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Prairie strips in fields of corn or soybeans can protect the soil and allow wildlife to flourish. This strip was established in a field near Traer, Iowa, in 2015. Omar de Kok-Mercado, Iowa State University hide caption

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How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil

America's vast fields of corn and soybeans have displaced wildlife and polluted waterways. Farmers could help solve those problems, but often don't, in part because they rent that land.

How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil

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Prairie strips in fields of corn or soybeans can protect the soil and allow wildlife to flourish. This strip was established in a field near Traer, Iowa, in 2015. Omar de Kok-Mercado, Iowa State University hide caption

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Farmers Could Help Solve Environmental Problems — But Landowners Are Often An Obstacle

America's vast fields of corn and soybeans have displaced wildlife and polluted waterways. Farmers could help solve those problems, but often don't, in part because they rent that land.

How Absentee Landowners Keep Farmers From Protecting Water And Soil

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President Trump and his advisers, including Attorney General William Barr, walk through Lafayette Square on June 1 after it was cleared of protesters. Trump then posed for photos holding up a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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ACLU Demands Barr Name Special Prosecutor To Probe Lafayette Square Crackdown

The civil liberties group says Attorney General William Barr has a conflict of interest in heading any investigation of the crackdown outside the White House last month.

Activity manager Robert Speker worked with residents at England's Sydmar Lodge care home to re-create iconic album covers. Due to COVID-19, residents have been locked down in the facility for months. Screengrab by NPR/Robert Speker on Twitter hide caption

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At U.K. Care Home, Residents Brilliantly Re-Create Iconic Album Covers On Twitter

Robert Speker wanted to keep spirits up while visitors and outside entertainment were banned due to COVID-19. His ingenious idea: cast the residents as rock stars.

"We still face much uncertainty regarding the future path of the economy," JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said Tuesday in a statement accompanying the giant bank's financial results. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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'We Still Face Much Uncertainty': Pandemic Hammers Big Banks

The dramatic collapse of the U.S. economy is pummeling America's largest banks. Wells Fargo posts its first quarterly loss since 2008 and JPMorgan Chase sets aside billions to cover bad loans.

'We Still Face Much Uncertainty': Pandemic Hammers Big Banks

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Contact tracing for the coronavirus is the subject of colorful conspiracy theories. In fact, contact tracing is a straightforward process of notifying people if they've been exposed to someone who is sick. Hannah Norman/KHN hide caption

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Conspiracy Theories Aside, Here's What Contact Tracers Really Do

Kaiser Health News

Recently, the idea of contact tracing has triggered some colorful misinformation campaigns. It's actually a tried-and-true public health tool that can curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Arriving travelers walk by a COVID-19 travel advisory sign in the baggage claim area at New York City's LaGuardia Airport. New York state is requiring travelers from states on its quarantine list to show proof that they've completed a form with their contact information. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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New York To Require Contact Info From Air Travelers From Restricted States

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is deploying teams to check for proof that travelers getting off flights have completed forms before leaving airports across the state.

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Trump Again Casts Doubt On Fauci As COVID-19 Cases Surge

President Trump shares a tweet from game show host Chuck Woolery, who claimed the CDC is lying about the coronavirus pandemic to hurt the president in November's election.

Fourth-generation funeral home director Patrick Kearns (left) and his business partner and brother-in-law Paul Kearns-Stanley stand in front of their funeral home in North Richmond Hill, Queens. Fiona Kearns hide caption

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New York Funeral Director: Pandemic Has Been A Wave That 'Knocks You Over'

Fourth-generation funeral director Patrick Kearns and his brother-in-law Paul Kearns-Stanley are partners in a 120-year-old family funeral business. They describe their unrelenting work and worries.

New York Funeral Director: Pandemic Has Been A Wave That 'Knocks You Over'

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Pedestrians in Harvard Yard in 2019. Schools and businesses have gone to court to stop the Trump administration from barring online-only international students from entering or staying in the U.S. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Schools, Cities Push Back On Trump Visa Rules For International Students

The Trump administration says it will ban international students in the fall if their education is online-only. Colleges and businesses say that decision could devastate the economy.

California restaurants such as Fabian Nahui's Peruvian establishment in Los Angeles must close their indoor operations. Gov. Gavin Newsom reimposed the restrictions on indoor businesses, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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California Closes Indoor Businesses Statewide As COVID-19 Cases Surge

Restaurants, movie theaters and museums are among the businesses required to suspend their indoor operations statewide under Gov. Gavin Newsom's Monday announcement. Bars must close entirely.

A visitor wearing a protective mask walking past a statue of Mickey Mouse at the Disneyland Resort in Hong Kong on the day it initially reopened, June 18. The amusement park will close again on Wednesday. Lam Yik/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Hong Kong Disneyland Closes Due To Coronavirus

A city health official called the virus's spread in Hong Kong "a bit out of control," according to a report from Asia Times. Hong Kong has reported 1,469 cases of the coronavirus and seven deaths.

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Why Do Flying Snakes Wiggle In The Air?

Some flying snakes leap off branches, undulating through the air, onto another tree. But why do they wiggle? One researcher wanted to find out.

Why Do Flying Snakes Wiggle In The Air?

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With three months left in the government's fiscal year, the U.S. federal deficit is already nearly twice as large as the previous record, which was set in 2009 during the Great Recession. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Deficit Balloons: In June, U.S. Borrowed A Typical Year's Worth

The federal deficit is ballooning as the government tries to cushion the blow from the coronavirus pandemic. June's shortfall totals $864 billion — more than in an entire typical year.

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Migrant Mother Given A Choice: Leave Her Newborn In U.S. Or Return To Mexico Together

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As the Trump administration has effectively shut down the asylum system at the border during the pandemic, one mother was given the choice to go to Mexico with or without her newborn, a U.S. citizen.

Migrant Mother Given A Choice: Leave Her Newborn In U.S. Or Return To Mexico Together

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