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Mahayana Landowne, of Brooklyn, N.Y., wears a "Lady Justice" costume as she marches past the Supreme Court during a protest for abortion rights on June 30, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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The Texas Supreme Court has blocked an order that resumed abortions in the state

The whiplash of Texas clinics turning away patients, rescheduling them and now potentially canceling appointments again illustrated the confusion and scrambling taking place since Roe v. Wade fell.

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A Black family in Maryland navigates the pandemic and inflation with some success

Tyrone and Michelle Ferrens build some successes out of their complex story.

A Black family in Maryland navigates the pandemic and inflation with some success

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A shortage of workers means some 4th of July fireworks events have been canceled

The fireworks industry was hit hard during the pandemic, and now they are struggling to meet demand for their biggest day of the year.

Fourth of July fireworks canceled and delayed due to worker shortage

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A pilot shortage that's been brewing for years adds to the summer travel chaos

The pipeline of new pilots has been shrinking for years. As summer travel demand increases, the shortage is adding to the strain in airlines and chaos at the airports.

A pilot shortage that's been brewing for years adds to the summer travel chaos

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The Christian Right is winning cultural battles while public opinion disagrees

The Christian Right's wins in the Supreme Court on abortion and prayer in school come at a time when a growing majority of Americans are strongly opposed to its views.

The Christian Right is winning in court while losing in public opinion

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'Stranger Things' season finale succeeds by leaning into excess

The characters' relationships develop and they face an array of surprises and complications in the bustling storyline that closes the fourth season.

'Stranger Things' season finale succeeds by leaning into excess

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