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Adding A Nylon Stocking Layer Could Boost Protection From Cloth Masks, Study Finds

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:34

Scientists who tested a variety of cloth face masks found that a nylon overlay significantly boosted how well they work. Researchers not involved in the study praised the finding.

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Why Belgium's Death Rate Is So High: It Counts Lots Of Suspected COVID-19 Cases

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 13:01

The European country of under 12 million people surged to the top of the chart as authorities tally not only fatalities that are confirmed as virus-related but also many suspected of being linked.

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Trump Instructs U.S. Navy To Fire On Iranian Boats If Harassed

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:25

Trump's tweet comes days after Iranian gunboats pulled to within yards of a U.S. military ship in the Gulf. There's a history of such confrontations, but Trump's announcement could raise tensions.

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South Korea Tries For Homerun With Spit-less, Fan-less Baseball Season

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:12

The Korean Baseball Organization will begin its new season on May 5, initially without fans. The KBO hopes this week's start of preseason games leads to a smooth opening of the regular season.

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In Japan, Mythical 'Amabie' Emerges From 19th Century Folklore To Fight COVID-19

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:09

The sea monster from folklore has emerged in art, food and fashion as a symbol of hope and pop culture mascot. Its first depiction was in 1846, telling people to draw it and "be free from disease."

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READ: What's In The Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 12:05

The biggest item in the $484 billion measure is $322 billion in additional funding for a small-business loan program.

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Another Pork Plant Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:31

Tyson Foods is halting work at a processing site in Waterloo, Iowa, because people have tested positive for the virus. Other plants also have closed, cutting U.S. pork production by about a quarter.

Minorities Often Work These Jobs. They Were Among First To Go In Coronavirus Layoffs

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:18

Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Americans have lost jobs at a faster clip than whites from the massive layoffs sweeping through the restaurant, hotel and home health industries.

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1st Known U.S. COVID-19 Death Was Weeks Earlier Than Previously Thought

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:04

The first U.S. COVID-19 death took place on Feb. 6, an autopsy shows. The person died at home in Santa Clara County, Calif., at a time when testing in the U.S. was tightly limited.

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Virginia's Lawmakers, Desperate To Meet, Hold Session In Wedding-Like Venues

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 09:58

To abide by social distancing for Wednesday's session, Virginia's House members gather outside under large white event tents while the Senate meets in a 11,000 sq. ft. space at a local museum.

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Even With COVID-19 Cases, Suing Cruise Lines Is 'Extraordinarily Difficult'

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 08:00

Cruise ships have stopped carrying passengers after a wave of coronavirus cases. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the cruise lines. But whether they'll be successful is another question.

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Suspects In Syrian Crimes Against Humanity Trial Will Face Accusers In German Court

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 08:00

In a first, Syrian witnesses and plaintiffs, some of whom survived torture in a Damascus prison, will see a former high-ranking Syrian official in court on charges of crimes against humanity.

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China Imposes Strict Measures In Northeast To Keep Out Coronavirus From Russia

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:13

Earlier this month, China — the original epicenter of the pandemic but which later saw daily new domestic cases fall to zero — has in recent weeks seen a wave of infections arriving from Russia.

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Small Business Rescue Earned Banks $10 Billion In Fees

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:07

Banks handling the federal government's loan program for small businesses made more than $10 billion in fees, while thousands of small businesses were shut out of the program.

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How Do You Do Contract Tracing? Poor Countries Have Plenty Of Advice

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:07

As parts of the U.S. aim to move out of lockdown, a key tool to contain coronavirus cases will be contact tracing. It's something health workers in low-income countries have lots of experience with.

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America Weighs Health Versus Economy, As Divide Grows On When To Reopen

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:01

President Trump seems to be itching for states to reopen — frankly, faster than his own administration's guidelines recommend.

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Biden And Trump Battle Over Who Is 'Weak On China'

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:01

Donald Trump accuses Joe Biden of being cozy with Chinese leaders. The Biden campaign says Trump is ineffective with China on the coronavirus, escalating a central showdown in the campaign.

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Earth Day At 50: Climate Activists Go Digital Amid Pandemic Shutdown

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:01

Climate change activists had planned three days of protests and other events for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. But with the coronavirus pandemic, they will be virtual.

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Is The U.S. Testing Enough For COVID-19? As Debate Rages On, Here's How To Know

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:01

Widespread testing is key to lifting social distancing and preventing more waves of COVID-19. But how do communities know if they're doing sufficient testing to stay on top of outbreaks?

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Coronavirus Response Shows How A National Crisis Can Again Transform Politics

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 05:01

Americans are looking for help from Washington, at a time when Democrats are pushing a stronger safety net and Republicans are debating small-government conservatism vs. big-government populism.

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