Archive for April 15th, 2021

Brazil COVID-19: 'Humanitarian Crisis' With More Than 3,000 Deaths A Day

US & World | | April 15 2021, 5:20 PM

The Supreme Court has approved an inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro's pandemic response. Doctors Without Borders says the country's approach has led to a "near collapse of Brazil's health system."

Chicago Releases Video Showing Fatal Police Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

US & World | | April 15 2021, 4:40 PM

The highly anticipated footage was released to the public on Thursday, more than two weeks after the seventh-grader was killed by an officer following an alleyway foot pursuit.

Fewer Migrant Children Held In Border Detention Facilities, But Challenges Remain

US & World | | April 15 2021, 3:20 PM

Health and Human Services has opened a dozen emergency influx shelters for unaccompanied migrant children, easing a bottleneck at the border. But the Biden administration still faces big challenges.

Democrats Unveil Long-Shot Plan To Expand Size Of Supreme Court From 9 To 13

Crime & Justice | | April 15 2021, 2:40 PM

Republicans were scathing in their response to the measure, but the bill has a grim future even without their opposition. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has no plans to bring it to the floor.

Podcaster Chronicles Racism, 'Resistance' And The Fight For Black Lives | | April 15 2021, 12:00 PM

Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. lost a close friend from college to police violence. His podcast explores different aspects of the movement for Black lives — including Tejan-Thomas Jr.'s personal history.

China To Loom Large At Biden's Summit With Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

US & World | | April 15 2021, 11:40 AM

As the U.S. tries to enlist allies to help meet the challenges posed by China, perhaps no nation is more central than Japan. Suga is the first foreign leader to meet face-to-face with President Biden.

Biden Claims GOP Voters Support His Infrastructure Plan; Poll Shows They Don't

Politics | | April 15 2021, 11:20 AM

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds most support the plan, but three-quarters of Republicans do not. "Listen to your constituents," President Biden says, but that may mean little to no GOP votes.

Scientists Create Early Embryos That Are Part Human, Part Monkey

Health | | April 15 2021, 10:20 AM

An international team has put human cells into monkey embryos in hopes of finding new ways to produce organs for transplantation. But some ethicists still worry about how such research could go wrong.

Signs Of Economic Boom Emerge As Retail Sales Surge, Jobless Claims Hit Pandemic Low | | April 15 2021, 9:40 AM

Retail sales jumped nearly 10% in March, as shoppers, flush with $1,400 relief payments, are feeling more confident about venturing out. Weekly unemployment claims dropped to a pandemic low.

U.S. Slaps New Sanctions On Russia Over Cyber Attack, Election Meddling | | April 15 2021, 7:40 AM

President Biden is ordering a new round of economic sanctions that include restrictions on dozens of Russian entities and the expulsion of some Kremlin diplomats.

Blinken Arrives In Afghanistan After Biden Announces Troop Withdrawal | | April 15 2021, 7:00 AM

Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kabul on Thursday in a visit that comes on the heels of President Biden's announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan.

As Auto Industry Goes Electric, Can It Avoid A Battery Bottleneck? | | April 15 2021, 5:40 AM

As automakers from General Motors to Volkswagen bet big on an electric future, fears are rising about whether the world's supply of batteries can keep up.

Ahead Of Hearing, Capitol Police Says It Needs Help To Address Insurrection Failures

US & World | | April 15 2021, 4:20 AM

Responding to a critical inspector general's report, the U.S. Capitol Police acknowledges that "much additional work needs to be done," but that it will need "significant resources" from Congress.

The Most Popular J&J Vaccine Story On Facebook? A Conspiracy Theorist Posted It | | April 15 2021, 4:20 AM

A vast network of professional vaccine skeptics on social media have been waiting for a development like the Johnson & Johnson pause. Now experts say they will milk it for all its worth and more.

Muslim Civil Rights Leader Accused Of Harassment, Misconduct

US & World | | April 15 2021, 4:20 AM

A former chapter leader at the Council on American-Islamic Relations was accused of domestic abuse. Since then, other women have come forward with allegations of bad behavior, while he disputes all.

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A Police Officer Was Fired For Intervening In Colleague’s Chokehold In 2006. Why It Matters Today And What It Means For How We Look At Excessive Force

| April 15 2021, 9:50 AM

A judge has ruled that the firing of a police officer, who’s black, in 2006 was wrong. Cariole Horne intervened when she saw a fellow officer put a man in a chokehold. Horne was fired soon after the incident, but she didn’t give up the fight.

In New Book, The ‘Mothers’ Of NPR Get Their Due

| April 15 2021, 9:19 AM

Just in time for NPR’s 50th birthday, a new book spotlights the four so-called ‘mothers’ of NPR: Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg and Cokie Roberts.

Children’s Groups Push Back Against Instagram App In Development For Young Children

| April 15 2021, 9:17 AM

Anyone that has spent time around young kids and cell phones probably knows how adept children are at using social media apps.

DOC AMA: Vaccine Eligibility Expansion, J&J Vaccine Latest, Breakthrough Cases And More

| April 15 2021, 9:08 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, we speak with UCSF’s Dr. Peter Chin-Hong.

What US Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Means For International Politics, The Future Of Afghanistan’s Government, And U.S-Afghan Relations

| April 15 2021, 8:59 AM

President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the “forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 attacks cannot justify American forces still being there 20 years after the deadliest terror assault on the United States.

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