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Jailing Of Labor Activist Raises Concerns About Mexico’s Readiness For USMCA

The U.S-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement that will go into effect on Wednesday calls for new worker protections in Mexico. But the recent jailing of a Mexican labor activist is raising concerns.

Golden State Killer Pleads Guilty To 13 Murders To Avoid The Death Penalty

Joseph James DeAngelo has pleaded guilty to 13 murders and other charges Monday in Sacramento. Prosecutors say he terrorized several counties in the '70s and '80s as the Golden State Killer.

Coronavirus Cases And Hospitalizations Keep Climbing In North Carolina

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Dr. Mandy Cohen, the secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, about the state's response to the growing coronavirus cases.

Afghan War Veteran Talks About Bounties Russia Offered Taliban To Kill U.S. Troops

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Aaron O'Connell, a former National Security Council member and an Afghan war veteran, about reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Golden State Killer Suspect Pleads Guilty To More Than A Dozen Murders

The string of killings in the 1970s and '80s terrorized California. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, sat in a wheelchair on Monday as he rasped out "yes" and "I admit" to charges in 13 murders.

‘Real Life Is More Tragic Than Fiction,’ A Filmmaker Documents NYC Protests

Filmmaker Julian Marshall chronicled New York City's overwhelming response to the killing of George Floyd.


Ohio’s State Capital Grapples With Anti-Columbus Sentiment

Statues of Christopher Columbus are being dismantled, torn down or removed in cities across the country. Now that movement has reached the city that's named after the explorer.

Supreme Court Clears Way For Federal Executions To Resume

Four men are scheduled to be executed in the coming weeks, which would be the first use of the federal death penalty since 2003.

CDC Says Singers Could Be Virus Superspreaders — But 100 Sang Unmasked With Pence

At a campaign rally in Dallas that featured Vice President Pence, a choir of about 100 people sang unmasked. Epidemiologists worry that singers are particularly likely to spread the coronavirus.

‘The Past Isn’t Done With Us,’ Says ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

A film of the original Broadway production of Hamilton, taped in 2016, begins streaming on Disney+ on Friday. Miranda, who stars in the title role, says the production is as timely as ever.

Planned Parenthood President On Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson speaks to NPR's Steve Inskeep about the Supreme Court decision striking down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.

Supreme Court Hands Abortion-Rights Advocates A Victory

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four liberals to invalidate a Louisiana law that required doctors at clinics that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

How Snakes Fly (Hint: It’s Not On A Plane)

A snake researcher always wondered how flying snakes propelled themselves. Then, someone told him he should work with the snakes in The Cube — a vast theater space with cameras everywhere.

For Navajo Nation In Arizona, The Election Process Is Complicated And Problematic

Voting in Indian Country has long been challenging, often due to lack of official street addresses on reservations. Now the push for mail-in balloting because of COVID-19 is exacerbating the issue.

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

Chief Justice John Roberts joins the court's four liberals, citing the adherence to precedent, to invalidate a law that required abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

The Wild Card For An In-Person Fall: College Student Behavior

College reopening plans all rely on one thing: students following the rules. Some experts worry that's too big of an ask.

Trump Deletes Retweet That Included Racist Language

A video shared by President Trump on Twitter Sunday includes a man who appears to be a Trump supporter saying "white power" in response to protesters. How did the White House respond?

King Arthur Flour’s Helpline Rises To The Challenge Of Increased Bakers’ Questions

A lot more Americans seem to have taken up baking since the pandemic began. Maggie Perry, on the team that answers King Arthur Flour's Baker's Hotline, reveals what people ask.

Ex-Federal Health Officials Encourage Mask Use To Counter COVID-19 Surges

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who headed the FDA, and Andy Slavitt, who was the director of Medicare and Medicaid, about the spike in coronavirus cases across the country.

‘Artivist’ Nikkolas Smith Combines Art And Activism Into A Singular Superpower

For the past seven years, the Los Angeles-based artist has celebrated and mourned Black lives in his work. Smith's portraits are sometimes unfinished — a reflection of Black lives cut short.

You Can Now Smell Space Without Leaving Earth’s Atmosphere

A Kickstarter campaign was launched for a fragrance called Eau de Space. The scent of space has been described as bitter and smokey, like the smell of a gun shot.

Starbucks’ Barista Tipped Handsomely After Customer Tried To Shame Him

The barista refused to serve a woman who was not wearing a mask. She took his picture and put it on Facebook. People commented in support of him, and someone created a virtual tip jar for him.

How To Celebrate July 4th Safely During The Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 can't stop the July Fourth holiday. But how can you have fun and stay safe at the same time? Also, as new hot spots emerge, how best to assess the risk in your community.

Gunmen Attack Pakistan Stock Exchange In Karachi

The attack occurred Monday morning as people were arriving for work. Unknown militants attacked the country's stock exchange in the commercial capital, Karachi.

Critics Accuse Trump Of Fueling Racial Tensions For Political Purposes

After the president tweeted and deleted a video of an apparent supporter shouting "white power," NPR's Noel King asks conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg if that was part of a political strategy.

‘Gone With The Wind’ Returns To HBO Max With Intro By Black Scholar

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to film scholar Jacqueline Stewart, who provided a new introduction with historical context to the film Gone with the Wind for its re-release on HBO Max.

In Space, Astronauts Are Far From COVID-19, See A World Without Borders

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken talk to NPR's Steve Inskeep from the International Space Station. They were the first to be launched into space on a private spaceflight company mission.

Russia Reportedly Offered Bounties To Taliban To Kill U.S. Troops

NPR's Noel King talks to Washington Post national security reporter Ellen Nakashima about bounties the Russian government is reported to have offered the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

U.K. Universities, Including Cambridge, To Welcome Students Back In The Fall

Britain's Cambridge University plans to teach large lectures online, but will hold seminars and tutorials in person with social distancing — in the aim that everyone will come to campus.

News Brief: COVID-19 Curve, Russian Bounties, ‘White Power’ Tweet

Coronavirus curve trends upward as cases surge. Reports indicate Russia paid Taliban-linked militias to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. And, critics say Trump fuels racism for political purposes.

Florida Scientist Says She Was Fired For Not Manipulating COVID-19 Data

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rebekah Jones, a scientist who was fired from Florida's health department, who is now publishing a coronavirus dashboard of her own to track the state's COVID-19 cases.

As Coronavirus Cases Spike, California’s Early Gains Are Coming Undone

California's new COVID-19 cases have hit a record high and hospitalizations are up. A state that issued early stay-at-home orders is now struggling to regain control of the virus.