Archive for May 27th, 2020

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: 100,000 Deaths, Religion And The Future Of Work | | May 27 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions about religious practices, health insurance and the future of work.

LA Sues California Company, Alleging 'Sophisticated' COVID-19 Fraud | | May 27 2020, 6:40 PM

The city attorney accuses Wellness Matrix Group of "shocking deceptive conduct" over its sales of purported "at-home" coronavirus tests and virus-killing disinfectant.

'We're Running Out Of Time': Census Turns To Congress To Push Deadlines

US & World | | May 27 2020, 5:20 PM

Census Bureau officials say they can no longer meet the current legal deadlines for delivering the 2020 census results. Some House Democrats have introduced a new bill to grant four-month extensions.

Medical Groups Ask FDA To Ease Access To Abortion Pill During The Pandemic

Politics | | May 27 2020, 4:40 PM

Reproductive rights advocates want patients to be allowed to pick up mifepristone at a hospital or clinic. The drug, which was approved 20 years ago, also helps to manage miscarriages for some women.

Poll Shows Only A Quarter Of African Americans Plan To Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Health | | May 27 2020, 4:00 PM

A survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 25% of black respondents plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available, compared to 56% of whites.

WHO Warns Of A 'Second Peak' In Countries That Reopen Too Quickly

Health | | May 27 2020, 3:20 PM

So far, there is no seasonal pattern to coronavirus outbreaks, the WHO's Dr. Margaret Harris says. Lockdowns may not be necessary, she says, but infections rise when restrictions are relaxed rapidly.

House Casts Its 1st Remote Votes, With Parties Still Divided On The Issue

Politics | | May 27 2020, 3:20 PM

Dozens of House Democrats voted by proxy for the first time under the chamber's new rules. Republicans urged their members not to participate, and are suing to stop it in the future.

'No Reasonable Person Can Assert' Hong Kong Has Autonomy From China, Pompeo Says

US & World | | May 27 2020, 3:20 PM

The U.S. secretary of state reports the reappraisal to Congress in a move that may place Hong Kong's special trade status in danger — and further stoke tensions between the U.S. and China.

National Women's Soccer League To Return In June To Play Tournament | | May 27 2020, 3:20 PM

All players, officials and staff members will be tested two days before arrival in Utah and subject to consistent coronavirus testing and symptom review through the tournament.

Federal Government Approves Methadone Deliveries During Pandemic

US & World | | May 27 2020, 3:20 PM

The highly regulated medication for opioid addiction has to be taken every day, otherwise patients risk a painful withdrawal. Normally, doses have to be picked up from a treatment center.

European Union Plans $825 Billion Coronavirus Recovery Fund

US & World | | May 27 2020, 2:40 PM

"This is Europe's moment," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. All 27 EU member states must approve the plan, a mix of grants and loans, before it can go forward.

Boeing Cuts More Than 12,000 Jobs Due To Drop In Air Travel | | May 27 2020, 2:20 PM

The number of people traveling by air has plummeted more than 90% since the beginning of March. More than half of the employees losing their jobs are being laid off involuntarily.

Disney World And Other Florida Theme Parks Outline Reopening Plans

US & World | | May 27 2020, 2:20 PM

The popular theme parks will open their doors in the next few weeks and say they're planning to keep guests and employees as safe as possible.

General Electric Makes The Switch Away From Lightbulbs | | May 27 2020, 2:20 PM

GE was born when Thomas Edison's electrical company merged with a rival in 1892, and the company has been making (and inventing) lightbulbs ever since. Now it's selling off its lighting business.

Larry Kramer, Pioneering AIDS Activist And Writer, Dies At 84 | | May 27 2020, 1:00 PM

Kramer was a writer with an Oscar-nominated screenplay when his friends started dying mysteriously — galvanizing him to found the Gay Men's Health Crisis, and later ACT UP, to combat AIDS.

