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Rochester, N.Y., Wants To Reimagine Police. What Do People Imagine That Means?

Stanley Martin wants to rethink Rochester police — a radical new plan to abolish the police gradually. Others also talk about "reimagining" police, though they mean the same word very differently.

Rochester, N.Y., Wants To Reimagine Police. What Do People Imagine That Means?

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Andrew McCarthy Recalls His Brat Pack Years In A New Memoir

The star of movies like St. Elmo's Fire and Pretty in Pink writes about his tumultuous 20s in Brat: An '80s Story. Of that era's movies, he says the emotions are timeless, the hair not so much.

Andrew McCarthy Recalls His Brat Pack Years In A New Memoir

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Long Hair And Lowriders: Latin Rock In 1971

We take the Alt.Latino Time Machine back 50 years to tell the story of how three albums captured a moment when music, culture and current events collided in song: WAR's All Day Music, El Chicano's Revolución and Santana's Santana III.

Long Hair And Lowriders: Latin Rock In 1971

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Covid Inc. in Tempe, Ariz., has been selling audiovisual equipment for decades. CEO Norm Carson says people sometimes come in to the building looking for a COVID-19 test. Kevin Myles hide caption

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When Your Company Is Named Covid, You've Heard All The Jokes

Covid Inc. in Tempe, Ariz., has been selling audiovisual equipment for decades, but in the past year, some visitors stop by for an altogether different reason: They're looking for a COVID-19 test.

When Your Company Is Named Covid, You've Heard All The Jokes

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David Taylor, who has muscular dystrophy, relies on a ventilator to live. During the power outages across Texas in February, he had to be transported to a hospital before his ventilator's backup battery ran out. Rodger Mallison/Undark Magazine hide caption

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Growing Power Outages Pose Grave Threat To People Who Need Medical Equipment To Live

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Texas' power grid failure during a winter storm in February cut electricity to millions. As severe weather events become more frequent, those who use medical devices at home face a challenging future.

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Complaints Soar As Customers Fight Airlines For Refunds From Pandemic Cancellations

Airlines got billions in federal COVID-19 aid over the last year, but consumer advocates and two senators claim they're sitting on nearly $15 billion in refunds owed to customers for canceled travel.

Complaints Soar As Customers Fight Airlines For Refunds From Pandemic Cancellations

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Russian Show 'Fake News' Wages Lone Battle Against The Kremlin's TV Propaganda

There is almost no news alternative to government propaganda on Russian television — save for one channel known as TV Rain. But it only streams on the Web after cable dropped.

Russian Show 'Fake News' Wages Lone Battle Against The Kremlin's TV Propaganda

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After the CDC shifted this week to less restrictive mask guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, some leaders in the public health world felt blindsided. While some people rejoiced, others say they feel the change has come too soon. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Confused By CDC's Latest Mask Guidance? Here's What We've Learned

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shifted its stance this week on the need to wear masks if you're vaccinated. What's that mean for kids? For travel? For work? Experts weigh in.

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, members at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center celebrate after China's Tianwen-1 probe successfully landed on Mars, at the center in Beijing, Saturday, May 15, 2021. Jin Liwang/AP hide caption

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China Lands On Mars In Major Advance For Its Space Ambitions

China's rover will explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. An American rover and tiny helicopter are also currently on the planet. They arrived in February.

Billionaire Sun Dawu built an agriculture empire just outside Beijing. Now his conglomerate, Dawu Group, is slipping out of his control. Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Latest Target In China's Crackdown On Entrepreneurs Is An Outspoken Billionaire

Sun Dawu has befriended and supported political dissidents. Now he may become one himself. "This is a simple administrative law case, but it has become politicized and distorted," says his lawyer.

The Latest Target In China's Crackdown On Entrepreneurs Is An Outspoken Billionaire

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After the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, Black police officers in America are considering what's changed and what hasn't in the year since George Floyd's death. Siede Preis/Getty Images hide caption

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'So Much More To Be Done': After Chauvin Verdict, Black Police Officers Consider What Has Changed

After the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, Black police officers in America are considering what's changed and what hasn't in the year since George Floyd's death.

After Chauvin Verdict, Black Police Officers Consider What Has Changed

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Stolen Beehives Devastate French Beekeepers

French beekeepers say there's been an increase in beehive thefts, often with a large number being taken at once. The likely culprits are other beekeepers, says the French beekeeping union president.

