News: National

After 50 Years Of The War On Drugs, ‘What Good Is It Doing For Us?’
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Brian Mann | June 17, 2021
During the War on Drugs, the Brownsville neighborhood in New York City saw some of the highest rates of incarceration in the U.S., as Black and Hispanic men were sent to prison for lengthy prison sentences, often for low-level, nonviolent drug crimes.Spencer Platt | Getty Images When Aaron Hinton walked ...
Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From
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Jaclyn Diaz | June 17, 2021
This image made from video of a fake video featuring former President Barack Obama shows elements of facial mapping used for deepfakes that lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they've never said.AP Facebook researchers say they've developed artificial intelligence that can identify so-called "deepfakes" and ...
House Passes A Bill To Commemorate Juneteenth As A Federal Holiday
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Alana Wise | June 16, 2021
A girl paints on a poster celebrating Juneteenth in downtown Jackson, Miss., on June 19, 2020. Congress has voted to make the day a federal holiday.Rogelio V. Solis | AP The Democratic-led House of Representatives on Wednesday easily approved legislation to commemorate Juneteenth, the national remembrance of the end of ...
This School District Erased All Holiday Names After Dropping Columbus Day
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Joe Hernandez | June 16, 2021
Some institutions have scrapped Columbus Day or switched to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day. One New Jersey school district came up with a new solution: eliminate all holiday names.Olesya Semenov | EyeEm via Getty Images Memorial Day. Thanksgiving. Labor Day. You may be used to seeing your calendar punctuated by the ...
The Justice Department Overturns Policy That Limited Asylum For Survivors Of Violence
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Joel Rose | June 16, 2021
A woman known in court papers as Ms. A.B. is seeking asylum in the U.S. after suffering more than a decade of domestic violence in El Salvador. Attorney General Merrick Garland is vacating controversial legal decisions his predecessors issued in her case.Kevin D. Liles for NPR Updated June 16, 2021 ...
Royal Caribbean’s Launch Of Its New Megaship Just Got Sidelined By COVID Cases
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Bill Chappell | June 16, 2021
Royal Caribbean had been set to launch the Odyssey of the Seas on its first cruise with passengers in early July. But positive coronavirus tests among the crew have forced the voyage to be delayed for four weeks.Joe Raedle | Getty Images Royal Caribbean's new megaship, Odyssey of the Seas, ...
Companies Making Juneteenth A Paid Holiday Say It’s The Right Thing To Do
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Marisa Peñaloza | June 16, 2021
People observe a moment of silence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Friday, June 19, 2020, to mark Juneteenth. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP A growing number of companies such as Nike, JCPenney and Target are embracing Juneteenth as a holiday. Their efforts ...
A New Lawsuit Aims To Stop Indiana From Pulling Unemployment Benefits Early
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Jaclyn Diaz | June 16, 2021
A customer walks behind a sign at a Nordstrom in Coral Gables, Fla., store seeking employees in May.Marta Lavandier | AP Updated June 16, 2021 at 2:08 PM ET Two organizations filed a lawsuit against Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in an attempt to block the state's push to end pandemic ...
What Happens When A Nation Goes To War, And A Small Few Bear The Costs
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Quil Lawrence, Jess Jiang | June 16, 2021
U.S. Army veteran Staff Sgt. Matt Lammers is one of some 60 vets who lost three or four limbs, out of 2.7 million who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Eve Edelheit for NPR Matt Lammers was completely alone the first time we met. The cigarette butts and old ...
An Immigrant Family Navigates Generational Trauma
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Michael Zamora, Anjuli Sastry, Diba Mohtasham, Julia Furlan | June 16, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwyVo1wwpa8 NPR Colette Baptiste-Mombo, a television engineer and community organizer, was born in 1958, at the height of the civil rights movement. Baptiste-Mombo's parents came from different immigrant backgrounds — while her mother was from northern England and immigrated to the U.S. from Wales, her father was born in the ...