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A lab technician dips a sample into the Abbott Laboratories ID Now testing machine at the Detroit Health Center on April 10. Three coronavirus testing machine manufacturers — Hologic Inc., Roche and Abbott Laboratories — have confirmed that demand is outstripping supply, creating a bottleneck processing tests.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 06:24

Civilian labs and the Army say they've had trouble getting big machines that run hundreds of coronavirus tests at once. Public health experts say that's holding the U.S. back from ramping up testing.

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:14

More than 100,000 Americans die from COVID-19. China moves closer to criminalizing dissent from Hong Kong. And, violent protests continue in Minneapolis after a black man died in police custody.

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, listens during a coronavirus briefing with health insurers at the White House on March 10.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:14

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, owns between $506,043 and $1.64 million in stocks that could present conflicts of interest to his work on the White House Coronavirus response.

Registered nurses and healthcare workers at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., protested in April what they said was a lack of personal protective equipment for the pandemic's front line workers.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:00

More than 60,000 health care workers have contracted the coronavirus, up from 9,000 in April. Workers say they face unnecessary risks because of ongoing shortages of protective gear like masks.

The closing session of China's National People's Congress plays on a television in a Hong Kong restaurant Thursday.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:53

The National People's Congress authorized lawmakers to draft and enact a national security law aimed at suppressing dissent in Hong Kong. The U.S. says it means the end of the city's sovereignty.

Because of the pandemic, the Bureau of Land Management held virtual public hearings in April on a proposal to expand oil drilling in Alaska's North Slope.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:01

The Trump administration is rushing to finalize some of its biggest environmental rollbacks ahead of November's election. Some affected groups say they're too distracted by the pandemic to engage.

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

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Cory Obenour, chef and co-owner of the Blue Plate restaurant in San Francisco, prepares takeout and delivery orders. The restaurant received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, according to the Associated Press.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

The first round of Paycheck Protection Program funding ran out in days, but the second pot of money has more than $140 billion left after a month. Some business owners decided the PPP wasn't for them.

Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge connects Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. With visits from Canadian customers having evaporated, many businesses in Madawaska, including gas stations and convenience stores, have been hit hard.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

Since March, the U.S. has blocked nonessential travel along the U.S.-Canada border to limit the spread of COVID-19. But in northern Maine, the move cut off many longstanding social and economic ties.

A 2019 naturalization ceremony in Lowell, Mass. The pandemic has put such ceremonies on hold in an election year when many new citizens vote for the first time.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:00

An estimated 860,000 people were set to become citizens this year – with many also expected to become first-time voters. But the pandemic has put a temporary halt to naturalization ceremonies.

People pray inside St. Michael's Church on Tuesday in Brooklyn.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 21:18

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we'll answer your questions about religious practices, health insurance and the future of work.

Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer announced a lawsuit against Wellness Matrix Group, alleging multiple scams related to the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit was filed in LA Superior Court.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 18:26

The city attorney accuses Wellness Matrix Group of "shocking deceptive conduct" over its sales of purported "at-home" coronavirus tests and virus-killing disinfectant.

People walk past posters encouraging participation in the 2020 census in April in Seattle. A group of House Democrats have introduced a bill that would grant the U.S. Census Bureau's request to delay major deadlines for delivering results of the count because of the pandemic.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 17:03

Census Bureau officials say they can no longer meet the current legal deadlines for delivering the 2020 census results. Some House Democrats have introduced a new bill to grant four-month extensions.

A volunteer artist sets up a memorial May 20 in Brooklyn. Artists and volunteer organizers across New York City put up memorials throughout the five boroughs to honor those who died of COVID-19.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 16:50

The lethal march of COVID-19 passes 100,000 deaths in the U.S. despite some predictions it would not. The grim milestone presents a moment to consider who has died and how many others might follow.

In this photo illustration, a person looks at an Abortion Pill (RU-486) for unintended pregnancy from Mifepristone displayed on a computer on May 8 in Arlington, Va.
Wed, 05/27/2020 - 16:27

Reproductive rights advocates want patients to be allowed to pick up mifepristone at a hospital or clinic. The drug, which was approved 20 years ago, also helps to manage miscarriages for some women.

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