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San Diego County Unemployment Decreases Slightly To 6.6% in August

Sept. 17
By City News Service

The unemployment rate in San Diego County decreased to 6.6% from a revised 6.9% in July, well below the year-ago estimate of 10.8%.

Here's Why The Arc De Triomphe Was Just Wrapped In Fabric

Sept. 17
Bill Chappell / NPR

It is "a sensual, popular and monumental gesture," says Carine Rolland, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of culture. The artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude came up with the idea before they died.

9 Lions And Tigers At The National Zoo Are Being Treated For COVID

Sept. 17
Sharon Pruitt-Young / NPR

Zookeepers noticed something was amiss when the animals began eating less and were seen coughing and sneezing. Visitors are not at risk because the public doesn't have access to the enclosures.

Italy Is Making COVID-19 Health Passes Mandatory For All Workers

Sept. 17
Jonathan Franklin / NPR

The "green pass" will show whether a person has been vaccinated, recently recovered from COVID, or tested negative for the virus. Workers failing to present a pass will be suspended without pay.

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EXPLAINER: Fighting Fire With Fire To Protect Sequoia Trees

Sept. 17
By Associated Press

With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters Thursday fought fire with fire.

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Chabad Of Poway Shooter Pleads Guilty To All 113 Federal Charges

Sept. 17
By City News Service

The young man charged with carrying out a hate- motivated shooting at the Chabad of Poway that killed one woman and injured three other people has pleaded guilty to all 113 federal charges filed against him.

He Was An Interpreter For U.S. Forces In Afghanistan And Now He's Driving For Uber

Sept. 17
Andrea Hsu / NPR

Many Afghans who worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan end up doing gig work or other low-wage jobs in America, even when they come with language and professional skills.

PHOTOS: They Could Put Food On The Table — Until The Pandemic Struck

Sept. 17
NPR SPECIAL REPORT / NPR

A single mom with HIV. A grandmother who thought she had enough money to get by. A lawyer who lost her job. They're among the millions around the world pushed into food insecurity by the pandemic.

Children And Teens Gained Weight At An Alarming Rate During The Pandemic, The CDC Says

Sept. 17
Scott Neuman / NPR

A new CDC study found that the percentage of obese children and teens increased to 22%, compared to 19% before the pandemic. It also found that expected annual weight gain ranged from 5 to 15 pounds.

A Chaotic Showdown With A Crossbow-Wielding Man Leaves 2 People Dead

Sept. 17
Bill Chappell / NPR

Police were initially called to an apartment building in the Dutch city of Almelo for a reported stabbing incident Friday morning. There, they confronted a man standing with a crossbow on his balcony.

More Than 600,000 White Flags On The National Mall Honor Lives Lost To COVID

Sept. 17
Jonathan Franklin / NPR

The art installation, called In America: Remember, will be on display at the National Mall for more than two weeks. It honors the more than 660,000 lives lost to COVID-19 in the United States.

In Texas, Officials Are Reporting A Surge Of Migrants At The Southern Border This Week

Sept. 17
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR

Texas officials call it a "historic surge." Thousands of new arrivals, largely from Haiti, are straining an already overstretched system, and more are on the way.

European Official: We Have A 'Moral Duty' To Help Afghan Refugees

Sept. 17
Scott Saloway / NPR

Officials from the European Union are discussing how to help the growing number of Afghan refugees seeking refuge on the continent.

Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe

Sept. 17
Vanessa Romo / NPR

Opinions around the word Hispanic versus Latino or the newer Latinx are rooted in personal experiences. Here's a look at how more than 62 million people in the U.S. fall under the Hispanic umbrella.

A Single Fire Killed Thousands Of Sequoias. Scientists Are Racing To Save The Rest

Sept. 17
Lauren Sommer / NPR

The world's largest trees are adapted to wildfires. But with fires getting more extreme, scientists warn that giant sequoias are running out of time.

Grossmont College Professor and artist Veracruz...

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated Through Puente Program

Sept. 16
By M.G. Perez

Grossmont College offers Puente Program to support Latino students through graduation.

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Number Of COVID-19 Deaths In San Diego County Nears 4,000

Sept. 16
By City News Service

San Diego County public health officials reported 530 new COVID-19 infections and 11 deaths Thursday, saying it remains a "pandemic of the unvaccinated," as the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths have occurred amongst the less-than-fully vaccinated population.

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SEC Reaches Settlements With Sweetwater Union High School District, Ex-CFO

Sept. 16
By City News Service

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that it has entered into a settlement agreement with the Sweetwater Union High School District and its former Chief Financial Officer.

Hundreds Of Dead Migratory Birds In New York City Prompt Calls For Dimming Lights

Sept. 16
Becky Sullivan / NPR

After a volunteer collected more than 200 dead migratory birds from the sidewalks around the World Trade Center, bird groups in the city called on the complex to dim unnecessary lights at night.