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A landslide in Myanmar's northern Kachin state killed scores of people.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 19:19

The death toll makes the disaster the worst known in the jade mining industry, surpassing an accident in 2015 that killed 113 people.

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 19:13

We look at the risks to consider (and precautions to take) before a restaurant meal. Also: How risky is it to fly on fully booked flights?

People get tested for the coronavirus at a drive-through site in Phoenix last month. In Arizona, the portion of tests coming back positive now hovers around 24%, more than three times the national average.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 19:06

The percentage of positive tests in Arizona is more than three times the national average, and hospital capacity has become a concern.

"Lift Every Voice and Sing" will be performed live or played before every NFL season opening game, starting on Sept. 10.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 18:40

The song known as the Black national anthem will play before "The Star Spangled Banner." The league is working with players on a variety of measures to recognize victims of racism.

Pro-democracy party activist Nathan Law speaks to the media outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council building last year.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 18:04

Law, who spoke to NPR's All Things Considered, announced late Wednesday that he had left the country following the enactment of a draconian new national security law targeting the territory.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in May. She wants an Army officer who testified at Trump impeachment hearings to get his promotion.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 17:36

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified in impeachment hearings. He's been due for promotion to the rank of full colonel, but that has not happened. Sen. Tammy Duckworth wants assurances that it will.

The guidance on this mural in Dallas will apply to most counties in Texas starting Friday, when a new face covering requirement takes effect.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 16:57

With COVID-19 cases setting records, Gov. Greg Abbott is requiring most Texans to wear face coverings in public. The order takes effect Friday and applies to counties with 20 or more cases.

Protesters against the new national security law gesture with five fingers, signifying "five demands — not one less" on the anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China from Britain in Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 16:44

The U.S. is cutting back its special treatment of the territory, while the U.K. offers a pathway to British citizenship for Hong Kongers.

A sign marks the entrance to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Florida, where the NBA plans to restart the season with 22 teams later this month.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 16:31

That brings the total to 25. Put another way, that's 7% of the league. The news comes as games are scheduled to resume later this month. Team staff has fared better — 10 positive tests out of 884.

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:44

The decisions ensure none of these cases will be decided before the November election.

Fireworks companies in Maine are facing a steep decline in business after many July Fourth displays were called off. Here's a 2012 celebration in Scarborough, Maine.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:37

Pyrotechnics companies try to make ends meet during what is usually their peak season. One company has seen more than 90% of its business dry up amid the pandemic.

The FBI has reported a surge in background checks for gun sales. Here, firearms are for sale at a shop in New Castle, Pa.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:28

The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System set a record in June with 3.9 million background checks. The previous record of 3.7 million background checks was set in March.

A sign at Newark Liberty International Airport warns airline passengers about a travel advisory that applies to people arriving in New Jersey from certain states. Visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah should self-quarantine for two weeks.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 13:39

The 14-day quarantine rule — which in some areas carries fines of up to $10,000 — is meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but enforcement varies from state to state.

A public safety officer directs drivers where to go last week at a coronavirus testing site at the Lee Davis Community Resource Center in Tampa, Fla.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:52

The surge of coronavirus cases in Florida shows no signs of slowing down. The state hits another daily record, with more than 10,000 cases reported on Thursday.

Members of the Ethiopian military ride by on a patrol of Addis Ababa on Thursday. The Ethiopian capital has seen deadly unrest erupt in the wake of the shooting death of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa this week.
Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:12

Since Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead in Addis Ababa, the country has been riven by ethnic discontent. At least 80 people have died in clashes between protesters and security forces this week.

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