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Court Order Keeps Census In Limbo As Counting End Date Looms

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:06

After the Trump administration missed a filing deadline for court documents, a judge has ordered the wind-down of the census to remain on hold, throwing door-knocking efforts further into uncertainty.

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'I Have To Work': Agricultural Workers In The West Harvest Crops Through Fire Smoke

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 16:01

"The smoke is so dense," one agricultural worker in Oregon told NPR. "I feel dizzy, my throat hurts and my head feels like it's going to explode." Their employers are also faced with tough choices.

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Utah Officer Faces Felony Charge For Ordering Police Dog To Bite Black Man

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 15:40

Jeffery Ryans, the man who sustained dog bites, "certainly wasn't posing an imminent threat of violence or harm to anyone," according to the district attorney.

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About 1 In 5 Households In U.S. Cities Miss Needed Medical Care During Pandemic

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:49

Some people skipped care because of failing finances or fear of the virus, doctors say. Others find medical practices closed to new patients. Many are suffering health consequences, an NPR poll finds.

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Biggest Worry On Election Security Is Americans' Loss Of Confidence, Wray Says

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 12:10

The FBI director told members of Congress his greatest fear isn't so much that a foreign nation might achieve some coup, but that too many citizens might no longer trust their own democratic process.

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As Pandemic Stretches On, Revealing Possible Exposure Can Be Costly To Workers

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 11:47

COVID-19 is still spreading in many communities. Test results can be slow. And quarantines are often unpaid. This leaves workers with tough decisions about what to disclose and when to stay home.

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India On Track To Surpass U.S. As Country Worst Affected By COVID-19

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 11:11

With more than 5 million coronavirus infections and the world's highest daily tally of new cases, India is expected to become the world's worst-affected country within weeks.

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Sally Brings 'Widespread' Flash Floods To Inland Areas After Causing Havoc On Coast

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:40

"Widespread flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding is likely" in parts of Georgia and South Carolina, forecasters say. They're tracking a new potential storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Without DHS Witnesses In Hearing, Whistleblower Claims Likely Go Unaddressed

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:02

Members of Congress have no one to ask in Thursday's hearing about reports of mistreatment against ICE detainees and an alleged push to alter intelligence.

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Secretary Wolf's Absence From Hearing Should 'Appall' Congress, Panel Chairman Says

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 09:15

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., says that in failing to appear in response to a House subpoena, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has expressed a dangerous contempt for congressional oversight.

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Barr Blasts His Own Prosecutors: 'All Power Is Vested In The Attorney General'

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 07:35

In remarks Wednesday, the attorney general also said restrictions imposed during the coronavirus are "the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history" since slavery.

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'I'm Only 1 Person': Teachers Feel Torn Between Their Students And Their Own Kids

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 06:00

Educators around the U.S. told us they're facing heartbreaking choices between the needs of their students and the needs of their own children.

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Millions Of Gig Workers Rely On A New Federal Lifeline. They Now Fear It Will End

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 05:05

Gig workers are now relying on a safety net program that didn't even exist six months ago. It provides unemployment benefits to the growing number who don't have a traditional payroll job.

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Why Can't America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 05:01

There's just not enough PPE to satisfy demand. Medics are re-using masks and small practices can't even find supplies they can afford. Some domestic manufacturers could help, but it's a risky move.

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The Complicated Importance Of Abortion To Trump Voters

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 05:00

As Americans think about recession, a pandemic, racial justice, climate change and policing, many Trump voters (or potential Trump voters) bring up abortion in explaining their voting rationale.

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U.S. Agency Urges End To Below-Minimum Wage For Workers With Disabilities

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 05:00

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says a 1938 law created "exploitative and discriminatory" job programs and should be phased out, marking a new milestone in the debate over "sheltered workshops."

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Trump Casts New Doubt On Any Deal To Keep TikTok Alive In U.S.

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 01:41

Trump also said he's been advised "there is no legal path" for the U.S. to keep a cut of whatever TikTok deal the government approves, an idea he had earlier floated.

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NCAA Says College Basketball Season Can Start The Day Before Thanksgiving

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 23:11

The NCAA Division I Council voted to push the start date back two weeks from Nov. 10, saying most of its schools will have ended in-person classes for the fall semester by then, reducing exposures.

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After Complaints, Trump Administration Agrees To In-Person Election Threat Briefings

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 22:21

The nation's top intelligence official caused a stir last month when he canceled face-to-face updates for Congress. The Senate and House intelligence committees say he's agreed to resume them.

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Omaha Grand Jury Indicts Bar Owner Over Fatal Shooting Of Black Protester In May

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 21:54

Jake Gardner faces four charges, including manslaughter. While local officials initially ruled he had acted in self-defense, a special prosecutor said on Tuesday that new evidence suggested otherwise.

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