Hungary Says It Will End State Of Emergency Giving Orban Power To Rule By Decree

US & World | | May 27 2020, 11:40 AM

The government says it will end its pandemic state of emergency on June 20. Rights advocates say this still won't rein in Prime Minister Viktor Orban's considerable powers.

France Bars Use Of Hydroxychloroquine In COVID-19 Cases | | May 27 2020, 11:40 AM

The move comes after the World Health Organization halted clinical trials of the drug as a treatment, citing a study that found no benefit and a higher mortality rate for hospitalized patients.

Nurse Says Shopping Feels 'Weird' While Others Are Struggling | | May 27 2020, 10:00 AM

Avery Hoppa, a nurse in New Hampshire, says she's "incredibly grateful" that she and her husband still work. But she says it "feels weird to be a consumer right now" when so many can't afford to eat.

Nevada Will Reopen Its Casinos On June 4, Governor Says | | May 27 2020, 9:20 AM

"We continue to see a consistent and sustainable downward trajectory of percentage of positive COVID-19 cases," Gov. Steve Sisolak says.

Best Of The Best: Here Are The Finalists In The NPR Student Podcast Challenge

Education | | May 27 2020, 8:20 AM

Despite the coronavirus pandemic that closed schools nationwide, students from 46 states and the District of Columbia submitted entries. We've narrowed those down to 25 finalists.

A Bold Pitch To Boost School Funding For The Nation's Most Vulnerable Students

Education | | May 27 2020, 6:00 AM

A new report proposes a radical solution to America's school funding inequities: Leave district lines in place, but spread the wealth.

HBO Max's Original Series: A Guide For The Perplexed | | May 27 2020, 4:20 AM

The new streaming service launches with a handful of original series, featuring ballroom culture, Anna Kendrick, Elmo and crafting. We take a look at what's on offer.

As Lockdown Orders Lift, Can Cities Prevent A Traffic Catastrophe? | | May 27 2020, 4:20 AM

As businesses reopen, many city dwellers worry about the risks of public transit. Cities are trying to figure out how to safeguard public health, keep people moving, and avoid a gridlock nightmare.

What Could Schools Look Like When They Reopen? Here's What LA County Education Officials Say | | May 27 2020, 12:21 PM

A task force released a framework Wednesday with guidelines for the county's 80 school districts as they plan for when, how — and maybe whether — to reopen school campuses.

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In-Person Religious Gatherings And Retail Can Now Resume in LA County, With Restrictions

| May 27 2020, 9:49 AM

Los Angeles County amended its health officer order yesterday, allowing for additional re-openings amid the coronavirus crisis.

New Details On How Back To School Might Look For Students, Teachers And Staff In LA County

| May 27 2020, 9:27 AM

When schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District ultimately return for in-person classes, there won’t be hallways buzzing with students transitioning between classes. Recess will look much different, with kids likely playing by themselves or in small, physically distanced groups. And lunch periods as they’ve been known will likely be a thing of the past, with students eating at their desks instead.

COVID-19 AMA: Vaccine Attitudes, Racial Disparities, Pooled Testing And More

| May 27 2020, 9:14 AM

Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

‘Up All Night:’ How 24-Hour News Got Its Start And What It Means Today

| May 27 2020, 9:14 AM

Once upon a time, folks would sit down together in the evening to watch the nightly news. That’s not the case today.

LA County Dept of Mental Health Director On How The Pandemic Is Affecting Mental Health

| May 27 2020, 9:06 AM

During a pandemic, public health isn’t the only type of health that needs to be addressed.

Hand Shakes, Food Sharing And Hugs, Oh My! All The Gestures You Can’t Do Now And Should They Ever Return?

| May 27 2020, 9:03 AM

The coronavirus has cancelled hugs, cheek kisses, hand shakes, high fives and many other greetings and polite gestures people typically use without a second thought. As the BBC reported, these drastic changes though don’t mean people have lost the urge to say “hello” in some fashion. Experts say greetings can help us define the meaning of a relationship, so it’s natural that humans crave these gestures.