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The gap in income between the 10% who make the most and those who make the least in the U.S. has continued to widen since 1970, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Why it matters: The income disparities are strongly tied to other inequalities — such as education — among racial groups, which often most acutely impact immigrants.

By the numbers:

  • The income gap between African-Americans and whites has closed slightly since 1970, with the median wage for African-Americans being 65% of whites' — up from 59% in 1970.
  • But the gap between Hispanics and whites has widened. Higher-income Hispanics make only 65% of what their white counterparts make, compared to 74% in 1970.
  • Undocumented immigrants contributed to the growth of the Hispanic population,which comes with its own disadvantages. Almost half of Hispanic immigrants had not graduated high school in 2015, according to the study, and only 11% had a college degree, compared to 31% of Americans overall.
  • Within every racial and ethnic group, including whites, the gap increased between those who make the most and those who make the least.
  • While Asian Americans make the most out of any racial or ethnic group, they also have the biggest income disparity. Those with the highest wages make 10 times as much as those who make the least, and that difference has almost doubled between 1970 and 2016.

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

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Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

The latest: The head of the military faction of the Sudanese government, Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, said in a statement that he is announcing a state of emergency, suspending several parts of the interim constitution and dissolving the civilian government and interim sovereignty council — the highest governing body in the country.

Facebook's pivotal week

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They're battening down the hatches at Facebook headquarters this week as the company faces a trifecta of tumult: a continuing wave of negative press coverage fueled by document leaks, a critical earnings report Monday and a reported name change looming.

The big picture: All this is unfolding as Mark Zuckerberg tries to transform Facebook from a social network into the prime mover behind a new "metaverse" of VR- and AR-driven remote work and play.