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For Cancer Patients, Anguish Grows Over Deferred Surgery As Risk Rises

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:50

With states starting to reopen, bans on "nonessential" surgeries are beginning to lift, too. But there's a huge backlog of cases that have only gotten more urgent and heartbreaking for many patients.

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$4.7 Million Gift To Propel Public Radio Coverage in Midwest, California

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:00

Philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt's $4.7 million contribution will help public radio stations increase news coverage in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska as well as California.

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Walmart Hires Almost A Quarter-Million Workers As Sales Soar

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:25

The retailer says it hired 235,000 staffers to keep up with demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Its online sales jumped 74%. Shoppers visited stores less frequently but spent more on each trip.

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Trump Says Funding Cuts Will Be Permanent If WHO Doesn't Commit To 'Major' Changes

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 10:19

"The World Health Organization has repeatedly made claims about the coronavirus that were either grossly inaccurate or misleading," President Trump says.

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Who'll Take The Tortoise? What Happens To Classroom Pets During The Lockdown

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 07:03

A photojournalist checks in on the critters — including Holly the tortoise and Frisky the frog — who have relocated from her son's Brooklyn school during the pandemic.

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Are There Zombie Viruses — Like The 1918 Flu — Thawing In The Permafrost?

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 06:57

As if the pandemic isn't enough, people are wondering if climate change will cause pathogens buried in frozen ground to come back to life as the Arctic warms. How worried should we be?

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Are You Ready To Go Back To Work? Share Your Story

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 06:00

Millions of Americans have lost work and money due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, some businesses are reopening. Are you ready to go back to normal life? NPR wants to hear your story.

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With Postmortem Testing, 'Last Responders' Shed Light On Pandemic's Spread

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 06:00

Coroners and medical examiners are starting to test for COVID-19 among those who die unexpectedly, including people who die at home. The process could help communities contain their outbreaks.

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Community Health Centers Struggling As Fewer People Seek Care During Pandemic

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:14

Many immigrants and people with low incomes already saw preventive care as a luxury. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has created another barrier to their seeking and receiving health care.

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Cruise Shutdown Leaves Southeast Alaska Without Its Economic Lifeblood

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:01

Cruise lines have canceled voyages to Southeast Alaska through the summer due to COVID-19. The move is devastating to the economies of many small cities that depend on tourist dollars.

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Mnuchin And Fed's Powell Set To Brief Senators On $2 Trillion Coronavirus Act

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:01

The Senate Banking Committee is taking its first look at spending under the massive CARES Act, which Congress approved in March.

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Scared To Return To Work, Or Can't With Kids At Home? Here's What You Need To Know

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:01

As businesses reopen, many workers are worried for their health and would rather stay on unemployment. Many parents can't return to a workplace because they have no child care. What are your options?

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Traffic Is Way Down, Due To Lockdowns, But Air Pollution? Not So Much

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:00

Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.

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Apple Store Shoppers To Have Temperatures Taken, Must Wear Face Coverings

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 03:07

About 100 Apple Stores, or about a fifth of the tech giant's worldwide retail locations, are now open, including storefronts in Alabama, Florida, California and Washington state.

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Germany, France Propose $543 Billion EU Coronavirus Recovery Fund

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 21:35

The plan is to raise the money through EU-backed bonds and help the hardest-hit industries and regions. The issue of burden sharing remains controversial among several of the bloc's member states.

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Germany, France Propose $543 Billion EU Coronavirus Recovery Fund

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 21:35

The plan is to raise the money through EU-backed bonds and be help the hardest-hit industries and regions. The issue of burden sharing remains controversial among several of the bloc's member states.

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California Loosens Counties' Reopening Requirements

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 20:22

Currently 24 counties have entered a stage that allows dine-in restaurants, destination retail, community centers and schools to reopen with modifications.

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Ken Osmond Dies At 76, Played Two-Faced Eddie Haskell On 'Leave It To Beaver'

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 19:26

The character of Eddie was polite to parents and mean to kids on the popular sitcom of the 1950s and '60s.

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Doctors In Training Learn Hard Lessons During The Pandemic

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 18:16

There are some 130,000 medical residents in the U.S., and many are pulling long shifts in emergency departments and ICUs treating patients infected with the coronavirus.

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READ: Mnuchin, Fed Chair Powell Testimony On Coronavirus Relief

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 17:50

"As a society, we should do everything we can to provide relief to those who are suffering for the public good," the head of the Federal Reserve will tell a Senate committee.

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