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President Trump on Friday ordered that ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, divest from the U.S. in 90 days.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 21:56

The move follows a previous executive order from the president that would make "transactions" between U.S. citizens and the Chinese-owned app illegal.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during a briefing at the White House on Thursday.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 17:43

Israel and the UAE agreed to move toward normal diplomatic relations. For one perspective on the prospective deal, Morning Edition talked to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives for a press conference Friday in Wellington. A new coronavirus outbreak has grown to 30 cases, and Ardern predicts of the cluster, "It will grow before it slows."
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 16:59

The hunt is on to find the source of the coronavirus outbreak, now at 30 cases. The country is working to understand how the virus slipped through its defenses.

People wave Lebanese flags at a protest near the Beirut port on Tuesday. Last week's explosion has prompted new hopes for political change, but enormous challenges remain.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 16:40

Last week's explosion has prompted new hopes for political change. But enormous challenges remain. Here's what's at stake and how things may play out.

Friday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rolls back California's ban on the sale of ammunition magazines containing more than 10 bullets.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 16:35

The court on Friday rules that the state's "near-categorical ban of [the magazines] infringes on the fundamental right to self-defense." The decision is a blow to gun control activists.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for Belarus' presidential election, smiles as she speaks to people during a meeting in her support in Brest, Belarus, on Aug. 2.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 16:24

The country's scattered opposition is regaining its footing after President Alexander Lukashenko unleashed his security forces on protesters during four nights of unprecedented violence.

Jay Clayton, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in May 2019. At his 2017 confirmation hearing, Clayton pledged "zero room for bad actors in our capital markets," but enforcement of insider trading is at the lowest in decades.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 16:00

Kodak and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., are facing high-profile insider trading investigations, but data show the Securities and Exchange Commission pursued far fewer insider trading cases last year.

A bald eagle takes flight from a tree along the Platte River in Denver, Colorado. In Michigan, a bald eagle is being blamed for an attack that downed one of the state's drones.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 15:34

Last month, Hunter King was using a drone to map shoreline erosion for Michigan's environmental department when a bald eagle apparently attacked the vehicle, causing it to crash into the water.

Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin is seen struggling to force George Floyd into the back seat of a police SUV in newly released body camera video recorded by Officer Tou Thao. Both Chauvin and Thao were fired, along with two other officers involved in Floyd's death on Memorial Day. All four former officers are facing charges.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 14:25

In the police video, Officer Tou Thao seems to get increasingly agitated as the crowd becomes more vocal, with onlookers repeatedly asking him why Floyd's vital signs aren't being checked.

A mother elephant and her calf head for a nearby marsh at Kenya's Amboseli National Park on August 12.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 13:07

Kenya's elephant population has more than doubled since the 1980s, and one national park is currently having a 'baby boom' thanks to a relief from drought and a drop in poaching.

An air tanker drops retardant as the Lake Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest north of Santa Clarita, Calif., on Thursday.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:54

Two back-to-back wildfires have erupted around Los Angeles. And across the country, major wildfires are burning in a dozen states, including one of the largest in Colorado's history.

A fan wears a neck gaiter as he watches the Los Angeles Dodgers play at home against the San Francisco Giants last week.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:49

Experts look into a new study that claims wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all. And they discuss other face coverings such as goggles and plastic face shields.

A man smokes in the street in Madrid on Friday after Spain's health minister announced curbs on smoking outdoors in an effort to contain a resurgence of COVID-19.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:40

Spanish authorities announced the new measures as they confront a new wave of COVID-19 after tamping down the disease months ago.

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:38

The Catholic nun became an opponent of the death penalty following the events in her book Dead Man Walking. She details her spiritual journey in River of Fire. Originally broadcast Aug. 12, 2019.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testifies during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 6.
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:09

Chad Wolf is acting secretary of DHS and Ken Cuccinelli is senior official performing the duties of deputy secretary. The Government Accountability Office says the appointments are invalid.

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