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Japan Is Ramping Up COVID-19 Restrictions As Omicron Cases Surge
While many Japanese adults are fully vaccinated, few have gotten a booster shot, which has been a vital protection from the highly contagious omicron variant.
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Meat Loaf, Grammy-winning Singer Famous For 'I'd Do Anything For Love,' Has Died
Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, was best known for Bat Out Of Hell, one of the best selling albums of all time.
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'We Can't Live In Fear': Texas Rabbi Held Hostage Says He'd Give A Stranger Tea Again
Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker says we cannot live in fear. He and three congregants were held hostage by a man who knocked on the synagogue door and came in for tea.
NPR3 min readSecurity
Cyberattack On Red Cross Compromised Sensitive Data On Over 515,000 Vulnerable People
The attack targeted a contractor in Switzerland that was storing the data. The Red Cross has been forced to halt a program that reunites families torn apart by violence, migration or other tragedies.
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U.S. Charges Belarus Officials With Air Piracy In Reporter's Arrest
U.S. prosecutors say Belarusian officials diverted a flight to Minsk so they could arrest opposition activist and journalist Raman Pratasevich on charges of inciting riots against the government.
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Experts See 'Red Flags' At Nonprofit Raising Big Money For Capitol Riot Defendants
The Patriot Freedom Project has raised around $900,000 to support alleged Jan. 6 Capitol rioters. The group says the funds support defendants, but families have raised concerns about transparency.
NPR2 min readAmerican Government
The Jan. 6 Panel Wants To Talk To Ivanka Trump
The committee is asking Ivanka Trump to voluntarily cooperate with the panel's investigation. The panel sent her a letter on Thursday.
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Adele Postpones Vegas Show In Tearful Post, Saying Half Of Her Team Is Out With COVID
Weekends with Adele was originally set to run from Jan. 21 to April 16. The singer announced that the Las Vegas residency was postponed due to COVID issues.
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The First Aid Flight Arrived In Tonga After A Five-day Cut Off Due To Eruption
The eruption severed Tonga's single fiber-optic cable, rendering the entire Pacific archipelago offline and unable to communicate with the rest of the world.
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Even Babies And Toddlers Know That Swapping Saliva Is A Sure Sign Of Love
For infants, toddlers, and children, one sign of an especially close relationship is if two people do something that involves exchanging saliva, like taking bites from the same piece of food.
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22 Tips For 2022: You Can't Please Everyone. Here's How To Say 'No' And Stick With It
It can be tempting to say yes to things you just don't want to do if it means avoiding conflict. It turns out a common mistake is giving too much of an explanation or being over-apologetic.
NPR3 min read
19-year-old Lands In Belgium, Becoming Youngest Woman To Fly Solo Around The World
Zara Rutherford set off from Belgium in August to circle the globe in her Shark UL plane. Five months later, she landed back home, having landed in 41 countries on five continents.
NPR2 min read
Archaeologists Launch First-ever 'Dig' Into Life On The International Space Station
The project, a first of its kind, aims to study the social and cultural dimensions of living in space and how people adapt their behavior when they're living in a completely new environment.
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Home Prices Rose Faster Than Ever In 2021. The Typical Home Gained $50,000 In Value
For first time homebuyers it was one of the hardest years ever to afford a house. But homeowners saw tremendous gains in housing wealth.
NPR7 min readRelationships
Parents And Caregivers Of Young Children Say They've Hit Pandemic Rock Bottom
The people who take care of and educate children under 5 years old, who are too young to be vaccinated, are in a special kind of hell right now.
NPR2 min readCrime & Violence
Pelosi Opens The Door To Stock Trading Ban
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has said a new law prohibiting members of Congress from picking individual stocks isn't needed, but added if it has the backing of caucus she is ok with it.
NPR7 min readInternational Relations
With U.S. Focused On Defense, China's Trade And Infrastructure Sweep Southeast Asia
The Biden administration hopes to make deeper inroads in Southeast Asia but lags far behind China, which has already built up major trade ties, as well as roads and a high-speed rail.
NPR3 min readAmerican Government
Schumer Insists Failed Votes On Elections And Filibuster Were The Right Thing To Do
The Senate Majority leader downplayed the risks of holding such a public demonstration of the rift within his caucus ahead of the midterm elections.
NPR8 min read
'The Gilded Age' Gives Old New York Money The HBO Treatment
The new series The Gilded Age, from the creator of Downton Abbey, takes a big, talented cast to 1882 New York for a story about money and class.
NPR3 min read
Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST: Al Bilali Soudan, Kiran Ahluwalia, Tufan Derince
For the second consecutive year, NPR teams up with globalFEST for a thrilling online music festival we call Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST.
NPR3 min read
CIA Report: No Evidence Linking Havana Syndrome To A Foreign Country
The interim report says many cases have now been attributed to previously undiagnosed illnesses. But 'a couple dozen' cases remain unresolved and are still under investigation.
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Cynthia Chavez Lamar Becomes The First Native Woman To Lead A Smithsonian Museum
She will oversee the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., as well as the George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan and the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland, Md.
NPR2 min read
Pope Benedict XVI Failed To Stop Sex Abuse When He Was An Archbishop, Law Firm Says
"In a total of four cases, we reached a consensus there was a failure to act," said attorney Martin Pusch of the law firm that was hired by the church to investigate decades of abuse.
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Five Questions That Need Answers In The Final 'Ozark' Season
Netflix's popular crime series is about to drop the first half of its last season. We look at five questions that hang over these seven episodes, and the seven more that will follow.
NPR4 min read
Gary Chambers' New Pot-smoking Campaign Ad In Senate Race Goes Viral With Old Tactics
Democrat Gary Chambers Jr. is running to unseat Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy. Chambers follows in the footsteps of other politicians who have used attention-grabbing ads to up their name recognition.
NPR3 min read
NPR Reporting On Supreme Court Mask Controversy Merits Clarification
On Tuesday morning, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch had declined to wear a mask in court even though he had been "asked," and as a result his colleague, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, was
NPR4 min readDiscrimination & Race Relations
New Mexico Is Pushing To Be A 'Model' For How Race Is Taught In U.S. Schools
Officials say they hope their standards can be a model for the country of social studies teaching that is culturally responsive, as student populations grow increasingly diverse.
NPR3 min readDiscrimination & Race Relations
'Davos Man' Is An Angry, Powerful Look At Economic Inequality
New York Times writer Peter S. Goodman does not like Davos Man. At all. And his new book does an excellent job explaining why — focusing on the rich getting richer as the COVID-19 pandemic raged.
NPR2 min readCrime & Violence
The Supreme Court For A Third Time Allows Texas To Bar Abortions After 6 Weeks
The court denied a request from abortion providers in the state to return the case to a judge who blocked Texas's six-week ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
NPR2 min read
New Zealand Will Not Impose Lockdown When Omicron Hits
"This stage of the pandemic is different to what we have dealt with before. Omicron is more transmissible," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
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