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Home equity grew by $2 trillion in the first quarter

Home prices have been on a tear this year, hitting record highs and pushing up homeowners' wealth.
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Columnist Eugene Robinson takes your questions and comments on the latest political news and developments.
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The American West is drying out. Things will get ugly
The incredible pictures of a depleted Lake Mead, on the California-Nevada border, illustrate the effects of drought brought on by climate change.
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Bear Attacks Teenager Sleeping in Hammock
The 16-year-old girl is in a stable condition in hospital after the incident in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
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Help! A Family Member Told Me About Their Secret Affair.
Now they’re villainizing me for not supporting them.
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One Father's Day, I'm thankful for the lesson my son has taught me and sorry it took me so long
As Father's Day approaches, I realized that I owed my son two things after a year of life during the pandemic.       
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1971: The Year That Gave Us Starbucks, Disney World — And A Lower Voting Age
What a big year 1971 was. Here, we break down the 50th anniversaries of some of the biggest health initiatives, some serious industry game-changers, and more.
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The state of play on voting rights in Congress
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he'll bring legislation to the Senate floor, even though it seems destined to fail.
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5 books not to miss: Brandon Taylor's 'Filthy Animals,' Laura Lippman thriller 'Dream Girl'
Booker Prize finalist Brandon Taylor is back with story collection "Filthy Animals" while Laura Lippman thrills with her latest, "Dream Girl."       
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Joe Biden's meeting with Putin, vaccine passports, nightclub shootings, and other top columns
From Joe Biden's meeting with Putin, to a Pulse nightclub shooting, and vaccine passports, here are some of our top columns you may have missed.       
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Can insects become a bigger part of humanity’s diet? Should they?
A diner eats a scorpion at a market in Mexico City. | Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images The biggest problem with eating insects isn’t the “ew” factor. When I was in college, a girl who lived in my dorm was an evangelist for an unlikely cause: the potential of insects as food. She was really, really passionate about bugs as an ethical, environmentally friendly source of protein, in the way that driven undergrads can be really, really passionate about quixotic causes. At the time I laughed it off. They’re bugs! No one will want to eat bugs, right? The joke was on me: A few years later, she and her business partner went on Shark Tank and received a $100,000 investment from Mark Cuban, and now her company, Chirps Chips, sells cricket-based chips around the world. My classmate was ahead of the curve. As humans gradually realize we need to cut back on traditional meat consumption for the sake of the planet, eating bugs — primarily crickets and mealworms — has become a buzzy, green alternative. Some cultures, encompassing some 2 billion people around the world, already eat bugs. Mopane worms and shea caterpillars are routinely farmed and eaten (the former in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the latter in Burkina Faso and Mali), as is the African edible bush-cricket, which is commonly consumed in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Madagascar. Wild insect gathering for food for either subsistence or sale is common throughout East Asia and the Pacific, from India to Indonesia to Japan to Australia. In the northwest Amazon region of South America, somewhere between 5 and 7 percent of total protein comes from insects. But proponents of insect farming are looking to further industrialize the practice to raise more insects as feed for farmed animals as well as for human consumption — mostly in Europe and the US, where the practice is less common. In May, a European Union panel voted to approve the sale of an insect-based food for humans for the first time in the union’s history. The French company Agronutris had put in the application to sell dried yellow mealworm, a maggot-like organism “said to taste a lot like peanuts” when dried; with EU regulatory approval, the company hopes to sell the mealworm as a flour-like powder. Cyril Marcilhacy/Bloomberg via Getty Images An employee loads mealworm larvae into a sorting oven inside the Ynsect insect farm in Dole, France. Insect farming may still be a niche industry, but dozens of startups have come on the scene over the last few years. (And two French startups received a combined $537 million in funding in just the last year.) Meanwhile, chefs in the US are embracing cicadas, trillions of which have emerged on the East Coast, as a potential ingredient. Dogs are already enjoying the bounty of Brood X, the current crop of cicadas, but there’s no health or safety reason for why humans couldn’t join in. This excitement is eminently understandable: Insects are nutritious and environmentally sound to produce, which makes them a compelling alternative to traditional factory-farmed meats. But setting aside people’s personal tastes, I’m still wary of the push to eat bugs, largely because of one unanswered question: Do we really know all we need to know about the lives of insects — and whether they’re worthy of moral consideration? Why insects could be a good alternative to traditional meat … The case for eating bugs is straightforward: They’re healthy, and doing so is good for the environment. A study published in May from researchers at Harvard and the University of Wisconsin-Madison summarizes both arguments well. The authors found that if consumers in Africa and Asia added 5 grams of insect food to their daily diets, 67 million fewer people would be at risk of protein deficiency, with 166 million fewer people at risk of zinc deficiency and 251 million fewer people at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Anemia would also fall considerably. The study notes that 5 grams is not that much in the grand scheme of things. Cricket protein companies often cite a serving size of 10 to 20 grams of cricket protein powder for use in smoothies or porridge and the like. A 5-gram requirement could be met by one of those meals every two to four days. Particularly in areas of the world where nutritional shortfalls are common, insects could fill a useful role. Then there’s the environmental side. Factory farms are an environmental disaster. Beef farming specifically produces a huge share of the world’s methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than ordinary carbon dioxide, and drives deforestation in the Amazon as beef companies seek more open land for grazing. But factory farms of all kinds have environmental costs, not least from manure runoff that can poison streams, hurt local ecosystems, and endanger the health of local residents. