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    California lawmakers have approved a nearly $308 billion spending plan. Lawmakers on Wednesday sent the annual operating budget to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign it into law. The budget includes money to cover abortions for women who can't afford them. It also will pay for the health care of all low-income adults who are living in the country illegally. The centerpiece of the budget is a plan to send tax refunds to 23 million Californians to help pay for record high gas prices. Most households will receive checks from between $200 and $1,050, depending on how much money they make.

      Jonathan Annicks was 18 when a gunman shot him outside his Chicago home, leaving him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. His shooter was never caught. The Associated Press first reported on his story a few months after the 2016 incident. Since then he's gone to college and become a mentor for others with spinal cord injuries. While he's shown the world a brave face and “can do” spirit, the years since the shooting have had ups and downs. It's a reminder that overcoming tragedy can be messy. But, as he has from the start, he’s leaned on his family to help get him through. He dreams of a life with even more independence and a family of his own.

        Q: I just finished your article on water sensors and was disappointed you did not mention whole house water shut-off valves. I recently experienced water damage that required 90% of my wood floors to be replaced at an insured cost of about $55,000.

          Middle and high school students in California will be able to sleep a little bit later when the new school year starts. A first-in-the-nation law that goes into effect for the 2022-23 school year says high schools can’t start before 8:30 a.m. and middle schools can’t start before 8 a.m. Similar proposals are before lawmakers in New Jersey and Massachusetts. Advocates say sleep-deprived teenagers are more prone to anxiety, depression and car accidents. They say adolescent bodies naturally fall asleep later so early school starts cut into their rest. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends start times of 8:30 a.m. or later.

            Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. A company spokesperson confirmed Amazon's temporarily cap of three units per week went into effect on Monday. The company did not share further details on what emergency contraceptive products were limited for purchase. But a listing showed the cap was applied to the popular Plan B “morning after" pill. Rite Aid also limited sales of Plan B to three units per customer on Monday due to increased demand. Walmart, Amazon’s top competitor, has also capped online purchases of Plan B to 10 units.

              Arizona’s Republican attorney general says that a pre-statehood law that bans all abortions is enforceable. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced his decision Wednesday and said he will soon file for the removal of an injunction that has blocked it for nearly 50 years. Brnovich has been weighing the old law since last Friday, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its 1973 decision that said abortion was a constitutional right. His decision puts him at odds with Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who says a new law banning abortions after 15 weeks takes precedence. Abortion providers across Arizona worried about being prosecuted stopped performing the procedures last week.

              Q: I just finished your article on water sensors and was disappointed you did not mention whole house water shut-off valves. I recently experienced water damage that required 90% of my wood floors to be replaced at an insured cost of about $55,000.

              While you may never be on the Martha Stewart or Ina Garten level of home entertaining, there’ s no reason you can’ t aspire to these mega-hostesses’ easy, breezy entertaining philosophies. And while you’ re at it, you can aspire to host for less— making Friday night dinners or Sunday brunch for the friends you call family affordable, digestible and eminently enjoyable...

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              Dutch flag carrier KLM says it is repaying the last portion of loans it got from the Netherlands government and banks to help it survive when the COVID-19 pandemic threw global aviation into a tailspin. The carrier is paying back 277 million euros ($290 million) to the government, the last outstanding loan out of a total of 942 million it borrowed from a credit facility worth 3.4 billion euros. KLM earlier this year paid back the rest of the loans to banks. The announcement Thursday came a before day CEO Pieter Elbers is to be replaced by Marjan Rintel and against a backdrop of weeks of heavy congestion and canceled flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

              Shanghai is reopening its Disney Resort theme park and getting ready to allow in-person dining. Domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 in China's largest city have settled at zero following a more than two-month lockdown. Chinese officials hail their hard-line “zero-COVID" policy for stemming the growth of cases and deaths from the virus. But the strategy takes an enormous toll on the Chinese economy and international supply chains reliant on China's manufacturing and shipping abilities. China has repeatedly defended the policy. Indications are it will maintain “zero-COVID” at least through the spring of 2023. That's when President Xi Jinping is expected to be installed for a third five-year term as head of the world's second-largest economy and rising competitor to the U.S.

              Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has praised his father’s legacy and glossed over its violent past as he was sworn in as Philippine president. His rise to power comes 36 years after an army-backed “People Power” revolt booted his namesake dictator father from office. In his inaugural speech, Marcos Jr. said his father accomplished many things and built better roads that had not been done since the country’s independence. Activists and survivors of the martial law era say the stunning election victory was pulled off by whitewashing the Marcos family’s image. Protests took place at the same time as Marcos Jr. took oath at the steps of the National Museum in Manila. He called for unity and avoided the mention of abuses under his father's rule.

              Oil prices are high, and drivers are paying more at the pump. But the OPEC oil cartel and allied producing nations may not be much help at their meeting Thursday. The OPEC+ alliance, which includes Russia, is having trouble meeting its production quotas. So even an expected increase of 648,000 barrels per day for August may not do much to bring down prices as demand for fuel rebounds strongly from the pandemic. Experts also say countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that can increase production have little incentive to do so. Plus, some oil from major producer Russia has been lost to the market as traders shun it over the war in Ukraine.

              If you haven’t been cleaning the vent under your fridge, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. TikTok creator @vanesamaro91 shows you exactly why this needs to be on your to-do list.

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