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Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss And Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 13:27

Reports are on the rise of symptoms like headaches, stomache problems and flare-ups of autoimmune disorders. Here's why chronic stress can make our bodies hurt, and what to do about it.

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Trump Vs. Biden: How Russia Sees The U.S. Election

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 13:24

A poll published in September found only 23% of Russians have a positive view of Trump and 43% have a negative one. Also, 55% of respondents said they were hearing about Biden for the very first time.

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Why An Auto Plant Closure Looms Large In Ohio's Presidential Contest

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:55

In 2016, support for Donald Trump surged in Northeast Ohio. But the 2019 closure of GM's plant in Lordstown may have changed residents' views.

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'Two And A Half Men' Star Conchata Ferrell Dies at 77

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:06

Ferrell played the gruff but loveable maid Berta. The character was only supposed to be around for a two-episode arc, but Ferrell stayed on throughout the show's run.

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Judge Blocks Wisconsin Governor's Indoor Capacity Limits Amid Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:02

The rules issued last week limited indoor public gatherings to no more than 25% of total occupancy limits. The state's Tavern League argued the caps would effectively put its members out of business.

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'You Cannot Serve Both God And Money': Vatican's Financial Scandal Takes New Twist

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 12:00

Italian police arrested a woman linked to a cardinal fired by Pope Francis, the latest development in an investigation into alleged financial crimes involving the Vatican.

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Voting Is An 'Individual Right,' Barrett Testifies, But Critics Remain Leery

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:54

The Supreme Court nominee discussed voting laws, rights and practices with her Democratic questioners on her third day of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Power Of The Petition: Nonprofit Helps Front-Line Workers Fight For Their Rights

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:48

Eight out of every nine American workers don't have a union to represent them in workplace disputes. A nonprofit website is helping push for better wages and working conditions amid the pandemic.

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Golden Dawn: Leader Of Greek Neo-Nazi Party Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 11:46

It is a sharp fall for Nikos Michaloliakos, a former army commando who has compared himself to Julius Caesar, and for a party whose members say they're victims of persecution.

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Virginia Extends Voter Registration After Site Went Down Hours Before Deadline

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 10:47

Voters in Virginia will now be able to register until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, in person or online.

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From The Folks Who Brought You Boring Meetings: CEOs Want To Ditch Sterile Zoom Calls

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 09:58

Fatigue. Awful. Those are the words being used to describe virtual meetings. "What we as human beings need, want, seek ... is human contact," says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

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In Swing States, Laws Add Pressure, Prevent Officials From Processing Ballots Early

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 07:23

Most of the country lets election officials do the arduous process of opening and sorting absentee ballots long before Election Day. In Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, they have to wait.

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How 3 Women From Wuhan Cope With COVID: Rap, Poetry And Moonpies

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 07:05

We interview a rap mogul (turned community volunteer), an author focused on a nine-tailed fox and a grandmother with a sense of humor. They're part of our special report on women facing the pandemic.

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In Cleveland, Homeless Get A Helping Hand With Mail-In Ballots

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 05:20

James Harrison is one of around 150 people now able to vote thanks to registration drives aimed at making sure the democratic process is accessible to everyone, regardless of housing status.

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COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce Barely 'Inching Up' As Cases Surge

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 05:04

The number of people working to stop COVID-19 outbreaks from spreading is far from the level needed in most states, according to a new NPR survey and analysis. Find out how your state is doing.

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Gen. Milley: 'We're Trying To End A War Responsibly, Deliberately'

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 05:00

Last week the president tweeted that troops should be home from Afghanistan by Christmas. In an interview with NPR, Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said no final decisions have been made.

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'So Hard To Prove You Exist': Flawed Fraud Protections Deny Unemployment To Millions

Wed, 10/14/2020 - 05:00

Efforts to prevent fraud in state unemployment systems are outdated, hurting millions of people with legitimate claims by causing lengthy and unnecessary delays while not managing to catch much fraud.

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Delta Loses $5 Billion In 3rd Quarter, May Soon Furlough 1,700 Pilots

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 20:24

Delta is the first major airline to report 3rd quarter results and lost more than expected, as air travel demand remains weak due to the pandemic.

Americans Are Dying In The Pandemic At Rates Far Higher Than In Other Countries

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 19:02

Per capita deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19 and other causes are 85% higher than in countries like Germany and Israel. "The United States really has done remarkably badly," a study author says.

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Presidential Campaign TV Ad Spending Crosses $1 Billion Mark In Key States

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 17:42

Almost $900 million of that money has been spent in just six states — Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arizona. Biden has a big spending advantage in those states.

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