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Mass Vaccination Site In Colorado Temporarily Closed After 11 Become Sick

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:53

At least 11 people who received a Johnson & Johnson coronavirus shot at Dick's Sporting Goods Park came down with nausea and dizziness minutes after their jabs.

South Korea's Opposition Wins In Local Races, Spelling Trouble For President's Party

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 08:52

The country's ruling Democratic Party suffered a devastating defeat in Wednesday's mayoral by-elections, widely considered a bellwether for Moon Jae-in's chances for re-election next year.

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EPA Chief Works To Reverse Trump Era Environmental Policies

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 07:10

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Michael Regan, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, about President Biden's American Jobs Plan, and how to fulfill commitments to environmental justice.

3 Years Later, A Prisoner's Family Still Awaits His Return From Iran

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 05:02

Iranian authorities first imprisoned Emad Shargi, a U.S. citizen, in 2018. Shargi, a businessman, was released from prison, then rearrested in 2020. His family hopes that speaking out may help him.

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With His Legacy In Mind, Biden Seeks U.S. Transformation With Infrastructure Plan

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 05:01

The president's overall approach to legislating so far — on a big, bold agenda — is winning plaudits from political strategists, left and right.

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Missouri Legislature Tries To Back Out Of Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 05:00

Missouri Republicans are trying to avoid funding an expansion that would give 275,000 people health insurance. Democrats argue they are pushing ideology over the will of the people.

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Murder Charges Against Ex-Dallas Officer Dropped For Insufficient Probable Cause

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 22:04

"If we get to a point in any case, no matter who the defendant is ... that we feel there is insufficient probable cause, we have to alert the defense and alert the court," prosecutors said Wednesday.

Chauvin Trial: Special Agent Testifies Floyd Said, 'I Ain't Do No Drugs'

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 17:24

Senior Special Agent James Reyerson changed his own testimony on Wednesday, after first saying Floyd admitted, "I ate too many drugs." The reversal was a blow for defendant Derek Chauvin.

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Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize 'Social Equity'

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 16:47

By July 1, Virginians will be able to legally possess small amounts of cannabis. It's the third state this year to legalize marijuana with a stated focus on reducing harm to communities of color.

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Biden To Announce Actions On Firearms, Tap Gun Safety Advocate To Lead ATF

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 15:36

The moves come after recent high-profile mass shootings put added pressure on the president to act on gun violence.

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Saks Says No To Fur, The Latest Fashion Seller To Go Fur-Free

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:43

Saks Fifth Avenue will phase out sales of animal-fur products, joining other retailers such as Macy's that are responding to growing anti-fur sentiment among shoppers.

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Utah Law Requires Biological Fathers To Pay Half Of Pregnancy-Related Medical Costs

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 14:01

The legislation requires a biological father to pay 50% of a woman's pregnancy-related medical costs, including insurance premiums and hospital birth. It's believed to be the first such U.S. law.

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CDC Says More Virulent British Strain Of Coronavirus Now Dominant In U.S.

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 13:14

The variant known as B.1.1.7 that is more easily spread was first identified in England last fall. Since then, it has spread quickly in the U.S.

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Tiger Woods Crash Caused By Unsafe Speed, LA Sheriff Says

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 13:13

Investigators say that they believe Woods mistakenly hit the accelerator rather than the brake as he was negotiating a curve in Los Angeles in February.

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Drugs Targeting Immune Response To COVID-19 Show Promise

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 12:00

Researchers are reporting some progress in their search for drugs that tamp down the overwhelming immune reaction that can kill a patient with COVID-19.

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Opposition Wins Elections In Greenland, Casting Doubt On Future Of Rare-Earth Mine

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 11:34

At the center of Tuesday's election was a rare-earth mining project that has seen those favoring greater development square off against others who want more environmental safeguards.

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Vaccine Refusal May Put Herd Immunity At Risk, Researchers Warn

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:52

One in four Americans say they won't get a coronavirus vaccine. Researchers say it could keep the nation from reaching a critical tipping point.

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EU Regulator: AstraZeneca Vaccine Effective, Blood Clots May Be A Rare Side Effect

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:44

The European Medicines Agency said Wednesday that blood clots should be listed as possible but rare side effect of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, stressing the shot's benefits outweigh the risks.

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Brazil Tops 4,000 Daily COVID-19 Deaths, Nears U.S. Peak

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:04

With less than two-thirds the population of the U.S., Brazil logged nearly 4,200 deaths on Tuesday amid reports that hospital ICUs are being overwhelmed by the surge in coronavirus cases.

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Your Weather Forecast Update: Warmer Climate Will Be The New 'Normal'

Wed, 04/07/2021 - 05:16

In May, NOAA will release its once-a-decade update for the 30-year weather averages that local meteorologists use. In many places, it will mean far fewer days that are 'above normal.'

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