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A protester holds a skateboard in front of a fire in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd.
Sun, 05/31/2020 - 02:47

Officials in Minneapolis promised a stronger response to protests over the death of George Floyd as police and demonstrators across the nation continue to clash.

President Trump, Vice President Pence and Karen Pence view the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station at Kennedy Space Center, Saturday in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 20:03

The successful SpaceX launch has its roots in two previous administrations, but President Trump credited his own leadership.

Top officials with the European Union urged President Trump to rethink his plans to leave the international agency. Trump announced his decision Friday after weeks of levying criticisms and threatening to pull funding.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 19:03

Top officials with the bloc encouraged Trump to rethink his plans to leave the international health agency. Trump's Friday announcement followed weeks of criticisms and threats to pull funding.

Police clear the street for firefighters during protests on Friday in Minneapolis. After demonstrations have grown violent, state authorities have made plans to increase the law enforcement presence.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 16:07

The order follows a night of angry protests in Minneapolis and nationwide. As many as 800 personnel could move within four hours at the governor's request, a U.S. official told NPR.

A National Guard vehicle reflects a crowd of protesters Friday in Minneapolis, where Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen said that night's deployment "was not enough" to handle the massive protests over the death of George Floyd.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 14:00

Gov. Tim Walz is fully mobilizing the state's National Guard — "an action that has never been taken in [the Guard's] 164-year history" — to prepare for a fifth night of protests.

Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 10:36

Consensus is growing in Washington to repeal the decades-old law that protects tech platforms from lawsuits. Experts fear unintended consequences.

A church in North Hollywood, Calif., stands empty last month after services were canceled because of coronavirus restrictions.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 10:16

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal bloc in a 5-4 decision issued late Friday. The lawsuit had argued that the state's limits on attendance discriminated against religion.

This weekend, temporary pay bumps for workers during the coronavirus pandemic are ending at companies across the country. In a normal world, high hazard pay might be the only way to stop employees from quitting en masse. But with tens of millions unemployed, workers quickly lost a lot of leverage.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 07:01

Many retail and food workers are losing temporary wage bumps they got during the pandemic. Some say their work hazards are only increasing, while their wage is lower than unemployment benefits.

Margaret Sullivan looks out the windows of Goodwin House in Falls Church, Va.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 07:00

As the coronavirus sweeps the nation, 85-year-old Margaret Sullivan watches and records the changes from inside her retirement home in Virginia.

The U.S. Postal Service faces challenges as more voters turn to mail in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 07:00

From Trump's tweets to funding issues, the U.S. Postal Service is under pressure as voters are set to turn increasingly toward mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 07:00

After an aborted launch attempt to the International Space Station on Wednesday, the weather cleared and the launch went ahead on Saturday.

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 06:06

They're not exactly easy questions to answer. In the first case, you must consider motel cleaning regimens and the hazards of driving vs. the risk of sitting next to a sneezy air traveler.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been approached to run for the U.S. Senate from Kansas, but he has demurred. The filing deadline for the Aug. 4 primary is Monday.
Sat, 05/30/2020 - 06:00

The party has held both Senate seats in the state since the Great Depression, but ahead of a Monday deadline Republicans aren't confident that any of the candidates are assured of winning in November.

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 05:00

NPR's analysis shows just how stark the impact has been on African-Americans and Latinos. Experts say the pandemic will go on — for everyone — unless we direct resources where they're most needed.

Police officers and protesters clash on Friday near CNN Center in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 22:23

In most cases the demonstrations began peacefully, but as the day unfolded and night fell, they became increasingly violent.

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