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Small Businesses To Washington: Please Send Money Soon Or We Won't Survive

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:35

Many small businesses have just a couple of weeks worth of cash on hand to pay rent and make payroll. Half of Americans own or work at a small business and they need help soon to stay afloat.

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U.S. Navy Hospital Ships To Deploy To New York, West Coast

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:07

The pair of ships, the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy, will help local medical workers grapple with an influx of patients. But it remains unclear precisely when they will be ready to go.

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Bonnaroo Postpones Festival Until September

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:07

The multi-day music event based in Manchester, Tenn., has bumped its scheduled dates back from June until September. It's one of a number of major events to change their plans due to the coronavirus.

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Kansas Becomes The First State To End In-Person Classes For The Year

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 15:07

Governors in California and Ohio have suggested they might follow Kansas' lead, as officials across the U.S. step up efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Retired Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden Dies At 88

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:41

He had one trip to the moon — not to tread the surface, but to orbit in the craft that would return the two moonwalkers to Earth. All three got in trouble later over the sale of space mementos.

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Testing Swabs Run In Short Supply As Makers Try To Speed Up Production

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:23

The specialized swabs required for coronavirus tests are quite different from your standard Q-tips. And U.S. hospitals are running out of them, creating another delay in efforts to expand testing.

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Electoral College 'Not Carved In Stone:' Author Advocates Rethinking How We Vote

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:53

Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President, says the Electoral College's winner-take-all rule is not mandated by the Constitution: "There's nothing keeping us from changing it."

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Life In Lockdown: From Shock To Panic To ... Acceptance

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:15

In Wuhan, China, most of the millions of people on lockdown have not gotten sick from COVID-19. But worries and isolation can affect their mental health.

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Coronavirus: Kansas Becomes 1st State To End School Year — But May Not Be Last

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:40

Governors in California and Ohio have suggested they might follow Kansas' lead, as officials across the U.S. step up efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Democratic House Incumbent Ousted By Progressive Challenger In Illinois Primary

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:09

Rep. Dan Lipinski, the conservative, eight-term Democratic congressman, lost his primary to business consultant Marie Newman.

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Another Day, Another Direction For Stocks: Dow Drops Again

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 09:15

The U.S. stock market fell anew, with the Dow down more than 1,200 points, or about 6%. Vice President Pence tells NPR disruptions from the outbreak could continue until midsummer.

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WATCH: White House Holds Briefing As Trump Shuts Border With Canada

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 09:04

The president said the border would close by "mutual consent," the latest development in the coronavirus pandemic. The White House is planning a briefing at 11:30 a.m. ET. Watch it live.

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Bernie Sanders Will 'Assess' His Campaign Following More Big Primary Losses

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 08:38

For the third week in a row, former Vice President Joe Biden scored lopsided wins against the Vermont senator and extended a delegate lead that may be impossible for Sanders to surmount.

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Biden, Sanders Remarks Show How The Coronavirus Has Upended The Campaign

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 07:00

The coronavirus is scrambling so much of our lives at the moment, there's no surprise it's doing the same to the presidential race.

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'A Socio-Economic Tsunami': How The World Is Dealing With Pandemic

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 06:43

Developments on the ground in the past 24 hours come as the worldwide total of confirmed infections edged toward 200,000, with some 8,000 dead from COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Threatens Food Supply Chain As Farms Worry About Workers Falling Ill

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 06:19

COVID-19 has turned one end of the food industry, stores and restaurants, on its head. At the other end, though, food production hums along as usual — but that could change if workers catch the virus.

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Coronavirus Epidemic Brings Special Challenges For Immigrants In Urban Areas

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 05:01

Urban immigrant communities could be particularly vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. In New York City, public health workers are making extra efforts to reach the immigrant population.

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Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Vice President Pence

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 05:00

Vice President Pence talked to NPR's Steve Inskeep about the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus.

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5 Takeaways, As Biden Sweeps 3 More States Amid Coronavirus Fears

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 05:00

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Florida, Illinois and Arizona Democratic primaries all by double digits Tuesday. And he's building a delegate lead that may very well be insurmountable.

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'You Don't Expect It To Happen To You': When Your Job Is Suddenly Gone

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 05:00

Event coordinators without events to coordinate. Truck drivers without cargo. Many find themselves applying for unemployment, dipping into savings and, job searching in the middle of a pandemic.

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