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Tents of unhoused resident line a street in Washington, D.C., in April. CREDIT: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

For Many Areas, Count Of Homeless Population Is Canceled, Or Delayed

Every January, in the middle of the night, thousands of volunteers and outreach workers spread out across the country to count the nation’s homeless population. They search highway underpasses, wooded areas, abandoned buildings and sidewalks to locate those who are living outside. But this year, because of the pandemic, the annual street count has been canceled or modified in hundreds of communities, even as the nation’s unsheltered population appears to be growing. Continue Reading For Many Areas, Count Of Homeless Population Is Canceled, Or Delayed

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In this image provided by NASA, the core stage for the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System rocket is seen at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The four engines fired for a little more than one minute. CREDIT: NASA/Getty Images

NASA’s 8-Minute Rocket Test Shuts Down After 67 Seconds

The test, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, was part of NASA’s Artemis program, a plan to return to the moon in the coming years. NASA’s test called for four engines to fire for eight minutes — roughly the time it will take for NASA’s long-delayed Space Launch System (SLS) to generate the thrust needed to send the rocket to space. Continue Reading NASA’s 8-Minute Rocket Test Shuts Down After 67 Seconds

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The backpack bomb made by Kevin Harpham, of Stevens County, Washington, was discovered on the parade route of Spokane's 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, before it could be detonated. CREDIT: FBI

10 Years After White Supremacist Tried To Bomb Spokane’s MLK Parade, Extremism Is More Mainstream

This week marks 10 years since a white supremacist attempted to bomb the Martin Luther King Junior Day parade through downtown Spokane. The bomb was discovered and defused just in the nick of time. But the effects of extremist ideologies in the region lived on. Journalist Leah Sottile examined that in the podcast Bundyville, from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Leah spoke with Scott Leadingham in August 2019 about the podcast’s second season and the anti-government movement in the region. Continue Reading 10 Years After White Supremacist Tried To Bomb Spokane’s MLK Parade, Extremism Is More Mainstream

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At-Home COVID Testing Is Growing. Can It Help Turn The Tide On The Pandemic?

If you’ve ever waited in a long line to receive a test for the coronavirus, or tried to get one and couldn’t, or waited a week to get the results, you may have wondered why it’s not easier and more convenient. In recent weeks, the Food and Drug Administration began approving over-the-counter COVID-19 tests for Americans to use at home, part of a wave of new options that could play a role in catching infections that might otherwise go undetected. Continue Reading At-Home COVID Testing Is Growing. Can It Help Turn The Tide On The Pandemic?

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The National Rifle Association's annual meeting in 2019 in Indiana. The NRA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday, saying it aims to reincorporate as a nonprofit in Texas and leave New York, where the state has filed a fraud suit against it. Michael Conroy/AP

NRA Files For Bankruptcy Amid Fraud Suit In New York

The National Rifle Association filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas on Friday as its current home, New York, pursues a fraud case against the organization. The NRA was founded in New York in 1871 and has since presented itself as a defender of Second Amendment rights. The NRA attributes the move to Texas to a “corrupt political and regulatory environment” in New York. Continue Reading NRA Files For Bankruptcy Amid Fraud Suit In New York

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People line up on Thursday for the first day of Clark County's pilot COVID-19 vaccination program at Cashman Center in Las Vegas. CREDIT: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

COVID-19 Supply Deal Lets Vaccine Maker Earmark Doses For Employees And Their Families

Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s push to make a COVID-19 vaccine available in record time, added $628 million to a federal contract with Emergent BioSolutions, a Maryland-based contract manufacturer, “to advance manufacturing capabilities and capacity for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as well as therapeutics,” the Department of Health and Human Services announced in June. Continue Reading COVID-19 Supply Deal Lets Vaccine Maker Earmark Doses For Employees And Their Families

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