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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks during a news conference in Richmond, Va. on June 4. Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:14

Virginia's new COVIDWISE app is designed to alert users who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The app relies on Bluetooth to notify people who may be at risk.

A new study has found that parks in low-income and majority-nonwhite communities are smaller and serve a larger number of people per park acre. People are seen here relaxing in May in Brooklyn's Domino Park.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:36

Amid high temperatures and a pandemic, green spaces are a lifeline. But new data shows parks in low-income and nonwhite areas are smaller and more crowded than those in high-income and white areas.

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:01

"I am sick to my core that these children were traumatized the way they were," Chief Vanessa Wilson says. Video of the incident has sparked new anger against Aurora's police.

Connecticut Huskies coach Randy Edsall and his players will not be taking the field this fall. Citing "safety challenges," the school decided to cancel its 2020-21 football season.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:32

The UConn Huskies are the first team in their division to cancel the 2020-21 season over COVID-19 concerns. A school official said the "safety challenges" presented an "unacceptable level of risk."

People gather near a hearse carrying Rayshard Brooks' body after his June 23 funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:32

In the lawsuit, former police Officer Garrett Rolfe alleges that his firing turned him into a "public spectacle." He is charged in Brooks' killing in a Wendy's parking lot.

Facebook's new Reels feature on Instagram allows users to create and share short videos, similar to TikTok.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:33

The social network's new Reels feature on Instagram is launching as TikTok faces scrutiny in Washington over its Chinese ownership.

Traffic makes its way into Manhattan over the Williamsburg Bridge in March 2019. New checkpoints at New York City's major bridges, tunnels and other sites are meant to drive home the message that 14-day quarantine rules are mandatory for people returning from states considered coronavirus hot spots.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:11

Checkpoints at major bridges, tunnels and other sites are meant to drive home the message that 14-day quarantine rules are mandatory for people returning from states with high infection rates.

Matthew Bruce of Des Moines, Iowa, signs a note during a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office in June. The Republican governor has signed an executive order restoring voting rights to people convicted of a felony.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:55

Iowa was the only state to automatically restrict voting rights to anyone with a felony conviction. Wednesday, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an order to restore those rights to most people.

"It's easy and I think it's a beautiful setting," President Trump said of giving his Republican renomination speech from the White House.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:32

Meanwhile, Joe Biden will not travel to host city Milwaukee for the Democratic convention because of the pandemic — and neither will any other speakers.

Beruit's port before (left) and after Tuesday's explosion (right).
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:09

The massive explosion leveled the city's port and scattered debris across a road thousands of feet away. The blast killed at least 100 people and injured thousands more.

An aerial view of Beirut's port one day after a massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital. Tuesday's blast flattened much of the port and damaged buildings across the city.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:33

In Lebanon's devastated capital, an essential question looms over a stockpile of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate: Why was it there?

Nika Cotton recently opened  Soulcentricitea in Kansas City, Mo. When public schools shut down in the spring, Cotton had no one to watch her young children who are 8 and 10. So she quit her job in social work — and lost her health insurance — in order to start her own business.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:20

Missouri is the second state to expand the health care program via ballot measure during the pandemic. Nearly a quarter-million people could get health insurance thanks to the measure.

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:08

A key victory in a Senate GOP primary on Tuesday offers a mild reprieve to Republicans working to hold their narrow majority in 2020.

Aboubakar Soumahoro speaks at a protest in Rome last month. "If the workers lack dignity and rights, the food they provide is virtually rotten," he says in a new short documentary, <em>The Invisibles.</em>
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:32

"The reality is that laborers work at the limit of human dignity," Aboubakar Soumahoro tells NPR. He's the subject of a new documentary, The Invisibles, shot at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Golden Daka participated in many events at Morehouse College. But the pandemic prevented him from giving his commencement speech as class valedictorian.
Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:14

Job postings for entry-level positions popular with new college grads fell by 73%, compared with before COVID-19 hit. And for the class of 2020 who have landed jobs it's often been a strange journey.

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