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Going Cashless

March 12, 2020

Picture this: After saving up your allowance, you finally have enough money to buy that toy, game, or piece of clothing you’ve been dreaming of. You go to the store and find the item. But when you get to the…

Environment

Banned Bags

March 6, 2020

A ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect in New York State on March 1. New York is one of several states to forbid stores from handing out plastic bags at checkout. California was the first. Many cities and…

World

Bananas at Risk

January 24, 2020

Bananas are one of the most important crops on Earth. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 400 million people rely on bananas as a source of food or income. But the bananas we know and love may be…

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People

Find the Facts

January 16, 2020

More than half of teens learn about the news from social-media sources and YouTube videos. That’s according to a 2019 Common Sense Media survey. But the information on those sites is not always trustworthy. “There’s more misinformation out there than…

Holidays

Holiday Sales Set Records

December 6, 2019

The holiday shopping season is off to a record-breaking start, says Adobe Analytics. The company tracks sales at 80 of the top 100 online stores in the United States. According to Adobe, online shoppers spent $7.4 billion the day after…

Food and Nutrition

Fighting Food Ads

December 4, 2019

Food companies engineer junk food to make it addictive. They label their products to make them seem much healthier than they are. And their advertisements target children. All of this is according to a news report read recently by students…

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People

Crochet Away!

November 26, 2019

“Hello, crochet friends!” That’s how Jonah Larson, 11, starts his popular online crochet tutorials. Jonah lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He has been crocheting since he was 5 years old. Crochet involves looping yarn with a hooked needle to make…

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Transportation

GM Strike Ends

November 1, 2019

General Motors (GM) workers approved a new contract with the company on October 25, bringing a 40-day autoworker strike to an end. When employees have a dispute with their employer, they may go on strike. They protest by refusing to…

Culture

Dolls for All

October 17, 2019

Not long ago, toy stores had separate aisles for boys and girls. People spoke out against this, and retailers listened. Target, for one, got rid of gender-specific toy sections in 2015. Then people started paying closer attention to product packaging.…

Arts

Off the Charts

September 5, 2019

Hit songs have typically followed a formula set by the music industry. But in the last decade, streaming and social media have changed the game. Rising stars can now find fans directly, without support from the music industry. No…