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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: 100,000 Deaths, Religion And The Future Of Work

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions about religious practices, health insurance and the future of work.

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LA Sues California Company, Alleging 'Sophisticated' COVID-19 Fraud

The city attorney accuses Wellness Matrix Group of "shocking deceptive conduct" over its sales of purported "at-home" coronavirus tests and virus-killing disinfectant.

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'We're Running Out Of Time': Census Turns To Congress To Push Deadlines

Census Bureau officials say they can no longer meet the current legal deadlines for delivering the 2020 census results. Some House Democrats have introduced a new bill to grant four-month extensions.

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'We All Feel At Risk': 100,000 People Dead From COVID-19 In The U.S.

The lethal march of COVID-19 passes 100,000 deaths in the U.S. despite some predictions it would not. The grim milestone presents a moment to consider who has died and how many others might follow.

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Medical Groups Ask FDA To Ease Access To Abortion Pill During The Pandemic

Reproductive rights advocates want patients to be allowed to pick up mifepristone at a hospital or clinic. The drug, which was approved 20 years ago, also helps to manage miscarriages for some women.

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Poll Shows Only A Quarter Of African Americans Plan To Get Coronavirus Vaccine

A survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds 25% of black respondents plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available, compared to 56% of whites.

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Weather Delays the SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch

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The historic launch planned for Wednesday gets pushed back due to stormy conditions, but the launch window remains open. SpaceX and NASA will try again Saturday.
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Federal Government Approves Methadone Deliveries During Pandemic

The highly regulated medication for opioid addiction has to be taken every day, otherwise patients risk a painful withdrawal. Normally, doses have to be picked up from a treatment center.

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National Women's Soccer League To Return In June To Play Tournament

All players, officials and staff members will be tested two days before arrival in Utah and subject to consistent coronavirus testing and symptom review through the tournament.

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'No Reasonable Person Can Assert' Hong Kong Has Autonomy From China, Pompeo Says

The U.S. secretary of state reports the reappraisal to Congress in a move that may place Hong Kong's special trade status in danger — and further stoke tensions between the U.S. and China.

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House Moves To Cast Its 1st Remote Votes, With Parties Still Divided On The Issue

Dozens of House Democrats planned to vote by proxy for the first time under the chamber's new rules. Republicans are urging their members not to participate, and suing to stop it,.

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WHO Warns Of A 'Second Peak' In Countries That Reopen Too Quickly

So far, there is no seasonal pattern to coronavirus outbreaks, says Dr. Margaret Harris of the WHO. Lockdowns may no longer be necessary, but infections do rise when restrictions are relaxed rapidly.

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European Union Plans $825 Billion Coronavirus Recovery Fund

"This is Europe's moment," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday. All 27 EU member states must approve the plan, a mix of grants and loans, before it can go forward.

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General Electric Makes The Switch Away From Lightbulbs

GE was born when Thomas Edison's electrical company merged with a rival in 1892, and the company has been making (and inventing) lightbulbs ever since. Now it's selling off its lighting business.

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Disney World And Other Florida Theme Parks Outline Reopening Plans

The popular theme parks will open their doors in the next few weeks and say they're planning to keep guests and employees as safe as possible.

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Boeing Cuts More Than 12,000 Jobs Due To Drop In Air Travel

The number of people traveling by air has plummeted more than 90% since the beginning of March. More than half of the employees losing their jobs are being laid off involuntarily.

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Whoooaaa Duuuuude: Why We Stretch Words in Tweets and Texts

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Notice you've been elongating your words lately? You're actually loading them with a whooooole lot of meaning.
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How The 'Lost Art' Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience

While researching his book, Breath, James Nestor participated in a study in which his nose was completely plugged for 10 days, forcing him to breathe solely through his mouth. "I felt awful," he says.

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Larry Kramer, Pioneering AIDS Activist And Writer, Dies At 84

Kramer was a young writer with an Oscar-nominated screenplay when his friends started dying mysteriously — galvanizing him to found Gay Men's Health Crisis, and later ACT UP, to combat AIDS.

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George Floyd's Death Stokes Calls For Minneapolis Officers To Be Charged

Neither Floyd's family nor Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey are satisfied by the firing of four officers, after a video depicting an officer's knee on Floyd's neck inspired national outrage this week.

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