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Sadie Roberts-Joseph founded the Baton Rouge African American History Museum in 2001. She was a prominent civil rights activist and community leader.
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:02

Sadie Roberts-Joseph was a prominent civil rights activist and community leader in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She founded the city's African American History Museum in 2001.

Empty baby beds stand in the maternity ward of a hospital (a spokesperson for the hospital asked that the hospital not be named). Six days after Farai Chideya took her adopted newborn child home from a hospital, she was forced to give him back to his birth mother.
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 12:33

The journalist, author and former NPR host speaks out about her painful quest for motherhood: "There's a lot of emotional blood on the floor."

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 12:22

President Trump says immigration raids are planned for Sunday in cities across the country. The administration is reported to be targeting a few thousand undocumented immigrants.

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:06

Older adults are dying from falls at a higher rate today than 20 years ago. But you can take simple steps to improve balance, vision and alertness — and keep from falling.

Tyler Holland guides his bike through the water as winds from Tropical Storm Barry push water from Lake Pontchartrain over the seawall Saturday.
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 10:41

Forecasters estimate rainfall over south-central Louisiana at about 3 to 5 inches, and isolated maximum rainfall could reach up to 10 inches, posing potential "dangerous, life-threatening flooding."

Being a caregiver requires a lot of time and effort. However, when crisis strikes it's hard to simply ask for help. So, how do you help people help you?
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 09:08

Your friends want to help you out when there's a family health crisis. But it can be overwhelming to manage the offers of support. Here's advice to help friends help you.

Art Car at Burning Man 2017
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 06:01

As the Bureau of Land Management tightens its grip on the annual gathering's population growth at Nevada's Black Rock desert, a freewheeling community finds its core identity under threat.

Justice Clarence Thomas, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court, has views that perhaps can be described only as unique. Some court watchers, however, use other terms: idiosyncratic, eccentric, provocative, thoughtful and, yes, wacky.
Sun, 07/14/2019 - 06:00

The longest-serving member of the current court is also its furthest to the right, least traditional and most controversial — and with a new conservative majority, he may be having a moment.

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 06:00

Drinking alcohol is linked to an increased risk of skin cancer. Part of the risk may be explained by the direct effect that alcohol has on antioxidant levels in the skin, which can hasten a sunburn.

Authorities scrambled to restore electricity to Manhattan following a power outage that knocked out Times Square's towering electronic screens and left businesses without electricity, elevators stuck and subway cars stalled.
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 23:12

Most of Manhattan's West Side went dark Sunday evening, halting subways, traffic lights and elevators. Con Edison says it expects to fully restore power by midnight. No injuries have been reported.

Police Sr. Sgt. Paddy Hannan holds an AR-15 style rifle similar to a weapon a gunman used to kill 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dozens of gun owners handed over their weapons in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand.
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 16:47

In response to the March shootings that left 51 people dead, the nation's gun buyback program asks owners of now-banned weapons to turn them into police departments for cash.

Nineteen states have adopted "mandatory retention" policies, which require third-graders who do not show sufficient proficiency in reading to repeat the grade.
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 16:40

Almost 20 states have passed laws requiring third-graders who aren't proficient in reading to repeat the grade. The policy started in Florida 17 years ago.

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 14:11

The operations are expected to take place in at least 10 major cities and last for days. According to reports, ICE is prepared to target about 2,000 recently arrived migrant families.

Serena Williams is dejected after losing a point during the women's singles final match against Romania's Simona Halep at Wimbledon on July 13, 2019.
Sat, 07/13/2019 - 13:20

Williams was vying for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, but fell to the 27 year old from Romania, 6-2, 6-2.

Sat, 07/13/2019 - 11:42

NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Hanagriff, president of St. Mary Parish, in the storm's path.

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