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Traffic on I-95 passes oil storage tanks owned by the Colonial Pipeline Co. in Linden, N.J. An cybersecurity attack has shut down Colonial Pipeline, a major transporter of gasoline along the East Coast.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 12:01

An attack shuts down Colonial Pipeline, a major transporter of gasoline along the East Coast. A security analyst says the event shows the vulnerability of key elements of the nation's infrastructure.

Left: Ivan Abbott Houston (bottom left), with his father Ivan J. Houston and sisters Pamela Houston-Chretien and Kathi Houston-Berryman in front of their house on West 24th St., across the street from 24th Street School, on Easter Sunday, in the late 1950s. Right: Entrepreneur Norman Houston, who bought property in 1938, was the first African American known to purchase a home in Sugar Hill.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 10:35

Owning a home is a part of the American dream. It's also the key to building intergenerational wealth. But Black Americans continue to face discrimination in housing, including through higher costs.

A firefighter administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center near Paris on Monday. The European Union has signed a deal to buy as many as 1.8 billion doses.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 09:16

The agreement provides a significant boost to the European Union's goal of getting 70% of adults vaccinated. Currently, around a quarter of the bloc's population is vaccinated.

Mrs. Mallard returned to Steve Stuttard's ninth story balcony this year to lay her eggs. Stuttard kept watch and helped make sure that all 11 ducklings made it down to the water where they happily swam away with Mrs. Mallard.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 08:36

Operation Mallard 2 is complete after Steve Stuttard helped Mrs. Mallard get her 11 ducklings down nine stories from his apartment balcony to a nearby canal.

Part of a collage of images of Scott Simon reporting for NPR News from Cuba, San Salvador and Iraq.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 07:53

As NPR celebrates 50 years on the air, host Scott Simon reflects on how the network has grown, and his time travelling the world, covering wars, famines, elections and more.

David Swensen speaks in 2012 at an event honoring Jack Bogle, who created the first index fund. Like Bogle, Swensen was a champion of the everyday investor who he thought should invest in low-fee index funds and steer clear of actively managed mutual funds with higher fees.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 07:25

Swensen made billions for Yale and revolutionized the way Universities and other nonprofits invest. And he strove to teach everyday people how to invest without getting fleeced by Wall Street.

Shaman Jeong Soon-deok holds up a fan, bells and other ceremonial objects during an initiation ceremony at a temple in Seoul.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 06:01

Combining elements of animism, ancestor worship and folk religion, shamanism remains popular on both sides of the border. But it's illegal in the North, and some who practice it have been executed.

Aziz Abdul Alim, a 103-year-old man from a remote valley in Upper Chitral of northern Pakistan, is both a COVID survivor and a proud supporter of the COVID vaccine.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 06:01

Aziz Abdul Alim, from a remote part of northern Pakistan, urges people to get their COVID shot: 'Everyone should have the courage to take it.'

Scientists once compared the abilities of humans versus canines in tracking a trail of chocolate essential oil laid down in an open field. Though the humans weren't nearly as proficient as the dogs, they did get better with practice.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 06:00

COVID-19 has renewed interest in a key way humans perceive the world. A reporter who hasn't been able to tell the scent of a rose from a sweaty gym shoe for decades takes heart in the latest science.

A bin full of discarded catalytic converters at AB CatTech in Burlington, Wis.
Sat, 05/08/2021 - 06:00

Catalytic converters on the underside of vehicles help reduce emissions. But rising prices for some metals has led to a jump in them being stolen — and some unique theft prevention methods.

Israeli security forces deploy next to the Dome of the Rock mosque amid clashes with Palestinian protesters at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 21:08

Palestinian medics said more than 20 Palestinians were hospitalized after Israeli police in riot gear confronted Muslim worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel said six police officers were injured.

Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted Thursday by contractors hired by the Republican-led Arizona Senate.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 20:20

The U.S. Justice Department had said that plans for door-to-door canvassing, as part of the controversial GOP-led election review, may violate federal laws aimed at preventing voter intimidation.

Pfizer-BioNTech is seeking the Food and Drug Administration's approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, with the goal of getting the agency's green light "in the coming months."
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 17:28

The agency's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine — shown to be 95% effective — would go beyond the speedier and less rigorous emergency use authorization currently granted to the vaccine.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer stands guard outside the Capitol ahead of the inauguration for President Biden on Jan. 20.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 15:48

Critics say the Capitol Police's history of secrecy contributed to the failure to prevent the Capitol riot. Unlike many departments, the agency is exempt from releasing records like bodycam footage.

Nardo Samson posing with granddaughter Kiara Bautista, May 2017.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:53

In Manila, a family unites to secure care and treatment for Daddy Lolo, their beloved grandfather. Along the way, they witness just how ill-equipped the country is to manage COVID.


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