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Grieving From A Distance: Remembering A Dad Lost To COVID-19

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 07:01

Nothing prepares you for losing a beloved parent to illness. But when you can't be present at the bedside or the graveside, how do you let go and begin to grieve?

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COMIC: Looking For A 'Helper' In The Age Of Coronavirus

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 07:01

Mister Rogers said "look for the helpers" in times of crisis. Here's the story of Shah Dedar. He's 32, he's a Tom Hanks fan — and he works to protect the most vulnerable in crowded refugee camps.

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The Killer At Home: House Cats Have More Impact On Local Wildlife Than Wild Predators

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 07:00

They may look cute and fluffy, and they don't go far, but cats are deadly stalkers who rule concentrated areas of their neighborhoods.

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Zoos Look For Ways To Offset An Elephant-Sized Plunge In Revenues

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 05:01

With no paying visitors because of the coronavirus shutdown, zoos are struggling to cover the fixed costs of caring for their residents.

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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Travel, Relationships And Reopening Safely

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 20:50

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about travel, reopening safely and how to manage relationships during the pandemic.

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In Fine Print, HHS Seems To Have Banned Surprise Medical Bills During The Pandemic

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 20:25

Guidance regarding the CARES Act says health care providers who take emergency funds aren't allowed to "balance bill" coronavirus patients ― and every patient is a possible COVID-19 patient.

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Workers' Advocate Says South Dakota Pork Plant Delayed Action On Coronavirus

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 18:43

A Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls has become a hot spot of coronavirus cases. Workers think the company took too long to communicate and take action.

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West Virginia Aims To Test All Nursing Home Residents, Workers for COVID-19

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 18:23

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said there have been discrepancies in data from the homes, and wants even those already checked to be retested.

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Governors Divide By Party On Trump Plan To Reopen Businesses Shut By Coronavirus

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 17:43

Democratic governors say they want the federal government to play a stronger role in testing for infections, which they say is necessary to restore the economy. Republican governors are more bullish.

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COVID-19 Is Cutting Into Vital Money U.S. Migrant Workers Send Back Home

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 17:24

A remittances expert estimates the money sent back to Latin America and the Caribbean could decline by 7%.

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Popular Blog SB Nation Furloughs Writers With Few Sports to Cover During Coronavirus

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 16:59

Parent company Vox Media is furloughing 9% of its workforce, many of whom contribute to SB Nation. Staffers face an uncertain future after a three-month furlough.

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In Spain, Pandemic Restrictions Mean Children Aren't Allowed Outside Their Homes

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 16:45

Under Spain's state of emergency, kids aren't allowed outside their homes. Many have not been out since mid-March. Some local laws would loosen the restrictions, but need central government approval.

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Thousands Of Cars Line Up At One Texas Food Bank As Job Losses Hit Hard

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 16:32

A record 6,000 families preregistered for emergency food distribution at the San Antonio Food Bank, and when word got out on social media, another 4,000 cars showed up.

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Coronavirus Forces Organizers To Cancel San Diego Comic-Con

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 16:10

This is the first time in the event's 50-year history that it will not held. "Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action," a spokesperson said.

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Trump Bullish On Reopening Economy Despite Experts' Warnings

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 16:03

The president still hopes to see some states begin easing social distancing measures before May 1, but health care authorities warn of a long road to recovery for the United States.

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Coronavirus FAQs: Can Sunlight Kill The Virus? How Risky Is An Elevator Ride?

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:57

In this week's installment, we also look at how to handle that inevitable moment — you need a plumber or electrician or another repairperson to come to your home.

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Palestinians In The West Bank Improvise Checkpoints To Help Fight Coronavirus

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:39

In the shadow of Israeli watchtowers and settlements, Palestinians have set up improvised checkpoints to enforce a Palestinian Authority lockdown in areas where Palestinian police can't patrol.

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World Press Photo Winner Captures Poetic Moment At A Protest

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 15:28

Images of a young man reciting poetry at a protest in Sudan and an immersive 360 project from Hong Kong were among the winners of World Press Photo awards.

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After Texas Abortion Ban, Clinics In Neighboring States See Influx Of Patients

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 14:02

Planned Parenthood clinics in neighboring states are reporting a more than seven-fold increase in abortion patients since a ban in Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Pakistan Limits Worshippers At Mosques. Many Worshippers Are Defiant

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 13:54

Pakistani authorities have called for a maximum of 5 worshippers in a mosque. Many in the religious community disagree — and the issue will only become more heated as Ramadan approaches.

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