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Missouri's Long Fight Over Voting Rules Is Now Part Of A Larger National Battle

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 05:00

The state's Republican-led House approved a bill that would impose strict photo ID and other requirements on voting. The measure reflects a deep partisan divide over access to the polls.

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Threat Of Volcanic Eruption Forces Residents To Flee St. Vincent

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:58

Saint Vincent's National Emergency Management Organization raised the island's alert to red on Thursday, after days of increased seismic activity at the La Soufriere volcano.

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Man Indicted For Attacking Officer With Skateboard During U.S. Capitol Riot

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 02:25

Federal investigators continue to make arrests into the insurrection at the Capitol months after the siege.

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Brazil Top Court Orders Probe Of Bolsonaro's Pandemic Steps

Fri, 04/09/2021 - 01:03

Bolsonaro has downplayed the threat of the coronavirus while arguing that the economic and emotional impacts of shutdowns would harm more Brazilians than the pandemic.

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Chauvin Trial: George Floyd 'Gradually Succumbed to Lower And Lower Levels Of Oxygen'

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 21:10

"He's breathing. He's talking. He's not snoring. He's saying, 'Please, please get off of me, I can't breathe.' That is not a fentanyl overdose. That's someone begging to breathe," an expert testified.

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Amazon Union Election: 'No' Votes Outnumber 'Yes' Votes At End Of 1st Day Of Counting

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 19:30

Hand counting will continue on Friday. So far, more than two-thirds of the tallied votes are against unionizing.

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CDC Director Declares Racism A 'Serious Public Health Threat'

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 18:41

"The pandemic illuminated inequities that have existed for generations and revealed for all of America a known, but often unaddressed, epidemic impacting public health: racism," Walensky said.

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FAQ: What Is A Vaccine 'Passport,' And What Are These Credentials Used For?

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 16:31

These digital credentials could return us to normal life more quickly, but they have stirred controversy in some quarters.

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The Vaccine Passport Debate Actually Began In 1897 Over A Plague Vaccine

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 16:18

That's when a vaccine for plague was invented — and authorities began to consider requiring proof of vaccination before visiting pilgrimage sites in India. The debate has raged ever since.

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For Operators Of Shuttered Arts Venues, Financial Assistance Arrives At Last

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:06

The long-awaited Shuttered Venues Operators Grant, administered by the Small Business Administration, is now accepting applications.

Fresh Unrest In Northern Ireland Sparks Comparisons To 'The Troubles'

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:05

The latest violence erupted amid anger from Protestant unionists concerned they're being isolated from the U.K. and pushed into a union with the Republic of Ireland due to post-Brexit trade rules.

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'It Has To Stop': Biden Takes Initial Action On Guns, Calls On Congress To Do More

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 13:04

President Biden declared gun violence a public health crisis and a blemish on the nation in remarks at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.

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Opinion: Don't Help China By Hyping Risk Of War Over Taiwan

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:41

"Hyping the threat that China poses to Taiwan does Beijing's work for it," write Richard Bush and Ryan Hass of Brookings and Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Why Is The Amazon Union Vote Count Taking So Long?

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:19

It's a really large mail-in election. (Yes, this one, too.)

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Ex-College Track Coach Charged In Scheme Soliciting Nude Photos From Female Students

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:10

Steve Waithe, 28, is facing charges of cyberstalking and wire fraud over a scheme in which he allegedly used fake social media accounts to solicit nude photographs from female student athletes.

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'Stop Lying': Muslim Rights Group Sues Facebook Over Claims It Removes Hate Groups

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:04

The civil rights group says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised Congress and the public the network would move fast to take down posts that break its rules, but anti-Muslim bigotry is still present.

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Chauvin Trial: Medical Expert Says George Floyd Died From A Lack Of Oxygen

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 11:00

Last year, the local medical examiner's office ruled Floyd's death was a homicide. But the defense and prosecution disagree on whether Derek Chauvin caused Floyd's death.

European Court Backs Mandatory Vaccinations Laws For Children

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:53

Requiring vaccines can be seen as "necessary in a democratic society," the Strasbourg-based court said in its ruling on a law governing preschool kids.

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Biden To Nominate Gun Control Advocate, Law Enforcement Veteran To Lead ATF

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:45

David Chipman, a gun owner, was a special agent at the bureau and advises the Giffords advocacy group. His nomination comes with the rollout of White House initiatives to try to curb gun violence.

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Almost 19,000 Migrant Children Stopped At U.S. Border in March, Most Ever In A Month

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 10:00

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encountered nearly 172,000 migrants at the border in March, up 71% from February. The increase included a record number of unaccompanied minors.

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