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As of Dec. 1, North Carolina becomes the latest state to fully expand Medicaid

Around 600,000 people in the state will now have access to low-cost health insurance. The change will particularly benefit people in poor, rural areas.

New law gives Texas more power to criminalize undocumented migrants in the state

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign a new bill that gives the state more power to criminalize undocumented migrants in the state.

On World AIDS Day, we hear from a man who’s spent 40 years caring for people with HIV

In this week’s StoryCorps, a conversation with Joseph Rogers Britton, a caregiver who has been working with AIDS patients for four decades.

Veterans fear the VA’s new foreclosure rescue plan won’t help them

A pause in foreclosures after an NPR investigation may be of no help to many vets. They were already pushed into costly loan modifications after a move by the VA stranded them in a tough spot.

For years, the FBI quietly stopped tracking anti-Arab violence and hate crimes

When the FBI developed its program to collect hate crime data, it included a category to track anti-Arab incidents. But this code was dropped, masking the scale of the problem.

Puppets, politicians and a queen’s property: It’s the weekly news quiz

Do you know your puppets from your politicians? What about the new word of the year and the world of rare crustaceans? Test your knowledge of this week’s news.

Many countries are frustrated that the U.S. isn’t doing more to combat climate change

As climate negotiations open in Dubai, the United States looms large. The US has done more to cause climate change than any other country. But it’s also indispensable in efforts to address it.

Rand Paul successfully used the Heimlich maneuver on Joni Ernst at a GOP lunch

Ernst, who has served in the Senate since 2015, hosted the closed-door luncheon for GOP senators Thursday when the incident occurred.

Federal judge blocks Montana’s TikTok ban before it takes effect

The law is seen an important test case. More than a dozen other states are weighing similar bans of the wildly popular video-streaming app, which is owned by a Chinese tech company.

Sandy Hook families have yet to see any of the money they’re owed by Alex Jones

Pressure is building on Infowars host Alex Jones to pay what he owes Newtown, Conn., families who won a defamation claim against him for spreading lies that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.

Looking back at the transformative first year of ChatGPT

ChatGPT was introduced to the world a year ago. It has since become one of the fastest growing applications ever and potentially one of the most influential.

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