Archive for December 3rd, 2020

Democrats Push 'Abolition Amendment' To Fully Erase Slavery From U.S. Constitution

Crime & Justice | | December 03 2020, 6:20 PM

Congressional Democrats seek to remove the "punishment" clause from the 13th Amendment which allows members of prison populations to be used as cheap and free labor.

'There's No Quick Fix For COVID-19,' Cautions Pennsylvania Secretary Of Health

US & World | | December 03 2020, 6:20 PM

As state health officials make plans for a vaccine, many questions remain unanswered. In Pennsylvania, the top health official says she does not know how many doses will be made available initially.

How Rich Countries Are 'Hoarding' The World's Vaccines, In Charts

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 6:00 PM

Experts say low-risk people in the U.S. will likely be immunized before many high-risk people in poor countries.

Biden Asks Fauci To Join His Team, Will Urge 100 Days Of Mask-Wearing

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 5:40 PM

The president-elect also told CNN on Thursday he would ask Americans to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration.

UK's Approval Of Pfizer Vaccine Should 'Give People Hope', Vaccine Expert Says

Health | | December 03 2020, 5:40 PM

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was developed fast. But a leading vaccine expert says its important for consumers to know the companies "haven't cut corners" in the clinical science.

Facebook Sued By Justice Dept. For Allegedly Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

Crime & Justice | | December 03 2020, 4:40 PM

The U.S. Department of Justice alleged Facebook reserved more than 2,600 jobs over almost two years specifically for temporary visa holders it intended to sponsor for permanent residency.

California Is Days Away From A Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Health | | December 03 2020, 4:20 PM

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the restrictions will likely go into effect "in the next day or two" in places with less than 15% ICU availability, and remain in effect for at least three weeks.

In His Final Weeks, Trump Could Dole Out Many Pardons To Friends, Allies

Politics | | December 03 2020, 3:40 PM

The president could shield his allies from some prosecution. Critics say Trump is trying to help cronies — and maybe himself — escape accountability.

Kenosha Protest Shooting Suspect Kyle Rittenhouse Ordered To Stand Trial

US & World | | December 03 2020, 3:40 PM

The teenager is accused of killing two people and injuring another during demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed.

'We're All Just In A Mess': Jobs Growth To Slow Sharply Amid Pandemic Hit

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 2:40 PM

The Labor Department is expected to report Friday a sharp slowdown in job growth in November as a surge in coronavirus cases weighs on many businesses.

Facebook Bans Debunked Claims About COVID-19 Vaccines

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 1:00 PM

The new ban is an expansion of the social network's rules against misinformation that could lead to imminent physical harm. It comes as governments prepare to roll out the first vaccinations.

Boeing Lands 1st 737 Max Order Since Troubled Plane Was Cleared To Fly Again

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 12:40 PM

Just two weeks ago, U.S. regulators cleared Boeing's 737 Max to fly following the deadly crashes of two of the planes in 2018 and 2019. Now Boeing is reporting an order for 75 of the aircraft.

Biden Names BlackRock's Brian Deese As His Top Economic Aide

Politics | | December 03 2020, 12:20 PM

Brian Deese led President Barack Obama's auto rescue and managed Obama's climate policy. But then Deese went to work for an investment giant so many progressives are opposed to his appointment.

U.S. Imposes Severe Travel Restrictions On Chinese Communist Party Members

US & World | | December 03 2020, 12:20 PM

The new rules reduce the maximum validity of U.S. business and tourist visas held by party members and their families from 10 years to one month. China calls the action part of a "Cold War mentality."

Battle-Weary Nurses Wonder If New York Hospitals Can Handle Another Coronavirus Surge

Health | | December 03 2020, 11:20 AM

Compared to last spring, there's more clinical knowledge about how to treat COVID-19, and bigger stockpiles of protective equipment. But nurses worry about staffing shortages as patient numbers grow.

Smartphone Data: Many Americans Ignored Thanksgiving Travel Warnings From The CDC

US & World | | December 03 2020, 11:00 AM

NPR analyzed data by SafeGraph to determine the percentage of people who stayed at their "home" location for Thanksgiving as well as the percentage who traveled 31 miles or more.

