News: National

Overdose Deaths Surged In Pandemic, As More Drugs Were Laced With Fentanyl
Brian Mann | April 22, 2021
Federal agencies report a troubling rise in overdoses from a variety of drugs that have been laced with the potent synthetic opioid fentanyl.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Researchers gathered for a conference on addiction this week received a grim update on the growing spread of street drugs laced with deadly ...
Oklahoma Law Grants Immunity To Drivers Who Unintentionally Harm Protesters
Rachel Treisman | April 22, 2021
Protesters gather outside the entrance to a rally for then-President Donald Trump in June in Tulsa, Okla. A new state law increases penalties for protesters who block public roadways and grants legal immunity to drivers who unintentionally harm them as they try to flee.Amanda Voisard | The Washington Post via ...
‘He Was A Prince’: Grief And Anger At Daunte Wright’s Funeral In Minneapolis
Becky Sullivan | April 22, 2021 MPR News Updated April 22, 2021 at 2:59 PM ET Mourners gathered Thursday in Minneapolis for the funeral of Daunte Wright, just two days after a jury there convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. Wright was the 20-year-old Black man shot and killed by ...
U.S. Issues More Than 115 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19
Bill Chappell | April 22, 2021
Global travel continues to be risky because of the coronavirus. Earlier this year, passengers from Taiwan wear protective gear as they arrive at France's Charles de Gaulle Airport, and just this week, the U.S. issued over 100 new travel advisories.Francois Mori | AP The U.S. State Department has vastly expanded ...
After Chauvin Conviction, Police Consensus On Reform Remains Elusive
Becky Sullivan | April 22, 2021
New York Police Department officers on patrol in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan last month. Foot patrols were increased following the mass shooting in Atlanta which killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent.Xinhua News Agency | Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images In the days since a jury in ...
Health Insurance For $10 Or Less A Month? You May Qualify For New Discounts
Selena Simmons-Duffin | April 22, 2021
The Biden administration has opened up enrollment on all Affordable Care Act marketplaces, including on the federal insurance exchange,, until August. Many people will qualify for better or less expensive plans — or by NPR Signing up for health insurance can be a confusing headache. At the same ...
State Foster Care Agencies Take Millions Of Dollars Owed To Children In Their Care
Eli Hager, Joseph Shapiro | April 22, 2021
Tristen Hunter was 16 and preparing to leave foster care in Juneau, Alaska, when a social worker mentioned that the state agency responsible for protecting him had been taking his money for years. Hunter's mother died when he was little, and his father later went to prison, court records show, ...
International Space Station Is About To Get Crowded, And It’s Running Out Of Beds
Brendan Byrne | April 22, 2021
The International Space Station is larger than a football field. But with 11 people soon to be aboard, there aren't enough places for them all to sleep.Courtesy NASA The International Space Station might be bigger than a football field, but it's equipped with just seven permanent sleeping pods, each about ...
Boulder Supermarket Shooting Suspect Faces Dozens Of New Charges
Jaclyn Diaz | April 22, 2021
Prosecutors filed more than 40 new felony charges against Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who is accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket last month.Helen H. Richardson | AP The man accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting in a Boulder, Colo., grocery store last month now ...