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Officials had initially advised against shooting down the balloon because falling debris could cause risk to people on the ground. CBS
VOA VIEW: It took Biden a week to make the final decision after being called a coward by all.
TV footage shows the suspected surveillance balloon as it appeared to be hit. Earlier on Saturday, Americans had reported sightings.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: A week late.
The Pentagon on Friday acknowledged reports of a second balloon flying over Latin America. "We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon," Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement, declining to offer further information such as where it was spotted. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A real provocation.

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Sightings of a massive surveillance balloon believed to be from China have been popping up on social media as the object travels across the U.S. ABC
A Times investigation found that some farmacias in Mexican tourist towns are selling prescription drugs laced with fentanyl and methamphetamine. The question is, why? LA Times
VOA VIEW: Total madness.
When Biden ends the emergency declaration May 11, access to COVID tests, vaccines and treatment will now depend on insurance coverage.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Less money for Biden's friends.
Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis has faced increased scrutiny after the death of Tyre Nichols, three days after he was beaten by Memphis police officers.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: She made some dumb comments.
President Joe Biden sounded like a candidate making his case for a second term Friday night as he rallied a raucous meeting of national Democrats who chanted, "Four more years!" Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good news for Republicans.
California won't make children get the coronavirus vaccine to attend schools. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!

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The Federal Aviation Administration paused arrivals to and departures from airports in North and South Carolina. CBS
The first drug to show that it slows Alzheimer’s is on sale, but treatment for most patients is still several months away ABC
VOA VIEW: It's not big bucks.
The changes make more versions of the small SUV eligible for tax credits. ABC
New Hampshire has a state law requiring its primary to be the first in the nation. But some Democrats want to change that. CBS

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New Hampshire's place in the process is still an open question, after state Democrats say they could skip the line. CBS
Right now, Russia and Ukraine are locked in fierce fighting in the embattled eastern city of Bakhmut. Debora Patta has more on the battle for Bakhmut and how technology is crucial to the fight. CBS
Under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans would still get their Covid shots for free once the vaccine program goes commercial. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The low income gets the free ride.

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The settlement comes as former President Donald Trump is running for the 2024 presidential nomination, which could set up a rematch with President Joe Biden. CNBC
Watching the employment data for Black workers can give a closer look at the relative strength of the U.S. economy CNBC
VOA VIEW: Black workers do not perform as much as others.
Before Jeff Bezos stepped down as Amazon's CEO in 2021, he made a practice of letting his employees speak first during meetings. Here's why. CNBC
Nearly 40% of CEOs think their companies won't be "economically viable" within the next decade without major changes, PwC's annual global CEO survey found. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The country is going too far to the left.
Quiet quitting, work burnout and layoff fears aren't going away. TikTok offers employers a new social media-based worker communications strategy. CNBC
VOA VIEW: TikTok should be banished from the US.

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Federal student loan bills may not resume until August or September, said higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz. Here's what borrowers need to know. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Payments should be paid as contracted.
If you are falling behind on auto loan payments, experts say there are some things you can do to prevent the problem from snowballing. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Auto loans should be paid on time.
While the odds of an audit have been low, your return may get flagged for several reasons, tax experts say. Here's what filers need to know. CNBC

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The suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that violated American airspace this week has fueled a diplomatic crisis with the postponement of Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's planned trip to Beijing. CNN
VOA VIEW: China is testing Biden.
News that the Pentagon is monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon in the skies over the continental United States raises a series of questions -- not least among them, what exactly it might be doing. CNN
Long before the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, some Supreme Court justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive transmissions instead of secure servers set up to guard such information, among other security lapses not made public in the court's report on the investigation last month. CNN
Texas Nationalist Movement Daniel Miller is planning to sue TikTok after his organization's account was removed from the platform without explanation despite millions of viewers. FOX News
Yuma Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. Robert Trenschel shared how the migrant influx has overwhelmed the hospital with over $20 million in unpaid expenses. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Biden's stupidity is hurting all Americans.
LSU's Madison Brooks was fatally hit by a car after an alleged rape in Baton Rouge on Jan. 15. The university has been under a microscope for its handling of sexual assault accusations. FOX News
VOA VIEW: This is sad news.
The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to change the party's presidential primary calendar and give more diverse states more influence in the process. UPI
VOA VIEW: The liberals are taking over the Dem party.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will seek to expand a controversial migrant relocation program under which refugees have been transported to Massachusetts in an upcoming legislative session, documents show. UPI
VOA VIEW: Desantis is doing right by Floridians.
Japanese Prime Minster Fumio Kishida on Saturday fired his executive secretary, Masoyoshi Arai, over remarks denounced as homophobic. UPI
VOA VIEW: No government official from any country should make negative remarks about any group.
Israeli military forces raided a refugee camp near the city of Jericho on the West Bank Saturday, leading to a clash with several Palestinians that resulted in multiple arrests and injuries. UPI
Russia and Ukraine on Saturday completed a prisoner exchange in which 116 Ukrainians were returned to Kyiv while the bodies of two slain foreign civilian aid workers were also repatriated. UPI
The Treasury Department announced sanctions on Friday against the directors of an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer for providing aerial support to Russia for its invasion against Ukraine. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran should be heavily sanctioned.

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     A new city analysis shows that a huge chunk of high-income earners fled in 2020. Yet progressives refuse to hear the alarm bell: They’re pushing to “tax the rich” yet again instead.  More people will leave, and NYC will have even more financial disparity.

     The study by the city’s Independent Budget Office shows a 10% plunge in taxpayers who made over $750,000, and 6% of those with incomes between $150,000 and $750,000. These now-former New Yorkers will no longer pay hefty taxes to the city or state, leaving significantly less revenue to fund progressives’ pet projects.  Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City calls the trend “ominous.” 

     Clearly, many taxpayers fled to escape New York’s off-the-chart taxes. Yet the radicals who increasingly dominate local politics want to slam those who haven’t left even more: Last Monday, a group of advocates and elected officials launched a campaign for a ludicrous $40 billion in new taxes on the rich.  “Everybody always worries about whether billionaires and the wealthy are going to get up and leave from New York,” huffed Queens state Sen. Jessica Ramos. “I’m sick of seeing working-class New Yorkers have to leave.”