'Time' Names Its Kid Of The Year: Water-Testing Scientist Gitanjali Rao

US & World | | December 03 2020, 10:00 AM

Rao, a Colorado teenager who has won praise for her innovation in detecting lead levels in water, said, "I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it."

A Texas Mayor Urged People To Stay Home, Then Flew To Mexico For Vacation

US & World | | December 03 2020, 10:00 AM

"In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize," Austin Mayor Steve Adler said, after initially saying he didn't do anything wrong.

Trump Rushes To Lock In Oil Drilling In Arctic Wildlife Refuge Before Biden's Term

Environment & Science | | December 03 2020, 9:20 AM

The Jan. 6 auction was set before the end of the comment and nominations period. If leases are finalized before Joe Biden takes office, they could be difficult to revoke.

Hong Kong Media Mogul Jimmy Lai Denied Bail For Alleged Fraud

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 9:20 AM

The decision means at least five more months in custody for Lai, who publishes a prominent pro-democracy newspaper. His arrest comes amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.

'We're All Tired Of This': Health Care Workers In Seattle Prepare For Another Surge

US & World | | December 03 2020, 7:40 AM

Harborview Medical Center faced the country's initial swell of coronavirus cases. Now, health care workers there are offering advice to people facing the latest surge in COVID-19 patients.

Imagine Waiting 6 Hours To Buy A Couple Of Bags Of Bread

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 7:20 AM

That's the situation in Syria, where bread shortages are now widespread — and the queues for daily rations stretch on and on. The same goes for gasoline.

A Biden Promise About Overseas Abortion Funding Could Prove Difficult To Implement

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 7:00 AM

It's part of an ongoing back-and-forth: Republican presidents ban U.S. funds for foreign aid groups that 'promote' abortion, Democratic presidents revoke the ban. This time things could be different.

Trump's Conspiracy Theories Raise Turnout Challenges In Georgia Senate Runoffs

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 4:20 AM

Georgia's Republican election officials say there's no evidence of any widespread fraud and say these conspiracy theories are "crazy," and like a game of "whack-a-mole."

Quarantined Health Workers Compound Staffing Shortages At California Hospitals

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 4:20 AM

With a spike in COVID-19 infections, hospitals in California's San Joaquin Valley are suffering from a staffing shortage. It's made worse because hundreds of health care workers are quarantined.

Google Illegally Fired And Spied On Workers Who Tried To Organize, Labor Agency Says

https://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 03 2020, 12:00 AM

The National Labor Relations Board accused the tech giant of violating federal law when it fired two employees involved in worker organizing last year.

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Checking In On The Bond Fire In OC

| December 03 2020, 11:07 AM

Powerful winds pushed flames through Southern California canyons early Thursday as an out-of-control wildfire burned near homes and forced residents to flee.

DOC AMA: City Of LA Issues Stay-At-Home Rules, What It’s Like To Receive A Vaccine & More

| December 03 2020, 9:27 AM

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

The Most Recent Los Angeles County Public Health Has Led To Confusion Among Residents. What Does It Allow For?

| December 03 2020, 9:19 AM

Yesterday, the City of Los Angeles issued a modified stay-at-home order that parallels Los Angeles County’s new rules, which went into effect on Monday.

BTS 101: The South Korean Boy Band Taking Over The US Music Charts

| December 03 2020, 9:11 AM

In late November, K-pop band BTS released their highly anticipated new album “BE,” It includes their English-language hit “Dynamite,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time ever for a South Korean group.

Republicans Made Gains Down-Ballot In California. What Does It Mean For The Party’s Future In The State?

| December 03 2020, 9:04 AM

Although Joe Biden won California by nearly 30 percent of the vote, the Republican Party saw gains down-ballot in the otherwise heavily Democratic state.

National Politics Round-Up: Stimulus Talks, Special Counsel, Biden’s Cabinet And More

| December 03 2020, 8:58 AM

We’ll talk about the latest national politics headline you need to know.

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