reason for the pickup in overall consumer prices last month.The persistence of housing inflation poses a problem for Fed officials as they consider when to roll back interest rates. Housing is by far the biggest monthly expense for most families, which means it weighs heavily on inflation calculations. Unless housing costs cool, it will be hard for inflation as a whole to return sustainably to ...
Israel-Hamas War Live: Israel Signals Willingness to Free High-Profile Palestinians
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Israel-Hamas War Live: Israel Signals Willingness to Free High-Profile Palestinians

President Biden said on Monday that he believed negotiators were nearing an agreement that would halt Israel’s military operations in Gaza within a week in exchange for the release of at least some of the more than 100 hostages being held by Hamas.Speaking with reporters during a stop in New York, Mr. Biden offered the most hopeful assessment of the hostage talks by any major figure in many days, suggesting that the war might be close to a major turning point.“I hope by the end of the weekend,” he said when asked by reporters when he expected a cease-fire to begin. “My national security adviser tells me that we’re close. We’re close. We’re not done yet. My hope is by next Monday, we’ll have a cease-fire.”The president delivered the comments spontaneously in response to questions during a v...