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Monthly Unemployment Numbers: Job Market Recovering Slowly During Pandemic

The Labor Department issues its monthly report on employment and unemployment Thursday. The job market is slowly recovering from a tidal wave of layoffs triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Seattle Police Forcibly Clear Protest Zone

Seattle officials swept through the area known as CHOP, ending a police-free zone born from protests over racial injustice. Recent shootings and other crimes added to its growing list of detractors.

New York Repeals Law Shielding Police Misconduct Records

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a repeal of a law that shielded police misconduct records from the public. A similar law took effect in California in 2018, but many records are still unavailable.

UCLA Scientist Develops Gloves That Translate Sign Language

Jun Chen is an assistant professor of bioengineering at UCLA who just developed a wearable sign language interpreting glove. He hopes it can be used by the deaf community to communicate with anyone.

Black Americans Reflect On Patriotism, July 4th Holiday Amid National Racial Unrest

The U.S. is experiencing a reckoning over the fact that the promises of America are not fulfilled equally. Black Americans share how they experience patriotism ahead of the July Fourth celebration.

What Typhoid Mary’s Story Tells Us About COVID-19 Tensions

NPR's Throughline Podcast discusses what the story of Typhoid Mary tells us about journalism, the powers of the state, and the tension between personal responsibility and personal liberty.


Biden Campaign Reports Record Fundraising, Outpacing Trump Again

Joe Biden's campaign brought in a big haul in June, outraising President Trump for the second month in a row.

Hundreds Arrested After China Enacts Hong Kong Security Law

Beijing quickly used a new national security law against Hong Kong protesters; more than 300 were arrested Wednesday. How is the new law changing the legal and political landscape in Hong Kong?

Drive-Through Naturalizations Make New U.S. Citizens In The COVID-19 Era

After months of not naturalizing new U.S. citizens due to the coronavirus shutdown, immigration officials have begun offering drive-through naturalization ceremonies that take just a few minutes.

Another Unwanted U.S. Record: 50,000 New Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day

Johns Hopkins University's tracking site shows almost 2.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Wednesday. Total U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are more than double those of Brazil, which ranks second.

Boston To Remove Statue Depicting Abraham Lincoln With Freed Black Man At His Feet

Emancipation Memorial has stood in Park Square since 1879. It is a version of the original, in Washington, D.C., which was funded by formerly enslaved people but designed without their input.

It’s ‘Our Fault’: Nextdoor CEO Takes Blame For Deleting Of Black Lives Matter Posts

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar outlines new measures the popular neighborhood app is taking to address reports of racial profiling and censorship on the platform.

Pennsylvania Joins The Growing List Of States Mandating Face Masks In Public

Pennsylvania, Oregon and Kansas are among the latest states to require face coverings in public settings as COVID-19 cases surge in much of the country. Health officials say masks can slow the spread.

Alabama’s Top Health Officer: Without Compliance, Health Orders Can Only Go So Far

Alabama extended its health orders in response to the jump in coronavirus infections. But State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris says officials have had trouble enforcing the orders already in place.

International Doctors Start Residencies At U.S. Hospitals Amid COVID-19 Surge

Totaling about 4,000, they began working Wednesday. They'll face two historic challenges: the coronavirus pandemic and some of the most restrictive immigration policies the U.S. has seen in decades.

Hundreds Of Former Bush Officials Unite To Endorse Joe Biden

Leaders of a new super PAC said they don't support Biden's full political agenda but agree with an "urgent need to restore the soul of this nation."

Homeland Security Says It Will Secure Historic Landmarks From ‘Anarchists’

The federal agency charged with preventing terrorist attacks said Wednesday that its personnel would carry out President Trump's orders to protect statues and monuments from vandalism.

California Halts Many Indoor Businesses In 19 Counties As Coronavirus Cases Spike

Restaurants, wineries, zoos and museums in the affected counties must shift their operations outdoors, Gov. Gavin Newsom says. Bars will shut down entirely.

Missing Soldier’s Family Lawyer Says They Believe Discovered Remains Are Hers

Vanessa Guillen was last seen at Fort Hood in April. Now, after the death of a suspect, her family believes her body has been found — and they're demanding that Congress look into her disappearance.

Northwest Arkansas Struggles To Deal With A Surge In Coronavirus Cases

Arkansas is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases. Outbreaks have popped up in several places, but the northwest part of the state is hit the hardest. Officials are scrambling to deal with the virus.

Boston To Remove A Copy Of Thomas Ball’s 1876 Emancipation Memorial

After listening to the opinions of residents and experts on Black history, Boston officials said that the city would remove a statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave kneeling beside him.

Hong Kong Police Arrest Hundreds Of Protesters Under New National Security Law

Police in Hong Kong have arrested nearly 400 protesters since the new controversial national security law imposed by Beijing took effect Wednesday.

Lawyers Charged With Seven Felonies In Molotov Cocktail Attack Out On Bail

Two lawyers could face life in prison for allegedly firebombing an empty police car during a protest in New York. Prosecutors call it a calculated crime. Supporters say they're being singled out.

Why Some People Don’t Wear Masks

Health officials and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are urging Americans to wear face masks in public. NPR looks into several reasons people give for not wearing masks.

DOT Inspector General’s Report Says Boeing Misled FAA

Boeing failed to tell regulators about significant changes it made to an automated flight control system when developing the 737 Max, according to the Transportation Department's inspector general.

Civil Rights Advocate Myrlie Evers-Williams On The Change Of Mississippi Flag

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers who was assassinated in their home state of Mississippi, about the state removing the Confederate insignia from its flag.

Fauci: Mixed Messaging On Masks Set U.S. Public Health Response Back

The current surge in cases can be contained, says White House advisor Anthony Fauci. But it's going to take a real focus on social distancing — and mask wearing.

Foreign-Born Doctors Start Their Residencies At U.S. Hospitals Amid The Pandemic

Thousands of foreign-born doctors started their residencies at the U.S. hospitals Wednesday amid two historic challenges: the coronavirus pandemic and the White House's new immigration restrictions.

Seattle Officials Shut Down Police-Free Zone Known As ‘CHOP’

Recent shootings prompted Seattle officials to clear the police-free zone known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest. The police chief said she supports lawful protests, but violence is unacceptable.

Pompeo Says Russia Being Against U.S. Interests In Afghanistan Is ‘Nothing New’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russian bounties paid to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops are yet another reason why the Trump administration has been trying to end America's longest war.

U.N. Security Council Demands Cease-Fire In Conflict Areas, Due To COVID-19

The Security Council has struggled for months to pass a resolution related to COVID-19 because of tussling between the U.S. and China over a reference to the World Health Organization.

De Blasio On Shifting $1 Billion From NYPD: ‘We Think It’s The Right Thing To Do’

The New York City Council passed a new budget overnight. Advocates and the council's speaker say the cuts didn't go far enough, as President Trump says they will "further antagonize" the police.