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Here Are The 50 Books Nominated for 2020 National Book Awards

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 14:37

There are writers on the longlist in five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translation and young people's literature. Two debut novels are in the running for the fiction prize.

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Watchdog To Review Nonlethal Tactics Against Protesters, Including 'Heat Ray' Request

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:52

The Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan government watchdog, will review the federal government's use of nonlethal weapons and the tactics it wielded against protesters this summer.

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A Firefighter Is Killed In California Wildfire Sparked By Gender Reveal Party

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 13:22

The firefighter died on Thursday in the El Dorado Fire, some 70 miles east of Los Angeles. The blaze began two weeks ago after an expectant couple set off fireworks to reveal the sex of their child.

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Poll: Biden Maintains Lead Over Trump With Likely Voters

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:00

Joe Biden leads by 9 points against President Trump, who continues to face an uphill reelection battle. But the Democratic nominee is underperforming with people of color who are likely to vote.

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U.S. To Bar Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 09:48

As of Sunday, no mobile app store in the U.S. will be allowed to distribute or maintain the popular Chinese-owned apps, the Commerce Department says.

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Wanted in Israel: More Shofar Blowers For Socially Distanced Jewish New Year

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 09:23

The shofar is a hallmark of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The pandemic means there will be more and smaller prayer gatherings this year, so some cities have offered free shofar-blowing courses.

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Kenya Braced For The Worst. The Worst Didn't Happen. Why?

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 09:22

The case count — and death toll — during the pandemic have been surprisingly low. And last Sunday, people were out and about in Nairobi's parks. Researchers are trying to figure out what happened.

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Breonna Taylor's Mother: 'I Won't Go Away. I'll Still Fight'

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 09:11

Tamika Palmer says she wants the officers who killed her daughter to be charged. "Even in the very beginning of this year, she kept saying 2020 was her year," she said. "And she was absolutely right."

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The Surprising Business Model Behind Guinness World Records

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 08:00

This is the story of how Guinness got into the business of record-breaking, and how one Planet Money intern broke a world record involving the president of Georgia.

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How The Pandemic Is Widening The Racial Wealth Gap

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 05:01

The coronavirus has affected most Americans, but NPR's latest poll shows Black, Latino and Native American households are hardest hit by the financial impact of the crisis.

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Biden And Trump Visit Minnesota As The State Begins Early Voting

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 05:00

The contested state's opening of early voting underscores the extent to which Election Day has become election season.

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Mental Health And Police Violence: How Crisis Intervention Teams Are Failing

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 05:00

Efforts are growing to remove or reduce the role of police in responding to people in a mental health crisis. Critics and proponents alike say a widely adopted police program has too often failed.

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'We're Rolling With It': Election Workers Scramble To Adjust To Changing Voting Rules

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 05:00

Pennsylvania's governor and state legislature — as well as the national political parties and campaigns — have been at odds, leading to election workers doing what they can to help voters keep up.

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Nursing Homes Given Federal Go-Ahead To Allow More Visitors

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 20:42

Nursing homes visitors have been banned since March because of COVID-19. Now the federal agency that regulates the facilities has outlined terms for resuming visits immediately.

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'A Very Serious Situation': WHO Says Coronavirus Cases Are Rising In Europe Again

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 19:26

The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that weekly increases have reached a higher rate than during the pandemic's peak in March, with "alarming rates of transmission across the region."

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Governor Says Most Of Texas Can Loosen Limits On Businesses, But Bars Must Stay Shut

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 19:19

Gov. Greg Abbott is relaxing restrictions on hospitals, nursing homes and certain industries in much of the state, citing an improvement in COVID-19 metrics.

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In 'Tense' Call, DeJoy Tells Election Officials That USPS Can Handle Mail Ballots

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 19:19

The Postmaster General spoke to dozens of the nation's top election officials Thursday, ahead of an election season that will see record amounts of mail ballots.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Vote By Mail Deadline, Allows Drop Boxes

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 17:50

The decisions come just seven weeks before Election Day and as a flurry of election-related lawsuits heat up around the country.

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Child Positive For Coronavirus Was Sent To School Anyway. Others Quarantining Now

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:52

Nearly 30 Massachusetts high school students are quarantining after parents sent their child to school despite receiving a positive diagnosis days before.

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Students Accused Of Breaking College COVID-19 Rules Fight Their Punishments

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:11

As colleges crack down on students accused of violating strict pandemic safety rules, students are lawyering up to fight their punishments.

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