Archive for November 23rd, 2020

Oxford's Defining Words Of 2020: 'Blursday,' 'Systemic Racism' And Yes, 'Pandemic'

Arts & Entertainment | | November 23 2020, 8:20 PM

Too much happened in 2020 for Oxford Languages to choose a single word of the year. So they opted for dozens.

Doomscrolling On A Staycation? Here Are The OED's 'Words Of An Unprecedented Year'

Arts & Entertainment | | November 23 2020, 6:20 PM

The lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary couldn't sum up the year in just one word — so they went with a whole list instead.

More Kids Are Getting COVID-19, Kentucky Pediatrician Says | | November 23 2020, 5:20 PM

Elizabeth Hawse, a pediatrician in Lexington, Ky., says she's seen a big increase in the number of children testing positive for the coronavirus. The governor has shut schools' in-person classes.

Avril Haines Nominated As First Female Director Of National Intelligence | | November 23 2020, 5:00 PM

President-elect Joe Biden's appointee was previously the deputy director of the CIA and the White House deputy national security advisor.

Biden Picks Janet Yellen To Be Treasury Secretary In Historic Appointment | | November 23 2020, 3:20 PM

Joe Biden plans to nominate the former Federal Reserve chair as his Treasury secretary. She would play a leading role in helping the economy recover from the pandemic.

Democrats Insist On Tuesday Briefing By GSA Head On Delayed Transition

Politics | | November 23 2020, 3:00 PM

The General Services Administration is offering a briefing for congressional leaders behind closed doors next week.

American Airlines Reverses Policy That Imposed Weight Limit On Wheelchairs | | November 23 2020, 2:40 PM

American Airlines reversed a recent policy that banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds, which includes many power wheelchairs, from some of its regional jets following an NPR report.

Court Considers Whether Woman Who Joined ISIS As A Teen Is Allowed To Return To U.K. | | November 23 2020, 12:40 PM

Shamima Begum, now 21, left London with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to join the terrorist organization and is now in a detention camp in Syria. The U.K. revoked her citizenship last year.

Michigan, A State Where Biden Leads, To Certify Election Results | | November 23 2020, 12:40 PM

The state, in which President-elect Joe Biden is ahead by more than 155,000 votes, is scheduled to certify its election results on Monday afternoon.

At Least 4 Pennsylvania Counties To Miss Election Certification Deadline | | November 23 2020, 11:40 AM

Ultimately, minor delays in a handful of counties fully certifying their results shouldn't affect the overall certification process statewide.

South Korea Faces New, Challenging Rise In Coronavirus Infections

US & World | | November 23 2020, 9:40 AM

Previous spikes in South Korea were linked to outbreaks at churches and protests. Health officials say the current wave appears to have no links to any major groups or events.

Israeli Prime Minister Secretly Flew To Saudi Arabia, Israeli Media Reports | | November 23 2020, 7:20 AM

It is the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders to be reported widely in Israeli media. Netanyahu reportedly met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mask Mandates Work To Slow Spread Of Coronavirus, Kansas Study Finds

Health | | November 23 2020, 6:20 AM

When the state of Kansas issued a mask mandate, 81 counties opted out. Researchers found coronavirus infection rates rose sharply in the opt-out counties, while falling in those that required masks.

Rep. Haaland: Cabinet Pick 'Would Mean A Lot To Indian Country'

Politics | | November 23 2020, 4:20 AM

Dozens of House Democrats have called on President-elect Joe Biden to make the New Mexico congresswoman the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history.

Trump Is Running Out Of Time As Key States Set To Certify That Biden Won

Politics | | November 23 2020, 4:20 AM

With vote certifications this week in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada, pressure will only build on the Republican dam of support for Trump's efforts to overturn the election results.

Angela Merkel Raises Concern Over Coronavirus Vaccine Plan For Poorer Countries

US & World | | November 23 2020, 4:20 AM

At a virtual meeting of the G20, the German chancellor said she was worried about vaccine availability.

Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients To The Cities, Straining Hospital Capacity

Health | | November 23 2020, 4:00 AM

In Kansas City, hospitals are treating local COVID-19 patients as well as patients transferred from rural counties in Missouri and Kansas, where there's no mandate or culture for wearing masks.

Biden Reportedly To Choose Antony Blinken For Secretary Of State

US & World | | November 23 2020, 12:20 AM

The president-elect is expected to announce the nomination of Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser under President Obama, early this week.

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Are Workplace Romances Soon To Be A Thing Of The Past?

| November 23 2020, 9:11 AM

Many Gen Z and Millennial workers, whose careers have been shaped by forces like the recession, coronavirus pandemic and #MeToo, are dating in the workplace less than their predecessors.

COVID-19 Fatigue: How To Take Care Of Your Mental Health In A Time Of Uncertainty

| November 23 2020, 9:10 AM

It’s been eight months since the pandemic hit the United States, and some of us are experiencing a sense of burnout and emotional exhaustion as we navigate the changing safety orders, as well as health and financial concerns.

Politics Round-Up: Biden’s Cabinet Picks, Trump’s Legal Fights And More

| November 23 2020, 9:06 AM

In a scathing ruling late Saturday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann — a Republican and Federalist Society member in central Pennsylvania — compared the Trump campaign’s legal arguments to “Frankenstein’s Monster,” concluding that Trump’s team offered only “speculative accusations,” not proof of rampant corruption.

As COVID-19 Cases Worsen, Ski Resorts Are Trying To Adapt For The Winter Season

| November 23 2020, 9:05 AM

Skiers hoping to hit the slopes this winter are likely accustomed to worrying about snow conditions, but not the more pressing consideration this year: COVID-19 spread.

LA County Temporarily Nixes Outdoor Dining Starting Wednesday. How Will Restaurants Manage The Latest Shut Down?

| November 23 2020, 8:59 AM

After issuing a stern warning last week about the rising spread of coronavirus, L.A. County officials have made good on their plan to increase restrictions if COVID-19 cases kept rising.

COVID-19: LA County Restaurants Ordered To End Outdoor Dining Amid Surge In COVID Cases

| November 23 2020, 8:55 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, professor of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.