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has promoted insect-based food in part because insects, which are cold-blooded, are more efficient than other animals at converting their food into meat. “On average, insects can convert 2 kg of feed into 1 kg of insect mass, whereas cattle require 8 kg of feed to produce 1 kg of body weight gain,” the FAO has noted. Insects also require less water and land than traditional livestock, and produce 10 to 100 times fewer greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of food than pigs, per the FAO. Their climate impact looks even better next to cows, which emit more than pigs. … And why we should be wary about it anyway The anti-entomophagy case is subtler but (I think) still compelling. We have to ask what farmed insects will be used for — and more importantly, what farming insects means for the insects themselves. Let’s take cricket farms as an example. At a cricket farm, the animals are typically laid out in plastic bins with cardboard walls they can climb and lay eggs on, according to a report from the research group Rethink Priorities. Because crickets need humid temperatures and can easily drown in a pool of water, damp sponges are often included in the bins to both regulate humidity and provide a drinking source. This video tour of a cricket farm in Finland gives a good sense of the situation, as does this photo of a Canadian farm: James MacDonald/Bloomberg via Getty Images Crickets cover cardboard lattice and feeder trays in the final grow room at Entomo Farms in Norwood, Ontario. Entomo is North America’s largest farmer of insects for human consumption. Lewis Bollard, who runs the farm animal welfare program at Open Philanthropy — the effective, altruist-inspired grantmaking group funded by billionaires Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz — recently published an excellent rundown of the perils of insect meat, specifically when it comes to industrializing insect meat production. First and foremost for animal welfare supporters, the market for human-edible insects is completely overshadowed by the market for insects as feed for farm animals. Most insects are raised to be fed to farmed fish and chickens (or ground up into pet food). “Insect farming isn’t an alternative to factory farming — it’s a supplier,” Bollard writes. This usage further indicts the environmental case for insect farming, he argues: “Feeding corn to insects, then feeding them to chickens, is inherently less efficient than just feeding the corn to chickens.” (To be fair, this is more an argument against the current insect-farming industry, as opposed to what some proponents want it to become: a system to feed humans more efficiently.) Then there are the insects themselves. As Bollard notes, we really have no idea if insects are “sentient” in the way that, say, a pig or cow appears to be (or if they’re sentient at all). Pigs are really smart; they can play video games. Flies, by contrast, aren’t going to trounce you at Skyrim. Some smart people are trying to think through what we do know about insect sentience, but we still don’t know a lot. Rethink Priorities has tried to pull together what we know about the welfare experience of insects on farms, but similarly, it’s not a lot. Insect farms mostly freeze and/or shred their animals, but we don’t know much about whether those methods cause the insects significant pain. If you’ve read this far and aren’t a vegan or vegetarian, or even someone who thinks about animal welfare much at all, all of this may seem absurd. Insects are not creatures whose welfare we’re used to considering, an indifference that even makes its way into our vernacular. “She wouldn’t hurt a fly” doesn’t mean “she’s not a sociopath” in the same way that “she wouldn’t kick a dog” does — it means “she wouldn’t do a mean thing so trivial no one should care about it.” But humans are constantly expanding our circle of moral concern. And though most humans have yet to expand their moral circle to fully include farm animals, attitudes on animal welfare have certainly evolved. The number of pets in the US has more than doubled since the 1970s, while the number euthanized every year has fallen dramatically, from 20 million to 3 million. Humans have become less comfortable killing animals just for being a nuisance: A half-century ago, it wasn’t so uncommon for dog owners to euthanize their pet because it was cheaper than putting them in a kennel during their vacation. That’s unimaginable today. It’s not a far step from “cats and dogs deserve to be treated well” to “pigs and cows deserve to be treated well.” And while “caterpillars and crickets” is a leap further from there, it’s hardly an unthinkable one. They’re animals too. Bees understand the number zero, a concept that human children often cannot grasp. Fruit flies sometimes act in ways that suggest they experience a form of chronic pain. Is it so inconceivable that the insect world might deserve humane treatment? For me, the most sobering finding of Rethink Priorities’s research is that around 1 trillioninsects are already raised and killed on farms every year — a staggering number, since we’re stillat the start of the insect-food boom. Because insects live very short lives, that annual total encompasses many generations; only between 79 billion and 94 billion farmed insects are alive at any given time. I don’t know for sure whether those insects feel pain — but if there’s even a small chance they do, the scale of the suffering that would imply is massive. I’m not categorically against insect farming, but I do hope we can learn more about what insects’ lives are like before we start farming them at an even greater scale.
