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A woman drops a nasal swab in a vial at the announcement that Denver will launch a drive-up COVID-19 test site.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:10

To contain the coronavirus, the U.S. needs to be able test a lot of people. But we're facing a shortage of a key ingredient: the swab. Here's why these swabs are so hard to source.

Denise and Richard Victor of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., have been missing their grandkids, whom they haven't seen since February. Before the pandemic, they had regular visits with grandsons (from left) Daren Cosola, Stirling Victor, Davis Victor and Lucas Cosola.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:00

Even as social restrictions ease in some spots, older adults remain extra-vulnerable to COVID-19. That means many families are facing hard choices — whether to hunker down together or apart.

Tablets believed to be laced with fentanyl are displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration Northeast Regional Laboratory on Oct. 8, 2019, in New York. According to the DEA, one drug that remains widely available in much of the U.S. is fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:00

The pandemic's disruption of international labor and transportation sectors has made it harder to produce and transport illegal drugs and to send profits back across national borders.

President Trump holds a mask as he speaks during a tour of the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Thursday.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:00

"Mask usage is going to help us get this economy reopened," the president's national security adviser said on Sunday.

A tour bus, sponsored by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, pulls up to a Miami-Dade County courthouse ahead of a hearing aimed at restoring the right to vote under Florida's Amendment 4 on Nov. 8, 2019.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 20:44

A U.S. District judge has ruled that the law, which would have required felons to pay court-related debts before they can register to vote, discriminates against those who cannot afford the payments.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is seen at a demonstration in favor of his government on Sunday.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 19:00

President Trump is barring non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil in the past two weeks, in an effort to curb infections. Brazil has the world's highest number of cases after the U.S.

On Sunday, visitors strolled the pier at Coney Island beach. New York state parks  reopened for the Memorial Day weekend at 50% capacity, and campgrounds were given the green light to reopen Monday.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 16:28

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that campgrounds would be able to open on Monday, Memorial Day. He also gave the OK for the state's professional sports teams to start training camp.

A sign displaying beach rules hangs along Venice Beach, where beachgoers returned this weekend following weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 14:12

Sun bathing was prohibited and face masks were required. But Venice Beach otherwise felt like its usual eclectic self this Memorial Day weekend.

Hong Kong police fired tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons as thousands of protesters rallied against proposed security measures aimed at tightening Beijing's grip on the semi-autonomous territory.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 12:46

Demonstrators defied social distancing rules and thronged some of the busiest retail districts Sunday. China's parliament is planning legislation to tighten its grip on the semi-autonomous territory.

John Dibble, 85, has been unable to see his wife of 64 years, Claire, who is in a nursing facility.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 09:52

In the best of times, living in Vermont requires a type of isolation and self-sufficiency unknown in many parts of the country. But the coronavirus has tested the state like never before.

Justice Buress, 4, hides under a table while demonstrating a drill at Little Explorers Learning Center in St. Louis. Tess Trice, head of the day care program, carries out monthly drills to train the children to get on the floor when they hear gunfire.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 08:00

Sheltering in place isn't new for children who live in neighborhoods plagued by gun violence, and shootings haven't eased during the pandemic. St. Louis families improvise to keep kids safe.

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., attends a press conference on Feb. 26 on Capitol Hill. Omar tells NPR the progressive left "has moved the needle on the national conversation" surrounding certain policies.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 06:53

Rep. Ilhan Omar has a new memoir about her journey to Congress after fleeing civil war in Somalia. She talked with NPR about her life and her hopes for future coronavirus relief measures.

Liege Camila Pistore Veras, Rafael Duckur, and Joana Luiza Mendes (left to right) load boxes of produce into a truck at a farm outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This produce, and more, will be distributed in favelas, poor urban neighborhoods where residents live in crowded homes and lack basic sanitation.
Sun, 05/24/2020 - 06:35

A stay-at-home order has meant a loss of income for many of the working poor — and the fear that they won't be able to feed their families. Then a group of organic farmers had an idea.

In parts of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, cicadas will climb out of the ground for their once-in-17-year mating cycle. Scientists have dubbed this grouping brood IX.
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 19:15

In parts of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, the insects will climb out of the ground for their once-in-17-year mating cycle. Scientists have dubbed this grouping brood IX.

North Carolina' Department of Health and Human Services announced Saturday that it had recorded 1,107 new infections, the state's highest one-day spike since the outbreak began.
Sat, 05/23/2020 - 16:32

Health officials announced Saturday that they had recorded 1,107 new infections. The news comes as the state entered Phase 2 of its re-opening plan on Friday.

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