Student loan interest rates are about to go up — here’s what that could mean for you

The new student loan interest rates only apply to federal loans, not private ones. Chuck Savage/Getty Images The US Department of the Treasury has raised interest rates on federal student loans. These rates will apply to new loans taken out July 1 or later, but not to any existing loans. A private lender may offer you a lower rate, but you’ll lose the benefits that come with federal loans. The US Department of the Treasury recently announced that student loan interest rates will increase for the 2022-2023 school year. These new rates go into effect July 1, 2022, and you can’t take out any new student loans before that date.… Read More

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Buffalo is latest mass shooting by gunman in body armor

By Lindsay Whitehurst, Gene Johnson and James Anderson | Associated Press When a shooter attacked a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, over the weekend, its security guard tried to stop him. At least one of his shots hit the gunman, but it didn’t stop the deadly rampage because the gunman was wearing body armor. Ten Black people died in the racist massacre, including security guard Aaron Salter, a retired Buffalo police officer hailed as a hero. It’s the latest mass shooting in which the gunman apparently came prepared for anyone trying to stop him with a gun. At least 21 mass shooters over the last four decades have worn some… Read More

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Primary election results: Madison Cawthorn loses, John Fetterman wins

An election worker continues the process of counting ballots for the Pennsylvania primary election, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Mercer County Elections Board in Mercer, Pa. Vote counting continues as candidates Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are locked in a too-early-to-call race for Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat. Keith Srakocic, Associated Press On Tuesday night, five states held primaries for the 2022 midterm elections: North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Kentucky and Oregon. Most ballots have been counted, giving us a good idea of who has already won. However, some races have been too close to call, as reported by PBS NewsHour, including the Republican… Read More

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Did Dr Oz win? Here’s what happened in the Pennsylvania primary?

Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, right, waves in front of his wife, Lisa, while speaking at a primary night election gathering in Newtown, Pa., Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Oz, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is in a too-close-to-call battle for the nomination. Seth Wenig, Associated Press Pennsylvania, a key swing state, held primary elections Tuesday. Here’s what to know about the results: Did Dr. Oz win? In the Republican U.S. Senate primary, television host Mehmet Oz and hedge fund CEO David McCormick remain neck-and-neck with about 95% of the vote counted. Oz, who’s hosted “The Dr. Oz Show” since 2009, was endorsed by former… Read More

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Britney Spears: Why Is She Shamed Her For Posting Nude Photos While Others Celebs Are Praised?

When Britney Spears’ conservatorship finally came to an end in November of 2021, fans of the pop icon were ecstatic. Mostly, they were happy that Britney would finally be allowed to enjoy the freedoms that are typically afforded any grownup who’s not presently incarcerated. But they were also excited to finally get to know the real Britney. For most of her adult life, every aspect of Britney’s life was closely monitored and controlled by her father, which meant that her social media content all had to be approved before she could post it. Now, for the first time, Britney would be able to show her whole self to the world… Read More

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Reality TV Is One Of The Most Feminist TV Formats Today. Hear Me Out

Reality TV is a genre that typically features women screaming at each other (The Real Housewives franchise), simpering and competing for the affections of a lackluster man (The Bachelor, Love Island), being derided as “sluts” and “slags” by their suitors (any episode of Ex on the Beach), or viewed as objects for the male gaze, to be tinkered with by cosmetic surgeons (The Swan) so they can glow up, complete the heterosexual video game and get married (Bridezillas). Reality TV is also one of the most feminist formats in TV today. Hear me out. I didn’t expect to be saying this either! When I began working on my forthcoming 10-part… Read More

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Concord police identify suspect in death of man found in Oakland hills

A transient from Concord has emerged as a suspect in the death of a man whose body was found in the Oakland hills earlier this month, police said Wednesday. Concord police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Guadalupe Jose Robles. Investigators believe he shot to death 25-year-old Shafi Qasimi, according to a statement from Lt. Sean Donnelly. Robles had not been located as of Wednesday morning, authorities said. Qasimi’s body was in the 3900 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard, about three-quarters of a mile off Fish Ranch Road, when officers responded about 7 p.m. on May 8. He had a gunshot wound, Donnelly said. Qasimi also was a transient. Donnelly said… Read More

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Preview: Nine questions answered about the ‘Saints Row’ reboot

When Volition decided to reboot “Saints Row,” they wanted to do it from scratch. The developer had a blank slate with the only guiding light being that the project had to strike the right tone. It had to feel like a “Saints Row” game in word and deed. The result of that freedom is a Santo Ileso, a city inspired by the Southwest. Creative director Biran Traficante mentioned cities such as Dallas; Sedona, Ariz.; and Reno, Nev. It’s evident from the buttes, casinos and Wild West motifs that this isn’t Stilwater anymore. Somehow though, the developers seemed to have accomplished their goal of capturing that distinct “Saints Row” vibe. There’s… Read More

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Gas prices are headed to $6 a gallon in the US as the summer driving season kicks off, JPMorgan says

Gasoline and diesel sold for more than $6 a gallon in Millbrae, California, on May 16, 2022. Li Jianguo/Xinhua via Getty Images Gasoline prices are set to hit $6 a gallon on average in the US, says JPMorgan.  Strong demand for fuel during the summertime driving season should propel prices at the pump.  Residents in only three states are paying less than $4 a gallon, says AAA. Californians are shelling out $6 a gallon for gasoline and the rest of the US looks set to join them in paying such a hefty price for fuel, according to a projection from JPMorgan.  “With expectations of strong driving demand … US retail… Read More

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New York says Amazon doesn’t accommodate pregnant and disabled workers

An investigation will follow the complaint. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The New York State Division of Human Rights has filed a complaint against Amazon for failing to accommodate reasonable changes requested by workers who were pregnant or disabled, according to a Wednesday press release from Governor Kathy Hochul. Even in cases where the company agreed that workers should be accommodated, the complaint alleges that managers would still force them to do work they shouldn’t be doing. According to one example listed in the press release, a pregnant worker filed a request to avoid strenuous activity, specifically lifting boxes over 25 pounds. Amazon approved the request, but… Read More

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