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The Surprising Business Model Behind Guinness World Records

By Tsering Bista β€” September 18th 2020 at 14:00
Planet Money Shorts - World Records

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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How The Pandemic Is Widening The Racial Wealth Gap

By Rhitu Chatterjee β€” September 18th 2020 at 11:01
Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic

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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Biden And Trump Visit Minnesota As The State Begins Early Voting

By Barbara Sprunt β€” September 18th 2020 at 11:00
A man holds a sign that says "VOTE" outside Mankato Regional Airport as President Trump makes a campaign stop on Aug. 17 in Mankato, Minn. Both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden visit the state Friday.

The contested state's opening of early voting underscores the extent to which Election Day has become election season.

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'We're Rolling With It': Election Workers Scramble To Adjust To Changing Voting Rules

By Pam Fessler β€” September 18th 2020 at 11:00
Andrea Lerner (left), and her husband, Ira Lerner, sift through the mail-in applications at the Voter Registration office in the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown, Pa.

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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Mental Health And Police Violence: How Crisis Intervention Teams Are Failing

By Eric Westervelt β€” September 18th 2020 at 11:00
Demonstrators march through the streets in Rochester, N.Y., Friday, Sept. 4, protesting the death of Daniel Prude. Prude apparently stopped breathing as police in Rochester were restraining him in March 2020 and died when he was taken off life support a week later.

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 Given Federal Go-Ahead To Allow More Visitors

By Ina Jaffe β€” September 18th 2020 at 02:42
Larry Yarbroff visits his wife Mary at Chaparral House in Berkeley, Calif. in July. California health authorities had allowed some visits to resume, and now federal regulators are doing the same, with measures to try to block the spread of the coronavirus.

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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'A Very Serious Situation': WHO Says Coronavirus Cases Are Rising In Europe Again

By Marisa PeΓ±aloza β€” September 18th 2020 at 01:26
World Health Organization official Dr. Hans Kluge tells reporters that coronavirus cases are rising in Europe.

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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Governor Says Most Of Texas Can Loosen Limits On Businesses, But Bars Must Stay Shut

By Rachel Treisman β€” September 18th 2020 at 01:19
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that certain sectors in most of the state can expand their occupancy limits starting Monday. He also said that hospitals in those regions can now resume elective procedures and that eligible long-term care facilities can resume limited visitation next week.

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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In 'Tense' Call, DeJoy Tells Election Officials That USPS Can Handle Mail Ballots

By Miles Parks β€” September 18th 2020 at 01:19
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy arrives to testify during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in August.

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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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Vote By Mail Deadline, Allows Drop Boxes

By Sam Gringlas β€” September 17th 2020 at 23:50
Benjamin Graff, center, and his son Jacob Graff, 19, drop off their mail-in ballots for the Pennsylvania primary election, in Philadelphia, on June 2, 2020. The state Supreme Court affirmed Thursday that counties may use drop boxes for voters casting mail-in ballots.

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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Child Positive For Coronavirus Was Sent To School Anyway. Others Quarantining Now

By Reese Oxner β€” September 17th 2020 at 22:52
Massachusetts parents sent their child to Attleboro High School despite knowing the teenager was infected with the coronavirus. Above, a coronavirus test is performed at Boston University in July.

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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Students Accused Of Breaking College COVID-19 Rules Fight Their Punishments

By Tovia Smith β€” September 17th 2020 at 22:11
At Northeastern University, 11 students were caught hanging out together in one room, in violation of bans on having guests in campus housing and on participating in crowded gatherings. They were all kicked off campus and out of their program for the semester.

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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Court Order Keeps Census In Limbo As Counting End Date Looms

By Hansi Lo Wang β€” September 17th 2020 at 22:06
A sign promoting the 2020 census stands in a planter in Roswell, N.M., in August. A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to continue holding off on wrapping up the census for now.

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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'I Have To Work': Agricultural Workers In The West Harvest Crops Through Fire Smoke

By Marisa PeΓ±aloza β€” September 17th 2020 at 22:01
Maricela, shown here picking grapes in southern Oregon this week, says she can

"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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Utah Officer Faces Felony Charge For Ordering Police Dog To Bite Black Man

By Brakkton Booker β€” September 17th 2020 at 21:40
Jeffery Ryans, who sustained multiple dog bites, is shown here discussing his encounter with Salt Lake City police at his attorney

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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About 1 In 5 Households In U.S. Cities Miss Needed Medical Care During Pandemic

By Patti Neighmond β€” September 17th 2020 at 18:49
The pandemic has left many people unable to get needed medical care, or to delay care for a serious problem, an NPR poll finds. Such delays have often wound up hurting people

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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Biggest Worry On Election Security Is Americans' Loss Of Confidence, Wray Says

By Philip Ewing β€” September 17th 2020 at 18:10
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies Thursday before a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on threats to the homeland.

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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As Pandemic Stretches On, Revealing Possible Exposure Can Be Costly To Workers

By Camila Domonoske β€” September 17th 2020 at 17:47
A person on a bike rides by a sign in New York City urging people to stay home in May. As the pandemic drags on, some workers are facing tough choices — balancing potential risks of unwittingly spreading the disease against the possibility of losing pay during a quarantine.

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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India On Track To Surpass U.S. As Country Worst Affected By COVID-19

By Lauren Frayer β€” September 17th 2020 at 17:11
A health worker wearing protective gear collects a swab sample during a medical screening for the coronavirus in Mumbai on Wednesday. The number of registered coronavirus cases passed 5 million on Wednesday.

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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Sally Brings 'Widespread' Flash Floods To Inland Areas After Causing Havoc On Coast

By Bill Chappell β€” September 17th 2020 at 16:40
An aerial photo shows mass flooding in West Pensacola near the Bayou Grove and Mulworth neighborhoods in Florida. The area was hit hard by Hurricane Sally, which continues to cause flooding threats.

"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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