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US inflation slowed more than expected in March. It’s the ninth consecutive month of slowing inflation, but the Federal Reserve probably isn’t finished hiking (rates, that is).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took aim at car pollution. The US agency’s new rules on tailpipe emissions will boost the production and sale of electric vehicles without imposing an outright ban on gas-powered cars.
An industrial fire in Indiana forced 2,000 residents to evacuate. The owners of the plastic recycling plant in Richmond were cited in 2019 over a fire hazard at the site.
Warner Bros. rebranded its streaming service. The Max platform combines the catalogs of Discovery+ and HBOMax, including new Max Originals and HBO Original titles.
Twitter’s ad business has an Elon Musk problem
28%: Expected decline in Twitter’s ad revenue this year compared to 2022, according to the market research firm Insider Intelligence
The biggest obstacle that the social media company faces in its ad business is the personal brand Elon Musk has intertwined with Twitter, one that, as Quartz’s Scott Nover explains, exudes chaos, not trust.
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“Public libraries are not places of government indoctrination. They are not places where the people in power can dictate what their citizens are permitted to read about and learn. When government actors target public library books because they disagree with and intend to suppress the ideas contained within them, it jeopardizes the freedoms of everyone.”
—Excerpted from Texas residents’ lawsuit, part of an escalating book ban feud in Llano County. Officials are meeting today to consider whether to shut down the community’s three public libraries instead of restocking banned books. While the community is small—it has a population of 22,000—it’s an ominous sign of what’s to come in parts of the US where several other library wars are brewing. 📚
Americans decidedly see China as a foe
What’s growing this divide in the American consciousness? Quartz’s Mary Hui has some answers.
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South Korea is paying young people $500 to socialize. The program is aimed at getting recluses out of the house.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was so mad about a pothole in his neighborhood, he filled it. He kind of looked like the Terminator while doing it.
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