Suzanne Nuyen

Crimes targeting Asian Americans have risen dramatically since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition that tracks incidents of violence and harassment against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S., reported nearly 3,800 instances of discrimination against Asians in the past year. The actual number could be much higher.

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A doctor carried out a murder-suicide at a pediatrician's office in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, police say, adding that the man had recently been turned down for a volunteer position at the facility.

Police say that Dr. Bharat Narumanchi took hostages at the Children's Medical Group and that while several people managed to escape or were let go, Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson was killed inside the office.

The U.S. government has executed Dustin Higgs, the last prisoner to be executed during the Trump administration, and the 13th in the span of six months.

The Supreme Court declined to stop the execution, although some justices dissented, noting that before the first of the 13, it had been 17 years since a federal execution had been carried out.

A South Korean court has ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a dozen South Korean women who were forced into sex slavery during World War II. The decision has renewed tensions between the two countries, with Japan immediately rejecting the ruling.

Peter Nygard, the former CEO of a Canada-based fashion line, has been arrested and charged with racketeering, sex trafficking and other crimes after authorities in Manitoba acted on a U.S. request for his extradition, federal prosecutors in New York said Tuesday.

David Prowse, the British weightlifting champion and man behind the Darth Vader mask, has died. He was 85.

On Sunday morning, the actor's management company shared on social media the news of his death "with great regret and heart-wrenching sadness for us and million of fans around the world."

Anthony Tata, a top Pentagon official, has tested positive for the coronavirus after a meeting with Lithuania's defense minister, the Pentagon said late Thursday.

Tata, 61, a retired Army brigadier general and staunch Trump loyalist, recently took on the duties of undersecretary of defense for policy following a post-election shakeup at the Pentagon that also saw Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ousted and replaced by Christopher Miller, who is serving as acting defense secretary.

The United States hit a record high number of confirmed daily coronavirus cases Friday, recording more than 83,000 new cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number surpasses the previous record of more than 77,000 cases in mid-July.

Donald Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien is the latest in the president's inner circle to test positive for the coronavirus, a campaign official confirmed to NPR.

Former President Barack Obama paid tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, calling on Republicans to delay filling the vacancy left by her death until after the 2020 presidential election.

Ginsburg died from cancer complications earlier on Friday. She was 87.

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