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The Wild Card For An In-Person Fall: College Student Behavior

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 09:05

College reopening plans all rely on one thing: students following the rules. Some experts worry that's too big of an ask.

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Hasan Minhaj On Police Brutality, COVID-19 And The 6th Season Of 'Patriot Act'

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 21:12

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with comedian Hasan Minhaj about the topics he's been tackling on the latest season of his show, Patriot Act, on Netflix.

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Far-Right Group Pranked: 'Dude, Is This Like A Bad Impression Of Borat?'

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 19:31

The actor and serial prankster Sacha Baron Cohen is suspected of infiltrating a far-right group's rally in Washington state over the weekend.

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Beyoncé To Drop Visual Album, 'Black Is King,' On Disney+ In July

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 17:08

Beyoncé's upcoming visual album, Black Is King, is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. A press release calls it "a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience."

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Justice Department Charges 4 Over Attempt to Topple Andrew Jackson Statue In D.C.

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 16:04

The men are accused of trying to tear down the monument in Lafayette Park, near the White House. President Trump promises to prosecute such cases to the fullest extent of the law.

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COVID-19 Cases Top 10 Million Worldwide

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 14:48

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 10 million on Sunday, with more than 2.5 million in the U.S. Health officials estimate the actual case count could be much higher.

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Trump Denies Briefing On Russian Bounties Reportedly Placed on U.S. Troops

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 13:41

The president said he was never briefed on intelligence, first reported by The New York Times, showing Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill Western forces in Afghanistan.

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Trump Retweets Video Of Apparent Supporter Saying 'White Power'

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 10:26

The retweeted video comes as most Americans say President Trump has mostly increased racial tensions in the country.

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How Coronavirus Could Widen The Gender Wage Gap

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 08:19

Women have slowly made economic gains over the last half-century, and the gender wage gap is as narrow as it has ever been. But coronavirus could reverse those gains, and motherhood is a big reason.

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Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:59

"State and local governments have really quite broad authority" to mandate the use of face masks during a pandemic, says the head of American University's Health Law and Policy Program, Lindsay Wiley.

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Joaquin Castro Calls Police Violence A Major, If Underreported, Problem For Latinos

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:59

The Texas Democrat says police violence is not associated with Latinos in the same way it is with African Americans, "but it has been a real problem for the Latino community."

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As The Country Reexamines Statues And Symbols, The VA Resists A Gender-Neutral Motto

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:00

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a male-focused motto that some veterans and lawmakers say needs updating.

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NYC To Crack Down On Mystery Fireworks That Are Fraying Nerves And Disrupting Sleep

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:00

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has formed a task force aimed at halting the illegal sale of fireworks that have prompted thousands of complaints.

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One Of Democrats' Top Senate Recruits Stumbles Amid Protests

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:00

While former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is still seen as having an edge in his state's Senate primary, recent and past comments about race have dampened enthusiasm for him among some voters.

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In Colombia, Tax-Free Holidays Lead Critics To Decry 'COVID Friday'

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:00

Seeking ways to boost to its economy, Colombia has set aside three tax-free shopping days this summer. Critics fear they could become super spreader events for the coronavirus.

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Global Lives Lost: From A Wise And Wonderful Grandma To A Soccer Pioneer

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 07:00

Writers and activists around the world share stories of those who have died from COVID-19 — in Colombia, Senegal, Pakistan, the Philippines and many other nations.

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Pandemic Causes China To Ban Breeding Of Bamboo Rats And Other Wild Animals

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 06:53

The idea is to reduce the risk of spread of viruses through animal-human contact. Bamboo rat breeders are devastated by the loss of income. And critics say the ban has too many loopholes.

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1 Fatally Shot, 1 Injured At Park Where Protesters Gathered For Breonna Taylor

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 03:07

Shots were fired at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Ky., Saturday night. Demonstrators have gathered at the park for weeks to protest the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

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Mississippi Lawmakers Clear Path To Remove Confederate Emblem From State Flag

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 21:21

Mississippi state lawmakers cleared the path for legislation to remove and redesign the 126-year-old state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem. The governor said he will sign it.

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Princeton To Remove Woodrow Wilson's Name From Public Policy School

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 19:57

Princeton trustees voted to remove Wilson's name from the School of Public and International Affairs. The board said, "Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake."

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