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Yes, Wearing Masks Helps. Here's Why

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 07:00

Politicians argue. Those opposed to mask mandates protest. But meanwhile, there's growing evidence showing that mask wearing is a critical tool in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

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Parents Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim Hope Protesters Will Hold Out For Real Change

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 07:00

Nelba Marquez-Greene and her husband, James Greene, are inspired by the marches for racial justice but fear they could fizzle out and become just another disappointment.

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PHOTOS: The Masks Of Congo Are Worn To Protect, To Protest — And To Strike A Pose

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 07:00

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, citizens are required by law to wear a mask in public. But the face coverings can have many meanings and materials — including banana leaves.

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Virtual Poor People's Campaign Puts Inequality At The Center

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 21:17

In more three hours of testimonies and calls to action, the online event endeavored to continue a campaign initially planned by Martin Luther King Jr. more than half a century ago.

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Trump Crowd Size Underwhelms, Campaign Blames Protesters

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 20:16

The Trump campaign promised a massive crowd inside and out in Oklahoma. It was a fairly large crowd inside, though not full, while events outside were canceled with no sizable overflow crowd apparent.

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NIH Halts Hydroxychloroquine Study; Says 'Unlikely' To Help COVID-19 Patients

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 16:52

The NIH said that while the anti-malarial drug did not cause harm to patients in the study, testing showed little evidence that it would benefit patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

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6 Trump Staffers Test Positive For COVID-19 Ahead Of Tulsa Rally

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 16:43

The event is moving ahead as scheduled. None of the staffers who tested positive for the virus or anyone who was in immediate contact with them will attend.

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Trump Expected To Suspend H-1B, Other Visas Until End Of Year

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 13:59

The new order, which could be signed as soon as Saturday, comes as the administration wrestles with how to protect unemployed American workers as well as kick-start the economic recovery.

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Judge Allows Bolton Memoir To Proceed, Despite Trump Administration Objection

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 11:22

The administration sought an injunction against the book's publication, saying it compromises national security. But after a federal court order Saturday, the tell-all remains on track for release.

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Beyoncé Releases New Song 'Black Parade' In The Final Hours Of Juneteenth

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 10:51

"Black Parade," a call to action and a salve for a wounded nation, is the latest example of Beyoncé using her pop domination to put Black pride front and center.

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Protesters Fell Confederate Monument In D.C., Provoking Trump's Fury

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 10:29

The statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike was long a unique sight in the nation's capital. But it met the same inglorious fate Friday as a host of other controversial monuments across the U.S.

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How I'm Teaching My Kids Not To Fear Everything During A Pandemic

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 07:01

A mother in South Africa reflects on raising children at a time of crisis — and how to teach them the value of human connection at a time of disconnectedness.

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Cities Brace For 'Collision Course' Of Summer Heat Waves And COVID-19

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 07:01

As cities weather the first blasts of excessive summer heat, officials weigh the benefits of opening cooling centers and spray parks against the risks of letting people gather in public spaces.

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As The Culture Wars Shift, President Trump Struggles To Adapt

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 07:00

Hot-button issues like immigration and family values have been part of American politics for decades. But as the country deals with multiple crises, attitudes are changing.

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Coronavirus Mystery: Are Kids Less Likely To Catch It Than Adults Are?

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 07:00

A new study offers some answers. But many questions remain, including what role children play in transmission.

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West Virginia, Born Out Of The Civil War, Grapples With Confederate Monuments

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 06:30

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia succeeded from Virginia to align with the Union during the Civil War. It rejected the Confederacy then, but the state hasn't taken down any Confederate statues in 2020.

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Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney Who Prosecuted Trump Allies, Says He Won't Quit

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 00:30

Attorney General Bill Barr announced that Berman is stepping down as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. But Berman says "I have no intention of resigning."

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Phoenix Passes Face Mask Mandate Amid Arizona Coronavirus Surge

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 19:35

The vote comes days after Gov. Doug Ducey granted local governments autonomy to set their own health and safety measures to fight rising COVID-19 cases. Arizona lifted stay-at-home rules last month.

Half Of States Where Pentagon Lifts Travel Ban Have Rising Coronavirus Infections

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 19:06

The Defense Department appears to be ignoring its own guidance by lifting travel restrictions for military personnel in 23 states with cases of COVID-19 on upward trajectory.

U.S. National Archives Unearths Original Juneteenth Order

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 18:39

"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free," states General Order No. 3.

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