Massive damage to a road in Hudson Valley, New York.

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What has caused collapsed bridges and impassable roads in the New York Hudson Valley area, leading to declared states of emergency in several towns?

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Which country, under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, recently agreed to support Sweden's bid to join NATO, after previously blocking it?

All 31 NATO countries need to approve a new member’s admission, and Turkey had been resistant after accusing Sweden of hosting Kurdish militants. The change came after Sweden amended its constitution, changed its laws, expanded its counter-terrorism operation against the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party - which is banned in Turkey), and resumed arms exports to Turkey.

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This “Queen of Pop” was forced to postpone her North American Celebration Tour due to a serious bacterial infection.

64-year-old Madonna postponed the North American leg of her tour, which was set to open this week. Despite the initial sell-out of over 40 dates, the tour will now begin in Europe in October. Fans are asked to retain their tickets for the rescheduled dates. The announcement comes after Beyoncé also canceled and postponed dates for her own tour due to production logistics and scheduling issues.

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Which geological event led to the evacuation of a dozen homes in the Rolling Hills Estates community in Los Angeles County and continues to pose a threat to multiple residences?

A landslide in Rolling Hills Estates has caused some homes to move 20 feet overnight and others to fully collapse. Sixteen residents were given 20 minutes to evacuate. The cause of the shifting ground is still being investigated but is potentially due to excessive rain. Many homes are expected to fall into the ravine below.

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Following its 2022 acquisition of the popular sports website The Athletic, this major publication announced that it will dissolve its sports department, which was started in 1927.

NYT bought The Athletic in 2022 for $550 million. The Athletic's staff will now provide most of the sports coverage for Times readers, both online and print. A group of nearly 30 people from the NYT sports desk sent a letter to the executive editor of The Times criticizing the company’s management and internal communication since the acquisition.