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SpaceX’s massive rocket Starship explodes 4 minutes after liftoff

SpaceX's Starship rocket failed to separate from its booster, exploding four minutes after liftoff during an inaugural test flight on Thursday.
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These are the states with the highest and lowest tax burdens, a report says

Alaska leads a WalletHub list of states with the nation's lowest overall tax burdens, at 5.05% of personal income.
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Members of the military will now get 12 weeks of parental leave

Members of the military will now get 12 weeks of parental leave, doubling the previous amount, after a Department of Defense memo went into effect Wednesday.
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A total lunar eclipse is happening Tuesday — and it won’t happen again for 3 years

A total lunar eclipse happens when the moon falls completely in the Earth’s shadow.
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The IRS is increasing the standard deductions for 2023 as inflation intensifies

The Internal Revenue Service is increasing its inflation adjustments for the 2023 tax year after prices for rent, groceries and gas have reached heights not seen in 40 years.
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Almost half of U.S. governors ask Joe Biden to cut student loan forgiveness plan

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is among 22 GOP governors who signed a letter to the president saying his forgiveness plan will "force American taxpayers to pay off the student loan debt of an elite few."
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The government will no longer be sending free COVID-19 tests to Americans

The Biden administration is pausing its distribution of free COVID-19 tests this week, but you can still order new ones before the end date.
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The Uvalde school massacre lasted at least 40 minutes

Local and state officials in Texas release more information, while Americans across the nation continue to express shock and grief at the massacre.

Moderna wants the FDA to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for kids under 6

Moderna is hoping to get the green light to administer a pediatric, low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to under 6 years of age.