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Today โ€” August 14th 2020NPR News

Body Camera Video Of George Floyd And Police Offers New Details Of Deadly Encounter

By Brakkton Booker
Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin is seen struggling to force George Floyd into the back seat of a police SUV, in newly released body camera video recorded by officer Tou Thao. Both Chauvin and Thao were fired, along with two other officers involved in Floyd

In the police video, Tou Thao seems to get increasingly agitated as the crowd becomes more vocal, with onlookers repeatedly asking him why Floyd's vital signs weren't being checked.

(Image credit: Hennepin County/MPR/YouTube/Screenshot by NPR)

  • August 14th 2020 at 21:22

Some Good News: An 'Elephant Baby Boom' In One Kenyan National Park

By Gabriela Saldivia
A mother elephant and her calf head for a nearby marsh at Kenya

Kenya's elephant population has more than doubled since the 1980s, and one national park is currently having a 'baby boom' thanks to a relief from drought and a drop in poaching.

(Image credit: Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 20:07

Wildfire Season Is Off To A Roaring Start In California And Colorado

By Maureen Pao
An air tanker drops retardant as the Lake Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest north of Santa Clarita, Calif., on Thursday.

Two back-to-back wildfires have erupted around Los Angeles. And across the country, major wildfires are burning in a dozen states, including one of the largest in Colorado's history.

(Image credit: Noah Berger/AP)

  • August 14th 2020 at 19:54

How Should I Cover My Face? A Deeper Look Into Neck Gaiters And Face Shields

By Pranav Baskar
A fan wears a neck gaiter as he watches the L.A. Dodgers play the San Francisco Giants in Los Angeles.

Experts look into a new study that claims wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all. And they discuss other face coverings such as goggles and plastic face shields.

(Image credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 19:49

Spain Cracks Down On Outdoor Drinking, Smoking In Renewed Push Against COVID-19

By Scott Neuman
A man smokes in the street in Madrid on Friday after Spain

Spanish authorities announced the new measures as they confront a new wave of COVID-19 after tamping down the disease months ago.

(Image credit: picture alliance/dpa/picture alliance via Getty I)

  • August 14th 2020 at 19:40

Sister Helen Prejean On Witnessing Executions: 'I Couldn't Let Them Die Alone'

By Terry Gross

The Catholic nun became an opponent of the death penalty following the events in her book Dead Man Walking. She details her spiritual journey in River of Fire. Originally broadcast Aug. 12, 2019.

  • August 14th 2020 at 19:38

Government Watchdog Says Homeland Security Leaders Were Not Legitimately Appointed

By Camila Domonoske
Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testifies during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on August 6.

Chad Wolf is "acting secretary" of DHS. Ken Cuccinelli is "senior official performing the duties of deputy secretary." The Government Accountability Office says the appointments are invalid.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 19:06

U.S. Seizes Iranian Fuel From 4 Tankers Bound For Venezuela

By Scott Neuman
M/T Bella

With the assistance of foreign partners, more than 1 million barrels of petroleum was seized from foreign-flagged vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, the Justice Department says.

(Image credit: Department of Justice)

  • August 14th 2020 at 18:45

New Postmaster Hasn't Yet Met Election Officials About Mail-In Ballot Concerns

By Pam Fessler
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is under fire for management changes he has made to the Postal Service that some say could slow the delivery of absentee ballots this fall.

It is not clear why the invitation has not been accepted, but those familiar with the exchange say the delay is unusual, considering that absentee ballots will go in the mail as soon as September.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 18:33

'Of Course Black Lives Matter,' Dolly Parton Tells Billboard

By Camila Domonoske
Dolly Parton expressed her support for Black Lives Matter in an interview with Billboard.

"Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!" the singer, songwriter, philanthropist and businesswoman told the music magazine.

(Image credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 16:47

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

By Daniel Wood
World map showing coronavirus cases by country (as of Aug. 2)

A map of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed thousands of people.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • August 14th 2020 at 15:14

Coronavirus Maps: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?

By Stephanie Adeline
Map showing places in the U.S. with the greatest COVID-19 risk, as of Aug. 11

View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.

(Image credit: NPR)

  • August 14th 2020 at 15:12

Midsummer Shopping In Recovery Mode: July Retail Sales Rise 1.2%

By Alina Selyukh
A pedestrian walks by Saks Fifth Avenue as New York City continues relaxing more restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

People particularly stocked up on electronics and appliances, took more trips with stops at gas stations, and cautiously went out to eat as more stores and restaurants reopened.

(Image credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 14:53

New California Financial Watchdog Would Take Aim At Predatory Lenders Amid Pandemic

By Chris Arnold
California Assembly member Monique Limón (foreground) introduced a bill to create a financial watchdog agency for the state.

California may be on the cusp of creating a watchdog agency. Proponents say federal regulators aren't doing their job, leaving leaving millions of Americans vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:02

Trump Campaign Trying To Win Over Black Voters, But President Remains A Tough Sell

By Ayesha Rascoe
Black leaders say a prayer with President Trump as they end a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in February.

The president's campaign had begun holding "Black Voices for Trump" events, but the coronavirus pandemic shut down in-person campaigning for months. During that time, the election landscape shifted.

(Image credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:00

After Beirut, Experts Warn Of 'Dangerous Gaps' In U.S. Oversight Of Ammonium Nitrate

By Eric Westervelt
A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon

The experts and regulators are calling for the federal government to renew efforts to bolster safe storage, handling, use and transport rules for ammonium nitrate in the U.S.

(Image credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:00

Political Conventions Will Likely Never Be The Same

By Don Gonyea
Barack Obama, then a little known state senator and candidate for U.S. Senate from Illinois, speaks during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

The pandemic forced this years conventions to go virtual. That won't be the end of the change, as future gatherings shift from the age of television to the world of social media and viral moments.

(Image credit: Laura Rauch/AP)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:00

Colleges That Keep Small Isolated Towns Vibrant Now Pose Public Health Threat

By Frank Morris
A local gospel quintet entertains Sterling residents on a recent Tuesday evening.

Many of those institutions hung on year-to-year even before the pandemic. Now COVID-19 threatens to cut off the oxygen sustaining these schools, and the sports programs that drive enrollment.

(Image credit: Frank Morris/KCUR)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:00

Poll: Biden Expands Lead; A Third Of Country Says It Won't Get Vaccinated

By Domenico Montanaro
Former Vice President Joe Biden has significant support from Black voters, young voters, whites with a college degree and suburban voters.

The presumptive Democratic nominee now leads President Trump by 11 points. And more people are worried about the coronavirus, but 35% still say they won't get vaccinated when one's available.

(Image credit: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:00

13 States Make Contact Tracing Data Public. Here's What They're Learning

By Selena Simmons-Duffin

The information includes details on where transmission is happening most. If more states shared this widely, it could shape policy and save lives, health researchers say.

(Image credit: Ruth Talbot/NPR)

  • August 14th 2020 at 11:00
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