Morning News Brief

President Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. The pandemic continues to hurt minority households. The U.S. officially exits the Paris climate accords on Nov. 4th.

Swastika, New York, Is Keeping Its Name

When an outsider suggested the tiny northern hamlet of Swastika should change its name, town supervisors quickly rejected a change.

After Aerosols Misstep, Former CDC Official Criticizes Agency Over Unclear Messaging

Dr. Ali Khan, a former CDC official, says "it's becoming harder to trust what CDC tells us" after the agency posted, then deleted, information on coronavirus transmission. It's the latest flip-flop.

Can Circuit Breakers Stop Viral Rumors On Facebook, Twitter?

False claims that blame left-wing activists for wildfires in Oregon have spread on social media. To stop the rumors, some experts say platforms should take inspiration from the stock market.

No Charges Against Tucson Police Officers In Death Of Carlos Ingram-Lopez

He died in April after being handcuffed and held face-down in a garage with two plastic emergency blankets and a "spit sock hood" over his head.

There’s No ‘Convenient Structure To Life,’ Says Allie Brosh

Comic artist Allie Brosh has just published her long-awaited second book, Solutions and Other Problems. It's full of her trademark googly-eyed drawings and stories about life, pets and loss.

President Trump Criticizes China During His Virtual Speech At U.N. General Assembly

More world leaders than usual are expected to speak at the U.N. General Assembly this year because of its virtual format. In his video message, Trump came out swinging against Beijing.

CDC Discusses Plan For Distribution Of A Future Coronavirus Vaccine

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discussed on Tuesday who will get the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine when it is available.

Death Toll From COVID-19 In The U.S. Surpasses 200,000

The U.S. has hit another grim milestone in the pandemic. As of Tuesday, 200,000 people in the country have died because of coronavirus, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Michigan Offers Free College Education To Essential Workers

Michigan is offering two years of free community college to essential workers who have worked during the pandemic. The definition is loose, and more than 600,000 residents could qualify.

Louisville Mayor Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Breonna Taylor Announcement

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is poised to announce whether his office will bring charges against the police officers who shot and killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March.

CDC’s Halloween Guidelines Warn Against Typical Trick-Or-Treating

Door-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded costume parties are out, and haunted forests and outdoor movie nights are in. "If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised," the CDC says.

‘White House, Inc.’ Author: Trump’s Businesses Offer ‘A Million Potential Conflicts’

Dan Alexander of Forbes examines the president's sprawling business interests in a new book. He says Trump has broken a number of pledges he made about how he would conduct business while in office.

America’s 200,000 COVID-19 Deaths: Small Cities And Towns Bear A Growing Share

Early in the pandemic, most deaths occurred in large cities. But now, as COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., smaller communities are suffering many losses as well.

Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin Form NASCAR Team With Bubba Wallace Behind The Wheel

"The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more," says Michael Jordan, the basketball icon and majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA franchise said.

‘Enormous And Tragic’: U.S. Has Lost More Than 200,000 People To COVID-19

The U.S. death toll has doubled since May. Some experts predict it could nearly double again before 2020 ends. "We are experiencing a tremendous amount of unnecessary suffering," one researcher says.

Why It’s So Hard To Buy A New Refrigerator These Days

Some shoppers looking to buy new fridges, freezers or washers have been finding themselves out of luck. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into both supply and demand.

Sen. Mitt Romney To Support A Vote On A SCOTUS Nominee

Sen. Mitt Romney said he would support a floor vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court, essentially clinching consideration of Trump's nominee this year despite the impending election.

In ‘Can’t Even,’ Burnout Is Seen As A Societal Problem — One We Can’t Solve Alone

Burnout, Anne Helen Petersen argues, will end only with sweeping labor-policy changes — meaning it will only end when we "vote en masse to elect politicians who will agitate for [reform] tirelessly."

Robert Graetz, Only White Pastor To Back Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dies At 92

Robert and his wife Jeannie Graetz faced bombs and KKK death threats for their role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but their Black friends and neighbors protected them.

Effects Of Climate Change On Transportation Are Not Always Obvious, Immediate

Wildfire recently closed I-70 through Colorado for two weeks. It burned steep slopes above the highway, so future closures are likely due to rockfall and mudslides from climate change driven storms.

Republicans Will Attempt To Push Through A Supreme Court Nominee

NPR's Noel King talks to Steven Groves of the Heritage Foundation and former assistant to President Trump about the administration's strategy for picking the next Supreme Court justice.

For 38 Years, Dungeon Master Has Been Continually Playing ‘D&D’ Game

Robert Wardhaugh has been playing the same game of Dungeons and Dragons since 1982. It started with four players. Now there are 60 people, and they're on Zoom, Wardaugh tells CNN.

Office Chair Makers Swivel To Home Market

Big furniture companies have relied on a century-old model for selling desks and chairs. It doesn't work in the age of the home office.

Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Accidently Gives Away His Wedding Ring

Darius Leonard gave his gloves to a lucky fan at Lucas Oil Stadium after Sunday's game. The fan posted on Twitter about the wedding ring being inside a glove. Leonard replied, "I need that."

Examining The Ethics Involved When Distributing A COVID-19 Vaccine

When a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, who gets first dibs? Bioethicists say the focus should be on saving the lives of people most at risk. Frontline health workers go first, but the rest is trickier.

The United Nations Marks Its 75th Anniversary During The Pandemic

The United Nations General Assembly begins its annual meeting on Tuesday. A record 173 heads of state or government will address the meeting between now and Saturday — most virtually.

Member Of The Temptations, Bruce Williamson Jr., Dies At 49

The family of Bruce Williamson Jr., who was a former lead singer with the Temptations, died on Sept. 6 in Las Vegas of complications from COVID-19.

How A Perpetrator’s Race And Age Factor Into Who Is Executed

The federal death penalty process is considered the "gold standard" in the justice system but evidence suggests it's plagued by racial disparities and ineffective legal representation.

CDC Criticized For Posting COVID-19 Guidance And Then Withdrawing It

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published, then withdrew, guidance on aerosol spread of the coronavirus. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Ali Khan, an ex-CDC official, about the action.

‘Conditional Citizens’ Examines What It Means To Be An American

Laila Lalami's new book is Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America. She says conditional citizens — of which she's one — are people sometimes embraced by America, other times rejected.

92nd Street Y Pivots From In-Person Events To Virtual Programs

The pandemic has made for a bleak outlook for the arts. Enter the 92nd Street Y in New York, which outlasted the depression, Sept. 11 attacks and is making changes to stay afloat during the pandemic.