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Georgia election administrators are still trying to understand all that the state's new voting law might do. Many officials are worried the law will make things more expensive and labor-intensive.

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Filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic was a 17-year-old student living in Sarajevo with her family when the Bosnian war began in April 1992. As clashes over Bosnia's referendum for independence first started, she says nobody imagined there could ever be a full war. "It started like [the] riots on Congress in January in [the] U.S. ...

Traveling is viable again, according to the CDC, for those with the blessed vaccine (and the bucks). But voyaging abroad remains a risky venture. Two local film festivals, both with exceptionally large footprints and coincidentally marking their 18th years, step up to satisfy the craving to be footloose.

International Ocean Film Festival
April 15–May 2
Online and drive-in at Fort Mason Center

Colton Underwood, the 26-year-old virgin from Season 23 of The Bachelor, came out on Good Morning America on Wednesday morning. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time,” Colton nervously told Robin Roberts, “and I’m gay.”

Oregon House Democrats are preparing to ramp up the intensity of an already punishing schedule, pausing many legislative committee hearings in coming days in order to pass bills as Republican lawmakers use delay tactics.

“Starting Thursday we’re canceling committees,” House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner, D-Portland, said Tuesday. “We’ll just do 8 to 10 hours of floor a day and just keep doing it.”

Starting Thursday at 8 a.m., San Francisco will allow the return of indoor live-audience events and performances, as well as private events like conferences and receptions.

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President Biden says he will withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 20 years without conditions, ending America's longest war.

Host Mary Louise Kelly speaks with former U.S. Army Col. Christopher Kolenda about President Biden's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by Sept. 11 of this year.

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kate Elder, vaccine policy adviser for Doctors Without Borders, about the shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in poor nations.

Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Ross King about his new book The Bookseller of Florence, inspired by the history of the "Street of Booksellers" found in Florence, Italy.

The CDC's independent vaccine advisory group is reviewing the safety of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The government recommended a pause in administering the vaccine during the review.

We take a look at the young life of Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old shot dead by Brooklyn Center police.

One in 4 Americans would refuse a coronavirus vaccine if offered, a recent NPR/Marist poll found. Another 5% are "undecided" about whether they would get the shot. And some researchers are growing worried that this reluctance will be enough to prevent the nation from reaching what's known as herd immunity.

Oregon lawmakers are considering changes to the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing law, created by the passage of Ballot Measure 11 in 1994. Senate Bill 401 would convert mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes — except for murder — to presumptive sentences. This means judges would have discretion over sentencing with some guidance written into the state law.

When the pandemic hit, many Americans turned to vitamins and supplements in hopes of boosting their immune systems.

Scientists also raced to study them. Vitamin D, perhaps more than any other, captured the attention of researchers.

Out of an “abundance of caution” the Food and Drug Administration has recommended a pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine in the U.S. after a very rare type of blood clot showed up in 6 women within about two weeks of receiving the vaccination.

The top U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday provided their assessment of worldwide threats affecting U.S. interests, focusing on cybersecurity and military concerns posed by Beijing and Moscow, but also the threat of both domestic and international terrorism.

It was the first such assessment formally presented at a hearing to Congress in two years due to tensions between former President Donald Trump and the nation's intelligence community.

Of all the disruptions unleashed by the Trump White House on how the federal government typically works, the saga of one small project, called the Open Technology Fund, stands out.

The fantastical tale incorporates the spiritual movement Falun Gong, former White House strategist Steve Bannon, the daughter of a late liberal congressman and a zealous appointee of former President Donald Trump.

In certain circles of San Francisco, a case of syphilis can be as common and casual as catching the flu, to the point where Billy Lemon can’t even remember how many times he’s had it.

“Three or four? Five times in my life?” he struggles to recall. “It does not seem like a big deal.”

At the time, about a decade ago, Lemon went on frequent methamphetamine binges, kicking his libido into overdrive and silencing the voice in his head that said condoms would be a wise choice at a raging sex party.

Ever since it opened late last year, downtown Oakland’s Shawarmaji has built up a faithful following with its crisp-edged, potently garlicky chicken and lamb—all cooked slowly on a traditional vertical shawarma spit. Now, chef-owner Mohammed Abutaha wants to share the love. Specifically, he wants to give other talented chefs the opportunity to tinker with his shawarma spit—a relative rarity in Bay Area kitchens. 

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause in the U.S. – because of reports of rare cases of potentially fatal blood clots in a small number of vaccinated women – could have global ramifications.

Even though the J&J vaccine so far has had very limited distribution outside of the United States, it's slated to provide more than a billion doses to the global fight against COVID.

J&J is authorized in, among other countries, Brazil, Canada, Peru, Chile and New Zealand (although none of those countries have received shipments yet).

John Day considers dropping police department

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The city of John Day in Grant County is deciding what to do with its police department.

Use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is paused while regulators investigate rare blood clots found in six women between the ages of 18 and 48, one of whom died. The pause has affected vaccination efforts for some Oregon health providers and county officials. Kim Toevs is the communicable disease director for Multnomah County.

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