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Why bother organizing your books? A messy personal library is proof of life.
As the French writer Georges Perec wisely put it, book arrangements are “hardly any more effective than the original anarchy.”
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Our democracy needs a bipartisan win. Biden can help the Senate get one on infrastructure.
Biden must help Democrats not to make the best the enemy of the good.
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Understanding 2021's Rise In Gun Violence
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Art Acevedo, Chief of the Miami Police Department, about the rise of violence across the U.S. and what can be done in the short term to stem further injury and death.
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College pitcher dies due to complications from Tommy John surgery
20-year-old Sang Ho Baek had recently completed his freshman season, the university's athletics department said.
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NC State's Corey Phillips had 'incredible' support from football staff during family crisis
Corey Phillips was named NC State's new director of scouting in April. A month into his new job, he was faced with a family crisis.       
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Extreme weather, Father's Day and a new federal holiday: 5 things to know this weekend
Summer arrives with trouble in the forecast, fathers and a historic day are celebrated, plus more news to start your weekend.      
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UFC on ESPN 25 play-by-play and live results (4 p.m. ET)
Check out live play-by-play and official results from UFC on ESPN 25 in Las Vegas, featuring Chan Sung Jung vs. Dan Ige.      Related StoriesUFC on ESPN 25 breakdown: Can Dan Ige get back on a roll against 'The Korean Zombie'?UFC on ESPN 25 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Two former champs call the fightsUFC on ESPN 25 pre-event facts: Matt Brown aims to tie all-time knockout record 
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UFC on ESPN 25 discussion thread
UFC on ESPN 25 takes place Saturday in Las Vegas, and you can discuss the event here.       Related StoriesUFC on ESPN 25 discussion thread - EnclosureUFC on ESPN 25 play-by-play and live results (4 p.m. ET)UFC Fight Night 191 poster: Cory Sandhagen, T.J. Dillashaw clash for top contender status 
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Push to honor Otto Warmbier by renaming street outside North Korean UN mission gets bipartisan support
The North Korean mission to the United Nations is located in a Manhattan office building at 820 Second Avenue, just one block from the U.N. Now, there are growing calls to change the building's address to: 820 "Otto Warmbier Way."
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Clippers' historic win: 13 incredible facts about comeback vs. Jazz
Here are 13 incredible facts about the Clippers' 25-point comeback to beat Utah on Friday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.
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Allyson Felix dreams of inspiring her daughter by qualifying for fifth Olympic Games
Allyson Felix is the most decorated female sprinter of all time, but the four-time Olympian is running for her 2-year-old this time around.       
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Pence heckled at conservative conference in Florida
The former vice president was met with scattered heckling when he was introduced at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Orlando.
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There are more Realtors than homes for sale. Follow one trying to close his first deal
More than 130,000 people have become Realtors since the beginning of the pandemic. Follow one new agent as he tries to make his first sale in one of the most competitive housing markets in the country.
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Ayatolloah's protege wins Iran presidency in questionable election
Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief won the country’s presidential election in a landslide victory Saturday, propelling the supreme leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position in a vote that appeared to see the lowest turnout in the Islamic Republic’s history.
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Amazon Prime Day 2021: Discounts may not be all that prime
One-third of Americans plan to use some of their stimulus money to spend during the sales event June 21 and 22.
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Pricey brain-cancer drug no longer an option under Medicare
Seller of therapy that can cost up to $1,000 a capsule exited federal discount program in January. "It's all greed," one critic said.
