This is the story of how Guinness got into the business of record-breaking, and how one Planet Money intern broke a world record involving the president of Georgia.
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The coronavirus has affected most Americans, but NPR's latest poll shows Black, Latino and Native American households are hardest hit by the financial impact of the crisis.
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The contested state's opening of early voting underscores the extent to which Election Day has become election season.
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Pennsylvania's governor and state legislature — as well as the national political parties and campaigns — have been at odds, leading to election workers doing what they can to help voters keep up.
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Efforts are growing to remove or reduce the role of police in responding to people in a mental health crisis. Critics and proponents alike say a widely adopted police program has too often failed.
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Nursing homes visitors have been banned since March because of COVID-19. Now the federal agency that regulates the facilities has outlined terms for resuming visits immediately.
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The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that weekly increases have reached a higher rate than during the pandemic's peak in March, with "alarming rates of transmission across the region."
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Gov. Greg Abbott is relaxing restrictions on hospitals, nursing homes and certain industries in much of the state, citing an improvement in COVID-19 metrics.
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The postmaster general spoke to dozens of the nation's top election officials Thursday, ahead of an election season that will see record numbers of mail ballots.
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The decisions come just seven weeks before Election Day and as a flurry of election-related lawsuits heat up around the country.
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Nearly 30 Massachusetts high school students are quarantining after parents sent their child to school despite receiving a positive diagnosis days before.
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As colleges crack down on students accused of violating strict pandemic safety rules, students are lawyering up to fight their punishments.
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After the Trump administration missed a filing deadline for court documents, a judge has ordered the wrap-up of the census to remain on hold, throwing door-knocking efforts further into uncertainty.
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"The smoke is so dense," one agricultural worker in Oregon told NPR. "I feel dizzy, my throat hurts and my head feels like it's going to explode." Their employers are also faced with tough choices.
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Jeffery Ryans, the man who sustained dog bites, "certainly wasn't posing an imminent threat of violence or harm to anyone," according to the district attorney.
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Some people have skipped care because of finances or fear of the virus, doctors say. Others find medical practices closed to new patients. Many are suffering health consequences, an NPR poll finds.
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The FBI director told members of Congress his greatest fear isn't so much that a foreign nation might achieve some coup, but that too many citizens might no longer trust their own democratic process.
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COVID-19 is still spreading in many communities. Test results can be slow. And quarantines are often unpaid. This leaves workers with tough decisions about what to disclose and when to stay home.
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With more than 5 million coronavirus infections and the world's highest daily tally of new cases, India is expected to become the world's worst-affected country within weeks.
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"Widespread flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding is likely" in parts of Georgia and South Carolina, forecasters say. They're tracking a new potential storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
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