Archive for August 6th, 2020

Trump Signs Executive Order That Will Effectively Ban Use Of TikTok In the U.S. | | August 06 2020, 10:40 PM

The president also issued an executive order aimed at cutting ties between the U.S. and the owner of the popular Chinese communications and social media app WeChat.

300,000 Deaths By December? 9 Takeaways Of The Newest COVID-19 Projections

Health | | August 06 2020, 8:20 PM

What's driving this death toll? Could anything improve the outlook? How reliable are these predictions anyway? We get into the weeds.

Pentagon Chief Esper Talks With Chinese Counterpart As Tensions Soar | | August 06 2020, 7:20 PM

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and his Chinese counterpart lectured one another in a 90-minute call as the highest level U.S. delegation in four decades plans a provocative visit to Taiwan.

Sweden Records Largest GDP Drop Since 1980, But Outperforms Many Other EU Countries | | August 06 2020, 7:20 PM

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on Sweden's economy. Despite the country's relaxed response to the virus, its gross domestic product recorded the largest quarterly drop in modern history.

Gov. Says Florida's Unemployment System Was Designed To Create 'Pointless Roadblocks'

US & World | | August 06 2020, 5:00 PM

Gov. Ron DeSantis says the portal was designed to frustrate users, "so people just say, oh, the hell with it, I'm not going to do that." Florida has been among the slowest states to process claims.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Cliven Bundy Case

US & World | | August 06 2020, 4:00 PM

The judges reject an attempt by the government to get a retrial in the case stemming from an armed standoff on public land near Bundy's ranch.

Prices For COVID-19 Vaccines Are Starting To Come Into Focus

Health | | August 06 2020, 3:40 PM

Moderna, one of the leading horses in the coronavirus vaccine race, has already made deals at between $32 and $37 a dose for some foreign countries. The U.S. price is expected to be lower.

U.S. State Department Eases Global Coronavirus Travel Advisory

US & World | | August 06 2020, 3:20 PM

The department cited regional changes in the coronavirus pandemic, including significant improvements in some areas and declines in public health in others.

The Special Sauce That Makes Some Vaccines Work

Health | | August 06 2020, 1:40 PM

Adjuvants play a crucial role in many vaccines' effectiveness. Some scientists say there needs to be more research into developing a wider variety of adjuvants because of how important they are.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive For The Coronavirus

US & World | | August 06 2020, 12:40 PM

DeWine was tested on Thursday as part of a protocol to meet with President Trump. He's the second governor known to have tested positive for the virus.

NOAA Now Predicts Up To 25 Named Storms In The Atlantic Hurricane Season | | August 06 2020, 12:00 PM

"We've never forecast up to 25 storms," says a NOAA expert. The expected spate of storms in 2020 could force meteorologists to resort to using the Greek alphabet to name storms later this year.

Michelle Obama Says She's Dealing With 'Low-Grade Depression' During Lockdown | | August 06 2020, 12:00 PM

Obama describes having trouble sleeping and periods throughout the pandemic in which she has felt down: "Spiritually, these are not ... fulfilling times."

New York Attorney General Moves To Dissolve The NRA After Fraud Investigation | | August 06 2020, 10:40 AM

New York's attorney general announced civil action to dissolve the National Rifle Association after an investigation found millions of dollars in alleged fraud by CEO Wayne LaPierre and others.

Most Teachers Concerned About In-Person School; 2 In 3 Want To Start The Year Online

Education | | August 06 2020, 4:20 AM

A new national poll of teachers from NPR/Ipsos finds broad trepidation about returning to the classroom, with 77% of those surveyed worried about risking their own health.

Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa: 'Journalism Is Activism'

US & World | | August 06 2020, 4:20 AM

The documentary A Thousand Cuts focuses on how Ressa and her Rappler news organization navigate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks on the press. It will be released in the U.S. Aug. 8.

U.S. Economy On High Alert Over Shaky Future of Extra Jobless Benefits | | August 06 2020, 4:20 AM

As Congress debates whether to renew supplemental unemployment benefits for people thrown out of work by the pandemic, new research shows those benefits offer a critical boost for the U.S. economy.

Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Raising Questions 75 Years Later

Crime & Justice | | August 06 2020, 4:20 AM

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were said at the time to be justified as the only way to end World War II. Seventy five years later, legal experts say they would now be war crimes.

Judge, Shielding Cop Via 'Qualified Immunity,' Asks Whether It Belongs In 'Dustbin' | | August 06 2020, 4:20 AM

Federal Judge Carlton Reeves applied the controversial doctrine in a case in which he ruled that an officer merited it — but in an outspoken opinion asked for the doctrine itself to be reevaluated.

Drive-Through Voting? Texas Gets Creative In Its Scramble For Polling Places | | August 06 2020, 4:20 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has made some past polling locations, like grocery stores and nursing homes, less appealing this year. So state officials are searching elsewhere.

As More Lawmakers Test Positive, Congress Gets A Tough Reminder Of Coronavirus Risk

Politics | | August 06 2020, 4:00 AM

Congress still doesn't have a widespread testing program for the coronavirus illness. And they were reminded of that risk when three members tested positive in one week.

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New York Attorney General Seeks To Dissolve The NRA

| August 06 2020, 9:35 AM

New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures.

Air Travel: What’s The Current View From The Sky?

| August 06 2020, 9:33 AM

The air travel industry has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic as people have backed away from travel of all kinds.

COVID-19 AMA: Quantity Over Quality Testing, Southeast LA Uptick, Meaning Of Immunity And More

| August 06 2020, 9:29 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Timothy Brewer from UCLA.

‘Unconstitutional,’ ‘Autocratic,’ ‘Muzzles’: Anti-Mask Sentiment In The 1918 Flu Pandemic

| August 06 2020, 9:24 AM

Over one hundred years ago, in 1918, the United States faced a deadly flu pandemic that forced citywide shutdowns and mask ordinances across the country in order to slow the spread of disease.

What Are The Ethical Considerations When Deciding Who Gets The Coronavirus Vaccine First?

| August 06 2020, 9:21 AM

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision.

Tables In The Streets And Distance On The Patios: What’s Your Take On Outdoor Dining So Far?

| August 06 2020, 8:39 AM

Outdoor dining has become critical for struggling Los Angeles restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom nixed indoor dining for the second time at the beginning of July due to rising cases and hospitalizations throughout the state.

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