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A Glock pistol with an illegal conversion device, sometimes referred to as a Glock switch. The small piece, which is illegal and not manufactured by Glock, can convert a semi-automatic pistol into a fully automatic one. Matt Stone/USA Today Network/Reuters hide caption

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New York proposes a ban on guns that are easy to convert to illegal automatic weapons

Meanwhile, Maryland's governor signs a bill to address the surge of conversion devices, including Glock switches, that bypass a pistol's trigger mechanism, allowing the weapon to fire fully automatic.

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Ohio is reviewing race-based scholarships after Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

Higher education officials in Ohio are reviewing race-based scholarships after last year's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.

Ohio reviewing race-based scholarships after Supreme Court affirmative action ruling

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Tiny Desk: Leyla McCalla

Haitian Flag Day celebrates the creation of the Caribbean country's flag. In 2022, Leyla McCalla came to the Tiny Desk with songs deeply immersed in the rhythms, sounds and history of Haiti.

Jeffery Christian, right, speaks at a press conference in Chicago, on May 7. Christian and dozens of others claim they were sexually abused as children while incarcerated at Illinois juvenile detention centers, as part of a lawsuit recounting decades of allegations of systemic child abuse. Teresa Crawford/AP hide caption

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Youth detention facilities face increased scrutiny amid a wave of abuse lawsuits

A new lawsuit alleges widespread sexual abuse of juveniles took place over decades at Illinois youth detention facilities. Similar suits have been filed this year in other states.

Youth detention facilities face increased scrutiny amid a wave of abuse lawsuits

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Boeing's Starliner capsule atop an Atlas V rocket is seen at Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on May 7, a day after its mission to the International Space Station was scrubbed because of an issue with a pressure regulation valve. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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Boeing's troubled Starliner spacecraft launch is delayed again

A helium leak pushed back a planned launch to May 25. Boeing's program that would shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station has been plagued with problems.

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This new show gives a little heard perspective on the Vietnam War

Hollywood depictions have long helped inform America's understanding of the Vietnam War. But there was usually one thing missing: the Vietnamese perspective. Can HBO's The Sympathizer change the tide?

This new show gives a little heard perspective on the Vietnam War

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More than 5,000 workers assemble luxury SUVs and EV batteries for Mercedes-Benz in Alabama. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Mercedes workers vote no to union. The UAW says they were illegally intimidated

More than 5,000 Mercedes-Benz workers who build luxury SUVs in Alabama were eligible to vote on whether to join the UAW. Workers faced intense anti-union messaging from Mercedes in the run-up.

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A bloody nose, a last hurrah for friends, and more prom memories you shared with us

We asked for your favorite prom night memories. Here's what you shared.

A bloody nose, a last hurrah for friends, and more prom memories you shared with us

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People in both New York and Dublin, Ireland, wave and signal at each other while looking at a livestream view of one another as part of an art installation on the street in New York, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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A tale of two cities: 'Portal' pandemonium

An art installation called The Portal was shut down this week in New York and Dublin because of rude gestures and other bad public behavior, as NPR's Scott Simon explains.

Opinion: A tale of two cities' 'Portal' pandemonium

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Toussaint L'Ouverture was one of the majors leaders of the Haitian Revolution. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. hide caption

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Who was Toussaint L'Ouverture, the namesake behind Boston's new Haitian cultural center?

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Toussaint L'Ouverture was one of the major leaders of the Haitian Revolution. One expert compares him to figures like Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Earlier this month, President Biden spoke about protests that have roiled many U.S. college campuses. Among their demands is for the Israeli military to leave Gaza. Biden said students have a right to protest but not to be disruptive. He is set to speak at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Sunday. Drew Angerer/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden is set for the Morehouse graduation. Students are divided

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Ahead of President Biden's address at Morehouse College, students of the Atlanta HBCU share their frustrations.

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Putin and Xi further their embrace to defy U.S.-led pressure

President Xi Jinping of China and Russia's Vladimir Putin doubled down on their alliance against the West this week during the Kremlin leader's visit to Beijing.

Putin and Xi further their embrace to defy U.S.-led pressure

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The U.S. military finished installing the floating pier in Gaza on Thursday, with officials poised to begin ferrying badly needed humanitarian aid into the enclave besieged over seven months of intense fighting in the Israel-Hamas war. U.S. Central Command /AP hide caption

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Rafah is running out of food, even as the U.S. pier starts operating in Gaza

The first trucks of aid entered Gaza via a pier built by the U.S. But it's challenging to move aid around Gaza, and humanitarian groups operating in Rafah warn they don't have food to distribute.

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'IF' only! These imaginary friends are sweet, but could have been so much more

Imagine that imaginary friends were real. Now imagine that IF director John Krasinski and star Ryan Reynolds convinced A-list pals to voice them.

'IF' only! These imaginary friends are sweet, but could have been so much more

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A Phoenix Herpetological Society rattlesnake class attendee moves to pick up a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake with snake tongs under the supervision of instructor Cale Morris at the Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park in Scottsdale, Arizona. Caitlin O'Hara for NPR hide caption

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Lessons from rattlesnake class in the American Southwest

It's rattlesnake season in Arizona, where the number of bites has surged. And it turns out most of what you thought you knew about the reptiles isn't true.

