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

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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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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A Road Trip And Lost Time: How A Father And Son Reconnected After 30 Years

At StoryCorps, T. Chick McClure and their father, Chas McClure, remember the road trip that brought them back together after being estranged for almost 30 years.

A Road Trip And Lost Time: How A Father And Son Reconnected After 30 Years

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President Trump told Fox Business Network that he plans to block additional funding and election assistance for the U.S. Postal Service in order to sabotage efforts to expand mail-in voting. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Opposes Postal Service Funding But Says He'd Sign Bill Including It

President Trump on Thursday evening reiterated his interest in denying the U.S. Postal Service funds, which he says would kneecap efforts to expand mail-in voting.

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New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On August 14

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include the latest from Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy, Fantastic Negrito, Jacob Collier, the queer country of Orville Peck and more.

Aug. 14, 2020

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Two years after opening an investigation into Yale University's use of race in admissions, the Justice Department announced on Thursday that it found the university to have discriminated against white and Asian American applicants. Beth Harpaz/AP hide caption

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DOJ: Yale Discriminates Against Asian American And White Applicants In Admissions

The Justice Department said its two-year investigation found that race is "the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year." Yale categorically denies the allegation.

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CDC Director Warns This Fall Could Be The Worst Ever For Public Health

In an interview with WebMD, CDC Director Robert Redfield warned of the dual threat of the coronavirus and flu season. He urged Americans to follow COVID-19 health guidance and get the flu vaccine.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks Thursday after a coronavirus briefing with health experts and his newly named running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. Biden took off his mask to speak. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Joe Biden: For The Next 3 Months, All Americans Should Wear A Mask When Outside

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said every governor should mandate mask-wearing as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, pictured last month, withdrew litigation against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council over a requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Governor Drops Lawsuit Against Atlanta Mayor Over Masks, But Fight May Not Be Over

Gov. Brian Kemp suggests he will wait out his existing executive order and address Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' refusal to lift her mask-wearing requirement when he signs a new one on Aug. 15.

Breonna Taylor, here in December, would have turned 27 on Friday. Her friends and family remember Taylor as a caring person who loved her job in health care and enjoyed playing cards with her aunts. Taylor Family hide caption

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Breonna Taylor's Mother Urges Criminal Charges: 'Every Day Is Still March The 13th'

"I absolutely expect there to be charges based on the evidence," attorney Benjamin Crump says after Taylor's family meets with Louisville's mayor and the Kentucky attorney general.

Jennifer Austin, a recovery coach who has struggled with addiction, usually hosts Narcotics Anonymous classes at this Salvation Army center in Ogdensburg, N.Y. They've been canceled because of the pandemic, leaving more people vulnerable to relapse and overdose. "I've had people I've never worked with before reach out to me and say, 'Jen, what do I do?'" Austin said. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

"During the pandemic, basically everything is pointed in the wrong direction," says one federal health official, who calls the convergence of COVID-19 and America's addiction crisis "a nightmare."

U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic

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20 Questions To Help Decide What's Best For Your Kids (And You) This School Year

Families with children are in a serious bind. Whether you're looking for options for child care or need resources to keep your kid entertained, this episode will walk through some ideas to think about for this school year.

20 Questions To Help Decide What's Best For Your Kids (And You) This School Year

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Everyone Needs A Buddy. Even Sharks

Contrary to the image of sharks as lone predators, new research has found evidence that some species are social creatures, who return repeatedly to the same fellow sharks, often for years.

Everyone Needs A Buddy. Even Sharks

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Department Of Justice Seizes Bitcoin, Websites From Terror Groups

The DOJ calls this "the government's largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in the terrorism context." It also seizes websites ISIS allegedly used to sell fake face masks during the pandemic.

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