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A dearth of hospital beds has been a worldwide problem throughout the pandemic, but California, with a population of 40 million, has a particularly acute shortage

At a time when students could be discouraged from continuing to study music, educators are finding innovative ways for them to play together safely

By anybody's estimation, Louisville's interim police chief inherited a mess. As the city clamors for police reform, it wonders if she can deliver. 

Quentin Blakley, an Atlanta firefighter based at the city’s international airport, comes into contact with a lot of people. That’s why he and his wife, Stacy, set up a “decontamination station” in their home garage as the pandemic took root in March.

“The days where it’s 13-plus hours at school, you’re just exhausted, hoping to make it to the car at night,” one teacher said. “We’re seeing an extreme level of teacher burnout.”

For two centuries the census count of all the residents of the country has been used to apportion seats in Congress. The case before the Supreme Court to change that goes to the heart of American democracy.

Although Joe Biden has said he will halt construction of the border wall, the Trump administration is rushing to finish as much of it as possible in its last weeks in power.

Gov. Gavin Newsom must appoint someone to fill the soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Nearly a month after Ms. Harris’ election, Mr. Newsom has not yet named a successor — and the pressure is mounting.


A Georgia prosecutor plans to bring the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man, before a grand jury

When she was in sixth grade, Sandra Parks wrote an award-winning essay about gun violence and crime in her hometown, Milwaukee. On Monday, she was fatally shot when someone outside fired a gun at her home and a stray bullet went into her bedroom.

U.S. health insurance premiums could increase as much as 40% next year if the coronavirus pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays, a new analysis warns

Protesters march up Seventh Avenue in New York City, following the grand jury decision in Ferguson.

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In the 5 years since Noah Pozner was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, death threats and online harassment have forced his parents to relocate 7 times. “I would love to go see my son’s grave and I don’t get to do that," his mom said.

The acting chief scientist was removed after he sent some new political appointees a message that asked them to acknowledge the NOAA’s scientific integrity policy, which prohibits manipulating research or presenting ideologically driven findings.

James Fields Jr., the white supremacist who murdered Heather Heyer in 2017 when he steered a car into a crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, was sentenced Friday to life in federal prison

“It’s inhuman to take a baby from its parents,” says the mother of a detained 1-year-old who has not seen his parents in days. Separating parents from children could become a regular policy under an administration proposal meant to deter border crossings.

Valentina Blackhorse of the Navajo Nation nurtured political aspirations while raising her one-year-old daughter. Then she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The next day she was dead. She was 28.