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A PG&E contractor works on utility poles along Highway 128 near Geyserville, Calif., on October 31, 2019. The utility is shutting off power for hundreds of thousands in an effort to not spark wildfires. Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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360,000 Customers Lose Power In California Amid Fire-Safety Shutoffs

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced a public safety power shutoff over the weekend as some of the strongest winds and driest conditions of this year's fire season sweep through the region.

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Basketball Star Sue Bird Says WNBA Players' Activism Is 'Nonnegotiable'

Even as the league weathered a busy, unpredictable season in the "wubble," the Seattle Storm superstar carried on her colleagues' commitment to social justice activism.

Basketball Star Sue Bird Says WNBA Players' Activism Is 'Nonnegotiable'

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The Philippines Has A Policy Against Home Births. It's Not Playing Well In A Pandemic

The "No Home Birth" policy was created to reduce maternal and newborn mortality rates. But critics say it makes giving birth expensive and complicated — especially during the coronavirus crisis.

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A Federal Coronavirus Vaccine Contract Released At Last, But Redactions Obscure Terms

Most of the federal contracts with companies involved in the crash program to make COVID-19 vaccines haven't been made public. The lack of disclosure raises questions about accountability.

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100 Million Ballots, But Experts Say 'Heaven And Earth' Being Moved For Election Mail

A record volume of election mail has moved through the U.S. Postal Service ahead of Election Day. And while there have been some delays, experts say voting by mail has gone relatively smoothly so far.

100 Million Ballots, But Experts Say 'Heaven And Earth' Being Moved For Election Mail

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Robocalls, Rumors And Emails: Last-Minute Election Disinformation Floods Voters

Dirty tricks and disinformation have been used to intimidate and mislead voters in the past. But they have been especially pervasive this year amid a chaotic and contentious election.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II On Playing Bobby Seale in 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'

The Emmy-award winning actor reflects on portraying the co-founder of the Black Panther Party in a new film written and directed by Aaron Sorkin about the landmark 1969 trial.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II On Playing Bobby Seale In 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7'

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On 'Wachito Rico,' Boy Pablo Yearns For His First Love

Nico Muñoz of Boy Pablo chats with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his debut album, Wachito Rico.

On 'Wachito Rico,' Boy Pablo Yearns For His First Love

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The latest pandemic dining twist: the outdoor bubble, seen here at a New York City restaurant. Sure, it's a way to stay warm as winter looms ... but does it reduce your risk of getting infected by COVID-19? Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Coronavirus FAQs: What's Up With Bubble Dining? Should You Hand Out Halloween Candy?

Answers to your COVID-19 questions about how to handle Halloween trick-or-treaters, whether it's safe to eat in a restaurant's outdoor bubble and if you can be infected through your ear canal.

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New Book Examines How The First Amendment Sits At The Forefront In An Election Year

Right now, we have "an entire government apparatus designed to foster falsehoods," says editor Ellis Cose, who has written a new book, The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America.

New Book Examines How The 1st Amendment Sits At The Forefront In An Election Year

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