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‘Rough Translation’: The Controversial Dutch Character Black Pete

A Dutch holiday character named Black Pete, who is usually portrayed in blackface, gets new scrutiny following Black Lives Matter protests in the Netherlands.

Essential Worker Shoulders $1,840 Debt For Trying To Get A Coronavirus Test

Carmen Quintero couldn't get a coronavirus test but ended up with a huge bill for trying to. She also was told to self-isolate and had no choice but to use vacation time to stay home from work.

As Coronavirus Surges, How Much Testing Does Your State Need To Subdue The Virus?

A new NPR/Harvard analysis finds most states' testing efforts still fall far short of what's needed to beat back the pandemic. Find out how your state is doing.

Pence Trips To Swing States Ease GOP Concerns About Trump Reelection

Vice President Mike Pence has had an aggressive travel schedule focusing on battleground states for the fall. Republican voters in those states say they find Pence's presence reassuring.

Suspect In Golden State Killings Pleads Guilty To More Than A Dozen Murders

Ex-police officer Joseph DeAngelo pleaded guilty to a series of rapes and murders that terrorized California in the 1970s and 80s. The scope of his crimes is staggering, prosecutor Thien Ho said.

In Louisiana Case, Supreme Court Hands Abortion-Rights Advocates A Victory

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions have hospital admitting privileges. We examine the implications for states with similar laws.


States That Do Mail-In Voting Are Confident The System Works

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Kim Wyman, the Republican secretary of state for Washington state, about Attorney General Bill Barr contradicting her on the security of mail-in ballots.

News Brief: Coronavirus Testing, Russian Bounties, China Enacts Security Law

NPR analyzes COVID-19 testing with Harvard researchers. Did the president know Russia was offering to pay Afghan militants to kill U.S. troops? And, China enacts law asserting control over Hong Kong.

As Palmdale Grapples With A Hanging Death, Locals Recall The Area’s Racist History

Neo-Nazis and skinhead groups have been a constant threat, and for years L.A. County officials — in collusion with sheriff's deputies — have discriminated against Black people in Section 8 housing.

China Enacts Security Law, Asserting Control Over Hong Kong

Despite fierce international criticism and opposition in Hong Kong, Beijing's rubber-stamp legislature passed a law allowing the mainland to impose security measures in the former British colony.

Arizona Issues New Shutdown Order As Coronavirus Cases Spike

Gov. Doug Ducey, citing thousands of new cases in the state, issued an order shutting down bars, theaters, gyms and water parks for at least 30 days.

With Big Summer Films Delayed, AMC Theatres Puts Off U.S. Reopening

The largest U.S. movie chain is resuming operations at approximately 450 U.S. locations on July 30, two weeks later than previously announced. It's matching delays by movie producers.

Senators Call For Investigation Of States’ Nursing Home Policies During Pandemic

Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Greg Walden question some states' requirement that nursing homes accept COVID-19-positive patients from hospitals.

Remdesivir Priced At More Than $3,100 For A Course Of Treatment

An experimental COVID-19 medicine that has been shown to shorten the time people with severe illness have to stay in the hospital finally has a price tag that's lower than some analysts expected.

Famous New York Public Library Lions Mask Up To Set An Example

Patience and Fortitude, the marble lions outside of the New York Public Library at 42nd Street, don face masks as the city and the library system work to reopen while avoiding the coronavirus.

Republican Congressman On Reports About Bounties Russia Offered To Taliban

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas about reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

New Jersey Puts Indoor Dining On Pause Indefinitely Because Of Coronavirus

Gov. Phil Murphy is delaying the reopening initially set for Thursday. He cited COVID-19 spikes in other states as well as noncompliance at some outdoor restaurants in his state.

Mississippi Black Lawmaker On Taking Down The Flag: A Symbol Of ‘Hate And Not Love’

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Mississippi state Sen. Derrick Simmons, a Democrat, after lawmakers in that state voted on Sunday to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Tries To Banish Racist Stereotypes

The classic role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons has announced changes aimed at correcting racist in-game descriptions — including altering how some mythical races are deemed monstrous and evil.

Reddit Bans The_Donald, Forum Of Nearly 800,000 Trump Fans, Over Abusive Posts

Reddit unveiled an update to its hate speech policies on Monday, including shutting down about 2,000 subreddits. It is the latest example of a popular online platform cracking down on hate speech.

Atlanta Hawks Arena To Host Voting Site, Team Challenges Rest Of NBA To Follow

The 700,000-square-foot arena will allow voters to spread out. The arena's staff will serve as poll workers and the team's players will encourage local residents to vote via social media.

Tentative Trial Date Set For Ex-Minneapolis Officers Accused In George Floyd Death

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the trial date assumed that the former officers would be tried together, but that he expected motions to be filed for separate trials.

Trump Tops Iran’s List Of U.S. Officials Wanted In Killing Of Top General In January

Iran issues arrest warrants for 36 officials, including President Trump, in the Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Trump faces little threat of being arrested.

4 Officers In San Jose, Calif., Put On Leave After Racist Social Media Posts Surface

The police department is investigating allegations that surfaced in an anonymous blog post. It details current and retired San Jose officers posting racist messages in a private Facebook group.

Garden Business Blooms Out Of The Pandemic

A group of furloughed Indiana restaurant workers started a new business building backyard gardens for people to grow their own food. Now, they can barely keep up with the demand.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court stood by its most recent abortion precedent Monday, invalidating a Louisiana law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals.

Supreme Court Rules That The Structure Of Key Independent Agency Is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional and the president can fire bureau's director. But it left the agency otherwise intact.

Mississippi’s House And Senate Vote To Remove Confederate Insignia From State Flag

Mississippi's legislature voted Sunday to remove the Confederate insignia from the state's flag. Gov. Tate Reeves said he will sign the measure into law soon.

Yeezy, Meet Gap: Kanye West Announces A New Clothing Line Partnership

Kanye West announced a new clothing line partnership with Gap last Friday, causing the retailer's stock to skyrocket.

Minnesota Attorney General Sues Exxon Over Climate Change

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison tells All Things Considered he thinks Minnesota can prove its case alleging that Exxon Mobil and others knew about the damage of climate change decades ago.

India Sees A Change Sparked By Black Lives Matter Movement

Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a change in Indian society — from Bollywood celebrities tweeting support for racial justice in the U.S. to manufacturers nixing popular skin-whitening creams.

Israel To Clarify Its Plans For Annexing Occupied West Bank Lands

Israel is expected to clarify its plans for annexing occupied West Bank. EU says Israel would face repercussions if it annexes, and Arab allies say their warming ties with Israel would be affected.