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In a newly public letter, TikTok's top executive, Shou Zi Chew, tried to allay the concerns of several U.S. senators about the Chinese-owned company's data security practices. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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All roads lead to Russian indicators

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Suitcases, secret lists, and Citizens United

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People wait in a TSA line at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Tuesday. Julia Nikhinson/AP hide caption

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Shoppers drink juice in plastic cups at a market in New Delhi, on Wednesday. India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a longer plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion. Altaf Qadri/AP hide caption

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Simone Biles poses wearing her bronze medal from balance beam competition during artistic gymnastics at the Summer Olympics on Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo. President Biden will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Biles and 16 others at the White House next week. Natacha Pisarenko/AP hide caption

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The number of new pilots entering the industry is below the demand. Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Simpsons is the longest running show on television. Production workers who make the show say they deserve the same protections as the writers and animators. Courtesy of Disney Media & Entertainment hide caption

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'The Simpsons' production workers go union, saying they deserve a place at the table

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How to get rid of medical debt — or avoid it in the first place

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The new rules will help people get upfront cost estimates for about 500 so-called "shoppable" services, meaning medical care they can schedule ahead of time. DNY59/Getty Images hide caption

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A placard featuring an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and reading "We are with him for the sovereignty of Russia! And you?" is seen left in front of the Russian State Duma building in central Moscow on Feb. 24. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Are sanctions actually hurting Russia's economy? Here's what you need to know

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Scott Lucey, owner of Likewise Coffee whose staff unionized in 2020, sits for a portrait on June 9, 2022 in Milwaukee. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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One unionized. The other did not. How 2 Milwaukee cafés were changed by union drives

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Where 'bull market' and 'bear market' come from

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A nurse fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine in the Staten Island borough of New York on April 8, 2021. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended that COVID booster shots be modified to better match more recent variants of the coronavirus. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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It's been a vicious 6 months for stocks. Here's what the grim markets are signaling

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Barista Steph Achter, who led the union campaign at the Milwaukee café now known as Likewise, has worked in different coffee shops for 17 years and wants others to be able to make a career of it as well. Darren Hauck for NPR hide caption

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The barista uprising: Coffee shop workers ignite a union renewal

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The Three Mile Island nuclear power plant shut down in 2019. Exelon Generation blamed the closure on a lack of state subsidies. Such subsidies are growing amid concerns that such closures abet climate change. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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