Archive for March 25th, 2020

Unemployment Claims Expected To Shatter Records | | March 25 2020, 11:20 PM

Millions of Americans are expected to have filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week — a number far above the levels seen during the depths of the Great Recession.

Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

Environment & Science | | March 25 2020, 11:00 PM

Commercial fishermen are fighting to stay afloat while restaurants and global markets are shutting down to contain the spread of the virus.

Defense Secretary Esper Says Military Has 'Limited Capacity' To Provide Hospital Beds | | March 25 2020, 9:40 PM

New York alone could need nearly 90,000 more beds to deal with coronavirus patients, but in an interview with NPR, Mark Esper cautioned the Pentagon can only offer "a few thousand beds ... at most."

Judge's Retirement Is Likely To Delay Trial Of Sept. 11 Defendants At Guantánamo | | March 25 2020, 8:40 PM

Judge W. Shane Cohen, a U.S. Air Force colonel who arrived at Guantánamo nine months ago, is retiring from active duty. A new judge will need to get up to speed on nearly a decade of legal filings.

50,000 Americans Stranded Abroad By Coronavirus Events, State Department Says

Health | | March 25 2020, 8:40 PM

They're seeking help as countries close borders and flights are canceled to try to control the spread of the virus.

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: A Doctor's Advice, N.Y. And Free Entertainment | | March 25 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, NPR reporters answer your questions about the economy, free entertainment and an update on the situation in New York City.

FACT CHECK: Testing Should Take Place Wherever There Are Cases Despite Trump's View

Health | | March 25 2020, 7:00 PM

Trump said he doesn't think testing needs to happen in entire states in the Midwest. But there are cases in all 50 states, and to stop the spread, testing needs to take place.

Commission Issues Verdict: Women, Like Men, Should Have To Sign Up For Draft | | March 25 2020, 6:40 PM

Only men are currently obliged to register with the Selective Service System for possible military conscription. Now a blue ribbon panel says that obligation should extend to women.

Judge Orders Environmental Review Of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

US & World | | March 25 2020, 6:20 PM

It is a major victory for the Native American tribes and environmental groups fighting against the project. The judge has not decided whether oil can still flow in the meantime.

Banks Agree With California To Stop Foreclosures For 90 Days In Coronavirus Crisis

Health | | March 25 2020, 5:00 PM

More than one million residents have filed for unemployment insurance since March 13, Gov. Gavin Newsom says, as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the disease.

A Funny 'Talking' Dog Gives Tips On Living Right During The Coronavirus Crisis

US & World | | March 25 2020, 4:20 PM

Pluto and her human, Nancie Wight, have been churning out viral videos with lifestyle tips from their home in Montreal.

In Brazil, Bolsonaro Doubles Down On 'Exaggerated' Coronavirus

US & World | | March 25 2020, 4:00 PM

President Jair Bolsonaro labeled regional leaders who have imposed restrictions as "criminals" who are "destroying Brazil." His position has brought him into conflict with them and medical experts.

ICU Bed Capacity Varies Widely Nationwide. See How Your Area Stacks Up | | March 25 2020, 3:40 PM

An NPR analysis of the nation's 100,000 ICU beds finds some communities can accommodate far more critically ill patients than others, signaling potential disparities in care in the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Stop Price Gouging,' 33 Attorneys General Tell Amazon, Walmart, Others | | March 25 2020, 3:40 PM

The top state law enforcement officials also told Craigslist, eBay and Facebook that they have "an ethical obligation" to root out spiking prices on hand sanitizers and other high-demand products.

What's In It For You? $1,200 Checks, 13 Weeks Of Unemployment Payments And More | | March 25 2020, 3:20 PM

Congress has announced agreement on a $2 trillion economic relief package for the effects of COVID-19. Most households will get a stimulus check, and unemployment insurance has been greatly expanded.

Coronavirus Package Would Bar Trump And Lawmakers From Funds, Top Democrat Says

Politics | | March 25 2020, 3:20 PM

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., says he's secured a provision in the $2 trillion rescue bill that would prohibit the president and others from receiving Treasury loans or investments.

Gilead Declines 'Rare Disease' Status For Experimental Coronavirus Drug

Health | | March 25 2020, 3:00 PM

By renouncing the special status, Gilead Sciences lets go of tax breaks, fee waivers and 7 years without generic competition for remdesivir, its experimental COVID-19 treatment.

Putin Delays Vote That Could Help Keep Him In Power

US & World | | March 25 2020, 3:00 PM

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian leader says he's pushing back a constitutional referendum that could pave the way for him to remain in power until 2036.

Ventilator Makers Ask U.S. Government To Manage Distribution | | March 25 2020, 3:00 PM

Medical device manufacturers are asking the Trump administration to centralize decisions about how to prioritize which orders from states, local governments and hospitals should be filled first.

Sheetz Convenience Store Chain Gives Workers $3 Hourly Raise | | March 25 2020, 2:40 PM

It's one of the most aggressive moves yet by companies that are boosting pay to retain, attract and motivate employees.

