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In Neuzelle, Germany, a beer brewery has developed a beer in powder form, the first of its kind, in order to reduce the heavy carbon footprint of beer exports. So that next time you order a beer from the Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle, you might have to specify how many spoonfuls of serving you wa…

The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate one-quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, the same level of an increase as in its previous meeting seven weeks ago. Repeating that small hike might not seem dramatic, but after a turbulent couple of weeks for the global economy, the 25-basis-point boost is a pretty big...


Georgia’s Senate and House are in a power struggle over funding and permitting for hospitals. Senate Republicans sliced $87 million from universities’ teaching funds on Tuesday after nixing an $18 million health insurance increase sought by universities. That equals the $105 million lawmakers allotted to Augusta University’s hospitals even as the university negotiates giving control to Wellstar Health System. Marietta-based Wellstar closed two Atlanta-area hospitals that cared for lower-income patients, and is trying to block a competing hospital in Jackson County. That new hospital could financially benefit the family of Republican Lt. Gov. Burt Jones. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Blake Tillery says Wellstar’s behavior raises questions.

A Kansas proposal based on the disputed idea that providers leave intants to die when they're born during abortions is nearing legislative approval. The push for the legislation comes as Republicans pursue limited anti-abortion measures, following a decisive statewide vote in August protecting abortion rights. The Kansas House voted 88-34 on Wednesday to a bill that would deal with cases when an abortion procedure results in a live birth. It would require medical personnel to take the same steps to preserve the newborn’s life as providers would with other live births. Critics say the bill is unnecessary and designed to give abortion care a negative public image.

Former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted “hand on heart” that he did not lie to lawmakers about government parties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The House of Commons standards committee questioned Johnson on Wednesday over misleading statements he made to Parliament about a slew of parties that breached lockdown rules.  If the committee concludes he deliberately lied, Johnson could face suspension or even lose his House of Commons seat. He told the committee that the rule-breaking events were wrong and “I bitterly regret it.” But he said that “If anybody thinks I was partying during lockdown, they are completely wrong.” The “partygate” scandal helped hasten the end of Johnson's premiership.

For the first time in three decades, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent p…

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