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South Carolina executions blocked until firing squad formed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of a firing squad option set out in the state’s newly revised capital punishment law. The high court...
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Alaska searchers look for hiker who reported being charged by bears

Search teams Wednesday were looking for a missing Alaska hiker who had reported being charged by bears, state troopers said. Fina Kiefer, 55, of Palmer, was hiking alone on the Pioneer Ridge Trail in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, northeast of Anchorage, on Tuesday when she contacted her husband and said she needed help after being charged by multiple bears, Alaska State Troopers said.
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Fashion retailer Zara condemns anti-Palestinian comments made by designer

Fashion retailer Zara on Tuesday condemned anti-Palestinian comments made by one of its senior designers after the remarks spurred calls for a boycott of the Spanish apparel line on social media. Vanessa Perilman, Zara's head designer for its women's department, got into an online argument with model Qaher Harhash, who...
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Breaking down Biden's high-stakes summit with Putin

NBC News’ Peter Alexander and Andrea Mitchell join Lester Holt in Geneva to discuss the White House’s response to President Biden’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Plus, Keir Simmons reports from Moscow on the reaction in Russia.
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Dangerous heat wave in western U.S.

Tens of millions of people are facing triple digit temperatures that are shattering records. Power grids are being strained and several states will be impacted for the rest of the week. Wildfires and drought are also of concern.
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Lack of broadband internet creating divide in America

High speed broadband internet needed for video conferencing has always been hard to get in rural America because companies make less money connecting remote communities rather than cities. Internet is a public utility in Wilson, North Carolina, but that isn’t an option in other rural areas as they struggle with slow and spotty service.
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LGBTQ Essential Data Act reintroduced, aimed to help LGBTQ community

A bill aiming to help the LGBTQ community is being brought back to life. The LGBTQ Essential Data Act improves sexual orientation and gender identity data collection. The bill would require law enforcement to record more information in CDC’s national violent death reporting system. NBC News’ Jo Yurcaba explains how it will work.