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Opinion: Cole Beasley, other NFL players miss mark in pushback on COVID-19 vaccination
The NFL has pushed players to get vaccinated and created strong incentives for players to do so, but ills WR Cole Beasley and others aren't budging.       
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Ohio shooting victim dies after he's run over by cops called to help
An Ohio police car ran over a man who’d been shot and called 911 for help — and he died shortly afterward, police and reports said.
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Child Tax Credit: Here's who will get up to $1,800 per child in cash
The expanded tax credit isn't available to all parents, and some recipients may be asked to repay the IRS next year.
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Wife hiking with husband falls 200 feet to her death off Wyoming cliff
A Wyoming woman on a sunrise hike with her husband plummeted more than 200 feet to her death Tuesday morning, authorities said.
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Greek pilot who confessed to killing wife after robbery tale wears bulletproof vest to court
Greek pilot Babis Anagnostopoulos wore a bulletproof vest Friday as he arrived at court, hours after confessing to killing his British wife who he’d initially claimed was tortured by a gang of burglars.
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Tessica Brown, also known as 'Gorilla Glue Girl,' has launched her own hair care line
A Louisiana woman who went viral after mistakenly using Gorilla Glue in place of hair spray has launched her own hair care line.
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'Gorilla Glue Girl' has launched her own hair care line
A Louisiana woman who went viral after mistakenly using Gorilla Glue in place of hair spray has launched her own hair care line.
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New doc examines America's troubled past with Confederate statues
Daily Show correspondent CJ Hunt examines America's troubled past with Confederate statues in new documentary 'The Neutral Ground.' (June 19)      
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17th century European paintings found in roadside dumpster
Police are appealing for information on how two original paintings from 17th century European artists, ended up in a roadside dumpster in southeast Germany.
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17th century European paintings found in roadside dumpster
Police are appealing for information on how two original paintings from 17th century European artists, ended up in a roadside dumpster in southeast Germany.
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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares new social justice doc
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his latest documentary, 'Fight the Power:The Movements That Changed America' which explores the history of protests that shaped the course for justice in America. (June 19)      
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An Arizona student was arrested after threatening to kill medical school classmates and bomb the campus, authorities say
A student in Arizona was arrested after threatening to kill some of their medical school classmates and bomb the school campus, the Glendale Police Department said in a news release.
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An Arizona student was arrested after threatening to kill medical school classmates and bomb the campus, authorities say
A student in Arizona was arrested after threatening to kill some of their medical school classmates and bomb the school campus, the Glendale Police Department said in a news release.
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Mike Pence 'Not a Traitor' Says Kevin McCarthy, 'Stood Right by President Trump'
Pence continues to face strong criticism from some supporters of former President Donald Trump for his role on January 6.
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Afghan Interpreters Who Await Visas After Helping The U.S. Now Fear For Their Lives
"Every day, you can see an increase in the Taliban's presence," an Afghan who worked with the U.S. tells NPR. "What am I going to do after September? ... Am I going to even be alive by December?"
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The same mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines could help treat cancer
Fighting COVID-19 proved a boon to cancer research. Here's how scientists are using the same mRNA technology to attack tumors.       
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Native Americans are transporting a 5,000-pound totem pole to D.C. from the Pacific Northwest
A 24-foot-tall totem pole will travel thousands of miles from Washington state to the nation's capital to raise awareness of Native American issues and sacred sites.
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Is Kirby the best Super Smash Bros character? USA TODAY staff sounds off
Nintendo announced Kazuya would soon make its Smash Bros. debut, so USA TODAY staffers sound off on their favorite Smash Bros. characters.     
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Overdose Deaths Rose During The War On Drugs, But Efforts To Reduce Them Face Backlash
Researchers know how to curb the risks of overdose and disease among drug users, but policymakers are reluctant to allow public health measures that include needle exchanges and access to safer drugs.
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'We can't stop now': Sparks' Nneka Ogwumike on Juneteenth, WNBA activism
Sparks forward and Houston native Nneka Ogwumike shares thoughts on Juneteenth, which commemorates the day the last of the slaves were declared free.
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Trying to make it back to the Olympics, Abbey Cooper goes it alone
Abbey Cooper, who authored one of the most memorable and sad moments of the 2016 Rio Games, ran her own race in trying to make her second Olympics.
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COMIC: Adopted Pandemic Dogs Got Us Through. Now They Need Our Help
Dog and cat adoptions climbed in 2020. Pets have been constant companions — easing our grief and fears. Now it's our turn to ease dogs' separation anxiety, as we head back out into the world.
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