Archive for April 16th, 2021

Here's What You Should Know About Biden's New Rules For Fetal Tissue Research | | April 16 2021, 5:20 PM

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is reversing restrictions on the use of fetal tissue in medical research implemented under former President Trump.

Liberty University Sues Ex-President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Seeking Millions In Damages

US & World | | April 16 2021, 4:40 PM

In the civil suit, Liberty University accuses its former president of breach of contract and fiduciary duty as well as statutory conspiracy. Falwell called it "full of lies and half truths."

Coronavirus FAQ: You're Vaccinated. Cool! Now About Those 'Breakthrough' Infections... | | April 16 2021, 3:00 PM

No vaccine is 100% effective. Though so-called "breakthrough" COVID cases are rare, the virus is circulating widely. What's a vaccinated person to do? And ... not do?

Hundreds Of Fyre Festival Ticket Holders Poised To Win Payout In Class-Action Suit

Crime & Justice | | April 16 2021, 2:20 PM

A class-action settlement will award 277 ticket holders more than $7,000 each, pending a judge's approval in May. The final sum could be reduced depending on ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

Russia Retaliates Against Biden's New Sanctions, Expelling 10 U.S. Diplomats | | April 16 2021, 1:40 PM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced new sanctions Friday. The U.S. imposed its new sanctions on Russia on Thursday in response to the SolarWinds cyberattack and interference in elections.

Law Professor: Police Hold 'Extraordinary' Power Over Black People In Traffic Stops

US & World | | April 16 2021, 1:00 PM

Those who don't immediately stop for police are committing "contempt of cop. And bad officers will make you pay for that," law professor Paul Butler argues.

Cuba Without A Castro: The Island's Old Guard Exits The Stage | | April 16 2021, 1:00 PM

A generation of Cuban revolutionaries who seized power six decades ago is set to exit the stage, with Raul Castro saying he will step down as head of the Cuban Communist Party.

Oath Keepers Member Is 1st To Plead Guilty In Capitol Riot Investigation

Crime & Justice | | April 16 2021, 12:20 PM

Jon Schaffer pleaded guilty to two charges — obstructing an official proceeding and entering restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon. He has agreed to cooperate fully with investigators.

Senators Urge Biden To Shut Down Guantánamo, Calling It A 'Symbol Of Lawlessness' | | April 16 2021, 12:20 PM

Two dozen U.S. senators sent a letter to the White House outlining steps to shutter the crumbling military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where many men have been held uncharged for nearly 20 years.

Biden Keeps Refugee Limits At Trump-Era Levels For Now, Despite Earlier Pledge

Politics | | April 16 2021, 11:00 AM

The Biden administration says it will keep the number of refugee admissions for fiscal year 2021 capped at 15,000. As a candidate, President Biden pledged to raise the number to 125,000.

Antibody Drugs For COVID-19 Are A Cumbersome Tool Against Surges

Health | | April 16 2021, 10:00 AM

Drugs that can help keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital are playing only a small role in Michigan, where the pandemic is accelerating. Logistical challenges are to blame.

Biden Administration To Spend $1.7 Billion To Track Spread Of Coronavirus Variants

Health | | April 16 2021, 9:40 AM

With a more contagious variant now dominant in the U.S., the country's genomic surveillance capacity is getting a major boost.

How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 2030 | | April 16 2021, 9:00 AM

Environmental groups and business leaders are pushing President Biden to cut U.S. emissions 50 percent by 2030. The question is: what kind of climate policies will work that fast?

9 Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced For 2019 Protests | | April 16 2021, 5:40 AM

Nine activists and lawmakers were sentenced to prison terms Friday for their participation in the 2019 anti-government protests.

Republicans And Democrats Largely Oppose Transgender Sports Legislation, Poll Shows

Politics | | April 16 2021, 4:40 AM

Members of the two parties are split on how transgender students should participate in sports, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. But opposition to legislating the issue is roughly uniform.

Can The Afghan Army Hold Off The Taliban Without The U.S.? | | April 16 2021, 4:40 AM

The Afghan military remains heavily dependent on U.S. equipment, training and money. It's far from clear how effective this U.S. assistance will be once American troops are gone.

In Talks With Japanese Prime Minister, Biden To Focus On Countering China

Politics | | April 16 2021, 4:00 AM

President Biden meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday, his first in-person summit since taking office. Talks are expected to focus on shared concerns about China.

Gunman Kills 8 At FedEx Warehouse In Indianapolis

US & World | | April 16 2021, 2:40 AM

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officers responded to a FedEx warehouse facility shortly after 11 p.m. Multiple victims were sent to nearby hospitals.

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Mental Health And POC: The Toll Of Seeing Continuous Acts Of Violence At The Hands Of Police

| April 16 2021, 9:24 AM

Disturbing bodycam video released Thursday after public outcry over the Chicago police shooting of a 13-year-old boy shows the youth appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before an officer fires his gun and kills him.

COVID-19 AMA: Spring Wave, Variants, When The Vaccine Will Be Ready For Kids And More

| April 16 2021, 9:17 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Shruti Gohil, professor of medicine and associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine’s School of Medicine.

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FilmWeek: ‘We Broke Up,’ ‘Reefa,’ ‘Hope,’ And More

| April 16 2021, 9:19 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Tim Cogshell and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases.

FilmWeek Critic Charles Solomon On The Art, Music And Stunning Visuals Of The Oscar-Nominated Film ‘WolfWalkers’

| April 16 2021, 9:04 AM

The animated feature film “WolfWalkers,” from Cartoon Saloon, is nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards.

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