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Silvia Ballard is a writer and editor who has worked in publishing for over 15 years. She has written on topics ranging from arts to construction, automotive to travel, real estate to fashion—and everything in between! When she's not writing, Silvia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling around the world, and exploring new places.

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Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks, gun accessories used in 2017 Vegas massacre

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The high court found 6-3 the Trump administration did not follow federal law when it […]

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Pete Buttigieg’s Paternity Leave Was Complicated. Here’s What He Learned

When I returned from paternity leave earlier this year, my boss here at GQ had an assignment waiting for me: find out how family leave is going for American men. We settled on a survey of new fathers, an unscientific but broad collection of interesting stories—from hourly and part-time workers who simply pieced it together

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House of the Dragon Is Back. Here's a Guide to Who Everybody Is and Why They're Fighting

Quick, for a dollar: Name a single character from House of the Dragon! Look, it’s fine. The season one finale of the Game of Thrones spinoff aired almost two years ago, way back in late October 2022, and we’ve all had a lot on our plates since then. And it’s not like House made this

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Tesla shareholders vote to reinstate Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package

Tesla shareholders on Thursday voted to ratify CEO Elon Musk’s mammoth 2018 pay plan, five months after a judge in Delaware ordered the company to rescind the package, finding it had been improperly granted by the board. At Tesla’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, the vote in support of the compensation plan, doesn’t override the

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Stock market today: Global shares are mixed and yen weakens as Japan's central bank stands pat

TOKYO — Global shares were mixed on Friday after Wall Street touched fresh records, with benchmarks pushed higher by the frenzy over artificial-intelligence technology. France’s CAC 40 dropped 1.3% in early trading to 7,606.73 while Germany’s DAX dipped 0.5% to 18,174.98. Britain’s FTSE 100 fell 0.2% to 8,143.79. The future for the Dow Jones Industrial

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The Latest | Group of Seven summit turns to migration after promising tens of billions to Ukraine

BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy — A summit meeting of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations is expected to focus on migration on its second day Friday, seeking ways to combat trafficking and increase investment in countries from where migrants start out on often life-threatening journeys. Migration is a priority for summit host Italy and its

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AI startup Perplexity wants to upend search business. News outlet Forbes says it's ripping them off

The artificial intelligence startup Perplexity AI has raised tens of millions of dollars from the likes of Jeff Bezos and other prominent tech investors for its mission to rival Google in the business of searching for information. But its AI-driven search chatbot is already facing challenges as some news media companies object to its business

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Chinese automakers overtake U.S. rivals in sales for the first time, report shows

Automotive companies in China sold more cars than their U.S. counterparts for the first time last year, boosted by BYD and growth in emerging markets, researcher Jato Dynamics said in a report published Thursday.  Chinese brands, led by Shenzhen-based BYD, sold 13.4 million new vehicles last year, while American brands sold about 11.9 million, the

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Multi-speed markets: which cities face a cool-off

Property price growth across Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide could be on the verge of slowing down on the back of weakening economic conditions, affordability constraints and ongoing high interest rates. According to CoreLogic Head of Research, Eliza Owen, the trio of cities have recently led Australia’s multi-speed market, while capital cities like Melbourne and Hobart

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