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White House Calls On States To Do More After Federal Eviction Ban Expires

Aug. 2
Alana Wise / NPR

Democratic allies have called on the Biden administration to extend the federal eviction moratorium, but the White House maintains that its hands are tied by a Supreme Court ruling.

Parklet outside of Nonna in Little Italy neighb...

San Diego Parklets Must Now Be In Compliance, Potential Fees Loom

Aug. 2
By Melissa Mae

Parklets helped San Diego restaurants during the pandemic by providing outdoor dining space. Now they must be brought up to code, which includes permits and removing permanent roofs.

Inside the overflow tents put back up outside t...

Surge Tents Return To Scripps Encinitas

Aug. 2
By Tania Thorne

A sight we thought we wouldn’t see again: Surge tents are back outside of Scripps Encinitas. How this is helping hospitals prepare for the worst.

12-year-old Pablo Cortez  received the Pfizer C...

Vaccinations Still Best Defense Against Contagious Delta Variant

Aug. 2
By Andrew Bracken, Jade Hindmon

Though 70 percent of eligible San Diego County residents are now fully vaccinated, the Delta variant continues to spread.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has resigned from t...

Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Former Cardinal Could Encourage Victims To Seek Help

Aug. 2
By Harrison Patiño , Maureen Cavanaugh

The impending civil sex abuse lawsuit of defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick could lead to more men speaking up about their past sexual trauma.

Guns seized by the police are displayed during ...

San Diego City Council Passes "Ghost Gun" Ordinance To Crack Down On Gun Violence

Aug. 2
By City News Service

The San Diego City Council Monday passed an ordinance intended to crack down on firearms without individual serial numbers — so called "ghost guns" — and work to combat their proliferation on the streets.

A doctor prepares to administer a vaccine injec...

US Hits 70% Vaccination Rate — A Month Late, Amid A Surge

Aug. 2
By Associated Press

The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot in the arms of 70% of American adults — a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant.

A pedestrian wearing a mask walks in front of a...

Mask Mandate Reinstated In San Francisco Bay Area Amid Surge

Aug. 2
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press

Health officials in San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties have announced that they are reinstating a mask mandate for all indoor settings as COVID-19 infections surge.

Some States Are Working To Prevent COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Aug. 2
Rachel Treisman / NPR

The vast majority of these laws apply only to state and local governments, meaning private schools and employers could still require people to get vaccinated.

A firefighter uses a drip torch to ignite veget...

Evacuations Lifted As Progress Made Against Fires In US West

Aug. 2
By Associated Press

Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation’s largest wildfire, while authorities canceled evacuation orders near a major blaze in Northern California and another in Hawaii.

Students Need To Be In Classrooms, With Masks, This Fall, Education Secretary Says

Aug. 2
Clare Lombardo / NPR

Students learn best in classrooms, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tells NPR — but "we have to make sure that we're following mitigation strategies."

Tease photo for House Speaker Pelosi And Democratic L...

House Speaker Pelosi And Democratic Leaders Call On Biden To Extend Eviction Ban

Aug. 1
The Associated Press / NPR

House Democratic leaders called the extension a "moral imperative" to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during a COVID-19 surge. Some 3.6 billion Americans are at risk of eviction.

Florida Reports A Record With More Than 21,000 COVID-19 Cases On Saturday

Aug. 1
Jonathan Franklin / NPR

Florida is quickly becoming the country's epicenter for COVID-19 as the state saw a 50% increase over the last week in new cases.

Tokyo's New COVID-19 Infections Hit A Record Again, Topping 4,000 For The First Time

July 31
Josie Fischels / NPR

Daily infections are nearly quadruple the numbers reported just a week ago. Japan's prime minister, who has denied the Olympics are to blame, has extended a state of emergency to the end of August.

There's Vaccine Drama In Arkansas, Where Rates Are Low And Everyone Has An Opinion

July 31
Pien Huang / NPR

The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. And this weekend, 80,000 doses will expire because of lack of demand. The campaign is on to get people to sign up.