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Texas Governor Hits 'Pause' On Further Reopening, Amid COVID-19 Surge

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:19

Gov. Greg Abbott said the temporary measure will help the state "corral the spread" of COVID-19 in Texas, which has seen a sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks.

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Thousands Of Child Soldiers Died In The Korean War. Survivors Want More Recognition

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:04

South Korea conscripted more than 30,000 soldiers between the ages of 14 to 17 for the war. An estimated 3,000 of them died. One survivor prays daily for their souls.

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'Bear Our Pain': The Plea For More Black Mental Health Workers

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:00

Unrest over social injustice spotlights the acute need for, and the high historical barriers to, mental health treatment for Black people facing layers of emotional pain.

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Disneyland Delays Reopening Past July 17

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:58

The Walt Disney Company says it is awaiting state guidance before welcoming visitors back to its California parks. The announcement came as the state said 7,149 new cases were reported on Tuesday.

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COVID-19 Infection Rate In Rio's Favelas Far Exceeds Official Count, A New Study Says

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 11:21

The number of people infected by the coronavirus in some of Brazil's poorest and most vulnerable neighborhoods could be 30 times higher than the officially registered count, according to researchers.

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Eiffel Tower Reopens In Paris, After A 3-Month Shutdown

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 10:16

It was the Paris landmark's longest closure since World War II. But it's still not fully open – for now, visitors will need to take the stairs.

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'Gone With The Wind' Returns To HBO Max With New Introduction

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 05:06

HBO Max temporarily removed the 1939 film from its streaming service in early June for its depiction of 'racial prejudices.' The film now includes an introduction addressing its controversial legacy.

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Both Chambers Of Congress Back For First Time During Pandemic Amid Questions On Tests

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 05:01

The House will return to Washington after its latest extended recess. The plans will overlap the Senate's session for the first time since the pandemic began as access to testing remains limited.

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On The COVID-19 Campaign Trail, Montana's Gov. Steve Bullock May Be Getting A Boost

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 05:01

He has been praised for his handling of the pandemic, which is becoming a key issue in his bid to unseat Republican Sen. Steve Daines. Montana now has the lowest coronavirus infection rate in the U.S.

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How Racial Unrest Is Motivating White Voters In One Key Michigan County

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 05:00

Kent County, where former President Gerald Ford grew up, has long been Republican turf. But it is also a suburban community that Democrats think they can win in November.

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Denver's Sweeps Of Homeless Camps Run Counter To COVID-19 Guidance

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 05:00

Cities continue to dismantle homeless encampments despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to hold off during the pandemic to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Journalists File Bias Complaint Against LA Times, As Editor Promises Change

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 04:22

On Wednesday LA Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine pledged greater diversity and sensitivity. Yet in court, LA Times journalists allege longstanding bias against Blacks, Hispanics and women.

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Alzheimer's Researchers Go Back To Basics To Find The Best Way Forward

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 03:01

After a decade of failure in treating Alzheimer's with drugs, the National Institutes of Health is funding a five-year effort in Seattle to learn more about how the disease starts in the brain.

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3 Children's Home Staffers Charged In Death Of 16-Year-Old

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 00:00

The former employees allegedly sat on Cornelius Fredericks' chest and legs for about 12 minutes. When he became unresponsive, employees at the home waited another 12 minutes to call for help.

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With COVID-19 Cases Rising, Some States Slow Their Reopening Plans

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 20:15

Governors in several southern and western states are delaying their timelines, citing increases in cases and hospitalizations.

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Survey: Women Are Rethinking Having Kids As They Face Pandemic Challenges

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:41

A survey from the Guttmacher Institute finds that roughly one-third of women say they plan to delay having children, or have fewer, even as they are experiencing difficulty obtaining contraception.

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Democrats Outline Modified Convention Amid Coronavirus Fears

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:27

Organizers say "programming would include both live broadcasts and curated content from Milwaukee and other satellite cities, locations and landmarks across the country."

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Boston Lawmakers Vote To Ban Use Of Facial Recognition Technology By The City

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:05

The city council also voted on Wednesday to prohibit any city official from obtaining such surveillance through third parties. Sponsors said the technology is inaccurate for people of color.

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Parts Of Myanmar Unaware Of COVID-19 Due To Internet Ban, Rights Advocates Say

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 17:11

Human Rights Watch says the restrictions, put in place last year on Rakhine and Chin states, are leaving some unaware of the pandemic. The restrictions are said to affect more than 1 million people.

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Three Men Indicted In Death Of Ahmaud Arbery, Shot While He Jogged In Georgia

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 16:47

Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son, along with William "Roddie" Bryan face nine counts including malice murder, felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

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