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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with artist and producer Finneas, best known for his work with sister Billie Eilish, about his debut album.

Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of impressive unsigned artists from across the country — including Z The Author, who sent in a song inspired by 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.

Chicago residents are upset about a foul liquid running through their streets. NPR's Scott Simon notes that runoff from rundown garbage trucks has long had a stomach-turning nickname: "The Gravy."

The former secretary of state and the best-selling author say their new book, <em>State of Terror </em>is meant to serve as an entertaining yet cautionary tale that deals with the perils of the "vast silence."

NPR's Scott Simon remarks on the death of Ndakasi, the gorilla who went viral for a photobomb a few years ago. A picture taken of her last moments in her caretaker's arms also went viral this week.

Former President Donald Trump, who is teasing another run, is holding a large rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Saturday night.

The Great Chicago Fire happened 150 years ago. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the tragedy's historical impact and modern relevance.

A descendant of the czarist Romanov dynasty was married in the first royal wedding in over 100 years — kicking off a weekend of lavish events that sparked public curiosity, awe and derision.

Jeanine Menze was discouraged from pursuing her dream to fly planes when she didn't see any women of color in the field. Then she met La'Shanda Holmes. "When I met you, I saw myself," Menze told her.

So far, President Biden has kept the steep tariffs on Chinese goods put in place by his predecessor. On Monday, his administration plans to unveil details of its own trade policy with China.

Cuba is one of dozens of countries, including some U.S. allies, using emergency powers to stifle free expression.

Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of the Chinese communications giant, has left Canada after being detained for three years. Canada announced two of its citizens were freed by China.

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LA was one of the biggest oil-producing regions in the world 100 years ago. Pictures from that time show forests of oil derricks dotting the landscape.

20,000 oil wells in LA County can cause health problems for nearby residents

LA was one of the biggest oil-producing regions in the world 100 years ago. Pictures from that time show forests of oil derricks dotting the landscape.

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On clear days, you can see oil platforms while driving Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and Ventura, or walking the beaches near San Pedro or Long Beach.

California’s offshore oil heyday is over. Why do the platforms remain?

On clear days, you can see oil platforms while driving Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and Ventura, or walking the beaches near San Pedro or Long Beach.

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The recent oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach has raised questions about the state of offshore oil in California, like how many structures are there and who owns them.

Why abandoned oil platforms dot CA’s coast, and living near oil wells means health problems

The recent oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach has raised questions about the state of offshore oil in California, like how many structures are there and who owns them.

from Greater LA

Ambitious climate change legislation is hanging by a thread. It’s part of the $3.5 trillion budget package Congressional democrats are debating.

Could West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin doom President Biden’s effort to curb climate change?

Ambitious climate change legislation is hanging by a thread. It’s part of the $3.5 trillion budget package Congressional democrats are debating.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions today involving qualified immunity.

Shielding police from civil lawsuits: SCOTUS sides with officers in qualified immunity cases

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions today involving qualified immunity.

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Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of three white men charged with the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020.

3 white men are accused of murdering a black jogger, Ahmaud Arbery. How to find an impartial jury?

Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of three white men charged with the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020.

Some of the three-year agreement’s highlights include a 10-hour break between shifts, a 54-hour weekend rest period, penalties for not taking meals during work, health and pension…

Hollywood strike is averted, but it’s unclear if IATSE members will ratify tentative deal with studios

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LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are struggling to fill positions, including teachers and substitutes, crossing guards, and lunchroom attendants.

The great teacher shortage — it’s a national problem

LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are struggling to fill positions, including teachers and substitutes, crossing guards, and lunchroom attendants.