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Demonstrators call for a union and $15 minimum wage at a McDonald’s in Charleston, S.C. on Feb. 24, 2020. The U.S. Senate has voted to prohibit an increase in the federal minimum wage during the pandemic. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Senate Says No To $15 Minimum Wage For Now, But Democrats Vow To Push On

Former Rochester, N.Y., Police Chief La’Ron Singletary, pictured at a press conference in September, was terminated from the department later that month. He will be deposed by members of the Rochester City Council investigating the death of Daniel Prude in police custody in March. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden wants most K-8 schools to go back to in-person learning within his first 100 days, but teachers and administrators don’t agree on how to do that. Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Teachers Union Head: Examples Of Success And Trust Key To Reopening Schools

During the marathon Senate session on Thursday into Friday, Vice President Harris had to cast her first tiebreaking vote in the divided Senate. Senate TV via AP hide caption

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Election workers count Fulton County ballots at State Farm Arena on Nov. 4, 2020 in Atlanta. Falsehoods spread by former President Trump and his allies led to threats against election workers. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images hide caption

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Seed companies are seeing historic levels of demand this year from home gardeners and commercial farmers, and they’re having a hard time keeping up. Fedco Seeds hide caption

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Suppliers Field Growing Demand For Seeds From Pandemic Gardeners

Public transportation is one thing many millennials, and their younger counterparts in Gen Z, are trying to save. Sarah Gonzales for NPR hide caption

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One Thing Millennials Aren’t Killing? Public Transportation

The Valdivia siblings, from left to right: Eliseo Jr., Mauricio, Jessica and Jorge. Mauricio died of COVID-19 complications in April at age 52. Jorge Valdivia hide caption

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‘Life Is A Party. Enjoy It’: Remembering An Older Brother Lost To COVID-19

Tom Brady left the New England Patriots last year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, he’s headed to the Super Bowl with the new team and some Patriots fans feel a way about it. Stacy Revere/Getty Images hide caption

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Super Bowl LV: New England Patriots Fans Divided On Tears Or Cheers For Tom Brady

Across The South, COVID-19 Vaccine Sites Missing From Black And Hispanic Neighborhoods

Supporters cheer as former President Trump arrives to address a “Keep America Great” rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 20, 2020. After his loss, the county GOP faces a deep ideological divide. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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GOP Divide Not Just A D.C. Drama: Post-Trump Reckoning Splits Colorado County

A frame from a Rochester Police Department body-camera video shows a girl in handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser. Rochester Police-YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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A wildfire raced through Malden, Wash., on Labor Day, 2020. Residents had only a few minutes to evacuate and returned to a largely destroyed town. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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NFL official Sarah Thomas is set to become the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl. “When you start having more and more and more females, no one’s doing it for the recognition. They are doing it because they love it.” Scott Halleran/Getty Images hide caption

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Referee Sarah Thomas Will Make Super Bowl History – But She’s Part of a Trend

QAnon supporters attended a pro-Trump rally last month in Washington, D.C., on the same weekend that Congress finalized then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Why QAnon Survives After Trump

Sidney Powell, center, and Rudy Giuliani, left, are defendants in a new lawsuit filed by the electronic voting systems maker Smartmatic. The company is seeking more than $2.7 billion over what it says was a “disinformation” campaign about its role in the 2020 election. Image from Smartmatic lawsuit/Screengrab by NPR hide caption

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Election Tech Company Sues Fox News, Giuliani And Others For $2.7 Billion

OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. The global business consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to a $573 million settlement over its role in the opioid crisis. Toby Talbot/AP hide caption

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Consulting Giant McKinsey To Settle States’ Opioid Claims For $573 Million

Long lines and computer isues are making it more difficult for some people to get the vaccine. These Floridians hope to snag one of 800 doses available at a vaccine site in Fort Myers. Octavio Jones/Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden has promised that gender equity will be at the forefront of his administration’s policies. To help achieve that goal, he is creating a new Gender Policy Council within the White House. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Biden Administration Resurrects Office To Help Women ‘At The Breaking Point’

The Proud Boys, a white nationalist, chauvinist group, has engaged in several violent clashes, including the 2017 Charlottesville, Va., “Unite the Right” rally. Andrew Selsky/AP hide caption

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In this April 7, 1966 photo, grape strikers on a 300-mile march from Delano, Calif., approach their goal, the Capitol in Sacramento. Walter Zeboski/AP hide caption

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Biden Promises To Grapple With Environmental Racism

Andre Hill, fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police on Dec. 22, is memorialized on a shirt worn by his daughter, Karissa Hill. A former white officer was indicted Wednesday on murder charges. Andrew Welsh-Huggins/AP hide caption

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Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday for a new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse after he apparently violated terms of his bail. Antioch, Ill., Police Department/Chicago Tribune via AP hide caption

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The town attorney of Palm Beach, Fla., John Randolph, says former President Donald Trump can legally reside at the Mar-a-Lago Club full time. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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