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White House Rejects California Request For Nearly $350 Million In Wildfire Aid

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 14:04

A FEMA statement said the agency concluded that the "severity and magnitude" of the fires did not "exceed the combined capabilities" of state and local governments.

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How To Reduce Human Suffering: 3 Lessons From A Seminal Public Health Study

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 13:56

The authors of the "Global Burden of Disease" report track the toll from every conceivable cause of death or disability. This year they also share intriguing solutions that give cause for optimism.

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Remembering Baseball Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 13:50

The second baseman, who died Oct. 11, played 22 years in the majors, mostly with the Houston Astros and the Cincinnati Reds. He later became a commentator for ESPN. Originally broadcast in 1993.

Israel To Relax Its Second Nationwide Coronavirus Lockdown On Sunday

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 13:01

The number of infections dropped significantly during the lockdown. People will again be allowed to move without restriction. Jerusalem's three main holy sites will reopen to the general public.

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Be Ready By Election Day

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:14

Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a public statement Friday that the company won't have data showing that the vaccine is safe before the third week of November at the earliest.

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When Shoplifting Is A Felony: Retailers Back Harsher Penalties For Store Theft

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:47

A new report by the consumer-interest nonprofit Public Citizen calls out major retailers for donating to trade groups and campaigns supporting harsher shoplifting penalties in at least 18 states.

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Judge In George Floyd Case Allows Video Of Prior Arrest To Be Made Public

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 11:29

Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill rejected the prosecution's push to place a 48-hour seal on court filings. Video of Floyd's 2019 arrest was made public Thursday.

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How Bad Will Coronavirus Be This Winter? Model Projects 170,000 More U.S. Deaths

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:52

Cases are surging in many places around the country. As we head into winter here's what public health forecasters think we can expect.

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Needing The Support Of Catholic Women, Democrats Are Careful With Amy Coney Barrett

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 10:45

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have looked ways to challenge Barrett's conservative views without alienating her Catholic supporters.

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Shoppers Came Back To Department Stores In September, Lifting Retail Sales

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:45

U.S. retail spending grew 1.9% last month, delivering a slight boost of confidence to a recent spate of signs that the U.S. economic recovery has lost momentum from the pandemic's toll.

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Trump's And Biden's Plans For Education

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:09

Compare the presidential candidates' education policies, from college tuition to universal pre-K to "patriotic" curriculum.

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Trump's And Biden's Plans For The Environment

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:00

Here's how the environmental priorities of the Republican president and his Democratic challenger compare.

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Trump's And Biden's Plans For The Economy

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 08:00

How the economic priorities of the Republican president and his Democratic challenger compare.

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Trump And Republicans Raise $248 Million In September, Lagging Biden, Democrats

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 07:43

Democrats enter the presidential contest's homestretch with a big cash advantage.

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Pandemic Changemakers: How 7 Women Are Lifting Up Their Communities

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 07:04

Women often bear a heavier burden at times of crisis. But in this pandemic, they're also part of the solution. Read about inspiring women from China to Iceland to India.

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Facing Many Unknowns, States Rush To Plan Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:01

A vaccine will only work if a lot of people can get immunized. State health officials are working furiously to design outreach and distribution plans, with little clarity from the federal government.

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Feminists Weigh Their Wins And Losses After Nearly Four Years Of Trump

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:00

The latest round of women's marches is against the filling of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat. It's also an opportunity for activists to take stock as the stakes of the election loom.

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Experts Say Attack On Hunter Biden's Addiction Deepens Stigma For Millions

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 05:00

President Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. called Biden "a crackhead." Researchers say that kind of humiliation puts many Americans with addiction at risk. Most people never get help because of shame.

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City In China Tests 10 Million People After 13 COVID-19 Cases Are Found

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 04:23

Qingdao city officials say no new infections were identified. The extraordinary testing effort followed the appearance of a small cluster of COVID-19 cases centered in a city hospital.

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Former Defense Secretary Of Mexico Arrested In Los Angeles

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 02:16

A spokesperson for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos was detained on a DEA warrant at Los Angeles International Airport but declined to provide further details.

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