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Today โ€” May 31st 2020NPR News

Photos: Protests In Response To The Death Of George Floyd Shake The Nation

By Nicole Werbeck
A woman stands in front of a line of police officers near the White House during a protest in Washington, D.C.

Photos show demonstrators and police clashing as anguish and rage swept through cities across the nation in response to George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody.

(Image credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU)

  • May 31st 2020 at 19:21

Ohio Congresswoman Pepper Sprayed While Demonstrating Against Death Of George Floyd

Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio) about the recent protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.

  • May 31st 2020 at 17:27

Tech Startups, Shut Out From Federal Stimulus Loans, Seek Aid From Congress

By Rachael Myrow

Some members of Congress want to let tech startups access federal stimulus loans. But venture-capital-backed startups aren't like other small businesses — they fail even in good economic times.

  • May 31st 2020 at 17:13

SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule Successfully Docks With The International Space Station

By Brendan Byrne
SpaceX

The docking came above China and Mongolia as the ISS was traveling at 17,000 mph. It docked 19 hours after the historic launch with NASA astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center.

(Image credit: NASA / NASA TV)

  • May 31st 2020 at 16:55

What's It Like To Be Black In America Right Now?

By NPR Staff
Protesters demonstrate outside the burning 3rd Precinct police building in Minneapolis on Thursday. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night.

We want to hear your thoughts about recent high-profile incidents involving harm to black people.

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

  • May 31st 2020 at 13:33

Should I Get Tested For Coronavirus Just For The Heck Of It?

By Laurel Wamsley
A woman is tested for the coronavirus at Harlem

Access to tests has improved significantly, and in some places, people can now get tested without having to show any symptoms. We asked experts how much you can really learn from the result.

(Image credit: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

  • May 31st 2020 at 13:18

Navajo Nation Loses Elders And Tradition To COVID-19

By Laurel Morales
Traditional Diné medicine practitioner Jeneda Benally, pictured here with her daughter Dahi, is trying to preserve cultural wisdom in danger of being lost during the pandemic.

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting older tribal members throughout Indian Country. The deaths of these elders means the loss of ceremonies, stories, language and cultural wisdom.

(Image credit: Laurel Morales/KJZZ)

  • May 31st 2020 at 13:00

Rep. Steve King Fights For His Seat As GOP Works To Push Him Out

By Clay Masters
Rep. Steve King is seen at a town hall in Hampton, Iowa, in 2019.

King has a history of making offensive and racist comments. Now, some Republicans are worried that his district could be in jeopardy of getting picked up by Democrats.

(Image credit: Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio)

  • May 31st 2020 at 13:00

Grief, Outrage Over George Floyd Spreads Further

By Suzanne Nuyen
A protester holds a skateboard in front of a fire in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

Officials in Minneapolis promised a stronger response to protests over the death of George Floyd as police and demonstrators across the nation continue to clash.

(Image credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

  • May 31st 2020 at 09:44

European Union Leaders Urge U.S. To Remain In WHO

By Jason Slotkin
Top officials with the European Union urged President Trump to rethink his plans to leave the international agency. Trump announced his decision Friday after weeks of levying criticisms and threatening to pull funding.

Top officials with the bloc encouraged Trump to rethink his plans to leave the international health agency. Trump's Friday announcement followed weeks of criticisms and threats to pull funding.

(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

  • May 31st 2020 at 02:03

Trump Takes Credit For Space Launch That Got Its Start A Decade Ago

By Nell Greenfieldboyce
President Trump, Vice President Pence and Karen Pence view the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station at Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.

The successful SpaceX launch has its roots in two previous administrations, but President Trump credited his own leadership.

(Image credit: Alex Brandon/AP)

  • May 31st 2020 at 00:42

Pentagon Orders Military Police To Prepare To Deploy To Minnesota

By Jason Slotkin
Police clear the street for firefighters during protests on Friday in Minneapolis. After demonstrations have grown violent, state authorities have made plans to increase the law enforcement presence.

The order follows a night of angry protests in Minneapolis and nationwide. As many as 800 personnel could move within four hours at the governor's request, a U.S. official told NPR.

(Image credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

  • May 30th 2020 at 23:03
Yesterday โ€” May 30th 2020NPR News

Minnesota To Deploy Record Guard Force To Contain Unrest Over Death Of George Floyd

By Colin Dwyer
A National Guard vehicle reflects a crowd of protesters Friday in Minneapolis, where Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen said that night

Gov. Tim Walz is fully mobilizing the state's National Guard — "an action that has never been taken in [the Guard's] 164-year history" — to prepare for a fifth night of protests.

(Image credit: John Minchillo/AP)

  • May 30th 2020 at 20:32

As Trump Targets Twitter's Legal Shield, Experts Have A Warning

By Bobby Allyn
Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today.

Consensus is growing in Washington to repeal the decades-old law that protects tech platforms from lawsuits. Experts fear unintended consequences.

(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)

  • May 30th 2020 at 17:36

Supreme Court Rejects Church's Challenge To California's Coronavirus Rules

By Colin Dwyer
A church in North Hollywood, Calif., stands empty last month after services were canceled because of coronavirus restrictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court's liberal bloc in a 5-4 decision issued late Friday. The lawsuit had argued that the state's limits on attendance discriminated against religion.

(Image credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

  • May 30th 2020 at 16:40

As 'Hero' Pay Ends, Essential Workers Wonder What They Are Worth

By Alina Selyukh
This weekend, temporary pay bumps for workers during the coronavirus pandemic are ending at companies across the country. In a normal world, high hazard pay might be the only way to stop employees from quitting en masse. But with tens of millions unemployed, workers quickly lost a lot of leverage.

Many retail and food workers are losing temporary wage bumps they got during the pandemic. Some say their work hazards are only increasing, while their wage is lower than unemployment benefits.

(Image credit: Ada Yokota/Getty Images)

  • May 30th 2020 at 14:01

NASA And SpaceX Launch First Astronauts To Orbit From U.S. Since 2011

By Geoff Brumfiel
A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.

After an aborted launch attempt to the International Space Station on Wednesday, the weather cleared and the launch went ahead on Saturday.

(Image credit: David J. Phillip/AP)

  • May 30th 2020 at 13:46

Coronavirus FAQs: Is It Safer To Fly Or Drive? Is Air Conditioning A Threat?

By Isabella Gomez Sarmiento
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They're not exactly easy questions to answer. In the first case, you must consider motel cleaning regimens and the hazards of driving vs. the risk of sitting next to a sneezy air traveler.

(Image credit: Malaka Gharib/ NPR)

  • May 30th 2020 at 13:06

As More Americans Prepare To Vote By Mail, Postal Service Faces Big Challenges

By Brian Naylor
The U.S. Postal Service faces challenges as more voters turn to mail in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

From Trump's tweets to funding issues, the U.S. Postal Service is under pressure as voters are set to turn increasingly toward mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

(Image credit: Mark Lennihan/AP)

  • May 30th 2020 at 13:01

'I Find Myself Very Seriously Feeling Hollow': Documenting A Pandemic Experience

By Jacob Fenston
Margaret Sullivan looks out the windows of Goodwin House in Falls Church, Va.

As the coronavirus sweeps the nation, 85-year-old Margaret Sullivan watches and records the changes from inside her retirement home in Virginia.

(Image credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU)

  • May 30th 2020 at 13:00
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