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Texas Gov. Orders Bars To Close, Reduces Restaurant Seating As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Gov. Greg Abbott imposes the state's first significant rollback on reopening yet in an executive order issued Friday morning. The day before, Texas reported a record 5,996 new coronavirus cases.

California’s Landmark Electric Truck Rule Targets ‘Diesel Death Zone’

In another first-in-the-nation move to address climate change, California will require automakers to sell more electric trucks. That could curb air pollution from the growing logistics industry.

NYPD Officer Accused Of Using Chokehold Charged With Strangulation

The officer, 39-year-old David Afanador, was suspended the same day the cellphone video appeared to show him choking a Black man on a Queens boardwalk.

A.J. Jacobs: How Can We Thank Those We Take for Granted?

How many people helped make your morning coffee? A.J. Jacobs set out to thank them—from the farmer to the barista and everyone in between—and discovered the list was much longer than he thought.

Attorney General Barr Denies Claims Of Political Interference In DOJ

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Attorney General William Barr talks about executive powers, claims of interference on behalf of the President and the firing of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

Rare Hybrid Sea Turtle Joins Turtle Race In Florida Keys

Every year turtles race to see who can travel furthest during migration in an event put on by the Sea Turtle Conservancy. A rare hybrid hawksbill-green sea turtle will participate for the first time.


Furloughed Washington State Resident Gives 1,200 Lasagnas To Neighbors

When Michelle Brenner was furloughed, she used her extra time – and her stimulus check – to feed her community with her grandma's classic lasagna.

House Casts Historic Vote To Make D.C. The 51st State. Trump And The Senate Say No

The Democrats who control the House want to make a political point with a vote expected to confer statehood on the District of Columbia. The GOP opposes it.

News Brief: AG Barr Defends Actions, COVID-19 Vaccine Status, U.S Soldier Charged

Attorney General William Barr says he is responsible for DOJ actions. COVID-19 research has yielded 16 vaccine candidates. And, a U.S. soldier was charged in a plot to attack his own unit.

For Hospice Physician, Patient Care Means Walking ‘The Path With Them’

A doctor who treats terminally ill patients talks with his daughter about caring for people with COVID-19.

Hello Kitty Founder Steps Down As CEO Of Sanrio

Shintaro Tsuji, CEO of Sanrio, will step down on July 1 and hand over the reins of the Japanese company that created global mega-star character Hello Kitty to his grandson.

Activists Are Pushing For Consumers To Support Black Businesses. Is It Sustainable?

During a time of increased racial awareness in America, there's a big push to support Black-owned businesses. But can these efforts live past the moment and create lasting change?

Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic, Consumers Aren’t Buying Despite States Reopening

In areas that have seen a spike in coronanvirus cases, consumers are getting more cautious about spending money – a reminder that the best way to help the economy is to get control of the pandemic.

Texas ER Doctor Discusses Skyrocketing COVID-19 Cases In Houston

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has paused the state's economic reopening as COVID-19 cases reach crisis levels. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Dr. Cedric Dark, an emergency room doctor in Houston.

Why Some Nursing Homes Are Devastated By COVID-19 While Others Remain Untouched

The federal government says that the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 are associated with low-rated nursing homes. A Harvard study says the disease took a toll regardless of quality. Which is right?

Momofuku CEO Develops Restaurant Reopening Health Guide

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants found themselves without the public health guidance they needed to operate safely. Momofuku CEO Margerite Mariscal took matters into her own hands.

Journalist Kevin Powell On His New Book And His Hopes And Fears For His Future Child

NPR'S Rachel Martin speaks with writer, journalist and activist Kevin Powell about his New York Times essay, A Letter from Father to Child, excerpted from his new book, When We Free the World.

HBO’s ‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’ Brings The Golden State Killer To The Small Screen

Comedian Patton Oswalt helped finish his late wife Michelle McNamara's true-crime book about the Golden State Killer, I'll Be Gone in the Dark. Now, it's being adapted into a six-part series for HBO.

2nd-Deadliest Ebola Outbreak In History Declared Over

Just as Congo was about to celebrate the eradication of Ebola in one of the biggest ever outbreaks, the virus has cropped up elsewhere in the country.

Parisians To Elect New Mayor Sunday

The election for the high-profile post of mayor of Paris takes place in France this weekend, and for the first time the top three candidates are women.

A Look At The COVID-19 Vaccine Landscape

Some of the technology behind coronavirus vaccine development dates back to the first vaccines; other techniques are much newer. Here are some of the approaches.

U.S. Soldier Charged In Plot To Attack Own Unit

A U.S. soldier is charged with passing military secrets to a white supremacist group in Europe. Prosecutors say the soldier plotted an ambush of his own unit.

U.S. Sets Daily Record For New COVID-19 Cases

Despite ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, nearly 40,000 new cases were reported Thursday, surpassing the previous one-day record on April 24 by more than 3,600 cases.

Colorado Gov. Appoints Special Prosecutor To Reopen Probe Of Elijah McClain Death

Gov. Jared Polis said the 23-year-old's death in Aurora police custody is a "truly exceptional case where widely reported facts are not addressed in any current investigation."

Illinois Cautiously Reopens Zoos, Fitness Centers And Movie Theaters Friday

But state officials say the threat of COVID-19 remains strong and they need to continue wearing facemasks and social distancing.

NASA Names Headquarters After Mary Jackson, Its First Black Female Engineer

The agency will name its Washington, D.C., headquarters after the pioneering scientist whose Space Race-era contributions gained recognition in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.

Georgia Lt. Gov. On COVID-19, The State’s Hate Crimes Bill And Voting Access

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan discusses three crises gripping his state: rising cases of COVID-19, voting issues during a recent primary, and the killings of two Black men, Ahmaud Arbery and Rayshard Brooks.

Attorney General Barr Says DOJ Acts Independent Of Trump’s Interests

In a wide-ranging NPR interview, William Barr defended the Justice Department amid accusations of political interference, including recently in the case of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Saharan Dust Cloud Arrives At The U.S. Gulf Coast, Bringing Haze

The phenomenon happens every year – but the 2020 version is especially large and imposing, experts say.

Education Dept. Rule Limits How Schools Can Spend Vital Aid Money

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos signaled she is standing firm on her intention to reroute millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students.

North Carolina Police Chief Fires Three Officers Over Racist Comments Caught On Tape

Video is said to show the Wilmington officers exchanging racist and sometimes threatening remarks. The county's district attorney has thrown out cases involving the former officers amid a bias review.

Tucson Police Chief Offers To Resign Over Man’s Death In Officers’ Custody

In response to Police Chief Chris Magnus' offer to quit, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero issued a statement saying, "I do not believe the Chief should resign."