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Senate Republicans Block Democrats' Sweeping Voting Rights Legislation

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 09:01, modified on 2021-06-23 00:22

The GOP has filibustered Democrats' massive bill that's aimed at protecting and expanding voting rights and reforming campaign finance laws.


Defense Secretary Says He'll Support Removing Sexual Offense Cases From Commanders

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 02:54, modified at 00:22

Lloyd Austin endorses removing the prosecution of sexual assaults and related crimes from the military chain of command — a shift that runs against the Pentagon's position.


Fauci Warns Dangerous Delta Variant Is The Greatest Threat To U.S. COVID Efforts

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 09:00, modified on 2021-06-23 01:47

More contagious than other variants, and maybe more likely to cause severe disease, Delta is spreading so fast in the U.S. it could cause another surge this summer or fall, according to new research.


Hong Kong's Apple Daily To Shut Down This Weekend After Having Its Assets Frozen

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 10:19, modified at 10:24

The pro-democracy newspaper will run its last edition on Saturday — signaling the end to Hong Kong's once freewheeling and muckraking reporting environment as well.


New York City Narrows The Democratic Field For Mayor With Eric Adams Taking The Lead

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 09:33, modified at 10:24

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took the lead in New York City's mayoral primary race Tuesday while former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang conceded.


New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 09:05, modified at 11:07

The American Rescue Plan set aside $135 million for arts and culture, nearly doubling the amount that was available in President Trump's CARES Act, and makes more groups eligible for funding.


Photos: Scenes From Across America As COVID-19 Restrictions Begin To Lift

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 09:00, modified at 11:07

Photographers from NPR member stations fanned out to document a nation navigating a return to normalcy. They captured moments of caution and joy, exuberance and relief, as restrictions began to lift.


The White House Announces New Steps To Try To Curb Surging Gun Violence

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 09:00, modified at 11:07

As part of the efforts, the Treasury Department will inform states that they can use funds allotted by the American Rescue Plan to aid in reducing gun violence.


Britney Spears Is Headed To Court To Address Her Conservatorship. Here's What To Know

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 09:00, modified at 11:07

Pop icon Britney Spears is scheduled to speak in court on Wednesday as part of her ongoing conservatorship case. Here's a guide to help understand why she's there and what's going on.


Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Gunman Involved In Capital Gazette Shooting

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 09:00, modified at 11:07

The attack at the Maryland newspaper in 2018 killed five employees. The gunman has pleaded guilty and the jury is set to decide whether he was "criminally responsible for reason of insanity."


Harlem Globetrotters To The NBA: 'Don't Get It Twisted' Make Us A Pro Franchise 'Now'

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 07:03, modified at 09:49

In an open letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, the Harlem Globetrotters demanded the team join the league as a franchise.


Tokyo Olympics To Be A Dry Event After Organizers Abruptly Reverse Course

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 04:35, modified at 09:49

The decision not to sell alcohol at Olympic venues was portrayed by organizers as an anti-coronavirus measure.


U.S. Gives More Asylum-Seekers Waiting In Mexico Another Shot

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 02:30, modified at 03:10

Some people whose asylum claims were dismissed or denied under a Trump administration policy that forced them to wait in Mexico for court hearings will be allowed to return to request protection.


New Zealand Is On Edge After An Australian Traveler Tests Positive

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 01:48, modified at 03:10

New Zealand had no community transmission of the coronavirus four nearly four months but stepped up protective measures after a weekend visitor was found to be infected.


Police Chief Says A Slain Officer Was Ambushed

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 01:05, modified at 03:10

Arvada, Colo., Police Officer Gordon Beesley "was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge," the chief said, "by someone who expressed hatred of police officers."


153 Hospital Workers Quit Or Were Fired Because They Refused To Get COVID Vaccines

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-23 00:02, modified at 03:10

The Houston Methodist Hospital system said 153 employees either resigned or were terminated. Earlier this month, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit over the COVID-19 vaccine requirement.


Carl Nassib's Experience Coming Out Is Very Different From NFL Players Before Him

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 23:13, modified on 2021-06-23 01:24

Before Nassib became the first openly gay active NFL player, others paved the way — and paid a steep cost.


The Teamsters Want To Unionize Amazon Workers. Here's What That Means

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 22:55, modified on 2021-06-23 01:31

At a convention of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters this week, the union announced plans to create a special division focused on organizing Amazon workers across the country.


Gun Violence Is Surging In New York, But Advocates Worry About More Policing

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 22:39, modified on 2021-06-23 01:31

Some communities in the city have been experiencing a noticeable rise in shootings. They're also grappling with strained relations with the police.


American Airlines Passengers Could Be In For A Summer Of Delays And Cancellations

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 21:26, modified at 23:06

The ripple effects of decisions made throughout the pandemic could mean disruptions for thousands of passengers throughout the busy summer travel season.


Stunning Photos Capture 2 Brothers' Walk 1,600 Feet Above Yosemite

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 20:31, modified at 23:06

Moises and Daniel Monterrubio, with the help of friends, set up a nylon line across a massive gap in Yosemite National Park. They walked 2,800 feet across the line, which hung 1,600 feet above ground.


Blackfeet Nation Welcomes Back Tourists After Risky Shutdown Pays Off

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 20:12, modified at 23:53

When the tribe closed some the roads to Glacier National Park, businesses worried for their future. But it worked, and with one of the nation's highest COVID-19 vaccination rates, they've reopened.


A Strawberry Moon Will Rise This Thursday — No, It Won't Be Red Or Pink

Permalink - Posted on 2021-06-22 20:04, modified on 2021-06-23 01:26

Its name has ties to strawberry picking season, and when Thursday's strawberry moon appears above the horizon, the marginal supermoon will look large and gold.