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Global COVID-19 Deaths Top 3 Million

April 17
Jeannette Muhammad / NPR

The largest number of deaths have come in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom. The global pandemic death toll reached 1 million in September 2020 and 2 million in January.

Prince Philip Is Memorialized In An Intimate Funeral Ceremony

April 17
Matthew S. Schwartz / NPR

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband to Queen Elizabeth II for 73 years, was celebrated on Saturday. Only 30 people were allowed in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. The queen sat alone.

What Can Wealthy Nations Do To Address Global Vaccine Inequity?

April 17
Mary Louise Kelly / NPR

In the U.S., more than 1 out of 5 residents is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. But elsewhere in the world, vaccination rates are much lower. Some poor nations have yet to receive a single dose.

Post Vaccine Happy Dance: Not Just Showing Off

April 17
Kamala Thiagarajan / NPR

People are using social media to proclaim joy at getting a jab. And that's not just boasting. Even in a world of vaccine inequity, these celebratory tweets and videos carry a vital message.

Can Biden Join FDR And LBJ In The Democratic Party's Pantheon?

April 17
Ron Elving / NPR

The sheer scale of the Biden agenda finds an analog in the early achievements of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. But which of those offers the better insight into what's happening now?

Here's What You Should Know About Biden's New Rules For Fetal Tissue Research

April 16
Sarah McCammon / NPR

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is reversing restrictions on the use of fetal tissue in medical research implemented under former President Trump.

All Federal Inmates To Be Offered Vaccine By Mid-May, BOP Director Says

April 16
Becky Sullivan / NPR

A third of people held in federal prisons have received the vaccine already. But federal inmates make up just 10% of people incarcerated in the U.S. For others, vaccine timing is uncertain.

Liberty University Sues Ex-President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Seeking Millions In Damages

April 16
Rachel Treisman / NPR

In the civil suit, Liberty University accuses its former president of breach of contract and fiduciary duty as well as statutory conspiracy. Falwell called it "full of lies and half truths."

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Raul Castro Confirms He's Resigning, Ending Long Era In Cuba

April 16
By Associated Press

Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution.

Big Union Loss At Amazon Warehouse Casts Shadow Over Labor Movement

April 16
Stephan Bisaha / NPR

The resounding vote against forming a union at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama is a blow to the labor movement. It has glimmers of hope but in the private sector unions are rare and mostly weak.

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