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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's suit against <em>The New York Times</em> is expected to put a spotlight on the balance of free speech and defamation claims.
Sun, 01/23/2022 - 04:00

Jury selection begins Monday in the former Alaska governor's case. A 2017 Times editorial wrongly connected an ad from her political action committee to the shooting that wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Tarawa atoll, Kiribati, is pictured in 2004. The Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Samoa have announced rare COVID-19 lockdowns after dozens of international travelers tested positive for the virus.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 18:59

Dozens of travelers from Fiji tested positive in Kiribati, prompting the island nation to implement its first lockdown. Samoa's order followed a cluster of cases in airline passengers from Australia.

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was censured for siding with Senate Republicans to protect the filibuster, effectively dooming the passage of major voting rights legislation.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 15:33

The symbolic action comes as Sinema has come under criticism from progressive groups in Arizona after she voted to uphold the filibuster in the Senate.

Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the armed forces, train in a city park in Kyiv. Tensions remain high between Ukraine and Russia as the United States and its NATO allies have tried to intervene diplomatically.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 10:34

The aid, which includes ammunition, is part of a $200 million package that President Biden approved in December and is meant for Ukraine's front-line defenders should Russia choose to invade.

Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, speaks at the well in the Mississippi Senate Chamber in Jackson on Thursday. Blackmon was among the Black lawmakers who walked out of the Senate Chamber in protest on Friday.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 08:42

The lawmakers withheld their votes as the state Senate passed a bill that would ban schools from teaching critical race theory. The education superintendent has said it is not being taught in schools.

While Wilkinson suggests companies rethink extravagant amenities, he does think outdoor spaces should be part of any layout.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 08:23

Clive Wilkinson says it's really not a good thing for employees to work at a place that has catered meals, private parks, massage tables and a laundromat ... because why would you ever leave?

The Yanqing Winter Olympic Village in Beijing is just one of the many "closed loop" locations that will isolate athletes, staff and the limited number of spectators.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 08:14

Athletes and other attendees will be in a closed "loop" with strict rules about everything from daily testing for athletes to how spectators should respond — no cheering out loud, please!

The Colorado Fire burns along Highway 1 near Big Sur, Calif., on Saturday.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 07:36

A wind-driven wildfire broke out late Friday in the rugged mountains above Big Sur, forcing residents to evacuate from their homes and authorities to shut down a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway.

Rupali Limaye is a behavioral and social scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 06:45

A health communications expert has developed a free online course to help people talk to those who are vaccine hesitant — and to fight misinformation with empathy.

President Biden answers questions during a White House news conference on Wednesday.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 06:27

No matter all the other problems and mistakes — and accomplishments — that were detailed and worked over in his exhaustive press conference, as goes COVID, likely so goes the Biden presidency.

Avah Lamie is in fifth grade and lives in Hartford, Vt. The pandemic brought a big loss of stability for kids, experts say.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 06:00

Avah Lamie, 11, says this is a stressful time to be a kid. Rates of anxiety and depression among children and youth were on the rise even before COVID, but the past two years have made things worse.

Sat, 01/22/2022 - 05:00

It's been two long years of COVID gloom. But NPR's readers didn't let it keep them down. From cicada tracking to open-water swimming to roller-skating squads, you share how you bring the fun.

Amadou Diallo's murder became symbolic of the NYPD plainclothes excesses.
Sat, 01/22/2022 - 05:00

New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, a former NYPD officer, says the unit will help curb gun violence and will be run differently than the original, which was ruled unconstitutional.

Virginia Beach, Va., Public Works crews prepare on Thursday morning for snow from an impending winter storm.
Fri, 01/21/2022 - 21:07

Transportation officials say crews are working to treat roads ahead of snow and ice, but warned people to stay off of them.

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 19:18

Nhat Hanh distilled Buddhist teachings on compassion and suffering into easily grasped guidance over a lifetime dedicated to working for peace.

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