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Live from NPR news on Shea Stephens federal law enforcement agents are heading to Chicago and Albuquerque New Mexico to help fight local crime as NPR's Ryan Lucas reports. It's part of the justice department initiative called operation Legend, which was launched earlier this month in Kansas City federal agents to Chicago and around 35 to Albuquerque to work with local task forces to fight violent crime. Both cities have seen a significant jumping the agents will be drawn from the FBI the drug enforcement agency and other branches of federal law enforcement the efforts in Chicago in Albuquerque art and expansion of the Justice Department's operation legend that began in early July with a surge of some 200 federal agents to Kansas City attorney. General Barr says, this initiative is classic crime agency said we'll focus on solving murders and taking down violent gangs Ryan Lucas NPR News, Washington.

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On bills to ban presidents from pardoning themselves and intended to discourage pardons for family members and Friends final passage is unlikely Democrats say the measures were introduced in response to President Trump pardoning of Rodger Stone and other allies. He believes were mistreated by the justice system California now has more than 415,000 confirm coronavirus case more than any other state in the nation Governor Gavin Newsom says nearly 13,000 new infections were reported yesterday a record for a single day as sober reminder of why we are taking things as seriously as we are sober reminder of why we put in that mask mandate news here in the state of California and some says his state will spend another $315 to buy masks for essential workers through an existing contract with a Chinese manufacturer.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat the US will become more of a partner in efforts to contain Russia and Chinese influence in the Arctic region. It's all over guard from has more on pompeo's for March yesterday in Denmark Denmark includes Greenland and the Faroe Islands both in or near the Arctic Circle in recent years. Russia has increased its military presence there and China has stepped up economic investment last year President Trump made Waves by suggesting the US by Dreamland something the Danish foreign minister said was not on the table at today's meeting Pompeo. Meanwhile, thanks Denmark for helping to promote sovereignty and transparency in the Arctic countries that don't always play by those rules. If it all has to say they hope the Arctic and remain a low voltage region and not a

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Are superpowers, this is NPR.

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Mississippi civil rights activist James Charles Evers has died at the age of 97 and 1969 Everest became the first black candidate since reconstruction the winter Mayors Race in a multiracial County, Mississippi. He was the brother of civil rights leader Medgar Evers who was assassinated in 1963 by a member of the Ku Klux Klan civil rights leader CT Vivian will be laid to rest today in Atlanta. Vivian was Martin Luther King Jr's top Lieutenant is WABE Democrat reports. He became the first non elected black figure to lie in Repose in Georgia State Capitol building. It's fitting that Vivian was honored at the Capitol says state representative Calvin smyre because he paved the way for black lawmakers in Georgia people that the game of their lives and their livelihood and make it better for others in, Illinois.

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Martin Luther King jr. In the earliest days of what became the Civil Rights Movement Vivian helped coordinate the freedom rides and was famously beaten by an Alabama Sheriff while arguing black citizens be allowed to register to vote in Selma Vivian died Friday the same day as another Georgia civil rights icon. John Lewis for NPR news. I never hurt in Atlanta for graduation, California lawmakers are considering a more narrowly focused change that would overrule CAL States action. If approved is the first change to the University's general education curriculum in over forty years. This is NPR news.
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