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In this photograph shared by the Washington State Patrol, the vehicle that hit protesters sits dented and damaged. Police say they have arrested the driver, but they have not yet assigned a motive for the incident.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:13

Police have the driver in custody, but no motive has been given. Videos on social media depict the vehicle apparently swerving into a group of protesters on a freeway overnight.

Chris Mosier, the first known transgender person to qualify for an Olympic trial, joined protesters in Boise, Idaho, to push back against legislation targeting transgender residents.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:24

Transgender people in Idaho say two new state laws are aimed at making their lives much harder. One involves changing the sex listed on birth certificates. The other affects trans athletes.

President Trump speaks during an event at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D., on Friday.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:43

In a speech on the eve of July Fourth, the president denounced protesters who call for the removal of Confederate statues and announced he would establish a National Garden Of American Heroes.

Jamaal Bowman ran against veteran Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for New York's 16th Congressional District.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:01

Activists say the pandemic and racial justice protests have contributed to a climate that is more favorable to progressive candidates and ideas.

Passengers are tested for COVID-19 at Beirut International Airport on July 1.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:01

Many countries shut down international air travel when the pandemic began. Routes are reopening again, but you may need a COVID-19 test before you board.

Recent protests in Philadelphia and across the country have drawn young people. But for most of the pandemic, youth have been quarantined and away from their social circles, which could make depression and other mental illness worse.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:00

It's not that young adults aren't worried about the pandemic, psychologists say, but they are at far greater risk of dying by suicide. Finding ways beyond screens to foster social bonds is crucial.

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, seen here in a poster released by U.S. Army investigators, was last seen alive at Fort Hood in April. Now a woman is in custody and accused of dismembering her body.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 20:19

Spc. Vanessa Guillen went missing in April. Now federal investigators say she was murdered, and buried near a river outside Austin. Her family says the murder came after sexual harassment.

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 19:30

Fort Hood Pfc. Vanessa Guillen has disappeared in April. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with attorney Natalie Khawam and Vanessa's sister Lupe Guillen about new details in this case.

A face mask covers the mouth and nose of one of the iconic lion statues in front of the New York Public Library Main Branch on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in New York, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 16:04

Models developed by mathematical epidemiologists project that tens thousands of lives across the US can be saved by more people wearing face masks.

Hatice Cengiz, who was engaged to slain Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, leaves a court in Istanbul on Friday. Two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals are on trial in absentia over the 2018 killing of the <em>Washington Post</em> columnist.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:58

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a leading critic of the kingdom's crown prince, was killed in Istanbul in 2018. Twenty Saudis are standing trial in absentia in Khashoggi's death.

Major League Baseball is cancelling this year's All-Star Game due to concerns over the coronavirus. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who were to host this year's game, will instead play host to the Midsummer Classic in 2022.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:25

It had been scheduled for July 14, hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The next All-Star Game is set for summer 2021 in Atlanta.

A couple has lunch under plexiglass protection designed by Christophe Gernigon at the H.A.N.D restaurant, on May 27, 2020, in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 15:03

Demand for plexiglass has skyrocketed due to the coronavirus as businesses worldwide install protective barriers.

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 14:55

A lower-court judge had allowed less rigorous terms for absentee voting because of the pandemic. That ruling was blocked a dozen days before a primary run-off there.

Washington's NFL franchise announced Friday that it will conduct a thorough review of its name. Head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement that the name issue "is of personal importance to me."
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 12:56

Corporate sponsors and investors have put pressure on the D.C. football team. Cleveland's baseball team says it wants to embrace the need for social justice.

England will soon lift a 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers from more than 50 countries and territories, including Italy, Germany, France and Spain, the Department for Transportation said Friday. The U.S. is not among the exempt countries.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:28

Effective July 10, travelers from "reduced risk" countries, including Spain, France, Germany and Italy, won't have to self-Isolate for 14 days. The U.S. is not among the exempt countries.

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