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President Biden, here in the Oval Office on March 30, has faced pressure to take action to help stem gun violence after recent mass shootings.
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President Biden on Thursday will announce an initial series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence. He'll also tap gun safety advocate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman served as an ATF agent for 25 years

During Day 8 of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the defense continued to build its argument that drug use and poor health led to George Floyd's death. Prosecutors contend that Floyd died of asphyxiation as Chauvin knelt on his neck. The defense has suggested that Floyd died from drug complications.

A recent NPR/Marist poll found that one in four Americans say they would refuse a COVID-19 vaccine outright if offered. Another 5% are "undecided" about whether they would get vaccinated. Some researchers are increasingly worried that this reticence will be enough to prevent the nation from reaching herd immunity.

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Clayton was ready to take her stardom to the next level, but these plans were put on hold after going through car accident that left her without both legs.
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When the Rolling Stones released "Gimme Shelter" in 1969, everyone recognized Mick Jagger. But at the time, no one knew that the haunting background vocals belonged to Merry Clayton, one of the most in-demand backup singers of her day. Now Clayton has releasing a new album, Beautiful Scars, seven years after surviving a car crash that took her legs and nearly took her life. Listen an interview with her or read it

Adulting can be hard. And unfortunately, there's no manual for it. Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, talks about her new book, which she says is a guide — not a checklist — to navigating grown-up life. Hear her tips or read a few.
 
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Pronouncing someone's name correctly isn't just about practicing common courtesy. A person's name is connected to their identity, and is an extension of who they are. Hear the discussion about the importance of getting names right.  
 
A woman's blood is collected for testing of coronavirus antibodies at a drive-through testing site in Hempstead, N.Y., to determine whether she may have some immunity to the virus.
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Vaccine passports — the idea of requiring proof of immunization against COVID-19 for travel or to access buildings or events — has become an increasingly controversial topic. But they're not a new concept for this country. NPR's Yuki Noguchi looks at their history, and what's different today.

Asian Americans have been coping with the rise in anti-Asian attacks over the past year in a range of ways. Some are going out less. Others are organizing community ambassador programs, or escorts for the elderly. But one small group of people in Southern California has had a different response: Taking up arms in self defense. Listen to the story

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Iranians across a broad spectrum of society are having a tough time right now, and many blame U.S. sanctions. Hospitals struggle to get medical supplies, imported goods are hard to come by, tourism has dried up — and forget about traveling abroad. These are just some of the many concerns Iranian photojournalist Marjan Yazdi heard from her subjects in this portrait series.

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