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Azar Accuses WHO Of Failure That 'Cost Many Lives' In COVID-19 Pandemic

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 15:16

"There was a failure by this organization to obtain the information that the world needed, and that failure cost many lives," Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says.

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Barr Doesn't Expect Russia Probe To Lead To Criminal Investigation Of Obama Or Biden

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 15:06

The attorney general told reporters that U.S. Attorney John Durham's inquiry on "potential criminality is focused on others."

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Businesses Are Reopening, But Customers May Not Be Ready To Go Back

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 14:26

Governors around the country have begun slowly allowing stores, restaurants and malls to serve customers again. But it won't count for much if people are afraid to venture out again.

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Coronavirus Cases Surge in Texas Panhandle As State Continues To Reopen

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:38

Amarillo reported over 700 new cases on Saturday. Moore County, just north of Amarillo, has the highest per-capita number of cases in the state. One in every 39 people there have tested positive.

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Uber Cuts 3,000 More Jobs As Pandemic Squeezes Ride-Hailing

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:15

The company is slimming down to focus on rides and food delivery while cutting $1 billion in costs this year.

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New Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Shows Promise In Early, Limited Trial

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 12:46

Cambridge, Mass.-based Moderna, Inc., is reporting preliminary data suggesting its COVID-19 vaccine is safe, and appears to be triggering an immune response in test subjects.

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Russian Speakers Imitate Art In A Time Of Coronavirus Confinement On Facebook

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:55

An art project to shake the quarantine blues has become an online sensation, as pent-up Russian speakers from across the globe reenact classic artwork to pass the time amid the pandemic.

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Xi Defends China's COVID-19 Actions, Backs 'Impartial' Review Of Pandemic Response

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 11:07

President Xi Jinping did not specifically refer to any of President Trump's criticisms. But he said the pandemic has exposed "weaknesses and deficiencies" in the global health system.

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Fed's Powell Says Sharp Downturn Won't Last

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:48

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell warns it could be another year and a half before the U.S. recovers from the economic fallout of the pandemic. But he says this will not be another Great Depression.

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Changes In Opioid Supply Create New Risks As Stay-At-Home Rules Ease

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:28

The disruption in the illegal opioid trade had varying impacts around the country. As stay-at-home orders lift, that creates different risks of overdose that public health is trying to manage.

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Germans Protest Shutdown Even After Easing Of Coronavirus Restrictions

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:08

A mix of protesters, including citizens against restrictions, extremists and anti-vaccination groups, have taken to the streets in cities across Germany.

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'Rodham' Asks: Who Is Hillary Without Bill?

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 07:00

In Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel, Hillary Rodham dumps Bill Clinton and goes on to forge a life of her own, in law and then politics. It's an uncomfortable, moving, technically brilliant book.

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A Shaky Coalition Government Takes Office In Israel

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 06:04

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins a record fifth consecutive term, but in 18 months he switches places with rival Benny Gantz, per their coalition agreement. Gantz for now is defense minister.

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Trump Wants Fight With Obama — 'Careful What You Wish For'?

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 05:01

President Trump has alleged criminal activity by the Obama administration, while former President Barack Obama said Saturday that some "so-called grownups" are falling down on the job.

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'It Seemed Apocalyptic' 40 Years Ago When Mount St. Helens Erupted

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 05:01

Howard Berkes covered the 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens for NPR, and has returned to the volcano for multiple stories over the years. He recalls the massive blast and its aftermath.

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Congress Gave Colleges A $14-Billion Lifeline. Here's Where It's Going

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 05:00

Like so many sectors of the economy, higher education is taking a big hit from the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education has so far distributed more than $10 billion in relief funds to colleges.

Medicaid Clinics And Doctors Have Been Last In Line For COVID-19 Relief Funding

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 05:00

Congress authorized $100 billion to reimburse health care providers for losses linked to the pandemic, but much of that money has gone for Medicare patients, with low-income families left behind.

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Kevin Harvick Wins As NASCAR Returns Without Fans

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 20:26

NASCAR is the first major sport to return since the coronavirus shutdown. "We miss the fans," driver Kevin Harvick said as he emerged victorious from his car.

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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli Denied Release From Prison To Research Coronavirus Cure

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 16:19

Shkreli argued that his pharmaceuticals experience qualified him to help seek a treatment or cure. Probation officials called that claim "delusional self-aggrandizing behavior."

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Democrats Launch Probe Of Trump's Firing Of State Department Inspector General

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 14:50

Steve Linick is the fourth government watchdog President Trump has fired or sought to remove in the last six weeks.

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