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An entrance to a dormitory for Foxconn workers. China's factories normally ramp up production right after the Lunar New Year, but few workers have returned so far this year.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:36

Some factories are beginning to reopen, but labor shortages continue. In a recent poll of U.S. companies by Shanghai's American Chamber of Commerce, 78% said they lack staff to resume full production.

Detective Chase McKeown and Officer Nicole McKeown drew their guns and closed in on a robbery suspect in a fried chicken restaurant in Louisville, Ky., Saturday night.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:07

"We just looked at each other: 'Is this what's going on? Let's go,' " Elizabethtown (Ky.) Detective Chase McKeown said, describing how he and his wife acted to stop a man with a gun.

Just five books have been named finalists for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize: <em>Patsy</em>, by Nicole Dennis-Benn; <em>Lost Children Archive</em>, by Valeria Luiselli; <em>Lot</em>, by Bryan Washington; <em>Opioid,</em> <em>Indiana</em>, by Brian Allen Carr; and <em>The Beekeeper of Aleppo</em>, by Christy Lefteri.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:02

The annual award, doled out in partnership with NPR, honors fiction that doesn't shy from grappling with thorny social issues. Just one of the five books remaining will win $35,000 come April.

A masked paramilitary policeman stands guard alone at a deserted Tiananmen Gate in Beijing following the coronavirus outbreak. China on Wednesday said it has revoked the press credentials of three U.S. reporters over a headline for an opinion column it deems racist and slanderous.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:02

The move comes a day after the U.S. State Department designated five Chinese state media outlets as foreign government missions, thus treating them as extensions of Beijing.

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 05:00

The pending federal rule changes could push a million kids off free or reduced-price school meals, at least temporarily.

Top: Keziah Therchik (left) and Angel Charles take a selfie before performing Yup'ik dancing in Toksook Bay. Left: Dora Nicholai (in pink) dances at a community center, where portraits of the community's elders hang on a wall. Right: Women show Yup'ik dance fans.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:12

Weeks before the 2020 census rolls out to the rest of the U.S., the head count has already wrapped up in Toksook Bay, a fishing village in southwest Alaska that's home to the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe.

Nashville General Hospital decided a few years ago that the payoff from suing poor patients over medical bills isn't worth the cost of litigation. But until very recently, the separate company that runs the emergency department for the public hospital and others around the U.S. was continuing to haul patients who couldn't pay into court.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:04

The firm that staffed the emergency room with doctors at Nashville General Hospital was taking more patients to court for unpaid medical bills than any other hospital or practice in the city.

Organizers of the Homeless Connect say the event outgrew its old space at the Salvation Army and had to be moved to the city's large downtown convention center.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:04

America's worsening homelessness crisis can feel like an intractable problem. But Spokane, Wash., may be having some early success trying some new tactics to help its most vulnerable.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event on Monday in Richmond, Calif. The independent senator identifies as a democratic socialist.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:01

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that socialism is unpopular with voters overall, even as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining in the Democratic primary.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters on Feb. 4, 2020, in Detroit.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:00

How Mike Bloomberg defends against expected attacks from his Democratic rivals could impact how well he does on Super Tuesday, where he is placing a big bet, analysts say.

Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg join these four candidates — Pete Buttigieg (left), Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — onstage Wednesday night.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 04:00

Three days before the Nevada caucuses, six candidates will face off in a debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid tips his hat during a November fundraiser for the Nevada Democratic Party in Las Vegas.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 01:24

The former Senate majority leader said Nevada's diverse population is more reflective of the Democratic electorate and after Iowa's troubles, his state has "a tremendously good case."

Deir Hassan, Syria, is shown in February 2019 (left) and February 2020.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 21:24

Fighting in northwest Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of people — many of them women and children — to seek shelter along the border.

Toronto videojournalist Andrew Collins noticed that the new plates are "totally unreadable from a distance at night." He tweeted this still from a dash camera video.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:27

Some people were already grumbling about the redesign, but drivers soon noticed a bigger problem: The new license plates can be hard to read at night.

HSBC says it will shed about 35,000 jobs over the next three years. The firm wants to shift more focus to Asian markets.
Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:56

The bank says it will shed nearly 15% of its workforce and $100 billion in investments as it refocuses on growth markets in Asia and reduces operations in Europe and the U.S.

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