Archive for December 1st, 2020

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Settles Part Of Gender Discrimination Suit | | December 01 2020, 9:00 PM

The agreement is a partial victory for the World Cup champions, who will see an improvement in hotel accommodations, venues, travel and staffing. A dispute over pay has yet to be resolved.

Psychologist Says Tailored Messaging Is Key For Effective Public Health Policy

Health | | December 01 2020, 5:40 PM

Officials need to understand communication styles and preferences in order to convince people to follow health guidelines. Gaurav Suri says psychology should inform how officials set public policy.

Next Administration Could Mean New Safety Regulations For Coal Mines | | December 01 2020, 4:40 PM

A recent government report called the mine safety standard regulating deadly silica dust "out of date," and difficult to enforce. The Biden administration may finally change that standard.

EU Could Approve Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine In December | | December 01 2020, 4:20 PM

If approved, the vaccine could be distributed before the end of the year, BioNTech says.

The Ripple Effect Of One Rural Colorado Doctor Catching The Coronavirus

US & World | | December 01 2020, 3:20 PM

Hospitals across the country are struggling as staffers get infected with the coronavirus. It's especially tough for small, rural hospitals, where even one doctor out sick can upend patient capacity.

For China's Overburdened Delivery Workers, The Customer — And App — Is Always Right

US & World | | December 01 2020, 3:00 PM

Delivery workers in Beijing tell NPR they work 12-hour days, six days a week, monitored by apps tracking how and when they deliver hundreds of packages every day. One misstep and their pay is slashed.

Climate Case Against Shell Begins In The Netherlands

Environment & Science | | December 01 2020, 2:20 PM

The case was brought by a group of environmental organizations and more than 17,000 Dutch citizens. They demand that Shell be forced to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030.

Should Nursing Home Residents Be Prioritized For Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Health | | December 01 2020, 12:40 PM

A federal advisory committee to the CDC votes Tuesday on guidelines for who should get COVID-19 vaccines first. The committee is expected to prioritize health care workers and nursing home residents.

Rosy Vaccine Outlook Brightens World Economic Forecast, But Recovery May Be Uneven | | December 01 2020, 11:20 AM

China is predicted to account for more than a third of global economic growth next year, while the U.S. and European countries will lag behind, according to the OECD.

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Offer $908 Billion Coronavirus Aid Compromise

Politics | | December 01 2020, 11:20 AM

A loosely assembled group of House and Senate lawmakers released a legislative framework they hope can break the months-long impasse between party leaders and the White House on pandemic relief.

Gaza's Hamas Leader Gets Coronavirus As Palestinian Territories' Cases Surge

US & World | | December 01 2020, 10:20 AM

Yahiya Sinwar has tested positive for the coronavirus as infections reach record levels in the Palestinian territories.

Another Mysterious Monolith Suddenly Appears — This Time In Romania | | December 01 2020, 7:40 AM

Not long after a metal object appeared without explanation in the Utah desert, it disappeared. Now, locals in Piatra Neamt say they have found a similar monolith, and answers remain just as scarce.

'Some Good News': Student Reading Gains Are Steady, While Math Slows Down

Education | | December 01 2020, 4:20 AM

A new report offers the clearest picture yet of pandemic learning loss among U.S. students. But researchers warn that many of the nation's most vulnerable children aren't represented in the new data.

Some Health Care Workers Are Wary Of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines | | December 01 2020, 4:20 AM

A CDC survey released in November shows that only 63% of health care workers are ready to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Concern about speed and political interference are contributing to the hesitancy.

What Joe Biden's Election Means For Abortion Rights

Politics | | December 01 2020, 4:20 AM

Groups opposed to abortion rights have celebrated many policy wins during the Trump administration. Now, reproductive rights advocates want President-elect Biden to reverse those actions.

Coronavirus Was In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known, Study Says

US & World | | December 01 2020, 2:20 AM

The discovery, uncovered after analyzing blood donations from nine states, strengthens evidence that the coronavirus was quietly spreading around the world before health officials were aware.

Future California Might Have Universal Preschool, But It Will Take Billions (For Starters) | | December 01 2020, 1:00 PM

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitions to expand and improve California for young children and their families are outlined and explained in a new Master Plan for Early Learning and Care.

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It’s Giving Tuesday! What’s That, Exactly?

| December 01 2020, 9:35 AM

It’s the post-Thanksgiving Tuesday that’s internationally recognized as the day folks are encouraged to donate to charity, also known as Giving Tuesday. But where did Giving Tuesday come from?

COVID-19: When A COVID Vaccine Is Available, Who Gets It First? A CDC Panel Meets Today To Decide On Recommendations

| December 01 2020, 9:24 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner, infectious disease specialist at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Parent Groups Sue LAUSD And CA Over Handling Of Distance Learning. Is The Blame Misdirected?

| December 01 2020, 9:23 AM

Nine parents of Los Angeles Unified students filed a class action lawsuit in September against the state's largest school district over how it handles distance learning, arguing the district's online offerings fall short and violate their children's right to an education.

Are You Still Hunched Over Your Laptop In A Stiff Old Chair? It’s Time To Do Something About Your Home Office Ergonomics

| December 01 2020, 9:14 AM

Many workers able to do their jobs from home assumed the setup would be temporary, and invested little in a home office setup as a result. But now, over nine months into the coronavirus pandemic and little idea of when it will be under enough control to bring workers back in person, that eight hour sofa-induced hunch is becoming untenable.

As COVID Vaccine Race Kicks Into High Gear, Will Teens Be Able To Get It If Their Parents Don’t Consent?

| December 01 2020, 9:06 AM

With several major pharmaceutical companies reporting promising results from clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccines they are respectively testing, conversations are already starting about whether people would even consider getting a brand new vaccines that has been expedited through the approval process, and if so, who is first in line.

The Latest On The Inquest Into Deputy's Fatal Shooting Of Andres Guardado

| December 01 2020, 9:00 AM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot Andres Guardado in June, his partner on the scene and two Sheriff’s homicide detectives all invoked — or signaled their intention to invoke — their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination today during the first day of a coroner’s inquest into the killing.