Stolen Beehives Devastate French Beekeepers

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Let Us Now Praise Masks

With new CDC guidelines saying those vaccinated for COVID-19 can ditch face masks except for certain situations, NPR's Scott Simon ponders how masks have become a symbol for this age.

Opinion: Let Us Now Praise Masks

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A Knitter, A Rock Climber And A Mixologist Teach Us How To Find A Hobby

When was the last time you did something just for fun — not to make money, or be productive, or because someone else wanted you to?

A Knitter, A Rock Climber And A Mixologist Teach Us How To Find A Hobby

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Then-Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg talks to the Orlando Sentinel in September 2019 during an interview at his office in Lake Mary, Florida. Joe Burbank/TNS/ABACA via Reuters Connect hide caption

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Gaetz Associate To Plead Guilty To 6 Counts, Cooperate With Investigators

Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to sex trafficking of a minor and other offenses, according to court documents. His friend, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., could become ensnared in the investigation.

A girl and her father wear facemasks while they push their bikes last summer in Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles. There aren't yet coronavirus vaccines approved in the U.S. for kids under 12 — which means they should keep masking, according to the CDC. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What The New Mask Guidance Means For Unvaccinated Kids — And Their Parents

I'm fully vaccinated, but my kids aren't. Can I safely take off my mask? Do my unvaccinated kids have to keep masking in public?

A Walmart store in Derry, N.H., seen in November 2020. The company says fully vaccinated customers need not wear masks, and vaccinated workers won't need to wear them starting Tuesday. The company won't require proof of status. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Walmart Drops Mask Mandate Following New CDC Guidelines

Customers don't have to wear masks, effective immediately. Starting Tuesday, fully vaccinated employees don't either. Everyone's on an honor system and won't have to provide proof.

Left: A drawing of a human with a cow head holding a needle menacingly toward a young child as he administers a tainted smallpox vaccination is meant to sow distrust of smallpox vaccines. Right: Protesters against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations at a rally in Sydney on Feb. 20, 2021. Bettman/Getty Images; Brook Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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PHOTOS: Vaccine History Repeats Itself ... Sometimes

From the first vaccine (for smallpox) the questions have been the same. How do we transport it? Who's next to get it? Why so much hesitancy? The answers can be similar — or dramatically different.

Karissa Hill, daughter of Andre Hill, raises hands with Benjamin Crump, the civil rights attorney representing Hill's family, at a news conference in February after former Columbus police officer Adam Coy was charged with murder in Hill's death. Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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City Of Columbus To Pay $10 Million In Settlement With Andre Hill's Family

Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, was unarmed and holding his cell phone when he was fatally shot by a Columbus police officer in December. The settlement is the largest in the city's history.

Then-President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., last June after days of anti-racism protests against police brutality. President Biden has rescinded several orders Trump made during his last year in office, including moves to protect Confederate statues being dismantled by protesters. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Dissolves Controversial Trump Orders On Race And Culture

The president canceled executive actions signed by former President Donald Trump that focused on statues in the wake of protests against racism and police violence that targeted Confederate monuments.

The New York Yankees, including manager Aaron Boone, are back to wearing masks after the team reported eight "breakthrough" COVID-19 infections this week. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images hide caption

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What To Make Of The Yankees Outbreak? Scientists Say: Don't Panic, We Expected This

The New York Yankees have reported eight "breakthrough" cases among vaccinated staff and a player. Scientists say the outbreak is in line with what's already known about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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'Underground Railroad' Is A Hard But Beautiful Reflection On Black Pain

Barry Jenkins' adaptation of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad reaches us at a time when we are most prepared for its message, but severely challenged by its delivery system.

The numerals in the illustration show the main mutation sites of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the U.K., which is more transmissible than other variants. Here, the virus's spike protein (red) is bound to a human cell (blue). Juan Gaertner/Science Source hide caption

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Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet?

Scientists are trying to determine if the coronavirus variant in India could be the most transmissible variant known.

Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet?

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The majority of anti-vaccine claims on social media trace back to a small number of influential figures, according to researchers. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows

The majority of false claims about COVID-19 vaccines on social media trace back to just a handful of influential figures. So why don't the companies just shut them down?

Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows

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Singer Jorja Smith. Her latest release, Be Right Back, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on May 14. Bardha Krasniqi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more.

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

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