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Light micrograph of a mucor fungus.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 09:13

Doctors say India's battle with COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented rise in mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection that preys on people with weakened immune systems.

Minnie Adkins stands in her yard in Elliott County, Ky., holding her carving of a possum with baby possums dangling on its tail.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 09:04

The pandemic affected us all in varied ways. One 87-year-old woman spent almost all of it completely alone, whittling. "I don't know what I would have done without my carving," Minnie Adkins says.

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane sits on the assembly line at Boeing's 737 assembly facility in 2019.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 08:04

The issue temporarily took more than 100 newly built 737 Max planes out of service last month, but is unrelated to the flight control system problem blamed for two fatal crashes.

From left: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Vice President Harris, President Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer meet in the Oval Office Wednesday.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 04:00

President Biden continues conversations with Republicans, but major hurdles persist over what items would be in an infrastructure measure, and how it might be paid for.

Clive Thompson reads aloud the letter that means he and his wife, Oneita, no longer need to fear deportation. They are joined by their son, Timothy, 15.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 04:00

The Thompsons, originally from Jamaica, spent 843 days living in churches in Philadelphia to avoid deportation. Now they are free, but reentry comes with new challenges.

In a bid to get more Ohioans vaccinated, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a $1 million lottery offer to adults who get at least one COVID-19 dose. Kids under 18 who get the vaccine will be entered into a lottery to get a scholarship.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 03:55

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is pitching the $1 million lottery drawing and school scholarships as a scheme to boost vaccination levels in the state.

Former White House counsel Don McGahn has agreed to testify to the House Judiciary Committee after a two year court battle with the panel.
Thu, 05/13/2021 - 02:18

The House Judiciary Committee first subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn in 2019.

The headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. On Wednesday, the CDC recommended that people as young as 12 get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 23:01

A new Harvard poll shows that only half of Americans trust the CDC — other health agencies were rated even lower. During a pandemic, trust is critical to the success of a public health response.

A dangerous crack in a steel beam on the Interstate 40 bridge, near Memphis, Tenn., caused authorities to order an emergency closure, disrupting road and Mississippi River traffic.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 22:05

Arkansas officials said it had the potential to become a "catastrophic event," adding, "the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic and the river was closed to barge traffic as a safety precaution."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk delivers his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" last week in an image released by NBC. Musk tweeted on Wednesday that Tesla would no longer accept cryptocurrency Bitcoin for car purchases.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 19:02

Tesla's CEO explained on Twitter that the reversal on accepting Bitcoin was prompted by concerns about the "rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels" to mine the cryptocurrency.

The pandemic has underscored the importance of having a reliable internet connection, with adults dependent on it for work and young people reliant on it for their education.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 18:04

The $3.2 billion temporary pandemic program will last for up to six months after the pandemic is over or until the funds run out.

President Biden alluded to the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack in his new executive order. Here, storage tanks at a Colonial Pipeline facility are seen Wednesday in Avenel, N.J.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 17:51

The order follows a ransomware attack on a company that operates a pipeline that provides nearly half of the gasoline and jet fuel for the East Coast.

Drivers wait to refuel vehicles Wednesday at a Costco Wholesale Corp. gas station in Dunwoody, Ga. Officials are urging people not to panic-buy as motorists in Southeastern states put a run on gas stations.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 17:08

Even before fuel began flowing again after a ransomware attack, experts said any shortages were because of transportation, not supply, and they urged people not to top off their tanks.

A man walks by a mobile health clinic displaying a picture of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, in Managua on April 14, 2020. The government claims to be successfully combating the pandemic but health workers and critics say the toll is likely higher.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:53

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government insists the country has low numbers of cases and deaths from the pandemic. A grassroots group is working to reveal the true impact is far worse.

Calling COVID-19 "a terrible wake-up call," an independent review panel says national and international leaders failed to respond adequately to the pandemic. Here, members of the Bavarian state Parliament sit among clear panels in Munich in October.
Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:51

The coronavirus found a world vulnerable to the worst effects of a pandemic despite warnings from experts and a string of recent global health threats. The system, the report said, remains "unfit."

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