NPR Headline News

Subscribe to NPR Headline News feed NPR Headline News
NPR news, audio, and podcasts. Coverage of breaking stories, national and world news, politics, business, science, technology, and extended coverage of major national and world events.
Updated: 42 min 9 sec ago

For Overwhelmed And Burnt Out COVID-19 Contact Tracers, Help Is (Hopefully) Coming

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 14:24

NPR's latest survey finds the contact tracing workforce now tops 70,000, a dramatic increase in the last two months. But to truly meet the growing demand, new federal funding will be key.

(Image credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

How COVID-19 Became A 'Tremendous Windfall' For The Ultra Rich

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 13:21

"You have a group of 650 people whose wealth has gone up a trillion dollars since mid-March," says Chuck Collins of the Institute for Policy Studies. He recommends taxing a portion of those gains.

Russian Lawmakers Pass Bills That Could Block Social Media Sites — And Stifle Dissent

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 13:12

One law would allow for the blocking of foreign websites that it says "discriminate" against Russian media, while another would allow people convicted of slander to be jailed for up to two years.

(Image credit: Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

A 'Real Easy' Choice: Biden Introduces Education Pick Miguel Cardona

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 12:44

A lifelong educator, Cardona is the third Latino candidate Biden's put forward for a Cabinet post. Wednesday, he spoke of the challenges schools have faced this year: "I've lived those challenges."

(Image credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP)