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Jacksonville Mandates Face Masks, As It Prepares To Host Trump At GOP Convention

The event was recently moved from North Carolina over a dispute about safety precautions such as face coverings and crowd limits.

Turkey’s Claims For Drilling Rights In Mediterranean Sea Lead To Threats From Greece

A long-running dispute over the exploration of natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea is heating up again. Turkey's new claims for drilling rights have led to hostile talk with Greece.

With New Albums, Bob Dylan, Neil Young And Willie Nelson Are As Relevant As Ever

At 79, 74 and 87 years old, respectively, these three veteran songwriters prove that it's possible to release poignant and powerful work late in an artist's career.

Airlines Are Getting Help From The TSA To Reassure Travelers That It’s Safe To Fly

Some airlines say they are filling planes to capacity instead of keeping empty seats to ensure social distancing. They are getting help from the TSA to reassure travelers that it is safe to fly again.

Economy Of The Berkshires In Western Massachusetts Suffers From Arts Cancellations

The Tanglewood Music Festival and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art bring the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts up to $150 million every year. But this year both of them are closed.

Joe Biden Speaks About The Pandemic And The Government’s Coronavirus Response

Former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke Tuesday in his home city of Wilmington, Del., about the pandemic and the Trump administration's response to it.


Rep. Elissa Slotkin On The White House Briefing Regarding Russian Bounties

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who is a former CIA official, about the White House briefing to Democrats regarding Russian bounties offered to the Taliban.

Arizona Governor Rolls Back State Reopening

Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered bars and other businesses to shut down as new coronavirus cases surge across the state. Some health experts are calling for a new stay-at-home order.

‘Villages-News’ On President Trump Retweeting Video Of A Man Yelling ‘White Power’

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Villages-News editor Meta Minton about the outlet's video, in which a Florida Trump supporter shouts "white power." President Trump retweeted the video Sunday.

How Palm Beach County Is Dealing With A Spike In Coronavirus Infections

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner about the county's surge in COVID-19 cases.

New Internet Radio Station Helps Seniors Share Their Favorite Music

A new internet radio station called Radio Recliner has started during the coronavirus pandemic. It gives residents in senior living facilities a chance to share some of their favorite music.

Former CIA Chief Of Staff On Whether President Trump Was Briefed On Russian Bounties

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Jeremy Bash, a former Chief of Staff at the CIA, about reports that President Trump received briefings on alleged bounties Russia offered to the Taliban.

Russians Are Voting On 206 Reforms. The Most Important One Will Extend Putin’s Rule

"It is very important to him to have this popular endorsement, even if it is a farce, even if it is a travesty of popular will," analyst Masha Lipman says of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Rayshard Brooks Appears In Court

Garrett Rolfe, who is charged with felony murder in the death of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy's in Atlanta, is expected to ask the judge to be released from jail on bond while his case is pending.

A Doctor Confronts Medical Errors — And Flaws In The System That Create Mistakes

Dr. Danielle Ofri says medical errors are more common than most people realize: "If we don't talk about the emotions that keep doctors and nurses from speaking up, we'll never solve this problem."

Colorado Police Officers Under Investigation Over Photos At Elijah McClain Memorial

The photos surface after an officer with the Aurora Police Department reported them to the internal affairs unit. Officers in the photos have since been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Supreme Court Rules Montana Religious Schools Can Receive Funding

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Montana's exclusion of religious schools from a state scholarship program funded by tax credits violates the U.S. Constitution.

NAACP Plans To Move Its Headquarters From Baltimore To Washington, D.C.

The NAACP's president called the move an "exceptional opportunity." He said it will allow the organization to "amplify the voices of the Black people as we fight for the crucial policy changes."

South Korea Holds Onto Patient Data From Prior Coronavirus, Worrying Privacy Groups

Privacy advocates warn the government has kept the information from 2015 MERS patients beyond a justified emergency period.

Democrats Fault Trump Over Russia Bounty Allegations, Ask For More Information

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer led Democrats to a White House briefing on reported payments by Russia to militants in Afghanistan to target U.S. troops.

Supreme Court: Montana Can’t Exclude Religious Schools From Scholarship Program

The 5-4 decision, in which Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's other conservatives, is a win for parents who wanted to use the state tax credit to help send children to religious schools.

Carl Reiner, Actor, Director, Writer, Producer And Mensch, Dies At 98

Reiner belonged to a generation of Jewish comics who helped define 20th century American comedy. He created the Dick Van Dyke Show and collaborated often with his longtime friend, Mel Brooks.

Have A Corn Dog: Fair Food Without The Fair

In Western Pennsylvania, fair food vendors serve up the funnel cakes outside the fair grounds.

Afghan Interpreter Who Saved U.S. Troops Gets American Citizenship

Janis Shinwari, an Afghan interpreter for the U.S. military, grabbed a rifle in the heat of battle and saved U.S. troops in 2008. Twelve years later, he became a U.S. citizen.

This Reverse Parade Will Allow July Fourth Revelry From A Social Distance

The pandemic pushed one community in suburban Cincinnati to get creative about its July Fourth festivities.

Supporters Say Warren Could Help Biden Win Over Younger Voters

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is on Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist. We look at her candidacy and how progressives are angling for her to be picked.

NASA Needs A Toilet That Works In Microgravity And Lunar Gravity

NASA's Lunar Loo Challenge asks the public to design a toilet to be used when astronauts go back to the moon. Head of the challenge tells The Verge it was messy when they went to the bathroom before.

Is Remote Work Here To Stay?

A new study shows that about half of the entire workforce is now remote. The case for why "this portends a much bigger shift in the economy."

Japanese University Issues 1st Graduate Degree In Ninja Studies

Genichi Mitsuhashi spent two years studying ninja history and martial arts, The Japan Times reports. A professor says, "It's a course to learn about the ninja, not to become one."

Rep. Schiff On Reports Russia Paid Afghan Insurgents To Kill U.S. Troops

NPR's Noel Kings talks to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff about what he hopes to learn in a White House briefing on reports that Russia paid Afghan insurgents to target U.S. troops.

Congress Wants Answers From Trump On Russian Bounties In Afghanistan

Lawmakers demand answers about reported bounties Russia paid to Afghan insurgents to kill U.S. troops. Democrats are headed to the White House Tuesday after several Republicans were briefed Monday.

Singer Bob Dylan Reaches Billboard 200 Milestone

With his latest recording, Bob Dylan has become the first artist to have an album in the Billboard Top 40 in every decade since the sixties. The album Rough and Rowdy Ways came out this month.