Scottie Scheffler reacts before teeing off Friday on during the second round of the 2024 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. Scheffler was arrested and charged after an interaction early Friday morning with a police officer directing traffic into to the club. Michael Reaves/Getty Images hide caption

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Scottie Scheffler is arrested outside PGA Championship after an interaction with police

Scheffler, who won the Masters last month, was arrested and charged after an interaction Friday morning with a police officer directing traffic into to the golf club where the PGA event is being held.

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EVs could save the climate, but anxiety about where to plug in is still holding them back

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America's lack of widespread, functional charging infrastructure is still a concern that stops some potential buyers. The federal government is trying to change that.

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The lesson Chris Pine learned after his new film was 'obliterated' by critics

The Star Trek and Wonder Woman star says the experience helped him reevaluate his desire for perfection. He also debates predestination, reflects on the struggle to feel awe and discusses his recurring childhood dreams of having tea with an elf.

The lesson Chris Pine learned after his new film was 'obliterated' by critics

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Billie Eilish's third album, created as always alongside her brother and collaborator Finneas, is titled Hit Me Hard and Soft. William Drumm/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Billie Eilish finally remembers who she is

Speaking alongside brother/collaborator Finneas, Eilish says she discovered a new self-awareness on Hit Me Hard and Soft, after years of seeing herself through others' eyes.

Billie Eilish finally remembers who she is

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The history of hip-hop, told through bling

The extravagant jewelry worn by hip-hop artists has meaning beyond the shiny surfaces.

The history of hip-hop, told through bling

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What did the internet call 'satanic'? Find out in the news quiz

What looks like "a ghost emerging from a pool of vomit"? Are meme stocks back? And what's up with the Trump-Biden debates? Plus: orcas with a thirst for violence and more Miss USA drama.

David DePape (center) breaks down crying on the witness stand in a San Francisco courtroom while being questioned by Assistant Federal Public Defender Angela Chuang (right), as District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley observes, on Nov. 14, 2023, during his federal trial. Vicki Behringer for KQED hide caption

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Man who attacked Nancy Pelosi's husband is sentenced to 30 years in prison

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David DePape was convicted in November of the attempted kidnapping of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and of violently assaulting her husband, Paul Pelosi, in the couple's San Francisco home.

Kobie Talmoud, 16, left, a student at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Md., speaks with Karla Silvestre, President of the Montgomery Count (Md.) Board of Education, after a congressional hearing on antisemitism in K-12 public schools. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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As antisemitism grows, it is easier to condemn than define

The Anti-Defamation League says since the Hamas attacks and Israel's war in Gaza, antisemitic incidents in the U.S. are up 361% over a year ago. Two journalists, who've been writing about antisemitism, weigh in.

As antisemitism grows, it is easier to condemn than define

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Eddie Almance (left) and his sister Leila pose for their cousin Ailem Villarreal on the rooftop of the Marriott Hotel in downtown Odessa, Texas, before heading to prom. Their grandmother says that for seven generations, the family members have forged close bonds. Danielle Villasana for NPR hide caption

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We asked, you answered: What's the secret to a close relationship with siblings?

As part of our series on "the Science of Siblings," we looked at how some brothers and sisters are best friends. Here are some of the stories you shared of close ties with siblings.

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Before Brown v. Board, these Kansas City women set the stage by integrating a grade school

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Webb v. School District 90, which came three years before the famous Topeka, Kans., case, might never have come about if it hadn't been for a few determined women, who pushed for equality with everything they had.

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New Music Friday: The best albums out May 17

NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Hazel Cills discuss new releases by Billie Eilish, Portishead's Beth Gibbons and Rapsody.

New Music Friday: The best albums out May 17

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Applicants to Georgia State University received a welcome email for the 2024-25 school year. However, the email was sent in error to 1,500 applicants by the school's admissions office. Here, the campus celebrates its fall commencement exercises on Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Meg Buscema/Georgia State University hide caption

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1,500 college applicants thought they were accepted. They soon learned it was an error

Georgia State University says the students were not sent an official acceptance letter but "communication" from a department welcoming those who intend to major in a specific academic area.

Sharla stands in a park in Johnson County, Kansas. We're only using her last name to protect her medical privacy. Sharla is trying to conceive using donor sperm but she couldn't find a Black donor. Bek Shackelford-Nwanganga/Kansas News Service hide caption

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This Black woman couldn't find a sperm donor who looks like her. It's a nationwide problem

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Black women hoping to conceive using donor sperm often have to choose a donor from a different race or put their fertility journey on hold because of a shortage of Black sperm donors. Researchers are trying to find out why.

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump, and attorney Danya Perry leave his apartment building on his way to Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on Thursday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump's New York criminal trial could head to jury deliberation as soon as next week

Once an ally of the former president, Cohen has now spent a third day of testifying against him. He alleges Trump knew about the deal with an adult film star to keep quiet about an alleged affair.

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