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There have been several high-profile stories recently involving African-Americans who have been killed — George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor — or caught up in racist incidents such as the

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is stepping aside temporarily as chairman of the Intelligence Committee amid a Justice Department investigation of his stock trades, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday.

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The White House released guidance on coronavirus testing on Monday, which reiterates the administration's work on testing and includes recommendations for states to further develop and implement their own testing plans.

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How are Americans who haven't gotten sick spending their time during the coronavirus when they're supposed to stay put? Well, we put that question to some of the folks participating in our Outbreak Diaries project. Here's what they told us.

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COVID-19 is keeping most of us inside, isolated from others, for days on end.

For kids (and parents!), school work can only extend so far into the day. Earlier, the NPR Arts team offered some of our favorite distractions when we are feeling worried. Now we have some heart-felt recommendations for how to enjoy the rest of the time you have in close-quarters with your family.

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President Trump said in a letter to U.S. governors on Thursday that his administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local governments to use when making decisions about "maintaining, increasing or relaxing social distancing and other mitigation measures" for the coronavirus epidemic.

Trump said officials are gathering testing data that will suggest guidelines categorizing counties as "high risk, medium risk or low risk" for the virus. The data will drive "the next phase" of the response, he said.

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The Senate is voting on a $2 trillion deal to help jump-start the U.S. economy, battered by the coronavirus pandemic. Watch the floor proceedings live.

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What helps you feel better when life is stressful and scary?

We asked members of the NPR Arts Desk, and their answers include a Norwegian knitting marathon, America's Next Top Model, British crime dramas and peanut soup.

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The challenges that COVID-19 poses for governments around the world are formidable. For Taiwan, there have been additional hurdles.

Experts say the island's response to the novel coronavirus has been remarkably effective so far, despite many serious challenges, starting with its close links to China, and may even hold lessons for others to follow.

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Watch Live: Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a press conference as he falls farther behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Watch his remarks live.

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