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Death Threats, Even In Writing, Can Be Grounds For Asylum, Appeals Court Says
The court overturned a Justice Department decision denying the asylum of a former Colombia police officer who received multiple death threats from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Government Model Suggests U.S. COVID-19 Cases Could Be Approaching 100 Million
Government scientists estimate that the true number of coronavirus infections is eight times the reported number of 12.5 million, meaning "most of the country remains at risk," the team reports.
US & World
Loujain Al-Hathloul: Saudi Arabia Transfers Activist's Trial To Terrorism Court
The activist's sister tells NPR her parents "saw a very weak, tired, exhausted Loujain" at her court appearance: "They said that her body was shaking, that she could barely hold the papers."
Biden's Next Climate Chief Will Tackle 'Existential Threat' At Home
Biden says he'll name someone to coordinate domestic climate policies across the government. Together with climate envoy John Kerry, it will give climate a higher profile than in past administrations.
Environment & Science
Army Corps of Engineers Denies Permit To Controversial Alaska Gold Mine
Fishermen and tribes have been fighting the mine proposal for a decade, fearing it would harm the wild sockeye salmon at the heart of the area's economy and culture.
Crime & Justice
U.S. Agrees To Pause Deportations For Women Alleging Abuse At ICE Facility
Dozens of immigrant women have said they received unwanted gynecological procedures at Irwin County Detention Center. Yet even as authorities investigate, the accusers have been in danger of removal.
Arts & Entertainment
Oxford's Defining Words Of 2020: 'Blursday,' 'Systemic Racism' And Yes, 'Pandemic'
Too much happened in 2020 for Oxford Languages to choose a single word of the year. So they opted for dozens.
The Legacy Of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
DeVos will be remembered as a loyal lieutenant to President Trump, a hero to school choice advocates and a villain to defrauded student loan borrowers.
Oscar The Grouch And Grover Give Us Some Tips For Staying Home
Oscar the Grouch loves his trash, but he loves it more when everyone stays far away from him.
Business & Economy
LA Homebuyers Turn To 'Tenancy In Common,' With Tradeoffs
TIC buyers must be willing to co-own property with strangers. And rent-controlled tenants may have been forced out of the buildings they're moving into.