A Jewish mans stands in front of a menorah

AP Photo / Sebastian Scheiner

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Hanukkah began last night. How many nights and days does it last?

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In a post-Roe case, a Texas judge approved a woman's request for an abortion. What reason did the judge give for granting this exception?

The judge granted the woman's request for an abortion due to the fetus's diagnosis with trisomy 18, a genetic condition often leading to miscarriage or infant death. This case is significant as it challenges Texas' strict abortion laws, which have been tightened since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

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What was the primary topic of a congressional hearing involving presidents of Harvard, M.I.T., and the University of Pennsylvania this week?

Harvard, M.I.T., and the University of Pennsylvania have been criticized for their handling of antisemitism on campus. The presidents of these universities are facing calls for resignation, leading to the congressional inquiry and threats from donors to withdraw funding.

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What do veterinarians and researchers suspect to be the cause of a mysterious, severe respiratory illness appearing in dogs across 15 states?

The respiratory illness in question resembles kennel cough but has led to more serious conditions such as pneumonia and even death in some cases. Some dogs have not been responding to typical treatments, and have developed long-term symptoms or secondary infections.

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Following the fourth Republican debate this week, which candidate has surged into second place behind Donald Trump, according to a Wall Street Journal poll?

Nikki Haley has surged now holds 15% of the vote, while Donald Trump leads with 59%. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is close behind Haley with 14%. No other candidate has double digits.