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Rioters clash with police as they push barricades to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 18:13

In response to a motion filed by NPR and other media organizations, the Justice Department released new videos which prosecutors say show assaults on police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Mannequins in a clothing shop are posed to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2020. The city was marking Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, learned they had been freed from bondage, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is now a federal holiday.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 17:11

Day off? Extra pay? Or business as usual? Federal workers usually get holidays off, but the short notice on Juneteenth has created some exceptions. And companies aren't required to observe holidays.

Catherine Serou, a U.S. citizen studying in Russia.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 17:10

Catherine Serou, a U.S. citizen studying in Russia, has been missing since she got into a car with a stranger earlier this week.

People enjoy the May sunshine from the cafe terraces of Brussels' Grand Place. On Friday, European Union added the United States to the list of countries whose citizens and residents should be allowed to travel freely within the bloc.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 16:34

The European Union has recommended that Americans be allowed to travel freely throughout the bloc. But each member country sets its own rules for entry.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced Mustafa Hashem al-Darwish had been executed for allegedly attending anti-government protests years earlier, when he was 17.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 14:11

Human rights advocates are calling on Saudi Arabia to halt the executions of people sentenced to death for crimes allegedly committed as minors.

President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, shown here on Jan. 20, 2021, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:18

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has voted to move forward with a process that could call into question the eligibility of politicians like President Joe Biden to receive Communion.

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 12:51

Fifty years ago, Daniel Ellsberg leaked classified information about U.S. policy in Vietnam to the press. We listen back to archival interviews with Ellsberg and Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post.

President Joe Biden takes questions from reporters as he speaks about the American Rescue Plan, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, May 5, in Washington.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 09:39

More than a dozen Republican state attorneys general are suing the Biden administration over a provision in the American Rescue Plan that prevents states from using relief money for tax cuts.

The Washington Homestead Grays, seen here around 1946, split their home games between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The team won the Negro World Series in 1948, the championship's final year.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 06:00

Baseball's box scores instantly turn human accomplishments into history. But for decades, Negro League players' statistics were kept segregated from other major leagues.

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 05:13

In Afghanistan, a crisis is mounting. Taliban insurgents are targeting Afghan citizens who aided U.S. forces.

Mike Marshall is the co-founder and director of Oregon Recovers. He says he's concerned the state is failing to expand addiction treatment capacity in a strategic way. "So we put the cart before the horse," he says. <strong> </strong><strong></strong>
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 04:00

Oregon's bold move to decriminalize small amounts of all hard drugs and expand treatment is now meeting the reality of implementation as the treatment community is divided over the way forward.

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 03:57

President Biden has signed legislation making Juneteenth, when enslaved people in Texas were told of their freedom in 1865, a federal holiday. It will be commemorated for the first time Friday.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, speaks during a Workers' Party meeting Thursday in Pyongyang. Kim ordered his government to be fully prepared for confrontation with the Biden administration, state media reported Friday, days after the U.S. and other major powers urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks.
Fri, 06/18/2021 - 02:45

Earlier this week, the U.S. and other leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations issued a statement calling for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks.

In this photo taken from video, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., head of the doctrine committee for the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the body's virtual assembly regarding a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church on Thursday.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 23:21

U.S. Catholic bishops clashed virtually Thursday over whether Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should continue to receive Communion.

Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor crimes on Thursday. They also agreed to forfeit both weapons they used when they confronted protesters in front of their home in June of last year.
Thu, 06/17/2021 - 20:55

The wealthy duo's defense lawyer told NPR they "understand that what they did is a violation of Missouri law" but if faced with a similar situation, Mark McCloskey would do it again.

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