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President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk on June 9 ahead of a series of summits and meetings in Europe.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 06:00

When Russia was still the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, summits with its leaders were largely about fears of a thermonuclear duel and mass annihilation. Here's a look back at the highlights.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon updates reporters on the attack in Austin, Texas, early Saturday.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 05:44

The attack occurred in a busy entertainment district in the Texas capital early Saturday, authorities said. Investigators were looking into what sparked the shooting.

Four Afzaal family members were killed in the London, Ontario, truck attack. Not shown is the youngest son, who survived.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 05:30

As friends gather for the funeral, they want the Afzaal family remembered as more than just victims of a heinous hate crime.

Apple announced this week at its Worldwide Developer Conference a new feature in its forthcoming operating system, iOS 15, that will digitize state-issued licensees and ID cards.
Sat, 06/12/2021 - 04:00

Privacy experts worry the convenient feature will open the door to surveillance, data tracking and Apple's turning interactions involving state-issued IDs into a new revenue stream.

Outside the emergency room entrance at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, once the epicenter of COVID-19 in New York City.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 20:23

With COVID-19 on the decline, New York voters want to know what mayoral candidates will do about rising crime.

U.S. and Chinese flags before the opening session of 2019 trade negotiations between U.S. and Chinese trade representatives in Beijing. China just passed a sweeping law designed to counter sanctions the U.S. and the European Union have imposed on Chinese officials and major Chinese companies.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 17:39

It's not clear how often or how broadly Beijing will use the law. But by complying with U.S. sanctions on China, businesses could face tough sanctions in China as a penalty for doing so.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks on voting rights at the Department of Justice on Friday.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 16:50

The attorney general said his department would rededicate crucial resources to ensuring all eligible Americans have the ability to vote.

Asha Gond, 21, with her skateboard. She tried the sport when a skatepark was set up in her rural village and is now one of India's top female skateboarders.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 15:32

A new Netflix movie called Skater Girl chronicles the journey of an Indian teenage girl who discovers a life-changing passion for skateboarding. It's also the story of Asha Gond.

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 14:56

Interest in international air travel is rising. If you're want to fly out of or into the United States, there's a lot you need to know. Here's a guide.

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 14:16

NPR has won the Pulitzer Prize for Audio Reporting for No Compromise, a podcast about the role of the far right in American gun culture, co-produced with member stations KCUR and WABE.

Handy Kennedy, founder of AgriUnity cooperative, feeds his cows on HK Farms earlier this year in Cobbtown, Ga. The AgriUnity cooperative is a group of Black farmers formed to better their chances of economic success.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:17

A new federal program created by the Biden administration to reverse years of economic discrimination against U.S. farmers of color has ground to a halt.

A police body camera image shows bystanders including Darnella Frazier (third from right filming) as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck in Minneapolis.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:11

Committee officials who give out the prestigious prize in journalism and the arts said Frazier's recording highlighted "the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quests for truth and justice."

Dr. Aaron Kesselheim (left), a professor at Harvard Medical School, at a documentary film screening in 2018 in Boston. He has resigned from a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel over the FDA's decision to approve an Alzheimer's drug.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 13:06

In his resignation letter, Dr. Aaron Kesselheim calls it "probably the worst drug approval decision in recent U.S. history." An FDA official says the agency found the benefits outweighed the risks.

Fri, 06/11/2021 - 10:56

Live conversations on Clubhouse and Twitter took off during the pandemic, connecting people online when they couldn't in real life. Now social media companies are scrambling to launch audio features.

Eugene Goodman of the U.S. Capitol Police will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a June 18 Washington Nationals home game. He's seen here at the Senate carriage entrance of the Capitol.
Fri, 06/11/2021 - 09:40

It's the latest honor for Goodman, whose quick thinking was credited with helping to keep the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection from escalating even further.

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