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Interior Dept.'s Push To Limit Public Records Requests Draws Criticism

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| Public records requests to the office of the Secretary of the Interior have increased by over 200 percent since 2016. Critics say that proposed rule changes to limit those requests will hamper access.

Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration For U.N. Ambassador


The State Department spokesperson says "it is in the best interest of my family to withdraw." In the two months since her nomination was announced, Nauert's credentials have been questioned.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Cuts Payouts By As Much As 70 Percent


The fund is reducing awards as it faces a surge in claims before the fund's 2020 expiration date.

Supreme Court To Decide If 2020 Census Includes Citizenship Question


The high court agreed to a speedy review of a lower court's ruling that stopped Trump administration plans to use the census to ask whether every person living in the country is a U.S. citizen.

Venezuela's Health Crisis Spills Over To Neighboring Countries


Refugees are fleeing to try and get health care. And disease outbreaks across Latin America are being linked back to Venezuela.

ICE Halts Force-Feeding Of Detained Hunger Strikers In Texas


Immigration and Customs Enforcement has come under pressure to explain why it was force-feeding detained asylum-seekers protesting their detention. Nine of the 12 hunger strikers are from India.

Emergency Declaration For Border Wall Could Tap Military Funds


A 1982 law empowers the secretary of defense to redirect military construction funds during a presidentially declared national emergency.

The Heartbreaking Plight Of Zimbabwe's Doctors


Inflation in Zimbabwe is sky-high — marked by long lines for fuel and ill-equipped hospitals. NPR talks with two doctors who say they don't have the supplies to keep patients, and themselves, safe.

Texas Man With 3D-Printed Gun And 'Hit List' Of Lawmakers Sentenced To 8 Years


The man printed the gun after a background check stopped him from purchasing a firearm legally. His sentencing comes as lawmakers around the country are trying to expand background check requirements.