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Demonstrators hold placards reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER," "Walter Wallace JR." and DEFUND PPD" as they gather in protest near the location where Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man, was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia. Police officers said he was armed with a knife. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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Policing Reform, Civilian Oversight And More: After Months Of Protest, Voters Decide

Months of protests over police brutality has brought some change, but major reform has so far eluded many communities.

Black Lives Matter protesters display wristbands reading "I VOTED". Activists warn Black and Latino voters are being flooded with disinformation intended to suppress turnout in the election's final days. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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Black And Latino Voters Flooded With Disinformation In Election's Final Days

Hoaxes and misleading posts aimed at depressing turnout have spread on social media. Experts say it outpaces 2016, when Black voters were the top target of Russian-backed disinformation.

Black And Latino Voters Flooded With Disinformation In Election's Final Days

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Moncef Slaoui, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive, speaks during the kickoff announcement for Operation Warp Speed in the White House Rose Garden on May 15. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Key Operation Warp Speed Adviser's Contract Emerges After Months Of Questions

Drug industry veteran Moncef Slaoui is a key figure in Operation Warp Speed's push to develop COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines. His employment terms raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

After Months Of Questions, A Key Operation Warp Speed Adviser's Contract Emerges

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A page from a report shared internally to HHS staffers shows the rising percentage of hospital ICUs that are at or above 80% capacity. It reflects data as of Oct. 27. HHS hide caption

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Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden

Where are hospitals reaching capacity? Which metro areas are running out of beds? NPR has learned that federal agencies collect and analyze this information in detail but don't share it with the public.

Internal Documents Reveal COVID-19 Hospitalization Data The Government Keeps Hidden

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A partially eclipsed super blue blood moon sets behind the Golden Gate Bridge on January 31, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The 'super blue blood moon' is a rare 'lunar trifecta' event and was the first such lunar event seen in North America since 1866. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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'Once In A Blue Moon' Is Happening Again This Halloween

Is the moon ever blue? And are they as rare as the phrase "once in a blue moon" implies? Here's everything you need to know.

'Once In A Blue Moon' Is Happening Again This Halloween

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"I think in a lot of ways, we survived that deployment in Iraq by sharing humor with each other," said former Army Spc. Garett Reppenhagen, seen at home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Courtesy of Garett Reppenhagen hide caption

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Pulling Off A Halloween Prank During A Deployment In Iraq

"We were doing an awful job in an awful time," veteran Garett Reppenhagen said in a StoryCorps conversation. "If I shed any joy to anybody on that base that day, then I think it was all worth it."

Pulling Off A Halloween Prank During A Deployment In Iraq

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Opinion: Kidney Transplant Chain Is A Touching Act of Kindness

A five-way kidney swap was a chain of selfless kindness that allowed several people to help their loved ones and others.

Opinion: Kidney Transplant Chain Is A Touching Act of Kindness

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Researchers have observed that the friendliest male bonobos, like this male resident of Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tend to be the most successful. Early humans may have had the same experience with their peers. Ley Uwera for NPR hide caption

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How Humans Domesticated Themselves

Duke anthropologist Brian Hare argues that humans evolved in a way that left us more cooperative and friendlier than our now extinct human cousins, like Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Blues singer Shemekia Copeland uses her new album, Uncivil War, to tell the story of the Clotilda — what's thought to be the last slave ship to smuggle African captives to American shores. Mike White/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Uncivil War,' Shemekia Copeland Sets Fire To A Relic Of American Slavery

The centerpiece of Copeland's latest album is a song born from the wreckage of the Clotilda — the last known slave ship to smuggle African captives to the United States.

On 'Uncivil War,' Shemekia Copeland Sets Fire To A Relic Of American Slavery

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Sarah Cooper: From Trump Impersonations To A Netflix Special

With 2020 progressing the way it has, comedian Sarah Cooper wants you to know that Everything's Fine in her new comedy special.

"Everything's Fine" With Sarah Cooper

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New Zealanders have voted to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill but voted down legalizing marijuana. The questions were put to the country in separate referendums held in conjunction with the general election that handed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a landslide victory for another term. Mark Baker/AP hide caption

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New Zealand Supports The Right To Die, But Rejects The Right To Get High

The country voted to allow assisted dying for the terminally ill but no to legalizing marijuana. Two separate referendums were held along with the general election won Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Kenneth Walker poses for a photo in August in Louisville, Ky. A Louisville police officer has countersued Walker for battery, assault, and intentional emotional distress. Amy Harris/Invision/AP hide caption

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Louisville Police Officer Files Lawsuit Against Boyfriend Of Breonna Taylor

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly says Kenneth Walker committed battery, assault and intentional emotional distress. Walker filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the police department last month.

Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Kyle Rittenhouse Is Extradited To Face Homicide Charges In Wisconsin

Lake County Judge Paul Novak denied the 17-year-old's request to stay in Illinois. The teen is charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wis., in August.

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