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Many of Megan Miranda's thrillers make nature — the deep woods or a steep trail — a central and often menacing character.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 09:15

Megan Miranda's latest summer thriller, The Last to Vanish, is set in a small hiking town in North Carolina, where 7 people have disappeared in the woods. Were they all accidents or was it something more sinister?

Volunteers from the local Mennonite community carry debris from flood-soaked houses at Ogden Hollar in Hindman, Ky., on Saturday.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 08:39

Kentucky officials are still working to confirm deaths from the past week's flooding. Hundreds of people have already been displaced.

In this 2013 photo, Navajo Code Talker Samuel Sandoval talks about his experiences in the military. Sandoval, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers who transmitted messages in World War II using a code based on their native language, has died at age 98.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 08:20

Sandoval was one of the hundreds of Navajos who were recruited from the vast Navajo Nation to help transmit messages in World War II for the Marine Corps. Only three are still alive today.

A man uses a magnifying glass to read a newspaper headline reporting on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Asia visit, at a stand in Beijing, Sunday, July 31, 2022.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 07:25

The speaker of the House will stop in four Asian countries this week, but made no mention of a possible stop in Taiwan. Rumors she might visit the island democracy has fueled tension with China.

Police vehicles are parked outside the headquarters of the Yonkers Police Department in Yonkers, N.Y. Since 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating the Yonkers Police Department and recommending areas for reform.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 06:01

An NPR investigation examined records of payouts by the city and found troubling patterns: Plaintiffs alleged that police often used excessive force. And several officers were repeatedly named.

Georgia Linders got sick with COVID in the spring of 2020 and never recovered. Her ongoing battle with long COVID has prevented her from working. She spends her days advocating for COVID longhaulers like herself and painting, one of the few activities that doesn't wear her out.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 06:00

An estimated 4 million workers in the U.S. are struggling to work due to debilitating symptoms from long COVID. The government is urging employers to provide accommodations to keep them on the job.

Sgt. Theresa Magyera, who oversees training and recruitment, stands near figures used to teach less lethal weapons methods.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 05:00

Departments across the country have pledged to recruit more women in order to diversify their staffs and potentially reduce use of force by police. It's called the 30x30 initiative.

An illustration of Qikiqtania wakei (center) in the water with its larger cousin, Tiktaalik roseae.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 04:01

In a move reflective of a viral meme, a new study shows that an ancient fish really did evolve to walk out of the water, only to then go back to the sea.

Mauna Kea is considered sacred to Native Hawaiians. It also happens to be ideal for observatories.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 04:00

Mauna Kea is considered sacred to Native Hawaiians. It also happens to be ideal for space observatories. Now, a long running fight over the mountain's future may be coming to an end.

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee at the headquarters of the Federal Reserve on Wednesday after he announced the Fed was raising interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 04:00

Few voters may be thinking of Jerome Powell as they go to the polls in November, but all will be coping with economic conditions strongly influenced by Powell's Federal Reserve Board.

In this June 23, 2021 photo, a row of slot machines sit empty at Bally's casino in Atlantic City N.J.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 04:00

The U.S. military runs more than 3,000 slot machines on U.S. military bases overseas even though the rate of problem gamblers in the military is thought to be around twice that the general population.

Informational posters are displayed at a monkeypox mass vaccination site at the Bushwick Educational Campus in Brooklyn on July 17.
Sun, 07/31/2022 - 04:00

Experts caution against fear-based messaging, especially when it targets communities that have historically been discriminated against.

Healthcare workers with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene help people register for the monkeypox vaccine at one of the city's vaccination sites, on Tuesday.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 21:09

City officials said Sunday that as many as 150,000 city residents could be at risk of infection, days after New York state called monkeypox an "imminent threat to public health."

Researchers found that lunar pits and caves reach stable temperatures, making them potentially suitable for human life.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 14:48

Researchers discovered that lunar pits and caves could provide stable temperatures around 63 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to new possibilities for experiments and life there.

President Biden takes his face mask off on Thursday during a meeting on the U.S. Economy with CEOs and members of his Cabinet in the South Court Auditorium of the White House.
Sat, 07/30/2022 - 14:30

Dr. Kevin O'Connor, the president's physician, said Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 again, days after testing negative. O'Connor said Biden is not experiencing symptoms, and feels well.

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