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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:00

Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Takes A Toll On ER Doctors' Health And Families

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:00

Some doctors are sending their children to live elsewhere and rearranging their personal lives as they fight the epidemic.

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Rev. Joseph Lowery, 'Dean' Of The Civil Rights Movement, Dies At 98

Sat, 03/28/2020 - 06:45

Lowery got his start as an activist organizing bus boycotts in 1950s Alabama. He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades and prayed at Barack Obama's first inauguration.

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Federal Judge Considers Release of Migrant Children In Custody As COVID-19 Spreads

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 22:45

A federal judge in California wants all minors who were apprehended crossing into the U.S. alone to be released in an orderly fashion. But she refrained from mandating their immediate release.

Players And MLB Agree To Terms In Case Coronavirus Cancels Entire Baseball Season

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:33

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating the season.

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FACT CHECK: N.Y Governor Slams Trump Ventilator Claim As 'Ignorant' And 'Uninformed'

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:42

The president said New York ignored ventilators sent by the federal government. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired back, saying the president's view was "incorrect and grossly uninformed."

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U.S. Tops 100,000 Coronavirus Cases, Testing Kits, Equipment Still In Short Supply

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:51

Data from Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the global spread of the disease, shows more than 1,500 people have died of the disease in the U.S. as of Friday evening.

What's In The $2 Trillion Bill For Health Care?

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:25

There is $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers, money for vaccine research and the national stockpile, but patients could still face high costs if they get sick.

Officials Debate Whether Gun Stores Are 'Essential' During Coronavirus Outbreak

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:52

Governors and mayors in some parts of the country are requiring them to close like many other businesses. Other officials are letting gun sales continue. Gun rights groups are on the defensive.

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Relief Package A Good Start, Say Advocates For The Poor. But More Help Is Needed.

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:46

The coronavirus relief package includes a number of provisions to help low-income Americans. But advocates for the poor say it's only a first step.

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Coronavirus FAQs: Does It Live On Clothes? Can My Dog Infect Me? Any Advice On Wipes?

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:31

Among the questions this week: Can you get COVID-19 more than once? What's the maximum surface area that can be treated with one disinfecting wipe?

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Governors Say They'll Force Out-Of-State Visitors To Quarantine

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:23

People fleeing COVID-19 hotspots will get a chilly reception and a forced quarantine in Florida and Rhode Island

D.C. Mayor Says Lack Of Stimulus Funds 'Infuriating' While Staffer Dies Of COVID-19

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:18

Mayor Muriel Bowser says a member of her Office of Legal Counsel died from coronavirus complications Friday. She also says she talked to the president about getting more coronavirus funding.

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Guess What's Flying Off Shelves Now: Hair Dye

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:13

Our roots are showing. And we've decided it's the perfect time to finally start baking our own bread. See a list of products that are selling the most.

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Head Of NYC Hospitals Says City Only Has Enough Ventilators To Last Through March

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:11

Dr. Mitchell Katz, who runs New York City's public hospitals, warned on Friday that the city will soon need "massive infusions" of ventilators and protective equipment.

Trump, Invoking Cold War Authority, Enjoins GM To Build Ventilators

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:38

The president said the automaker was taking too long to negotiate what he called an urgent contract under which it and health manufacturer Ventec would build the machines.

Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:22

Emptier grocery store shelves are helping to cultivate a growing interest in home gardening.

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North Korea Seen Expanding Rocket Launch Facility It Once Promised To Dismantle

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 16:21

Satellite imagery shared exclusively with NPR suggests that North Korea is moving ahead with plans to expand its capabilities.

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Pope Francis Delivers Special Prayer For End To Coronavirus Pandemic

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:45

The "Urbi et Orbi" blessing is normally delivered at Christmas and Easter. The delivered his homily against the dramatic backdrop of an empty St. Peter's Square, glistening in the rain.

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WATCH: Coronavirus Task Force To Hold Briefing After Trump Signs Aid Package

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:11

The president indicated there would be an announcement about deals to make more ventilators, masks and other equipment. The news conference is scheduled to begin shortly. Watch it live.

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