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Intense opposition to U.S. Senate immigration deal quickly emerges

The proposed global security funding legislation that includes major bipartisan updates to immigration policy encountered opposition from members of both parties Monday, especially Republicans upset by the Biden administration’s handling of border security, charting a tumultuous path for passage in the Senate this week.

What is an atmospheric river? With flooding and mudslides in California, a hydrologist explains the good and bad of these storms and how they’re changing

Millions of Californians were under flood alerts and warnings of excessive rainfall on Feb. 5, 2024, as a powerful atmospheric river sat over Southern California. Los Angeles saw one of its wettest days on record with over 4 inches of rain on Feb. 4, communities reported widespread flooding, and debris and mudslides shut down sections of highways and roads into Malibu.

Child care costs far outpace wages, but dependent care tax credit stuck at 2001 rate

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening to assist low-income families through an expansion of the child tax credit and the bill now awaits approval in the Senate. But some organizations are also highlighting a separate tax credit for child and dependent care, which they say is not providing adequate assistance to families and providers amid rising costs.

AI poses threats to 2024 elections

The rise of artificial intelligence is raising alarm bells for election officials across the country. Before the New Hampshire primary, a robocall imitating President Joe Biden called voters and told them not to vote. It’s seen as a potential preview of what voters could be in for as the 2024 general election approaches.

Overdraft fees, late fees could be slashed as White House continues attack on junk fees

The cost of overdrawing your bank account could ease considerably under a rule proposed this month by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The proposed regulation is in line with a larger effort that the Biden administration has championed the past few years to crack down on “junk fees,” which are tacked onto everything from ticket prices to hotel bills.

No more prizes for killing ‘nuisance’ animals under these hunting contest bans

New York became the 10th state to ban or limit wildlife hunting contests with the December enactment of the new law. Oregon’s wildlife agency also imposed a ban last year on such events on state lands. So far, the bans have largely been passed in Democratic-led states. In some states, including Nevada, wildlife commissions — which are often stacked with hunting proponents — have rejected petitions to ban the practice.