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Georgetown Law School professor Paul Butler testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on policing practices and law enforcement accountability in June 2020. In an NPR interview, Butler says police in Brooklyn Center, Minn., didn't need to pursue Daunte Wright over an outstanding warrant.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:52

Those who don't immediately stop for police are committing "contempt of cop. And bad officers will make you pay for that," law professor Paul Butler argues.

Rioters clash with law enforcement as they attempt to enter the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 12:12

Jon Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges — obstructing an official proceeding and entering restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon. He has agreed to cooperate fully with investigators.

Reps. Ilhan Omar (from left), Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, seen here at a news conference last month outside the U.S. Capitol, are among those calling on the Biden administration to lift the cap on refugees.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 10:42

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said President Biden would raise the refugee cap by May 15. Earlier, the White House said it would keep the number of refugees capped at 15,000 for the fiscal year.

Protesters gathered at a memorial a Louisville, Ky. park on March 13, 2021, the anniversary of Breonna Taylor's killing. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the officers involved in the fatal raid, is facing widespread criticism for planning to publish a book about it.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 10:21

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is writing a book about the botched raid, during which he shot into Taylor's apartment after being wounded. Post Hill Press says it will move forward with its plans to publish.

Lab assistant Tammy Brown dons personal protective equipment in a lab at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She works on preparing positive coronavirus tests for sequencing to discern variants rapidly spreading throughout the country.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 10:13

With a more contagious variant now dominant in the U.S., the country's genomic surveillance capacity is getting a major boost.

Fri, 04/16/2021 - 09:56

Drugs that can help keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital are playing only a small role in Michigan, where the pandemic is accelerating. Logistical challenges are to blame.

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other, launched by a sophisticated adversary intent on exploiting the soft underbelly of our digital lives.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 09:05

Russian hackers exploited gaps in U.S. defenses and spent months in government and corporate networks in one of the most effective cyber-espionage campaigns of all time. This is how they did it.

In July, workers in the restaurant, food and alcohol industry took part in a nationwide protest against South Africa's liquor ban and other lockdown measures.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 08:49

The hope was that if people weren't out drinking, they wouldn't be spreading the coronavirus. There were unforeseen benefits to the ban, which ended last month — and negative impacts as well.

Pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk-yan, center, arrives at a court in Hong Kong Friday.  Seven of Hong Kong's leading pro-democracy advocates, including Lee, and pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, were sentenced Friday for organizing a march during the 2019 anti-government protests.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 05:10

Nine activists and lawmakers were sentenced to prison terms Friday for their participation in the 2019 anti-government protests.

Ciera Amaro's art is one of the submissions to a project called Dispatches from Quarantine.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 04:06

Enticed by what young adults had to share about the pandemic, historian Alexandra Zapruder set out to document history through an online gallery called Dispatches from Quarantine.

Atlanta election workers scan ballots and check for discrepancies earlier this year for Georgia U.S. Senate races. The state's controversial new voting law contains many changes for election officials.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 04:01

One provision in Georgia's controversial law that particularly worries many officials is a new ability for the State Election Board to take over a county's election management.

Sydney Duncan holds a sign during a rally at the Alabama State House to draw attention to legislation introduced in Alabama that's aimed at restricting transgender people's access to medical care.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 04:00

Members of the two parties are split on how transgender students should participate in sports, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. But opposition to legislating the issue is roughly uniform.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center, walks on the red carpet with Afghan officials as they review an honor guard at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 21. President Biden said the U.S. will withdraw all remaining troops from the country by Sept. 11, ending the U.S. involvement in the America's longest-ever war.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 04:00

The Afghan military remains heavily dependent on U.S. equipment, training and money. It's far from clear how effective this U.S. assistance will be once American troops are gone.

President Biden has sought to focus his administration's foreign policy on the challenges posed by China — a topic he is set to discuss with Japan's prime minister on Friday.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 04:00

President Biden meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, his first in-person summit since taking office. Talks are expected to focus on shared concerns about China.

Crime scene investigators walk through the parking lot of a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Friday. A gunman killed at least eight people and injured several others.
Fri, 04/16/2021 - 03:11

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a FedEx warehouse facility shortly after 11 p.m. following reports of gunshots. Multiple victims were sent to nearby hospitals.

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