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A new federal lawsuit alleges that Uber's "star rating" system discriminates against drivers of color and drivers with accents. According to the suit, Uber terminates drivers whose ratings get too low. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Uber Fires Drivers Based On 'Racially Biased' Star Rating System, Lawsuit Claims

The suit claims Uber's rating system, which is based on passenger reviews, discriminates against drivers who are not white or who have accents. Uber says the claim is untrue.

A statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson stands behind cannons at the entrance to the barracks at Virginia Military Institute in this July photo. Superintendent J.H. Binford Peay III resigned on Monday amid allegations that the school's culture was hostile to Black cadets. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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VMI Superintendent Steps Down Amid Allegations Of 'Structural Racism'

J.H. Binford Peay III resigned on Monday amid allegations that the school's culture was hostile to Black cadets. The state is now investigating "structural racism" at the Virginia Military Institute.

Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican court — one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy and the other charged with aiding and abetting the abuse, which allegedly took place at the St. Piux X youth seminary. The seminary's residents are known as the "pope's altar boys" and serve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Vatican Court Hears Unprecedented Sexual Abuse Criminal Trial

A 28-year-old priest is charged with sexually abusing an altar boy over a five-year period in a Vatican City youth seminary. Another priest, the former rector, is charged with covering up the abuse.

Vatican Court Hears Unprecedented Sexual Abuse Criminal Trial

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How Police, National Guard And The Military Are Preparing For Election Day Tensions

Uniformed police are generally not allowed around polling places, and the Pentagon doesn't want to get involved. Still, they're getting ready if things get out of control.

How Police, National Guard And Military Are Preparing For Election Day Tensions

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In a near-party-line vote Sunday, Senate Republicans advanced President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, seen here on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. A final confirmation vote is set for Monday evening. Sarah Silbiger/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Republicans Poised To Confirm Barrett To Supreme Court

The 51-48 cloture vote sets the stage for a final confirmation vote Monday evening — just over a week before the general election.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson's new book is called The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food. "Dressing has always been part of an African identity, but also a sad journey in American history," Samuelsson says. "As Black men, we had to dress up. ... If we didn't look in a certain way ... police officers [could] round us up — and it still happens." Angie Mosier/Little, Brown hide caption

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Marcus Samuelsson: Erasing Black Culinary History Ignores 'The Soul Of American Food'

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"We've been programmed to say great stuff comes from Europe and not from Africa," Samuelsson says. The chef's new book, The Rise, is a celebration of Black excellence in the culinary world.

Marcus Samuelsson: Erasing Black Culinary History Ignores 'The Soul Of American Food'

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In the first episode of Amplify With Lara Downes, the pianist (left) speaks with singer-songwriter, banjo player and MacArthur "genius" Rhiannon Giddens. Areon Mobasher/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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In Lara Downes' New Series, Black Musicians Rise To A Pivotal Moment

The pianist joins Ari Shapiro to discuss Amplify With Lara Downes, a video series on Black musicians who have experienced renewed creativity regarding racial injustice.

In Lara Downes' New Series, Black Musicians Rise To A Pivotal Moment

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Cars line up at a COVID-19 testing site at the University of Texas at El Paso on Friday. The city has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks, and a curfew is now in effect. Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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El Paso, Texas, Judge Issues 2-Week Curfew To Stem Surge Of COVID-19 Cases

The judge said he was "left with no choice" but to impose a countywide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. He noted El Paso County has seen a 160% increase in its positivity rate in the last three weeks.

The Tampa International Airport has started COVID-19 testing for passengers with a boarding pass or proof of a reservation for a flight in the near future. Danny Valentine/Hillsborough County Aviation Authority hide caption

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Can Preflight Coronavirus Testing Get Travelers Back On Planes?

In hopes of jumpstarting a business decimated by the pandemic, airlines and airports are offering pre-flight, on-the-spot testing for COVID-19, with some test results back in 15 minutes.

Can Preflight Coronavirus Testing Get Travelers Back On Planes?

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In Fort Collins, Colorado State University has been running a robust wastewater testing program since the start of the fall semester. Researchers regularly collect samples from 17 sites across campus, including the Westfall Hall dormitory. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus

Wastewater offers an ideal testing opportunity for colleges: People often poop where they live; colleges know who lives in each dorm; and testing wastewater is a cheaper way to monitor virus spread.

Colleges Turn To Wastewater Testing In An Effort To Flush Out The Coronavirus

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Nathan Jackson Brown talks about about his experience working with musician Zoe Bookbinder while incarcerated at New Folsom Prison. Nathan Jackson Brown/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Prison Music Project: Songs from Inside New Folsom Prison

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Producer Ani DiFranco, songwriter Zoe Bookbinder and formerly incarcerated writer Nathan Jackson Brown talk about bringing the stories from inside New Folsom Prison to the world.

The Prison Music Project On World Cafe

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President Trump has paid far more attention to Catholics this year than he did in 2016. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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For Trump, Conservative Catholics Are The New Evangelicals

The president's campaign now realizes it was not white evangelicals who got Trump elected in 2016 but conservative Catholics.

For Trump, Conservative Catholics Are The New Evangelicals

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally at Dallas High School in Dallas, Pa., on Saturday. Pennsylvania is a crucial state, with both Biden and President Trump having visited in recent days. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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5 Things To Watch In The Final Week Of The 2020 Presidential Campaign

The home stretch of a presidential campaign is anxiety-producing. But there are some clues for how the race might be going, from where the candidates travel to early vote totals.

Love Goes, out Oct. 30, is the third studio album by Sam Smith. Alasdair McLellan hide caption

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Sam Smith On 'Love Goes' And Forgiving Yourself

The Grammy winner says their third studio album, out Oct. 30, grew from learning to accept the parts of heartbreak that stay with you even after you've moved on.

Sam Smith On 'Love Goes' And Forgiving Yourself

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