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Here are the headlines you Need2Know for Wednesday, August 24, 2022:

1. STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS?

The end of the federal government's moratorium on student loan payments is rapidly approaching, and the White House today is reportedly expected to announce a plan that could extend the current pause and cancel a portion of the $1.6 trillion that Americans owe. Meanwhile, the Department of Education on Tuesday shared figures showing it has already approved more than $10 billion in debt relief for over 175,000 public service workers in the last 10 months. 

2. TWITTER WHISTLEBLOWER

The former head of security at Twitter says the company wasn't telling the truth about its cybersecurity efforts or problems with fake accounts. Peiter Zatko is a well-known hacker — who goes by the handle "Mudge" — who used his skills to become a corporate executive but was fired by Twitter earlier this year. Among his most damning accusations is that the company let India give its agents “direct unsupervised access to the company’s systems and user data." 

3. PRIMARY RESULTS

FLORIDA: Rep. Charlie Crist will take on incumbent Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in November after winning yesterday's Democratic primary.
NEW YORK: A number of House races may have been decided, particularly in heavily Democratic New York City, where the party's primary winner is likely heading to Washington after November's election. Perhaps most notably, Rep. Jerry Nadler knocked out Rep. Carolyn Maloney after the longtime lawmakers found themselves going head-to-head after redistricting. 

4. EURO SLIPS BEHIND DOLLAR

The price of the Euro has fallen behind the U.S. dollar for the first time in two decades. On the upside, this could mean cheaper imports and European vacations for American consumers, but it might not bode well for the global economy overall. One reason for the fall is that the European Union's economic outlook is looking relatively bleak compared with the United States, especially when it comes to its escalating energy crisis. 

5. DC IS DENIED MIGRANT HELP

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the Pentagon for help from the National Guard to manage the thousands of migrants who are being sent from Texas and Arizona — and has been denied a second time. Governors from those states are busing the migrants to the nation's capital and NYC after years of complaining that the federal government isn't doing enough to stem the number of people trying to cross the southern border illegally.

6. WHITMER KIDNAPPING PLOT CONVICTIONS

Two men were convicted of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in 2020 and blow up a bridge as part of an anti-government extremist group that wanted to stoke civil war. Barry Croft Jr. and Adam Fox faced a hung jury four months ago while two other men were acquitted, but now they could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

7. CANNABIS, PSYCHEDELIC USE JUMPS

Young adults are using cannabis and psychedelics more than ever. According to an annual study, Americans aged 19-30 reported significant bumps in the use of cannabis, psychedelics, nicotine through vaping and alcohol. National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Dr. Nora Volkow told Cheddar News that pandemic-related stresses and changing legislation likely played roles.

8. BIG HOUSE OF THE DRAGON

HBO just had its biggest series premiere ever after House of the Dragon raked up nearly 10 million viewers. To give you some perspective, Game of Thrones, which remains the network's most successful show to date, premiered with just 2.2 million viewers for its pilot episode in 2011. The Dragon premiere comes on the heels of the announcement that HBO and Warner Bros. Discovery would merge their businesses.
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9. IN ENTERTAINMENT

Here are a few entertainment stories from the last 24 hours: There's a new champion on top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Nicki Minaj landed her first solo No. 1 record with Super Freaky Girl, and she became the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill in 1998 to debut in the top spot. Harry Styles is Rolling Stone's cover boy, and he's opening up about therapy, career success and his sexuality. And for the first time ever, a transgender woman is taking up a leading role in a Broadway play. 
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10. 'QUIET QUITTING'

We've all seen the headlines "quiet quitting" — when employees pull back and stop working as hard as they had been. Cheddar News dug into the pushback against “hustle culture” as younger generations prioritize a better work-life balance.
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NYC REVEALED: Why There Are So Many Pigeons in New York

Pigeons and New Yorkers: It's a relationship that dates back centuries, and like most New York City relationships … it's complicated. Some hate them while others can't get enough of them. But who’s right?