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Postal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures

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| As a result of the new postmaster general's plans to shake up the agency, "mail is beginning to pile up in our offices," says Kimberly Karol, a postal clerk and union leader in Iowa.

'We Can't Stand It Anymore': Bolivian Protesters Demand Quick Elections

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"Many of us know the risk [voting] entails because of the pandemic," a protester says, "but we want to hold elections." The vote, postponed twice due to the virus, is now set to take place on Oct. 18.

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Las Vegas Casinos Are Open At 50% Capacity. What About Las Vegas Hospitals?

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Las Vegas is on shaky footing as it reopens with one of the nation's highest infection rates. An NPR analysis shows the city could run into trouble with hospital capacity if cases keep climbing.

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Navajo Nation Asks Trump To Commute Death Sentence Of Native Man Facing Execution

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The U.S. government plans to execute Lezmond Mitchell, who killed two people on a Navajo reservation. Tribal leaders, citing Navajo beliefs that life is sacred, don't want him to be executed.

'Not Enough Time': Census Workers Fear Rushing Count Could Botch Results

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Already hampered by the coronavirus, Census Bureau workers are now scrambling to visit households that haven't filled out a 2020 census form, trying to finish a count that's been cut short by a month.

Skepticism Greets Putin's Announcement Of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine

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It's the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, but it has not finished Phase III trials to assess safety and effectiveness in the general population.

Pandemic Or Not, Germans Still Prefer Cash

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"I'm not in the slightest bit concerned about using cash right now," one Berlin shopper says. "I just keep washing my hands. Simple." Cash makes up 75% of Germany's transactions.

Global Coronavirus Case Count Surpasses 20 Million

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According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 20 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus. The milestone comes almost exactly five months after the WHO declared it a pandemic.

California Gov. Says Trump Unemployment Executive Action Spells Disaster For Budget

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"There is no money sitting in the piggy bank of the previous CARES Act to be reprioritized or reconstituted" to pay the state's share, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday.