Archive for December 2nd, 2020

U.S. Hits 100,000 COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Health | | December 02 2020, 11:00 PM

Data from the COVID Tracking Project show 100,226 people were hospitalized Wednesday — a number that has been steadily rising for weeks.

Leaked Files Show Trump's Ability To Alter Census May Come Down To The Wire

US & World | | December 02 2020, 9:20 PM

The Census Bureau may not be able to finish putting together a key census count before President Trump's term ends, internal documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee confirm.

Virginia County Votes To Reject Gov. Northam's Coronavirus Restrictions

Crime & Justice | | December 02 2020, 3:40 PM

The Board of Supervisors declares Campbell County to be a "First Amendment Sanctuary" and deems Gov. Ralph Northam's orders to violate constitutional rights.

Tired Of The Social Media Rat Race, Journalists Move To Writing Substack Newsletters

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 02 2020, 3:40 PM

The San Francisco startup has doubled its writers since the pandemic started. Some high-profile journalists have left full-time jobs at major publications to give it a go at the buzzy newsletter.

Top Democrats Back Off Demands for Larger COVID-19 Bill

Politics | | December 02 2020, 3:40 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are breaking from their demand for more than $2 trillion in coronavirus relief spending to move toward a compromise.

Afghan Government And Taliban Reach Breakthrough To Proceed With Peace Talks

US & World | | December 02 2020, 2:40 PM

The two sides have agreed on a way forward for substantive negotiations aimed at ending decades of almost continuous war in the country, representatives said in near-twin tweets.

Putin Tells Russia To Begin Large-Scale Vaccination For Coronavirus

US & World | | December 02 2020, 2:00 PM

Vaccination will be voluntary, the Kremlin says, and will begin with health care workers and people with chronic medical conditions. Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is still in clinical trials.

Hey, COVID-19 Long-Haulers: Take Care In Shopping For Health Insurance

Health | | December 02 2020, 1:20 PM

Anyone with lingering effects of COVID-19 should be extra careful in picking a 2021 health plan, specialists say. You now have a "pre-existing condition" that could increase medical expenses in 2021.

U.N. Commission Removes Cannabis From Its Most Strict Drug Control List

US & World | | December 02 2020, 1:20 PM

The vote follows World Health Organization guidance saying that due to cannabis' therapeutic use and other factors, it "is not consistent with the criteria" for a Schedule IV drug.

Talk Of 'Preemptive' Pardons By Trump Raises Questions: What Can He Do?

Politics | | December 02 2020, 12:40 PM

Presidents have awarded clemency in this way before, but it's certainly not the usual course of action. And there are unresolved questions about what might be to come.

Jazz Standard, One Of New York's Top Clubs, Closes Due To Pandemic

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 02 2020, 12:40 PM

It is the first major jazz club in New York City to shut its doors permanently due to the coronavirus crisis. Its owners announced the club's closing on Wednesday, after more than two decades.

Social Distancing Plummeted In Lead-Up To Fall Surge, Survey Finds

Health | | December 02 2020, 12:00 PM

Social distancing fell dramatically between spring and fall and the gap between Democrats and Republicans widened. But both ends of the political spectrum agree on some measures to fight COVID-19.

CDC Shortens Its COVID-19 Quarantine Recommendations

Health | | December 02 2020, 11:20 AM

In revised guidelines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trimmed its recommended quarantine for possible exposure — from 14 days to seven or 10, depending on test results and symptoms.

'These Are Deaths That Could Have Been Prevented,' Says Researcher Studying Evictions

Health | | December 02 2020, 11:00 AM

A federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire on Dec. 31. Kathryn Leifheit of UCLA says new data suggest evictions are linked to increases in coronavirus cases and deaths.

Ethiopia, U.N. Reach Deal To Allow 'Unimpeded' Access For Aid Groups In Tigray

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 02 2020, 11:00 AM

The U.N. humanitarian agency announced the agreement Wednesday. Since fighting began in the disputed region roughly a month ago, tens of thousands of residents have fled for Sudan.

Millions Face Bitter Winter If Congress Fails To Extend Relief Programs

US & World | | December 02 2020, 8:40 AM

A bipartisan group of senators is proposing a nearly $908 billion compromise relief bill with millions of Americans about to fall off a cliff when benefits expire this month.

Enrollment By International Students In U.S. Colleges Plummets

Education | | December 02 2020, 5:20 AM

The pandemic is a major reason, but the number of international students has been falling for years.

Narrow Wins In These Key States Powered Biden To The Presidency

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 02 2020, 4:00 AM

Joe Biden topped President Trump by nearly 7 million votes, and 74 votes in the Electoral College, but his victory really was stitched together with narrow margins in key states.

Hong Kong Activists Sentenced For Their Role In Anti-Government Protest

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 02 2020, 3:20 AM

Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, all in their 20s, have been held since pleading guilty in November for organizing a protest last year that surrounded police headquarters.

California Dive Boat Captain Charged In Fire That Killed 34

US & World | | December 02 2020, 1:20 AM

The Labor Day 2019 blaze aboard the Conception killed 33 passengers and one crew member. Prosecutors say the vessel's captain failed to follow safety rules.

Take Two: Mark Ridley Thomas Returns to City Council with Homelessness Top of Mind, How Firefighters Prepare on 'Red Flag' Days, Sundance Film Fest Goes on the Road

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 02 2020, 3:21 PM

Mark Ridley Thomas leaves his seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors and returns to the LA City Council after 18 years, and the homeless will remain his top priority, plus we get a glimpse behind the scenes of how firefighters prepare for the worst on "red flag" days in Southern California, and we talk all things Hollywood On the Lot.

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A Look At The State of Sports Amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

| December 02 2020, 9:50 AM

The coronavirus pandemic is rocking the sports arena as we speak. There have been multiple team outbreaks throughout the NFL, forcing some teams to postpone games several times. In addition, college football and basketball have seen games cancelled.

After Newest LA County Health Order, Some Cities Are Pushing Back

| December 02 2020, 9:47 AM

LA County’s newest restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 include the closure of outdoor dining and card rooms, which has caused some local cities within the county to look into alternatives to the order.

COVID-19: Vaccine Progress Continues As UK Approves Pfizer Vaccine And CDC Panel Issues Recommendations For Who Gets Vaccinated First

| December 02 2020, 9:42 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Dean Blumberg, professor of medicine and chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

LA County Wants To Move From Locking Up Juveniles To A 'Care-First' Approach

| December 02 2020, 9:18 AM

In an effort to reconceive the county's juvenile justice system, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors committed to moving forward with a sweeping plan that aims to replace locked facilities with "a home-like setting."

Can AI Technology Help Prevent Suicide In Veterans And What Are The Ethical Considerations?

| December 02 2020, 9:04 AM

Suicide rates in veterans have increased by about 30 percent since 2000. According to a recent piece in the New York Times, researchers are turning to A.I technology to try to detect veterans who are at risk in an attempt to intervene.

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