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With Schools Closed, Kids With Disabilities Are More Vulnerable Than Ever

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:01

About 14% of U.S. public school students receive special education services. And as schools transition from the classroom to the computer, many of those students could get left behind.

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'It's Like Something's Right In Your Grasp': Hospitals Struggle To Test For Virus

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:57

Despite a statewide effort to procure and distribute coronavirus testing supplies to hospitals in New York, some facilities still don't have what they need to test patients quickly on-site.

State Officials Battle Over Abortion During Medical Supply Shortage

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:56

Republican officials in a growing number of states say abortion is a non-essential procedure that can be delayed; Democratic attorneys general are pushing back.

Stocks Are Sinking, But Orange Juice Futures Are Soaring

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:50

The Dow has been falling — a lot. But one corner of the markets has been a bright spot: orange juice futures. People looking to boost their vitamin C intake are lifting OJ sales.

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4 Dead Aboard Cruise Ship With COVID-19 Cases

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:39

More than 140 others are sick aboard a cruise ship holding off the coast of Panama. The cruise line Holland America wants to move the ill coronavirus patients to the United States.

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Gov. Cuomo Says Case Increase Starting To Slow In New York

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:35

The number of coronavirus cases in New York is doubling every four days — a marked decrease from early on in the outbreak, when it was doubling every two and a half days.

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In Kenya, Security Forces Attack Ferry Passengers Trying To Make Coronavirus Curfew

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:30

Dozens were injured in Mombasa as passengers surged toward the ferry and security forces dispersed them with teargas and force. The ferry was closing early and a huge crowd had built up at the dock.

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A Wedding In Jordan Leads To A Coronavirus Cluster And Closure Of A Major City

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:30

The Middle Eastern kingdom says 26 people tested positive for the virus after the large gathering, reportedly including a guest who flew in from Canada.

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Singapore, Coronavirus Model, Threatens Prison For Social Distancing Violators

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:05

The country, which has won praise for its handling of the pandemic, has adopted strict new measures that could mean months behind bars for folks who fail to stay more than three feet apart.

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A Leading Voice On Coronavirus Task Force, Deborah Birx Draws Praise And Criticism

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:02

This veteran of fighting HIV/AIDS around the world knows a thing or two about stopping epidemics. But are some of her assumptions too rosy?

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Sun Valley, Idaho: 'No One Should Come Here'

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:01

Some states in the rural West are still reporting very low numbers of COVID-19 cases. But there are pockets with high infection rates: wealthy resort towns with a lot of visitor traffic.

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'Essential' Status Means Jobs For Farmworkers, But Greater Virus Risk

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:50

Farmworkers are still working during the coronavirus epidemic. They're essential. But they're also at greater risk of infection.

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Pandemic Threatens Local Papers Even As Readers Devour Their Coverage

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:45

The coronavirus recession hit local newspapers almost immediately. Many have already instituted layoffs or suspended publishing. Some may never come back.

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Immigration System Slowdown Keeps Some Doctors From Coronavirus Front Lines

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:30

Coronavirus is disrupting the immigration system at nearly every level, as visa processing and other services slow at federal agencies. This affects immigrant doctors who have temporary work visas.

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Sweden Bans Groups Larger Than 50 In Its First Major Coronavirus Crackdown

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:10

The previous ban was for groups of 500. Unlike its neighbors, Sweden has kept schools, restaurants, bars and businesses open. Reports of massive after-ski parties have shocked other Scandinavians.

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Relief Package Includes Billions For Boeing And Airlines

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:19

Air travel has rapidly decreased, Congress has stepped up with assistance: more than $60 billion in aid for airlines as well as Boeing and some of its critical suppliers.

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Trump Blasts GOP Congressman Who May Delay Coronavirus Vote

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 11:50

But two of Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie's Republican allies, Reps. Chip Roy of Texas and Paul Gosar of Arizona, defended him against the attack.

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In Unprecedented Times, Governors Have Unprecedented Power

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:35

The coronavirus is forcing governors to ask how to balance public safety with the financial welfare of their states. We spent the day with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis as the pandemic tested his mettle.

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New Orleans Officials Point To Increasing Spread Of COVID-19 Cases

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:34

Officials fear that the growing number of COVID-19 cases could exceed the city's hospital capacity. As of noon Thursday, New Orleans had seen 11.8 deaths per 100,000 residents.

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Opioid Addiction Is 'A Disease Of Isolation,' So Pandemic Puts Recovery At Risk

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:05

People in recovery from opioid or alcohol addiction are weathering a new storm of depression, anxiety and isolation these days, as 12-step programs move online and detox centers close their doors.

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