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New York City is setting up quarantine "checkpoints" for travelers from states that are COVID-19 hot spots. The city wants travelers from high-risk states to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Pete Hamill, former columnist for the New York Post and Daily News, who's memoir <em>A Drinking Life</em> told tough truths. Hamill died this week at the age of 85.

Singer, songwriter, and satirist Tim Minchin's new series opens with a bang: A frazzled man is driving an upright piano across the bare Australian landscape when he collides with a mouthy teenager.

Almost a decade ago, Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards gave up music and opened a cafe called Quitters Coffee. She returns now with <em>Total Freedom</em>, her first album in eight years.

Playwright, musician, and author Nate Marshall has a new book of poetry out, called <em>Finna</em>. He says the title comes from the common Southern phrase "fixing to," which is all about what happens next.

Public health experts are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus within multigenerational households. Families of color tend to live in such households more than white families.

Satellite images were once restricted to governments. Now anyone can get them, creating a new world of possibilities for environmentalists, human rights groups and those monitoring nuclear weapons.

Moderna, one of the leading horses in the coronavirus vaccine race, has already made deals at between $32 and $37 a dose for some foreign countries. The U.S. price is expected to be lower.

Public health officials say a promising coronavirus vaccine is on its way in 2021. But does that matter if only half of Americans say they're willing to get such a vaccination?

Students were set to meet Sunday to show off their Excel, PowerPoint and Word skills at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. But organizers cancelled the event due to the pandemic.

Musician Pierce Freelon grew up in a creative and famous Black family and now he's dropping his first children's jazz/hip-hop album, <em>D.a.D</em>., featuring his experiences as a Black millennial father.

Beetles make up around 40% of all insect species ever described and around 25% of all animals. Are there really that many different kinds of beetles, or do scientists have a strong pro-beetle bias?

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Beyond making history, Biden showed his vision for the future, opened a window into his decision-making and picked someone who will likely be able to stand up well in a vice presidential debate.

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As Congress and the president argue over how to help the 30 million Americans who are now unemployed, many of those Americans are struggling to survive.

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Berlin schools reopened this week amid fears of a second COVID-19 wave, with about 370,000 students returning to the classroom.

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Berlin schools reopened this week amid fears of a second COVID-19 wave, with about 370,000 students returning to the classroom.

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For weeks, President Trump has been criticizing vote-by-mail in the leadup to this fall’s presidential election.

Fights, fears, and lawsuits over voting by mail this November

For weeks, President Trump has been criticizing vote-by-mail in the leadup to this fall’s presidential election.

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The selection will make Harris just the third woman — and first African American — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

In historic pick, Joe Biden taps Kamala Harris to be his running mate

The selection will make Harris just the third woman — and first African American — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

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The selection will make Harris just the third woman — and first African American — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

In historic pick, Joe Biden taps Kamala Harris to be his running mate

The selection will make Harris just the third woman — and first African American — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

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Visits to Yellowstone National Park are higher than last year as Americans look to escape their pandemic confines. Their  business is welcome relief, despite worries they'll also bring coronavirus.

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Visits to Yellowstone National Park are higher than last year as Americans look to escape their pandemic confines. Their business is welcome relief, despite worries they'll also bring coronavirus.

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Across California, inmates are being released from crowded prisons and jails to help protect them from COVID-19.

Supreme Court rules in favor of OC Sheriff amid concerns over inmate safety

Across California, inmates are being released from crowded prisons and jails to help protect them from COVID-19.

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Uber and Lyft have been fighting California over whether drivers are employees, entitled to benefits, or independent contractors. A state judge orders them to consider all those drivers employees.

California judge orders Uber and Lyft to consider all drivers employees

Uber and Lyft have been fighting California over whether drivers are employees, entitled to benefits, or independent contractors. A state judge orders them to consider all those drivers employees.

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