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The great American road trip isn’t what it used to be. For decades it was a cheap way to travel from state to state, but with gas prices fluctuating between ouch and you’ve got to be kidding, factoring in the cost of fuel before you decide to head for the open road is a calculation few can afford to leave out. Bankrate.com has some tips and tolls for estimating what that jaunt along Route 66 will cost you in dollars and in emissions.

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If we were to lose the bees, as now seems increasingly likely, humanity would collapse after four years. They pollinate about a third of our food. But if the insects were to disappear altogether, then even more than our food supply and quality of life would be affected. Entire ecosystems and inevitably civilization itself would collapse. Even now an enormous proportion of world insect species are endangered. Without them half of all birds would disappear and our world would become unrecognizable, a world we would not want to inhabit.

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This Tuesday, October 4 is the official release date for New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s new book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. Excerpts from the book have been widely reported, and one of the anecdotes being reported by Axios involves Trump’s desire to display the Superman logo when he was discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in October 2020.

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