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Friday Headlines: Fall on me

Google, Meta, and H&R Block "jointly schemed" to scrape and transmit taxpayers' data, alleges a new class-action lawsuit. / Gizmodo

Cochran County, Texas, which borders New Mexico, has passed an ordinance prohibiting travel on its roads for the purpose of seeking an abortion. / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

A history of nurses shows they once received the respect they're now fighting to win. / Goats and Soda

"Whoever gets there first is going to control a lot of really amazing things." Why is China collecting DNA from around the world?  / The Washington Post [+]

With elections looming next year, Elon Musk confirms that X/Twitter no longer has an election integrity team. / The Guardian

A "20 under 20" (!) list collects a group of LGBTQ youth "shaping a more inclusive world." / Teen Vogue

Eighteen months after acquiring Bandcamp, Epic Games is selling the indie music platform to Songtradr, a "music licensing platform and marketplace." / Pitchfork

Using satellite imagery, scientists have trained a neural network to identify the vast number of fairy circles worldwide. / Cosmos

See also: A map of public spots in the Netherlands where you can sit in the sun. / zonopjebakkes

Fall foliage peepers are turning life upside down for Pomfret, Vt., residents, who say outsiders are clogging their roads and trespassing on private property. / Hyperallergic

A teenager has been arrested for cutting down an "iconic" tree—one of the UK's most photographed—near Hadrian's Wall. / NPR

Texas barbecue joints are reporting lower profits—citing unbearable heat, an explosion in competition, and high meat prices. / Texas Monthly

"Some people put the knife over it to make it flat before chopping; others chop it extra thin. It depends on the person, really." What Goodfellas got right about garlic. / Taste