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Trump's Freeze On H-1B Work Visas Disproportionately Affects Indians

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:14

Last year, Indians received 72% of H-1B visas. Thousands who'd planned to immigrate to the U.S. this year must scrap or delay their plans. But some suggest the freeze may work to India's advantage.

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NYC Could See 22,000 Public Employee Lay-offs Because Of COVID-19

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:53

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that without aid from Albany and Washington, as well as concessions from labor groups, every department would face unprecedented job cuts

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NYC Could See 22,000 Public Employee Layoffs Because Of COVID-19

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:53

Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that without aid from Albany and Washington, as well as concessions from labor groups, every department would face unprecedented job cuts

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Bayer To Pay More Than $10 Billion To Resolve Cancer Lawsuits Over Weedkiller Roundup

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:30

Roundup's active ingredient is glyphosate, which thousands of plaintiffs blame for causing them to develop cancer.

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Lachlan Morton Sets A Bicycling 'Everesting' Record

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 14:29

More and more bicyclists are breaking records of "Everesting": climbing the height equal to Mount Everest by riding a single hill, up and down, over and over again.

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A Call For Reparations: How America Might Narrow The Racial Wealth Gap

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:57

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says 250 years of slavery and 100 years of legalized segregation robbed Black Americans of the ability to accumulate wealth; cash payments would help repair the damage.

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New York City Marathon Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:36

The race, which is the world's largest marathon, has attracted more than 50,000 runners and thousands of volunteers. Spectators line the route, which goes through all five boroughs of the city.

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Where The Women Aren't: On Coronavirus Task Forces

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:20

The pandemic is reportedly taking a greater toll on women. Yet women are underrepresented in expert groups that decide how to control the coronavirus and where funds should go.

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Israel's Government Wants Spy Agency To Resume COVID-19 Tracing. Spy Chief Objects

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:17

As the country's coronavirus cases surge, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing for law reform to resume a surveillance program that the Supreme Court halted earlier this month.

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Taking A Trip To Visit Grandparents Or Older Relatives? Tips To Reduce The Risk

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:05

If you miss your mom and dad — or they miss their grandkids — how safe is a summer trip? Older people are more likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19, so consider these tips to reduce risk.

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24-Year-Old Easily Tops President Trump's Pick In N.C. Republican Primary

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:54

In an upset, Madison Cawthorn defeated President Trump's pick in a GOP primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat vacated by Trump's chief of staff.

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EU Could Bar U.S. Travelers Due To Ongoing Rise In COVID-19 Cases

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:23

Chief among the criteria for easing restrictions on foreign travelers: The epidemiological situation in their home countries "should be as good as or better than in the EU," a spokesperson tells NPR.

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Black Progressives Appear To Surge In Primaries, While Trump-Backed Candidates Lose

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:13

Voters went to the polls in primaries Tuesday from Kentucky to New York. Black Democrats appeared to have done well, including upending a 30-year House committee chairman.

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Unrest In Madison Overnight Leaves Statues Toppled, State Senator Injured

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:34

A Democratic State Senator was assaulted after snapping a photo of protests. The unrest was sparked by the arrest of a Black man after he brought a bat and bullhorn into a restaurant.

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WATCH LIVE: DOJ Whistleblowers Allege Political Interference In Big Cases

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 11:14

Attorneys are expected to tell House lawmakers on Wednesday that they perceived political influence in what is supposed to be the independent Department of Justice. A hearing starts at noon.

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Appeals Court Orders Lower Judge To Throw Out Michael Flynn Case

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:53

The judges ruled that a lower court must dismiss the prosecution following requests both from Flynn and the Justice Department, which dropped its charges.

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'The Computer Got It Wrong': How Facial Recognition Led To A False Arrest In Michigan

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 08:00

Robert Williams says his driver's license photo was incorrectly matched with a wanted suspect. He says he was arrested and detained. Though the case was dropped, Williams says its effect is lasting.

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All You Wanted To Know About Coronavirus Vaccine Science But Were Afraid To Ask

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 07:26

Some of the technology behind coronavirus vaccine development dates back to the first vaccines; other techniques are much newer. Here are eight top strategies scientists are pursuing.

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What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 07:01

The Y, and New York City's Department of Education, have been caring for tens of thousands of children during the pandemic. Neither has had reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks.

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Crews Begin Removal Of John C. Calhoun Statue In South Carolina

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 06:32

Crowds gathered as crews began to take down the statue of the former vice president early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the Charleston City Council unanimously voted for its removal.

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