A Juneteenth celebration in Galveston, Texas

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Today is Juneteenth, a day that has been celebrated by African Americans for over a century, and became a federal holiday in 2021. What does Juneteenth commemorate?

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Recent neuroscience research has shown that semaglutide, the active ingredient in this increasingly common weight-loss drug, could also show promise as an addiction treatment.

Semaglutide is the active ingredient in Ozempic, an increasingly popular drug that mimics the effects of the hormone GLP-1. GLP-1 is released from the gut and the brain, and helps suppress hunger and regulate blood sugar. According to recent neuroscience research in animals, semaglutide can also reduce the “reward” felt from the molecule dopamine. If you reduce the reward from addictive behaviors, that could reduce urges.

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Several California counties have banned recreation on rivers that flow from the Sierra Nevada Mountains because of swift currents and fatalities. What recent weather changes are making these rivers so dangerous?

The dangers and swift currents in the rivers, particularly the Kern River, are due to massive snow melts from the Sierra Nevada mountains. These melts are a result of a series of heavy winter storms. The melting snow feeds the waterways, creating wild torrents and leading counties in Central California to prohibit people from entering the water.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in this country yesterday, the first time a senior US diplomat has visited in five years and amidst an increasingly tense relationship.

Based on the State Department’s readout of the meeting, it does not seem like significant progress was made, but the visit was at least a symbolic step to mending U.S.-China tensions. Blinken had previously planned to visit in February, but canceled following the discovery of the Chinese spy balloon.

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Yesterday, this golfer won the U.S. Open, one of golf’s four major championships. It was only his second tournament win ever.

Wyndham Clark won the U.S. Open by 1 stroke, his first major championship win and only his second PGA tour win ever. The tournament was played at exclusive Los Angeles Country Club, which has a controversial past—the club didn’t admit Jewish members until 1977, and the first Black member was admitted in 1991.