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First responders at Texas border are traumatized from pulling dead bodies from the Rio Grande
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First responders at Texas border are traumatized from pulling dead bodies from the Rio Grande

EAGLE PASS, Texas — The crisis unfolding at the U.S.-Mexico border since last year has spilled over into the fire engines and ambulances of a small Texas town.First responders in Eagle Pass say they are overwhelmed and increasingly traumatized by what they see: parents drowned or dying, their children barely holding onto life after attempting to cross the Rio Grande.The emotional strain on firefighters and EMTs has grown so great that city officials have applied for a state grant that would bring in additional mental health resources for front-line workers.“It’s an unprecedented crisis,” said Eagle Pass Fire Chief Manuel Mello. “It’s nothing close to what I experienced while I was on the line. It’s a whole different monster.”Firefighters say the first calls for help usually blare throug...
Inflation vs. deflation: Retailers fear falling prices
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Inflation vs. deflation: Retailers fear falling prices

A man with a paper bag of groceries looks surprised and upset at a receipt from a supermarket with high prices against the background of an escalator with customers in the shopping center. Elena Perova | Istock | Getty ImagesJust ahead of the holiday season, Walmart had encouraging news for inflation-weary shoppers: Prices on food and other staples were falling instead of rising. The retail giant said if the trend continued, it would soon contend with deflation in some of those key household categories, which would be a welcome sight for consumers emerging from the worst price increases in decades.But the retail giant backpedaled this week, saying higher prices on many grocery items and household staples like paper goods have stuck."There is deflation in certain categories — the possibi...
India close to series win after Jurel and Ashwin turn tables on England | England in India 2024
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India close to series win after Jurel and Ashwin turn tables on England | England in India 2024

To call the third day in Ranchi a rollercoaster would be like describing the Hundred Years’ War as a minor skirmish. It featured 13 wickets, 273 runs and, to the delight of the home crowd, an intoxicating display of spin bowling that saw England collapse in a heap.Ben Stokes and his tourists had stepped off the bus first thing looking to consolidate a position of strength, India resuming their first innings 134 runs behind with just three wickets in hand. But the tourists were back out there bowling with a target of just 192 to defend, their hosts cruising to 40 for no loss from eight overs when night time called.There was a fair bit for English minds to chew on as heads hit , not least a dropped catch by Ollie Robinson that came 59 runs into wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel’s tone-shifting 90 ...
Not since the 1930s has isolationist sentiment gained such prominence in the U.S.
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Not since the 1930s has isolationist sentiment gained such prominence in the U.S.

In 1940, as Hitler’s troops rolled across Europe, a growing chorus of Republicans argued against sending American weapons to Britain.The United States, they said, would be wasting resources sending help to London and instead Washington should put “America First.”Now, former President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress use the same slogan to make similar arguments against sending military aid to another democratic country in Europe under assault by a powerful authoritarian regime.“The American people deserve to know what their money has gone to. How is the counteroffensive going? Are the Ukrainians any closer to victory than they were 6 months ago?” more than two dozen Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter this month, declaring their opposition to additional U.S. military aid to Uk...
Meet the housing market’s ‘new normal,’ 7% mortgage rates and all
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Meet the housing market’s ‘new normal,’ 7% mortgage rates and all

Mortgage rates are high and housing inventory is tight, but some experts see the market’s deep freeze starting to thaw this spring.Homebuying started to pick up during and after the holidays. Existing home sales increased 3.1% from December to January, according to the National Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, the inventory of unsold existing homes rose 2% from December to January, totaling around 1 million at the end of last month, slightly expanding buyers’ options.“While home sales remain sizably lower than a couple of years ago, January’s monthly gain is the start of more supply and demand,” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun said in a news release Thursday.“This might be the market’s first steps toward a ‘new normal’– a world where inventory remains rather scarce by pre-pandemic s...
The latest billionaire trend? Doomsday bunkers with a flammable moat | Arwa Mahdawi
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The latest billionaire trend? Doomsday bunkers with a flammable moat | Arwa Mahdawi

What’s your plan for the apocalypse? I’ll tell you what mine is: death. I am not really built for battle – I need five cups of coffee just to function and I have terrible allergies. My body can’t even handle pollen, it’s not going to do well with nuclear war. Plus, even if I was hardier – who wants to live a few extra months in a completely destroyed world?Billionaires. Billionaires do. As you have probably noticed bunkers have become the ultimate status symbol among the 1%. The bunker craze, accelerated by the pandemic, has been going on for a while now. However I’m starting to think that bunker-fever is getting out of hand. The rich are no longer content with run-of-the-mill $500,000 survival shelters, they’re taking things to the next level: a development which should probably worry ...
Fears of famine grow in Gaza as aid agencies suspend deliveries
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Fears of famine grow in Gaza as aid agencies suspend deliveries

JERUSALEM — As crowds of hungry people crowded around a food distribution point in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, Magdy Hussein waited patiently in line, a dignified figure amid the chaos.His wait proved in vain — the food ran out before he reached the front.“For the love of God, every time we come, we leave with nothing,” Hussein said to the young men dishing out the soup, as he was filmed by an NBC News crew last week. “Please, every time I tell you, I have 25 people at home.”“What kind of life is this?” Hussein, who is in his 60s, wondered aloud to no one in particular.Magdy Hussein waits in line for food in Gaza. NBC NewsHussein’s situation underscores a bleak reality for many in Gaza, as the Israeli military’s ground invasion and aerial bombardment continues. A dire food and wa...
Los astilleros de Portugal donde se fabrican las narcolanchas con destino a España
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Los astilleros de Portugal donde se fabrican las narcolanchas con destino a España

El mar está agitado en Moledo, una antigua freguesía portuguesa en la región del Alto Miño, que limita al norte y al este con Galicia. Los pescadores no se atreven a salir del puerto en un día de invierno en la última playa atlántica de Portugal. A partir de ese punto, el río Miño baña la tierra y es la frontera natural entre los dos países, desembocando en la localidad de Caminha. En sus orillas, e l comercio transfronterizo es una forma de vida . Sin embargo, en algunas comunidades pesqueras la antigua práctica del contrabando ha dado paso al tráfico de drogas . Noticia Relacionada OPERACIÓN POLICIAL estandar No Narcolanchas 'made in' Cataluña para transportar hachís desde Marruecos Elena Burés Es la primera vez que los Mossos y la Guardia Civil detectan en Gerona una organización ded...
Rocking the boat: would your marriage survive being shipwrecked together? | Marriage
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Rocking the boat: would your marriage survive being shipwrecked together? | Marriage

Let’s play it as a game. Two-player, ideally lovers. You could play with a friend, but for real spice – to truly scope out the game’s gnarly potential – it’s best with a partner or spouse, someone you have pledged to love and cherish for the rest of your days.The set-up is simple. You’re in a boat in the middle of an ocean. You have no radio. Oh, and one of you can’t swim. That’s key. A whale collides with your boat and as it fills with water you salvage a few tins of food and containers of fresh water, a couple of books, some clothes, a small inflatable dinghy and an even smaller life raft. You climb into the raft and watch your boat sink below the waves. And then the game begins.The challenges are initially practical: how do you eat? How do you find water? How do you sleep? Then they’...