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Supporters stand in front of a pile of fire burned wreckage at Knoxville's Planned Parenthood on Jan. 6.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:59

After a Planned Parenthood in Knoxville, Tenn., burned down in January, patients relying on gender-affirming care scrambled to find support elsewhere.

Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:00

One year ago, the Taliban raised their white flag over Afghanistan's capital for the second time. NPR toured the country and spoke to the Taliban and residents about what has happened since.

American journalist Austin Tice (portrait at left) was abducted in Syria in 2012. Here, his parents, Debra and Marc Tice, give a news conference in Beirut in 2018.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 05:00

American journalist Austin Tice is believed to have been kidnapped in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, in 2012. His mother says he's being held with a "government-related entity" in Syria.

Israeli police crime scene investigators work at the scene of a shooting attack that wounded several Israelis near the Old City of Jerusalem, early Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 04:25

A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus near Jerusalem's Old City early Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in an attack that came a week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in Gaza.

People walk by a subway stop in midtown Manhattan in New York City on April 13. Some of the city's top CEOs say they are being told by their employees that they are afraid to return to work after a recent spate of high-profile attacks.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 04:00

Companies in New York City face another setback as they push workers to come back to work: Employees are saying they don't feel safe in the city anymore.

The Internal Revenue Service building is seen in Washington, D.C., on April 5. The IRS got $80 billion in new funding as part of the climate and health care bill passed by Congress on Friday. Most of that money will be used to target wealthier tax evaders.
Sun, 08/14/2022 - 04:00

The big climate and health care bill passed by the House Friday includes billions in new funding for the IRS over the next decade. Most of that money is aimed at catching wealthy tax cheats.

Author Salman Rushdie at the Blue Sofa at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 16:50

Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie was brutally attacked this week. He has been the subject of death threats since his book The Satanic Verses was published in 1988.

A visitor holds a weapon during the Shot Fair Brasil, an arms exhibition held at the Expoville Conventions and Exhibitions Center in Joinville, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, on Aug. 5.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 16:10

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has issued more than a dozen decrees in favor of Brazilians' right to bear arms. Sales have spiked and gun shops and shooting ranges have opened up all over Brazil.

President Richard Nixon speaks at the White House on Aug. 9, 1974. He was preparing to leave the day after resigning because of the Watergate scandal. Nixon wanted to take his presidential documents with him, including his infamous tape recordings. But he was barred from doing so, and Congress passed a law that now requires all presidents to hand over their documents to the National Archives.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 14:14

Congress changed the law in the 1970s when President Nixon prepared to leave with his documents — and infamous tape recordings.

Sat, 08/13/2022 - 13:22

Mexican cities have seen widespread arson and shootings by drug cartels. The gangs appear to be targeting stores, vehicles and bystanders in response to disputes or attempts to capture gang members.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, air force and naval aviation corps of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fly planes at an unspecified location in China on Aug. 4.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 12:42

The training will include strikes on ground targets and troop deployment, the Chinese Defense Ministry said. China's expanding military activities have alarmed the U.S. and its allies.

A federal jury awarded Republican Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding that a Democratic-aligned super PAC defamed him in an advertisement during the 2017 U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 10:19

A federal jury found that a Democratic-aligned super PAC defamed the Alabama Republican in a TV ad recounting sexual misconduct accusations during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate bid.

A cross and Bible sculpture stand outside the Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., on May 24. The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention says that several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 10:02

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has faced widespread sexual abuse problems, said several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Women march down a main street in Kabul on Saturday, two days before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 09:58

About two dozen women marched in Kabul chanting "bread, work, freedom," "we want political participation" and "no to enslavement," just days before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover.

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. looks out from the dugout prior to the team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 25 in San Diego. Tatis was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 09:17

Tatis won't play this season. MLB said he tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Tatis said he accidentally took a medication to treat ringworm that contained the banned substance.

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