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If Taylor Swift is living in Kansas City, here’s what locals say she should know

Even if you don’t know burnt ends from a short end, here’s a (brief!) introduction for Taylor Swift and the rest of the world to understanding Kansas City and what makes it so enchanting.

Spotify to cut 17% of staff in the latest round of tech layoffs

In a memo addressed to staff, CEO Daniel Ek said it was necessary for the company to “rightsize” after hiring too many people during 2020 and 2021. Roughly 1,500 workers are likely to be let go.

DeSantis campaigns hard in Iowa. Will it pay off in next month’s GOP caucuses?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fulfilled a presidential campaign promise to visit every Iowa county. NPR’s Michel Martin talks to Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections newsletter if that will help him win.

Oklahoma Public Schools aren’t required to teach sex ed, so some churches are

In Oklahoma, some kids get sex education through their church because the state doesn’t require the subject to be taught in public schools.

Alaska Airlines to buy Hawaiian Airlines in deal that may attract regulator scrutiny

Alaska Airlines said it agreed to buy Hawaiian Airlines in a $1.9 billion deal, including debt, putting it on track for a potential clash with a Biden administration.

Feeling alone? 5 tips to create connection and combat loneliness

We all feel lonely at some point, but long-term social isolation can damage our mental and physical health. A new book called Project UnLonely shows how creative expression can foster friendships.

Health is on the agenda at UN climate negotiations. Here’s why that’s a big deal

Advocates say human-driven climate change is hurting people’s health worldwide–but taking action like reducing reliance on fossil fuels lowers risks immediately.

Authorities identify suspect in killing of 3 homeless men in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles man already in custody in connection with another shooting investigation has been identified as the suspect in three recent killings of homeless men, police said Saturday.

Wolves are returning to Colorado. But is it too crowded for them to thrive?

Colorado’s booming urban population flipped the state from red to blue, allowing a referendum on reintroducing wolves to pass. But that growing population now may be too big for them to thrive.

Migrant families arriving in Massachusetts face uncertainty as they’re put on waitlists

The Massachusetts budget is in limbo as state politicians argue over funding for migrant shelters. Homeless and migrant families are facing uncertainty as winter begins.

Inmate who stabbed Derek Chauvin 22 times is charged with attempted murder

John Turscak stabbed Chauvin 22 times at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson and said he would’ve killed Chauvin had correctional officers not responded so quickly, federal prosecutors say.

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