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Kenya Poet: 'Dear Corona Virus. Don't Be Surprised If You Fail.'

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 07:00

Samuel Mang'era admits he is afraid of the virus, but he writes open letters to it without fear and with both sorrow and humor.

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Pandemic Delays Return Of Arctic Researchers

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 07:00

The COVID-19 crisis is throwing off the complex logistics of a year-long Arctic research expedition. A team of researchers set to rotate out may have to stay on board an ice-breaker for another six weeks.

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Facing Likely Defeat, Bernie Sanders' Campaign Found A New Cause

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 07:00

It looked like Sanders was about to drop out of the Democratic primary, until the coronovairus crisis gave his agenda a boost and turned his campaign into a relief drive. But what's next?

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An LA Native Drives Us Through His Hometown — Using Google Street View

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 07:00

Multidisciplinary artist Felix Quintana created honest portraits of South Central Los Angeles' people and urban landscape with the help of archived images.

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Census Field Operations Further Delayed Until April 15 By COVID-19 Pandemic

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 20:23

The Census Bureau says it's suspending for two more weeks the hiring of temporary workers and in-person visits in remote communities and areas recovering from natural disasters for the 2020 count.

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HHS Warns States Not To Put People With Disabilities At The Back Of The Line For Care

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 19:23

States are preparing guidelines for when there's not enough care to go around. Disability groups are worried that those standards will allow rationing that excludes people with disabilities.

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WHO Reviews "Available" Evidence On Coronavirus Transmission Through Air

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 17:19

A scientific brief from the World Health Organization says "current evidence" points to infectious respiratory droplets passed in "close contact" situations, but some say it's too soon to be sure

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Who Feeds Fiona? Cincinnati Zookeepers Make Sure There Are No Hungry Hippos

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 17:12

Fiona is a 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo, and she's a growing girl. Her keeper, Jenna Wingate, is grateful to be able to work during the coronavirus crisis: "It feels good to be needed," she says.

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Apple's New Tool Let's You Screen Yourself For COVID-19

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 16:10

A new COVID-19 website and app allow users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms and receive recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do next.

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Trump, Esper Wish Bon Voyage To Hospital Ship Bound For New York City

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 14:31

The president and defense secretary said the USNS Comfort would offer its roughly 1,000 hospital beds as surge capacity for non-coronavirus sufferers in the New York region, freeing up space on land.

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Trump Says He May Quarantine New York, Connecticut, New Jersey: 'It's A Hot Spot'

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:59

The president's comments Saturday came as news to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I don't even know what that means," Cuomo said at a briefing.

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Why It Takes So Long To Get Most COVID-19 Test Results

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 12:54

Even many symptomatic patients and exposed health workers who are able to get a COVID-19 test must wait nearly a week to get results. Others get results in hours. Here's why it varies so much.

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Former Sen. Tom Coburn, Fiscal Hawk And 'Dr. No,' Dies At 72

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 12:33

The Republican from Oklahoma died Saturday after a fight with prostate cancer. During his time in Congress, Coburn earned a reputation for fighting spending, no matter whom he crossed in the process.

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Small, Far-Flung Pacific Islands Are Combating COVID-19 Just Like The Rest Of Us

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:50

As many island nations attempt to keep the coronavirus out, they also risk getting cut off from the outside world their economies depend on.

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Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus Crest 600,000 Worldwide

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:49

The global pandemic hit the milestone overnight, taking a particularly heavy toll on Italy, Spain and the U.S. Its real extent is likely larger — yet still unknown as countries catch up with testing.

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$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Presents A Reckoning For Libertarians

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:00

In years to come, how will fiscal conservatives who voted for $2 trillion attack the cost of budget items that will now look like rounding error or "decimal dust?"

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One Way to Help Strapped Hospitals? Print PPE Using 3D Printers

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 09:00

As coronavirus cases soar globally and medical workers face a dearth of protective gear, citizens are stepping up in unique ways to combat the health crisis.

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Opinion: Remembering Some Of Those We've Already Lost To The Pandemic

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 08:17

We often think of fatality rates as statistics — numbers on a chart. But each one represents a real person. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on some of those who have been lost so far in the pandemic.

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A Reward Of Liquor For Coronavirus Heroes In China Does Not Bring Cheers

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:01

A token of appreciation for medical staff who worked in Wuhan when coronavirus was at its peak is getting an icy reception on social media.

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Life On The U.S.-Mexico Frontier Dramatically Altered By Partial Border Shutdown

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:00

The coronavirus outbreak led President Trump to close U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico last week. At the southern border, the closure is affecting life on both the U.S. and Mexico sides.

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