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The news you need to know to start your day. Five top news stories and why they matter. Seven days a week, with deep-dive Sunday episodes. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Claire Thornton. Discover more USA TODAY podcasts at usatoday.com/podcasts

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The white men also face hate crime charges for the death of Arbery, a Black man, in Georgia. Plus, 17 Christian missionaries were abducted in Haiti, three people are dead after Arkansas stabbings, investigators have a ship in mind related to this month's California oil spill and tech editor Brett Molina looks at yet another Apple event.(Audio: Associated Press)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Student loan relief through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was supposed to be simple. If college graduates were willing to forgo the private sector’s comparably high pay and instead work as a teacher, police officer or government worker, any federal student debt they had after 10 years of payments would be forgiven. More than a decade after its inception in 2007, thousands upon thousands of borrowers have applied for forgiveness. The federal government has rejected the vast majority.Now, that’s changing.The Education Department announced earlier this month a vast overhaul to the loan forgiveness program that will erase the debt of 22,000 borrowers, totaling $1.7 billion. The government estimated another 27,000 borrowers could see about $2.8 billion in debts forgiven if they prove they were employed in an eligible job. Shannon Green sits down with USA TODAY education reporter Chris Quintana to discuss who’s affected by these new developments and how they can be connected to loan forgiveness resources.Episode transcript linked here.Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things.Additional reading:Student loan forgiveness: Half a million people to benefit from overhaul, some immediatelyStudent loan forgiveness: Who is eligible and how to apply under Biden’s overhauled relief programSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Data shows significantly more protection after a second dose. Plus, former President Bill Clinton continues to recover after sepsis, NASA launches an asteroid probe, 'Succession' returns and the Chicago Sky look for their first WNBA title.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The committee will decide on Johnson & Johnson boosters today. Plus, a Texas law banning most abortions remains in effect after the latest court decision, the Major League Baseball League Championship Series begin, massive asteroids pass "close" to Earth and a new 'Halloween' sequel hits theaters.(Audio: Associated Press, Universal Pictures)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Is there enough data to prove their need and safety? Plus, at least five people are dead after a suspect allegedly shot at people with a bow and arrow, leaders begin prepping for next month's Glasgow climate talks, more than 4 million Americans quit their jobs in August and there's one game left in the MLB division series.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
A coroner says her death also likely came nearly a month before her body was found. Plus, a bill to raise the debt ceiling lands on President Joe Biden's desk, the Las Vegas Raiders move to a new coach after Jon Gruden's resignation, William Shatner heads to space and snow slams the West.(Audio: Associated Press, 'Star Trek'/Paramount)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The pill showed promising trial results. Plus, a plane crashed in a San Diego suburb, killing at least two people, Tropical Storm Pamela will become a serious hurricane in Mexico, NFL coach Jon Gruden resigns after homophobic and misogynistic emails and the NHL regular season begins.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
That's according to a new report out today, the latest bleak climate news in recent weeks. Plus, a Minnesota shootout leaves at least 1 dead, the Nobel prizes come to a close, a growing number of cities replace Columbus day with Indigenous Peoples Day and a new-look Boston Marathon returns.(Audio: Associated Press)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Armed with tens of thousands of documents, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress this week, warning lawmakers that the company has repeatedly misled the public about how its platforms drive division and harm users, especially children.Earlier in the week, Facebook saw one of the worst outages in its history, lasting six hours and affecting over three billion people worldwide.We know Facebook and Instagram have harmful effects and we know we're probably a bit too dependent on the platforms.So what feels different about this moment?Breaking news reporter Gabriela Miranda, tech reporter Mike Snider and politics reporter Matthew Brown sit down with host Claire Thornton to dissect Frances Haugen's Congressional testimony, explain what we know about Facebook's 'amplification' algorithm and discuss how everyday people had their lives upended by Facebook's massive outage last Monday.Additional reading:'Five hours of silence was torture': Facebook and WhatsApp are lifelines for some familiesFacebook whistleblower fires up Congress: Is this Mark Zuckerberg's moment of reckoning?Facebook whistleblower's explosive testimony: Company makes 'disastrous' choices, prioritizes profit'Profits before people': After Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen argued her case, will Congress act?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The decision came days after a U.S. district judge suspended the law. Plus, officials now say the California pipeline that caused last week's oil spill may have been impacted by a ship's anchor months ago, hiring again slowed down dramatically last month, NASA temporarily stops sending signals to its Mars missions and Comic Con returns to New York City.