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A Pekingese walks with its handler in the Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Sunday in Tarrytown, N.Y. The dog won the blue ribbon in Best in Show.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 22:38

Wasabi nabbed U.S. dogdom's most prestigious prize after winning the big American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019.

Queen Elizabeth II and President Biden walk at Windsor Castle on Sunday in Windsor, England. This is Biden's first private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II since becoming president.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 19:06

Queen Elizabeth II has now met with 13 U.S. presidents, going back to meeting Harry Truman when she was a princess.

Former White House counsel Donald McGahn appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2018 on Capitol Hill.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 16:19

The secret DOJ subpoena sought account information for Don McGahn as well as his wife. It is unclear what the department was investigating or whether prosecutors obtained any account information.

An American flag flies outside of Houston Methodist Hospital in June 2020. A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by hospital employees who have refused to comply with a mandate requiring they receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 14:15

In a five-page ruling issued Saturday, a U.S. judge upheld Houston Methodist Hospital's vaccination policy, saying its requirement that employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine breaks no federal law.

An Israeli protester places a sticker on a banner showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a demonstration outside the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on June 5. The Hebrew reads: "You failed" and "Leave."
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 13:34

The Israeli prime minister leaves office with a legacy that includes economic prosperity, a growing partisan divide in the U.S. over support for Israel and the unresolved conflict with Palestinians.

Naftali Bennett is Israel's new prime minister. He will serve two years before handing the reigns to political partner Yair Lapid for the remaining two years of the term. The two politicians worked together to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu who served as prime minister for the last 12 years.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 13:09

The Israeli Knesset has voted to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in power. Israel's longest-serving prime minister will be succeeded by Naftali Bennett, a former aide turned political rival.

A wall-mounted thermostat in a California home. New research finds households that can least afford it are spending more than they have to on electricity.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 06:00

President Biden's climate plans call for spending big on energy efficiency. New research could help make sure it actually targets the poor and minority households that most need it.

Mark Forrest is back fishing after rehabilitation with the IpsiHand device helped him regain use of his right hand.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 06:00

After a stroke, people often lose dexterity in one hand. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized a device that can restore function by encouraging the brain to rewire.

Crazy worms — an invasive species from Asia — pose a threat to forests, scientists say. The worms can thrash around so violently that they can jump out of a person's hand. They also lose their tail — on purpose.
Sun, 06/13/2021 - 06:00

The invasive worms, which reproduce rapidly, are creating havoc in forests. They thrash around so violently that they can jump out of a person's hand. They also lose their tail — on purpose.

Sun, 06/13/2021 - 03:02

Rescue efforts are still ongoing. Officials have not provided information on the cause of the explosion that took place in the Hubei province city of Shiyan.

President Biden meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. A White House official said Biden did a lot of "diplomatic speed-dating" with world leaders.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 23:47

President Biden has said China poses one of the biggest strategic challenges to the United States. At the G-7, he convinced key allies to help push back against Beijing.

Leaders Boris Johnson of the U.K., center, with from left, Italy's Mario Draghi, Australia's Scott Morrison, Germany's Angela Merkel, South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, South Korea's Moon Jae-in, U.S.'s Joe Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Japan's Yoshihide Suga and Charles Michel of the European Council meet during the G7 summit in Cornwall, England Saturday.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 21:21

Leaders of G-7 countries agreed to work toward competing against China, there was less unity on how adversarial a public position the group should take.

A humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia in 2018. Michael Packard says he was nearly swallowed by one such whale on Friday as he dove for lobsters off the coast of Provincetown
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 15:15

Michael Packard says he was trapped in the whale's mouth for 30 to 40 seconds before it tossed him back in the water, bruised but otherwise unharmed. Experts tell NPR such events are extremely rare.

Participants sit a Blue Origin space simulator during a conference on robotics and artificial intelligence in Las Vegas on June 5, 2019. On Saturday, Blue Origin announced that an unidentified bidder will pay $28 million for a suborbital flight on the company's New Shepard vehicle.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 14:06

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is going up July 20 on a rocket made by his space exploration company Blue Origin. So is his brother. And now a mystery bidder has won an auction to join them.

Is it possible to tell a boring story that people will listen through to the end?
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 10:38

Even before Invisibilia looked into the viral sensation of Norwegian Slow TV, NPR has had its share of "ambient media" pieces, with stories dating back to the 1970s.

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