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Latest Style Trend: Clandestine Haircuts During Stay-At-Home Orders

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 07:01

Hairstylists are not considered essential workers. But hair continues to grow. That's led to clandestine haircuts, where stylists can make money and clients can get a much-needed trim.

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A Tale of Two (Convention) Cities Fearing A Second Wave Of COVID-19

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 07:00

The 2016 conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia each drew an estimated 50,000 people. Day and night for a week, throngs pulsed through sports arena hallways, hotel lobbies, meeting rooms and bars.

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After Months of Steep Declines, Air Traffic Is Picking Up

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 05:00

U.S. travelers are starting to fly again following virtually no demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Major airlines are seeing more bookings despite concern from passengers.

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Rental Car Giant Hertz Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 04:52

A decrease in travel amid the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a "sudden and dramatic" blow to the company's revenue.

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With Moratorium Lifted, Houston Becomes Largest U.S. City Where Evictions Can Resume

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 03:15

Some Texas cities are taking additional steps to protect renters and delay evictions, but many Texans remain vulnerable. A Houston rental assistance program ran out of funding in just 90 minutes.

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Justice Department Backs Challenge To Illinois Stay-At-Home Order

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 21:48

The government says the order significantly impairs the ability of residents to maintain their economic livelihoods. And, it claims Gov. J.B. Pritzker is bound by state limits on emergency measures.

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Michigan AG Says She 'Will Not Remain Silent' As Trump Risks Public Health

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 19:07

Dana Nessel, attorney general for the state of Michigan, on Friday said President Trump was gambling with public health through his ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Harvard Researchers Find 'Inequality On Top Of Inequality' In COVID-19 Deaths

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 18:41

By studying the number of all current deaths compared to those in previous years, researchers have found that high-poverty, crowded areas where people of color live have been hard hit by the pandemic.

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Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Catch It Through The Eyes? Will Goggles Help?

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 18:35

What's the risk of contracting the virus through the eyes? And in what situations would protective eyewear be helpful?

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Indonesians Prepare For Eid Holiday Amid Concerns Over Spread Of COVID-19

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 17:59

Indonesia, with a population of 260 million, has confirmed more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 1,320 deaths, but many suspect the numbers are not a true reflection of the disease's reach.

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77 Nobel Laureates Denounce Trump Officials For Pulling Coronavirus Research Grant

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 17:44

In a letter sent to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, these U.S. scientists said they were "gravely concerned" about the abrupt termination of a federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance.

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Sons of Slain Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Forgive His Killers, Paving Way for Pardons

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 17:01

The writer's eldest son, Saleh, tweeted Thursday, "If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah."

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Army Scales Back In-Person Recruiting, Deploys Virus Testing Before Basic Training

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:46

The U.S. Army is adapting its recruiting amid the coronavirus, cutting the number of people in recruiting stations and moving much of its pitching online.

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'He's Incredibly Confused': Parenting A Child With Autism During The Pandemic

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:37

Feda Almaliti is the mother of a 15-year-old son with severe autism and an advocate. She describes how the challenges of the coronavirus crisis are exponentially more difficult for families like hers.

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Grocery Workers Union Estimates 3,257 Members Infected With Coronavirus

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:31

Union President Marc Perrone said the number of those members infected or known to have been exposed to the virus has increased by 200% in five weeks.

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CDC Advice On Surface Spread Of COVID-19 'Has Not Changed,' Agency Says

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a headline change on its website seemed to trigger news reports saying its guidelines have changed.

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Trump Calls On States To Reopen Places Of Worship Immediately

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:33

"In America, we need more prayer, not less," Trump says. "These are places that hold our society together."

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Alabama Opening Theaters, Zoos And Water Parks Despite Recent Rise In Cases

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:29

Gov. Kay Ivey is relaxing restrictions on schools, water parks and other elements of normal life. Since early March, Alabama has received more than 501,000 jobless claims.

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Scientists Say New, Lower CDC Estimates For Severity Of COVID-19 Are Optimistic

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:21

A new model released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecasts millions fewer hospitalizations and roughly 100,000 fewer deaths than it predicted just a month ago.

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Georgia Investigators 'Confident' In Arrests Made In Ahmaud Arbery Case

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:05

William "Roddie" Bryan has said he was a witness. "I can tell you that if we believed he was a witness we wouldn't have arrested him," the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says.

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