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The Justice Department has placed a high national security priority on its probe of the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, insisting that investigators must get access to data from two locked and encrypted iPhones that belonged to the alleged gunman, a Saudi aviation student.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

Encryption is going mainstream, and some tech companies "throw away the key" so they can't decrypt messages even when police get a warrant. The government says that's taking privacy too far.

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

The Democratic presidential primary has moved west for the Nevada caucuses. Follow NPR's live coverage.

Opponents of the proposed toll roads have been outspoken at public meetings like this one in Madison, Fla.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:00

To prepare for more development, lawmakers in Florida are commissioning new toll roads through rural areas. But some communities are pushing back. "We don't need this toll road," one resident says.

Local residents protest the plans to quarantine evacuees from coronavirus-hit China at a local hospital, in the settlement of Novi Sanzhary, Ukraine, on Thursday.
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 03:22

More than 200 new infections have been identified in a prison in eastern Shandong province. Meanwhile, in South Korea, dozens from the same religious sect have contracted the virus.

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:23

The crash spread out over nearly two-thirds of a mile. According to police, two people were killed and 29 were injured.

Daniel Wethli got a warm welcome from his mom and dad at the Pittsburgh airport last week after clearing two weeks of quarantine in Southern California. He was studying in Wuhan when the novel coronavirus shut the city down, but never showed any signs of infection.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:12

As evacuees who cleared a 14-day quarantine return home to their communities, a U.S. man talks of his experience in China and the transition home.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (right) receives the crown from the man who found it, Sirak Asfaw, during a ceremony Thursday in Addis Ababa. The 18th-century Ethiopian crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for the past 21 years.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:50

Officials say the 18th century artifact disappeared in 1993. Then it turned up at Sirak Asfaw's place in the Netherlands in 1998. Not knowing what to do, he stayed quiet about it ... for two decades.

When filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September, Forever 21 had stated that it planned to reorganize the business and would likely close up to 178 U.S. stores.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:39

Three companies have announced that they are acquiring the retailer aimed at teens and young people, and plan to continue to operate its U.S. and international stores.

Carl Goldman says he was excited to visit new places on the Diamond Princess cruise through Southeast Asia.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 13:14

Carl Goldman tested positive for the new coronavirus after leaving the ship and arriving in the U.S. He is recovering in an isolation unit of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Roger Stone, former adviser to President Trump, arrives at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse on Thursday in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Nydia.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 12:01

President Trump's political adviser was found guilty on all counts by a federal jury last year after he was charged with lying to Congress and obstructing its investigation.

Workers in Pyongyang produce masks for protection against the new coronavirus. Experts say North Korea's track record of fighting epidemics does not bode well for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:19

Pyongyang says it has mobilized to fight for its "national survival." Experts say North Korea's track record of fighting epidemics does not bode well for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

A man adjusts a boy's protective face mask on Thursday as they try to avoid contracting a new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea. The country is reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases, predominantly in its south.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:49

Many of the new cases are linked to a Christian sect in the city of Daegu. A woman who attended services there is listed as having more than 1,000 contacts.

During a visit last week to the California Museum in Sacramento, Les Ouchida holds a 1943 photo of himself (front row center) and his siblings taken at the internment camp in Jerome, Ark., that his family was moved to from their home near Sacramento in 1942.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:35

The bill's sponsor says he was "disturbed by the striking parallels" between the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and current U.S. immigration policy.

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:03

Distortion is familiar to most of us — a 'staticky noise,' a 'noisy static.' But in the right hands, its uses can bloom and its rigid contours soften.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell speaks during a news conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, last month.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:55

Richard Grenell, the vocal and frequently controversial U.S. envoy in Berlin, replaces another acting director. Grenell, a Trump loyalist, has no background in intelligence.


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