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Karla Chavez, of the social activist group Chiactivists, puts up a sign at a memorial for 8-year-old Melissa Ortega in Chicago on Jan, 24. Ortega was walking with her mother in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood on Jan. 22 when she was struck by stray bullets after an unknown offender shot multiple times in their direction. PAUL BEATY/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Gun violence is killing more children. The pandemic may be playing a role

Chicago was shaken by the shooting death of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega last Saturday. Nationally, the number of children shot has jumped during the pandemic.

Kristina Kvien is the U.S. charge d'affaires in Kyiv, the top American official on the ground in the Ukrainian capital. She estimates that there are more than 100,000 Russian troops at the border to Ukraine, and that number is growing. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Russia has just two options in front of it, says the top U.S. official in Ukraine

It Russia takes the path of aggression, it will face "extremely severe consequences immediately", says the U.S. charge d'affaires Kristina Kvien.

Russia has just two options in front of it, says the top U.S. official in Ukraine

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Heather Booth, pictured in 2009, when she was the Director of Americans for Financial Reform. A long-time progressive activist, in the 1960s she started an underground effort to help women get abortions, which were illegal at the time. Bill Clark/Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images hide caption

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Before Roe v. Wade, a secret group provided abortions. Two new films tell the story.

Before Roe v. Wade, Heather Booth started an underground network to help women obtain illegal abortions. Known as the "Jane Collective," it's the subject of two films at Sundance this year.

Jordan Humpreys seen riding his horse Winter at the Urban Saddles stables, in South Gate, Los Angeles. Ghuan Featherstone hide caption

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Bucking stereotypes, a Black cowboy leads the way in South Central LA

Ghuan Featherstone founded Urban Saddles stables in 2019 to create a safe space where kids could ride horses. At StoryCorps, he tells a young rider a lesson he hopes to impart: a respect for all life.

Bucking stereotypes, a Black cowboy leads the way in South Central LA

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A student washes her hands before entering a classroom at a school in Blantyre, Malawi, in March 2021. Top scientists say that many African countries, including Malawi, appear to have already arrived at a substantially less threatening stage of the coronavirus pandemic. Joseph Mizere/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Africa may have reached the pandemic's holy grail

New findings from Malawi suggest the country has entered something akin to the endemic stage of the pandemic — along with many other African nations.

Africa may have reached the pandemic's holy grail

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Exposure doesn't pay the bills. Here's how to get paid what you're worth

In creative industries it's commonplace, borderline expected early in your career, to have to offer time and labor for free or for deeply discounted rates in order to get work. Journalist Juleyka Lantigua-Williams shares tools for advocating for yourself and your paycheck.

'Exposure' doesn't pay the bills. Here's how to get paid what you're worth

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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, explains an executive order on schools as he he prepares to sign it Thursday at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Virginia's governor will set up a tip line for reporting 'divisive practices' in schools

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Gov. Glenn Youngkin says the email address will allow parents to report teachers or schools for "any instances where they feel that their fundamental rights are being violated, where their children are not being respected."

Veteran Chinese diplomat Qin Gang, China's ambassador to the U.S., speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep at Qin's official residence in Washington, D.C., Thursday. Shuran Huang/for NPR hide caption

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China's ambassador to the U.S. warns of 'military conflict' over Taiwan

In his first one-on-one interview since assuming his post in Washington, D.C., last July, Ambassador Qin Gang has an unusually blunt message for the U.S.

China's ambassador to the U.S. warns of 'military conflict' over Taiwan

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Alabama coal miners rally at a local ballpark in Brookwood, Alabama. They've been on strike against Warrior Met Coal since April 1. Stephan Bisaha/Gulf States Newsroom hide caption

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Unions have enthusiasm and a media spotlight. But membership numbers are as small as ever

Strikes and organizing efforts at high profile companies have generated new enthusiasm for organized labor. But numbers tell a different story. Union membership is tied for the lowest level on record.

Unions have enthusiasm, media spotlight. But membership numbers lag

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House sponsor Bryan Avila, R-Miami Springs, defended the measure as being geared toward ensuring people don't face hostility on the job or in school. News Service Of Florida hide caption

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A bill that would limit education on race, gender and sex gets support in the Florida House

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A proposal aimed at limiting how various race-related concepts are discussed in classrooms and workplace training sessions received initial backing Wednesday in the House, inching forward Gov. Ron DeSantis' push against critical race theory.

Kenneth Polite, the assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, speaks during a news conference at the department in October. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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His brother was killed in 2004. Now he fights violent crime as a top Justice official

Kenneth Polite, head of the Criminal Division since July, wants to take the most dangerous people off the streets and spend more on preventing violence.

His brother was killed in 2004. Now he fights violent crime as a top Justice official

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