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Student loan relief limited for many by the legacy of the war on drugs in the United States

Many have applauded the White House’s proposal to offer student debt relief to millions of Americans as an important step toward closing the nation’s racial wealth gap and other inequities faced by borrowers. of color. President Joe Biden has said his plan will address the “particularly heavy” debt burden felt by black and Hispanic borrowers. But black and Hispanic Americans have been disproportionately excluded from accessing federal student loan programs because of a “war on drugs” policy the president has supported as a US senator. Proponents of criminal justice reform say the president’s solutions to the student debt crisis should be as comprehensive as the drug laws were.

EXPLANATOR: What caused the bloody armed clashes in Baghdad?

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has witnessed bloody street violence for nearly 24 hours, spurred by loyalists of a powerful Shiite cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, that has been the culmination of a power struggle of 10 months. By reversing course and ordering his loyalists to stand down on Tuesday, the cleric once again showed his enduring power over his supporters and sent a dangerous message to his Iran-backed Shia political rivals. Al-Sadr has long derived his political influence from his ability to command his mass supporters to destabilize the street and bring them to heel just as quickly. While the roots of the political stalemate are still unresolved, conflict may erupt again.

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In the new gun law, a quiet breakthrough for victims of abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — Victims of abuse and their families had a quiet breakthrough this summer when a new bipartisan gun safety law made it harder for recognized intimate partners to get guns. perpetrators of domestic violence. Congress’ decision to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” lasted nearly a decade. It is more difficult for a convicted domestic abuser to obtain firearms even when the abuser is not married or does not have children with the victim. Advocates and lawmakers hope the change will save countless lives and become an important part of the law’s legacy.

Heavy fighting rages in Russian-occupied southern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An upsurge in fighting on Ukraine’s southern front is fueling speculation that the long-awaited Ukrainian counteroffensive to try to turn the tide of the war is underway. Ukraine claims to have destroyed bridges and ammunition depots and shelled command posts in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, while Russia claims to have repelled the attack and inflicted heavy casualties. Ukrainian authorities are leaving the world uncertain about their intentions and warning against excessive optimism in a conflict that has already changed its fortunes.

Diana’s death stunned the world and changed the royal family

LONDON (AP) – Above all, there was a shock. It’s the word people use when they remember Princess Diana’s death in a car accident in Paris 25 years ago this week. The woman the world saw go from a shy teenage kindergarten teacher to a glamorous celebrity who comforted AIDS patients and campaigned for landmine clearance couldn’t have died at the age of 36. Is not it ? But it was this shock that cemented Diana’s legacy as a woman that brought lasting change to Britain’s royal family, helping her bridge the gap between centuries of tradition and a new multicultural nation in the Internet era.

Musk cites whistleblower as new reason to quit Twitter deal

Elon Musk and Twitter have thrown salvos at each other in the latest round of lawsuits over the billionaire Tesla CEO’s failed plan to buy the social media platform. Musk has filed more documents to terminate his agreement to buy Twitter. This time it’s based on information contained in a whistleblower complaint filed by Twitter’s former chief security officer. In a separate filing with the SEC, Twitter responded to what it called Musk’s latest “alleged termination.” The company said it was based solely on statements made by a third party that “are riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies and lack important context.”

Women race the political clock, cross state lines for abortions

DAYTON, OHIO (AP) — With nationwide abortion limits enacted or looming, an Ohio provider has referred hundreds of patients to its sister clinic in Indianapolis. Their pregnancies exceed Ohio’s six-week limit, adopted when the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade. Women are racing against a political clock. Indiana recently passed a near total ban on abortion. It comes into effect on September 15. Until then, clinic abortions are allowed up to 13 weeks and six days of pregnancy. Most of the women the clinics see are desperate. Some have been raped or have ectopic pregnancies. For others, birth control failed. Many are afraid to tell their family and friends about it. Both clinics are likely to close next month. But staff say they will work to help as many patients as possible until then.

Gen Z and Millennials Speak Out About Their Reluctance to Become Parents

NEW YORK (AP) — Crushing student debt. The climate crisis. Low wages. Gen Zers and Millennials all cite these as reasons why they don’t want to have or raise children. Their reluctance has helped to lower the birth rate in the United States. The birth rate in the United States fell 4% in 2020. This is the largest single-year drop in nearly 50 years, according to a government report. The government noted a 1% increase in births in the United States last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the coronavirus pandemic. That was about 86,000 fewer than in 2019. Some people take surgical measures: tube removal and vasectomy.

US asks farmers: Can you plant 2 crops instead of 1?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There’s a limited amount of farmland, so when Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last spring raised fears people would go hungry as wheat stuck in ports stranded, American farmers could do little to meet the new demand. But that can change. Earlier this summer, the US Department of Agriculture instituted new policies to encourage US farmers to start growing two crops on one piece of land, one after the other. By changing insurance rules to reduce the risk of growing two crops, the USDA hopes to increase wheat production in the United States. As fall approaches, it’s unclear how many farmers will try the new system, but some who are already growing two crops say it’s something farmers should consider.

Fall Preview: Is this, perhaps, the return to normal at the cinema?

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in three years, the fall movie’s industrial complex is kicking back into high gear. The red carpets of the festival are rolled out. The Oscar campaigns are ready. Long-awaited blockbusters like “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” are ready for the big box office. But after the tumult of the pandemic, can the fall movie season go back to how it was? Many hope so. After two spring editions, the Oscars returned to a more traditional date in early March. The Golden Globes, after a near-cancellation, are planning a comeback. And some films also try to rediscover a spirit of the past. For others, change is part of the problem.

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