Senate Coronavirus Bill Includes $400 Million To Protect Elections

Politics | | March 25 2020, 2:20 PM

The money is far less than the $4 billion some Democrats had wanted. It would allow states to expand mail-in and early voting, online voter registration and help secure in-person voting sites.

The Coronavirus Is Mutating. But That May Not Be A Problem For Humans | | March 25 2020, 1:20 PM

As the virus makes copies of itself, errors may creep in, changing its genetic makeup. Researchers are trying to determine if the changes are significant.

For Help On Coronavirus, Italy Turns To China, Russia And Cuba

US & World | | March 25 2020, 12:20 PM

Teams from Russia, China and Cuba have arrived in recent days to help Italy. There's gratitude — along with anger that the U.S., Italy's traditional ally, is absent.

U.N. Calls For Countries To Reduce Prison Populations

US & World | | March 25 2020, 12:00 PM

The U.N. human rights chief says authorities should look for ways to release people in detention who are especially vulnerable to the disease, such as those who are elderly or who have health issues.

Jordan Keeps Coronavirus In Check With One Of The World's Strictest Lockdowns | | March 25 2020, 11:40 AM

The Middle Eastern kingdom has forced most people to stay indoors, banned driving and even temporarily shut down grocery stores and pharmacies.

Why Germany's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Far Lower Than In Other Countries

US & World | | March 25 2020, 11:20 AM

Italy's fatality rate hovers around 10%. France's is at around 5%. Yet Germany's fatality rate from COVID-19 is just 0.5%. As of March 25, there were 175 deaths and 34,055 cases.

Education Dept. Will Stop Collections On Student Borrowers In Default

Education | | March 25 2020, 11:00 AM

Those who have defaulted on their federal student loans will get a temporary reprieve from having their wages, Social Security benefits and tax refunds garnished by the federal government.

Man Faces Terror Charge After Allegedly Coughing At Worker, Then Saying He's Infected

US & World | | March 25 2020, 11:00 AM

The charges could bring more than six years in state prison and thousands of dollars in fines for George Falcone. He has denied the accusations.

Cruise Ship with 42 Sick Aboard Headed to Florida

US & World | | March 25 2020, 10:40 AM

A cruise ship with dozens of ill passengers heads to Florida. Officials aren't sure whether to allow the ship to dock in case the people are infected with the coronavirus.

Senate Reaches Historic Deal On $2 Trillion Coronavirus Economic Rescue Package

Politics | | March 25 2020, 7:40 AM

Congressional leaders announced an agreement to fund cash payments to Americans, bailouts for key industries and aid to the health care industry.

Prince Charles Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Is In Isolation | | March 25 2020, 7:40 AM

Prince Charles, 71, is now in isolation in Scotland, according to a statement. He and his wife, Duchess of Cornwall, 72, are currently living at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

States Get Creative To Find And Deploy More Health Workers In COVID-19 Fight

Health | | March 25 2020, 4:20 AM

To stop COVID-19, retired doctors are signing up to take clinical shifts. Specialists, including dentists, could move to front line care. And med students are fielding calls in overwhelmed clinics.

A Grounded Biden Campaign Is Trying To Reach Voters In The Cloud | | March 25 2020, 4:00 AM

Often overshadowed online by his rivals, Joe Biden is holding virtual town halls and fundraisers. He's also trying to compete for TV airtime as the country is consumed by a historic crisis.

White House, Senate Agree To $2 Trillion Coronavirus Rescue Package

Politics | | March 25 2020, 1:20 AM

The deal means Congress could be close to passing a deal and it comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans and Democrats had closed the gap on their differences.

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Are Gun Stores An Essential Business? It’s Up To CA’s Governor To Decide

| March 25 2020, 9:35 AM

Sheriff Villanueva has said that he’ll put a pause on gun store closure efforts until further clarification from the Governor.

Are You Actually Missing Your Coworkers? So Are We!

| March 25 2020, 9:29 AM

Maybe you thought it could never be possible: actually missing your coworkers. In the times of a coronavirus pandemic, a lot of folks are realizing there’s so much we take for granted, including our colleagues. We’re feeling it here at AirTalk too. Several of us producers haven’t seen Larry Mantle in person in over a week, and it’s killing us!

The Danger Of Consumer Scams And Phishing Attacks Amid COVID-19

| March 25 2020, 9:23 AM

There’s always a risk of consumer scams, suspicious emails and phishing attempts, but the coronavirus pandemic means people are even more vulnerable to these types of attacks.

White House, Senate Leaders Agree On $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill -- Here’s What’s In It

| March 25 2020, 9:22 AM

The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

AMA COVID-19: Infections Rise In New York, Social Distancing And More

| March 25 2020, 9:17 AM

As COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread in many countries, including the United States, cases worldwide now top 436,000. Since last weekend, the U.S. has had the third-highest total confirmed cases in the world. The number of confirmed cases here now stands at 55,238, as of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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