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    Sound Designer Ben Burtt Shares How Skywalker Ranch Shaped 'Star Wars'

    Watch VideoBen Burtt has lived in a galaxy far, far away from the very start. "I first came out here with a gang led by George Lucas in 1978," Burtt said.He was hired by George Lucas to record sounds for a movie called "Star Wars." His job was to find the sounds for ships, creatures and lightsabers."I was very fortunate to arrive on the scene in sound at a time when a revolution took place," Burtt said. "From a creative standpoint, there was more of a demand for — especially with special effects...

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    What The Warner Bros.-Discovery Merger Means For Streaming As A Whole

    Watch VideoThe dust is settling around the highly-publicized merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery, and some experts say this is only the beginning for the streaming industry as a whole."You will see more merger activity, where streamers are trying to pick up existing libraries so that the consumer knows when they log on to a particular site, that they have the most choices available," said Sky Moore, lawyer and partner at Greenberg Glusker.With these mergers come major restructuring.Warner...

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    The Meaning Behind Pope Francis' Meeting With Transgender People

    Watch VideoFather James Martin has taken his message of prayer and inclusivity just about everywhere, from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" to the halls of the Vatican.In May, he wrote to Pope Francis with a few questions."I just wanted to give him a time to briefly talk to LGBTQ Catholics," Martin said.Francis has extended apologies to the abused and a welcome to the historically rejected. According to the Vatican News, he recently met with transgender people near Rome, Italy.So Martin’s...

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    How Social Media Has Fueled The 'Clean Eating' Movement

    Watch VideoSocial media has a big influence on food trends and what humans eat. A study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that social media actually helps young adults choose healthier foods. One survey of over 1,200 young people ages 14 to 24 found that more than half were familiar with the term “clean eating” from social media, other online sources or their peers.The hashtag #EatClean has more than 61 million posts on Instagram. But, how exactly did this trend become so...

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    Rent Prices Are Skyrocketing Nationwide

    Watch VideoRent prices continue to hit historic highs as inflation takes its toll on the economy. "At night, I just lay there and pray that this is eventually going to start slowing down with this inflation," said Anthony Erringer, a Tucson, Arizona resident.  It's a nationwide nightmare. "Three times the amount of rent these days. People aren't even making the amount of the rent," said Shaneika Cooper, a Las Vegas resident. Some tenants are now shelling out hundreds more a month. "I was...

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    A Victim Of Human Trafficking Shares Their Story

    Watch VideoMilwaukee's April Bentley spent the last five years as a victim of human trafficking. She was taken in as a teenager by a woman who befriended her, then began using her as a prostitute. "I think I was about 19 when I woke up one day in a strange place because alcohol would erase my memory," Bentley said.  "I didn't know that I was being trafficked. There were many years that I had no idea what that was. I didn't know that I was in a bad space." The Polaris Project, a non-profit that...

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    3 Charged In 2018 Killing Of Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

    Watch VideoThree men, including a Mafia hitman, have been charged in the 2018 killing of notorious Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, the Justice Department said Thursday.The charges against Fotios “Freddy” Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon come nearly four years after Bulger’s killing, which raised questions about why the known “snitch” was placed in the West Virginia prison's general population instead of more protective housing. The men were charged with conspiracy to commit...

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    The White House Is Releasing More Monkeypox Vaccines

    Watch VideoWhite House officials are facing mounting criticism over the response to the Monkeypox outbreak. They announced Thursday an additional 1.8 million vaccine doses will be available next week."Here's what we do want all Americans to know: it's important that we all take Monkeypox seriously and it's critical that we do all we can to keep this virus from spreading," said Xavier Becerra, the U.S. Secretary of Heath and Human Services.Officials said another 50,000 courses of the Monkeypox...

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    Housing Market Is Cooling Off, But Interest Rates May Pause Price Drop

    Watch VideoPrices are finally dropping in one of the nation's most expensive housing markets. But as interest rates rise, home affordability is changing more slowly."You're either gonna have to pay more for that house because the loan is going to cost more, or you're gonna have to downsize the kind of house that you want," said Michelle Singletary, author of "What To Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits."Some experts are urging first-time buyers especially to wait."I think right now is an...

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    Why Are Layoffs On The Rise?

    Watch VideoTwo words have dominated the news cycle in 2022.  Both have major impacts on your wallet; inflation and recession. "Fed chair Jay Powell has made it clear that he wants to substantially curb the rate of inflation. But there are some concerns that the fed could overreact and end up tipping the economy into a recession," said PBS. Recessions are significant because they can limit pay raises, start hiring freezes and increase the possibility of layoffs. Companies are already reacting to...

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    The CDC Is Restructuring Its Agency Amid Public Criticism

    Watch VideoChange is coming to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to regain the public's trust.  CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says the agency needs to respond much faster to outbreaks and share information in a way that isn't confusing. She told The Associated Press, "I feel like it's my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years.""This will take a time, but we need to restore trust in the CDC," said CDC consultant...

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    Afghan Teachers Are Finding Ways Around Taliban's School Ban For Girls

    Watch VideoWhen the U.S. left Afghanistan a year ago, education was one of the many casualties, especially for girls.   The Taliban, going back on a promise, banned girls from public school after sixth grade. Now teachers like Sodaba Nazhand are defying the new regime and running secret schools for girls who have nowhere to go."After schools were closed for girls, I decided to provide an environment for girls in a hidden school and we set up chairs and tables in a house so they can come and...