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Israel and Hamas have agreed to a temporary cease-fire deal to allow for the release of 50 Israeli women and children captured during Hamas' assault on Israel last month and 150 Palestinian women and minors held in Israel. In a statement, Israel expressed willingness to extend the pause and release more prisoners if Hamas releases more hostages.
Check out npr.org/mideastupdates for more coverage, differing views and analysis of this conflict.
OpenAI, the company that created ChatGPT, announced late last night that it would reinstate Sam Altman as its CEO after he was fired on Friday. The reversal ends five days of drama between Altman, OpenAI employees and the company's board of directors.
Nearly 7 million student loan borrowers have loans in default, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The number of federal direct borrowers in default has more than doubled in the past decade. As student loan repayments return after the pandemic pause, the Biden administration is unveiling a new plan called Fresh Start that aims to help borrowers get back into good standing.
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Photojournalist Jackie Molloy rarely sees media coverage of overweight people like herself that doesn't center around weight loss. Last month, she attended Philly FatCon, a convention for people to come and celebrate their bodies. She shares photos of her time there, as well as reflections from herself and attendees about fat acceptance and body positivity.
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