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Federal court rules Ohio’s congressional map unconstitutional

The ruling, by a three-judge panel from the Federal District Court in Cincinnati, ordered new maps to be drawn by June 14 to be used for the 2020 election, when Democrats will fight to preserve their House majority.

New Zealand ‘wellbeing’ budget focuses resources on vulnerable populations

Family violence, mental health needs, and child poverty are all at the center of New Zealand’s new ‘wellbeing’ budget, with billions being newly allocated to causes that relate to the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders.

‘Humanity’ added as a religion option on Kolkata college admissions forms

Many students and alumni celebrated the change as a bold statement of inclusivity and progress.

Scientists eliminate HIV in animal genome in historic first

“Our study shows that treatment to suppress HIV replication and gene editing therapy, when given sequentially, can eliminate HIV from cells and organs of infected animals.”

California becomes first state to offer health insurance to some undocumented immigrants

The plan will provide Medicaid coverage to approximately 90,000 undocumented residents between ages 19 and 25.

NASA completes first all-female astronaut spacewalk

In 1984 Russia sent the first woman, Svetlana Savitskaya, on a spacewalk. Since then, twelve U.S. women have completed 43 spacewalks. 

Los Angeles launches its own Green New Deal

The plan requires all new city-owned buildings to be “all-electric,” effective immediately, aims to phase out Styrofoam by 2021, and more.

Glasgow commits to being free of ‘unnecessary’ plastics by 2030

Glasgow has announced a new goal of completely eliminating all unnecessary plastics by the year 2030 and eliminate all single use plastics by 2022.

Guatamala announces ban on plastic cups, bags, straws by 2021

According to AP News the Guatemalan government has predicted the ban, “...would eliminate more than half of the non-organic waste produced in the country.”

NCAA players will now be allowed to profit from their name, image, and likeness

Michael Drake, NCAA board chair, said on the new policies, "We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes…"