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Jobs In The Pandemic: More Are Freelance And May Stay That Way Forever

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 07:50

Before the coronavirus hit, many workers chose freelance or contract jobs because they preferred the flexibility and variety it offered. But now millions are turning to freelancing out of necessity.

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Bill Gates Sr., Father Of Microsoft Co-Founder, Dies At 94

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 06:46

"My dad's wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world," Gates wrote in a tribute to his father.

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Congressional Inquiry Faults Boeing And FAA Failures For Deadly 737 Max Plane Crashes

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 05:46

An investigation into the troubled plane's development and certification finds a "disturbing pattern" of Boeing design flaws, management failures and "grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA."

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Parents Keep Children Home As China Limits Mongolian Language In The Classroom

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 05:08

As it has long done with the Tibetan and Uighur languages, Beijing is reducing instruction in Mongolian in favor of Mandarin Chinese in ethnic Mongolian areas of the country.

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2020 Electoral Map Ratings: Landscape Tightens Some, But Biden Is Still Ahead

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 05:05

The big change is that Florida has gone from leaning in Joe Biden's direction back to its traditional spot as a toss-up state.

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Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 05:00

An NPR poll finds 72% of Latino households in the United States are facing serious financial problems — double the share of whites who report this. Major health problems are mounting, too.

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Whistleblower Alleges 'Medical Neglect,' Questionable Hysterectomies Of ICE Detainees

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 04:43

Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocacy groups are calling for the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to investigate the claims, centered on conditions at a facility in Georgia.

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The Majority Of Children Who Die From COVID-19 Are Children Of Color

Wed, 09/16/2020 - 01:35

According to data reported to the CDC, 121 children died from COVID-19 between February and July of this year. And 78% of the children who died were Hispanic, Black or Native American.

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Google Says It Doesn't Monopolize Digital Ad Market. Senators Don't Buy It

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 19:55

Senators pressed the tech giant on the scope and scale of its digital advertising business. Republicans repeated long-running allegations of conservative bias.

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Pennsylvania Officials Stand By Pandemic Response After Judge Rules Against Orders

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 19:38

The governor and health secretary want residents to guard against the virus as a federal judge calls stay-at-home and business closure orders — since lifted — unconstitutional.

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Workers In Washington, D.C., Region Likely To Work From Home Until Next Summer

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:22

A survey of hundreds of private employers in the region shows most are struggling to bring their employees back into the office. Many firms cited worries about the safety of using public transit.

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Oil Demand Has Collapsed, And It Won't Come Back Any Time Soon

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:17

The pandemic massively reduced the world's consumption of oil. Now two influential reports suggest that this state of affairs will continue well into 2021 — if not longer.

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Facebook VP Nick Clegg On New Climate Change Information Hub

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 17:06

Facebook is launching a page focused on climate change facts. Facebook's Nick Clegg talked with NPR about the company's steps to stop misinformation on climate change and other issues.

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Haze Spreads Across U.S. As Wildfires Continue To Tear Through The West

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 16:16

Scientists have linked an increasing prevalence and intensity of wildfires to climate change, and residents of Western states are grappling with the dread that severe fire seasons are the new normal.

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Bipartisan Senate Push To Extend Census Begins Weeks Before Count Is Set To End

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 16:05

A bipartisan Senate bill could solve a scheduling conundrum that is putting the national count, along with the distribution of federal funding and political representation, in serious jeopardy.

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American Incomes Were Rising, Until The Pandemic Hit

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 14:15

Median household income jumped to $68,700 in 2019, the highest since record-keeping began in 1967. Many of those gains have likely been erased this year, as the pandemic left tens of millions jobless.

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Israel, Bahrain And UAE Sign Deals Formalizing Ties At White House

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:59

The agreements bring "a pivot in history," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before a signing ceremony at the White House.

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Alexei Navalny Releases Photo From Hospital Bed After Nerve Agent Poisoning

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:50

The Russian opposition leader plans to return to Russia, according to his spokesperson. "It's puzzling to me why anyone should think otherwise," the spokesperson said.

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Netflix CEO Embraces 'No Rules,' But Work Is Anything But Chill

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 13:46

In his new book No Rules Rules, Reed Hastings argues that in order for a creative workplace to succeed, it needs as few policies and rules as possible. Others say the culture is demoralizing.

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The Volatile Mix Of A South Korean Church, Politics And The Coronavirus

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:51

A clash over disease control between the government and a church is the latest flashpoint in a wider conflict between a right-wing coalition and President Moon Jae-in's liberal administration.

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