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Afghan Interpreters Who Await Visas After Helping The U.S. Now Fear For Their Lives

58 min 3 sec ago

"Every day, you can see an increase in the Taliban's presence," an Afghan who worked with the U.S. tells NPR. "What am I going to do after September? ... Am I going to even be alive by December?"

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Overdose Deaths Rose During The War On Drugs, But Efforts To Reduce Them Face Backlash

58 min 33 sec ago

Researchers know how to curb the risks of overdose and disease among drug users, but policymakers are reluctant to allow public health measures that include needle exchanges and access to safer drugs.

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COMIC: Adopted Pandemic Dogs Got Us Through. Now They Need Our Help

59 min 3 sec ago

Dog and cat adoptions climbed in 2020. Pets have been constant companions — easing our grief and fears. Now it's our turn to ease dogs' separation anxiety, as we head back out into the world.

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Tropical Storm Claudette Brings Rain, Floods To Gulf Coast

2 hours 26 min ago

With virus restrictions loosened, business owners across the Gulf Coast had been anticipating an influx of tourism after a year of lost revenue. But those hopes have been dimmed by the storm.

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Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh' Ace Runner, Dies At 91

3 hours 20 min ago

Singh's family said he died of complications from COVID-19. His wife, Nirmal Kuar, had died of the virus just days earlier.

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Moderate Iran Candidate Concedes Win By Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi

4 hours 51 min ago

In initial results, Raisi won 17.8 million votes to Revolutionary Guard commander Mohsen Rezaei's 3.3 million and the moderate former Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati's 2.4 million.

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11 U.S. Mayors Commit To Developing Pilot Projects For Reparations

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:16

The local leaders have pledged to pay reparations to a small group of Black residents in their cities — saying they hope it'll set an example for how a nationwide program could work.

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New Videos Underscore The Violence Against Police At The Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 19:13

In response to a motion filed by NPR and other media organizations, the Justice Department released new videos which prosecutors say show assaults on police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Juneteenth Is A Federal Holiday Now, But What That Means For Workers Varies Widely

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 18:11

Day off? Extra pay? Or business as usual? Federal workers usually get holidays off, but the short notice on Juneteenth has created some exceptions. And companies aren't required to observe holidays.

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A U.S. Citizen Has Gone Missing In Russia, Sparking A Criminal Investigation

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 17:42

Catherine Serou, a U.S. citizen studying in Russia, has been missing since she got into a car with a stranger earlier this week.

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EU Opens The Door To American Travelers, But They May Not Be Welcome Everywhere

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 17:07

The European Union has recommended that Americans be allowed to travel freely throughout the bloc. But each member country sets its own rules for entry.

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Saudi Arabia Executed A Man For Childhood Offenses. At Least 9 Others Could Be Next

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 15:11

Human rights advocates are calling on Saudi Arabia to halt the executions of people sentenced to death for crimes allegedly committed as minors.

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How The Pentagon Papers Changed Public Perception Of The War In Vietnam

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:51

Fifty years ago, Daniel Ellsberg leaked classified information about U.S. policy in Vietnam to the press. We listen back to archival interviews with Ellsberg and Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post.

After Debate On Biden's Abortion Views, Bishops Vote to Rethink Communion Rules

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:38

The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops has voted to move forward with a process that could call into question the eligibility of politicians like President Joe Biden to receive Communion.

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Museum Head: Baseball's Embrace Of Negro Leagues Is An Atonement, Not A Validation

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 07:00

Baseball's box scores instantly turn human accomplishments into history. But for decades, Negro League players' statistics were kept segregated from other major leagues.

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Why Some States Push Back As The Biden Administration Doles Out Relief Money

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 05:00

More than a dozen Republican state attorneys general are suing the Biden administration over a provision in the American Rescue Plan that prevents states from using relief money for tax cuts.

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Oregon's Pioneering Drug Decriminalization Experiment Is Now Facing The Hard Test

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 05:00

Oregon's bold move to decriminalize small amounts of all hard drugs and expand treatment is now meeting the reality of implementation as the treatment community is divided over the way forward.

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As U.S. Troops Prepare To Leave Afghanistan, Local Allies Are Left Behind

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 04:57

In Afghanistan, a crisis is mounting. Taliban insurgents are targeting Afghan citizens who aided U.S. forces.

Biden Signs Into Law Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 04:57

President Biden has signed legislation making Juneteenth, when enslaved people in Texas were told of their freedom in 1865, a federal holiday. It will be commemorated for the first time Friday.

North Korea's Kim Vows To Be Ready For Confrontation With The U.S.

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 03:43

Earlier this week, the U.S. and other leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations issued a statement calling for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks.

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