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Because the money for the program was reallocated from federal COVID relief funds, some white residents may also apply and benefit. ABC
VOA VIEW: Reparations is a foolish thought and plan.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration has announced an overhaul of the agency's food safety and nutrition division ABC
The U.S. Justice Department has requested documents from Tesla related to its Autopilot and “Full Self-Driving” features ABC
VOA VIEW: A check maybe worthwhile.

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Santos told House Republicans Tuesday that he would recuse himself from sitting on committees. ABC
The previously undisclosed search came after Biden lawyers found top secret documents on Nov. 2. CBS
VOA VIEW: The American people were deceived.
The decision comes after an analysis found some 2015-19 Hyundai and Kia vehicles lack protections to prevent theft. CBS
VOA VIEW: Reasonable!
General Motors executives blamed U.S. battery cell plants for the company's slow rollout of EVs. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
Sales of Paxlovid surged to $18.9 billion in 2022, which was the first full year the antiviral pill was available. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A lot of money was made over a tragedy.
Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal reintroduced legislation that would strengthen airline passengers' rights. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It will be costly and problematic to passengers.

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The FDA has used separate emergency powers to authorize the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax vaccines. CNBC
It's tax season, and Americans are trying to make sense of various tax breaks. Tax credits are generally more valuable than deductions. CNBC
VOA VIEW: There is a big difference.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing Donald Trump, the Trump Organization and others over alleged fraud involving false financial statements. CNBC
VOA VIEW: James is an anti-Trump idiot.
Rising costs took a toll on household budgets across the board in 2022. These moves can keep your finances in check going forward. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Unfortunately, the number is probably higher.

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If you worked from home in 2022, you may wonder if you qualify for the home office deduction. Here's what to know before filing your return. CNBC
As homeowners eye their home equity as a source of cash, there are aspects of so-called HELOCs to consider before signing on the dotted line. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Everyone is different.
The FBI searched President Joe Biden's former think tank office in Washington in November after his team notified the National Archives that they found classified documents there, according to a Justice Department official and another source familiar with the matter. CNN
VOA VIEW: There was a coverup.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's position that cuts to Medicare and Social Security are not on the table in exchange for a debt ceiling increase has drawn skepticism from his primary negotiating partner: The White House. CNN
VOA VIEW: Biden is grandstanding.
Russia is violating a key nuclear arms control agreement with the United States and continuing to refuse to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities, a State Department spokesperson said Tuesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Russia does not care what the US thinks or says.
A rumored relationship between Tyre Nichols and the wife or girlfriend of one of the five Memphis cops accused of his murder is not true, his stepfather said. FOX News
VOA VIEW: There is more to be discovered.
New Orleans officials announced the city will bring additional officers from departments across the state to help patrol Mardi Gras parades amid an ongoing police staffing crisis. FOX News
The United States Treasury Department has designated individuals and entities linked to the military regime of Myanmar for sanctions. The action is being carried out in coordination with Britain, Australia and Canada. UPI

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Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to attend Wednesday's funeral for Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tenn. UPI
VOA VIEW: This is a black thing.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, where they presented a unified front while talking up stronger ties between the two. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
Employment costs for U.S. businesses rose slightly less than anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2022 as federal officials continue to watch such indicators for possible breaks in inflation. UPI
VOA VIEW: Don't believe all you read.

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Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has applied for a visa extension that would allow him to remain in the United States amid mounting legal troubles back home. UPI
Inflation and Russia's war on Ukraine will see global economic growth slow to 2.9% this year, down from an estimated 3.4% last year, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Nothing new.

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     A San Francisco program providing guaranteed income to pregnant Black women will soon spread to other counties throughout California.  A bad idea that will cause more pregnant dependent black women.

     An additional 425 mothers “and other birthing parents” will be served by the Abundant Birth Project throughout the Golden State next year as the program opens in Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles and Riverside counties, according to a release from the San Francisco city government last week.  The programs in each of the counties will run for two- to three-year periods, thanks to a $5 million grant from the California Department of Social Services.

     “The Abundant Birth Project has proven to be successful in San Francisco and brings an innovative, equitable approach to addressing disproportionate health impacts largely among Black families, which is why I committed to investing $1.5 million over the next two years to grow the program in our City and neighboring counties,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said in the release. “We hope the Abundant Birth Project serves as a model to address racial birth disparities throughout the region and state, and across the country.”

     Black women are twice as likely than White women to have a premature birth, according to the release, which also said that wealth and income disparities contribute to Black women having the highest infant and maternal mortality rates among any population.