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The future of social media and online speech could be significantly altered depending on how the Supreme Court rules on a few pivotal cases this term. Some justices have specifically expressed interest in taking up cases regarding online content moderation, but many platforms -- including Google, Meta and Twitter -- are concerned because that could open up fresh risks for the tech industry.

Halloween is still more than a month away, but some major retailers are already prepping for Christmas. Walmart and Target have said they're getting an earlier start on the holiday shopping season this year in stores and online as households nationwide continue to grapple with persistently high inflation that's forcing them to cut back on spending.

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The U.K. government says it is temporarily stopping people from joining the line to file past the queen’s coffin as the wait for those at the back hit 14 hours. A live tracker of the queue said it was “at capacity” and entry was being “paused” for six hours. Meanwhile a diplomatic spat is brewing after a delegation of Chinese officials reportedly was barred from visiting the historic hall where the queen is lying in state. The Chinese ambassador to the U.K. has been banned from Parliament for a year after Beijing sanctioned seven British legislators last year for speaking out against China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority. The office of the House of Commons speaker declined to comment Friday.

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It can take years for new words to get accepted into the dictionary, even if they're already staples in the American vocabulary. Words like "pumpkin spice" and "metaverse" were among the 370 new definitions Merriam-Webster added to the dictionary this month. Also included on the list is a slew of informal slang terms like "cringe" -- but others are simply cringe worthy, like "yeet" and "baller."

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An Associated Press review has found that more than a quarter of Republican candidates for statewide office that play some role in overseeing, certifying or defending elections across 38 states supported overturning the 2020 presidential election.

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