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Democrats and Republicans made a deal, and a House vote is next. Plus, we recap this week's Nobel Prizes, President Joe Biden will restore national monuments reduced by former President Donald Trump, a new James Bond movie hits theaters two years late and the Draconid meteor shower lights up the evening sky.(Audio: MGM)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On the anniversary, the Taliban is struggling with a poor economy and other crises. But they're beginning to reach out to other governments. Plus, there are more questions than answers about why the public wasn't notified sooner about last weekend's oil spill, there's a new theory about the Zodiac Killer, a trial begins for a 100-year-old Nazi and we recap what happened with this week's Twitch hack.(Audio: Associated Press)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Frances Haugen told lawmakers the company needs to be better regulated. Plus, the Senate will vote on a debt limit procedural rule, the Department of Education announces an overhaul to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, Johnson & Johnson submits booster data to the FDA for clearance and the National League Wild Card game follows a Red Sox win over the Yankees in the MLB Postseason.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript linked here.Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The outage lasted six hours. Plus, there's a state of emergency as oil spill cleanup continues in California, President Joe Biden sells his infrastructure bills on the road, refugee admissions have fallen to a record low and the MLB Postseason is here.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available here.Also available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
A massive oil spill is affecting Orange County. Plus, how COVID-19 is disproportionately killing rural Americans, the Supreme Court begins a new term amid abortion fights, the Census Bureau’s first data on LGBTQ people indicates deep disparities and the Powerball jackpot keeps rising.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript linked hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-Things.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
When Kabul fell to the Taliban, Afghan journalist Fatema Hosseini had only bad options. As a female reporter who’d worked for USA TODAY, she could stay and likely be killed or taken by the Taliban, or she could try to run. But getting out seemed impossible.The Taliban had already ransacked her parents’ home. USA TODAY's international correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard swung into action to help Fatema escape. With assistance from military contacts, Kim managed to get Fatema a seat on plane bound for Ukraine. Later, she would make it to the U.S.But getting into the Kabul airport meant Fatema had to cross multiple Taliban checkpoints, duck gunfire, and avoid the whips and beatings of angry Taliban lashing out at the desperate crowds clustered at the gates. The week of Fatema's escape, at least 20 people died in the chaos.USA TODAY is bringing you the story of Fatema’s heroic escape on this Sunday episode.She finally made it onto a flight from Kabul to Islamabad, from Islamabad to Kyiv. My colleague Kim Hjelmgaard met her in Ukraine.In this episode, Kim sits down with Fatema to recap her journey out of Afghanistan.Episode transcript linked here.Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things.More about how Fatema Hosseini's escaped Kabul:Staying could mean death. The escape nearly killed her. How one woman fled Afghanistan for freedom.By Fatema Hosseini and Kim Hjelmgaard with Kelley Benham FrenchThe Backstory: How a Navy officer, a Ukrainian colonel and a USA TODAY reporter helped an Afghan journalist escape KabulBy editor-in-chief Nicole CarrollTaliban fighters tortured my journalist colleagues. They risk their lives to tell the truth.By Fatema HosseiniIn response to popular demand, here's another personal finance episode (like last Sunday's) from back in 2020:Why young people of color should be investing in the stock marketSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The drug appears to significantly diminish serious illness. Plus, Women's March Day is here amid renewed abortion fights around the country, the House again can't come to infrastructure agreements, Hurricane Sam causes dangerous surf conditions on the East Coast and Tom Brady makes his return to New England.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available here.Also available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The bill extends funding through Dec. 3. Plus, negotiations continue on infrastructure, a federal judge holds a hearing on the Texas abortion ban, it's LGBTQ History Month and Disney World celebrates 50 years.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available here.Also available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Lawmakers are confident they will vote to extend funding today. Plus, Capitol Hill works on infrastructure bills, three congresswomen will testify about their experiences with abortion, 23 new species have been declared extinct and there's (finally) a film museum in Los Angeles.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
A new report is warning about a slew of floods, droughts, and other disasters for the coming generations. Plus, President Joe Biden cancels a trip to focus on legislation, Britney Spears' conservatorship is back in court and hear how to join USA TODAY in a conversation on civil rights.(Audio: Associated Press)Episode Transcript available hereAlso available at art19.com/shows/5-ThingsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Cindy Miller

Did we roll back to JUNE???? LOL

Jul 21st
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Daryl Sande

I find it very difficult to consider a news item credible when the broadcaster refers to "Mary" as the nephew of the president.

Jul 17th
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