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The doorway to Jones Hall is shown at Utah State University in September, where about 300 students were being quarantined to their rooms as a precaution.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 00:32

Federal health officials could reduce the quarantine from the currently recommended 14 days to as few as seven for people who test negative for the virus.

President-elect Joe Biden addresses reporters Tuesday in Wilmington, Del.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 20:42

President Trump has not conceded the election, but now that the transition is underway, President-elect Joe Biden can access the same brief about national security threats that Trump receives.

President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday introduced his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts. In an exclusive interview with NBC News' Lester Holt he said key agencies from the Trump administration are reaching out to facilitate the transition of power.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 20:02

The president-elect says he is open to including his progressive former rivals in his new administration, but that he also needs strong leadership in the Senate.

A flu vaccine is administered at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site, in San Fernando, Calif. Emergency use authorization is expected soon for vaccines for COVID-19.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 19:46

Operation Warp Speed is allocating the first batch of 6.4 million COVID vaccines to states, based on population. This circumvents a CDC advisory committee, which proposed allocation based on risk.

To truly turn the current surge in coronavirus cases around, epidemiologists say governments need to do more than just order people not to see friends and family.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 17:40

To turn around the current jump in coronavirus cases, epidemiologist Ellie Murray says governments need to focus on the places that are driving the spread, like restaurants and bars.

With new infections rising across the country, states are struggling to slow the spread, and testing can barely keep up. Here, people line up outside a coronavirus testing site this month in New York.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 16:50

The U.S. added more than 1 million cases in the past week. More than 85,000 people are hospitalized. Some states may have no choice but to lock down again. Others are trying a targeted approach.

Ernest Grant, the president of the American Nurses Association, is taking part in a Moderna coronavirus vaccine trial. He says he wants to increase trust in science.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 16:34

Ernest Grant, the president of the American Nurses Association, says historical abuses have left Black people with a distrust of vaccines. Now he's part of a coronavirus vaccine trial.

Refrigerators store Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at a company facility in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:46

The $1.95 billion Operation Warp Speed contract excludes government rights to inventions or production know-how developed in the manufacture of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This monolith was discovered in rural Utah, but officials do not know its source or reason for being installed.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:38

Authorities do not know where the object came from or the intent behind it.

Protesters gather for a news conference in Atlanta earlier this year, shortly after the release of a complaint by whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 14:45

Dozens of immigrant women have said they received unwanted gynecological procedures at Irwin County Detention Center. Yet even as authorities investigate, the accusers have been in danger of removal.

Kamo Zandinan says goodbye in the Mosul orphanage to a 10-year-old girl she believes is her daughter Sonya, taken from her by ISIS six years ago. The girl was rescued by police in March from an Arab family to whom she was not related. Zandinan is waiting for DNA tests to confirm whether the girl is her daughter.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 13:56

ISIS fighters tore Kamo Zandinan's 4-year-old daughter Sonya from her arms in 2014. Zandinan, now a refugee in Canada, recently returned to Iraq to meet the 10-year-old girl she believes is Sonya.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk visits the construction site of a future Tesla plant near Berlin on Sept. 3. Musk is now the world's second-richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 13:44

The soaring value of Tesla stock has sent Musk's net worth skyrocketing, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The automaker's CEO has added more than $100 billion to his net worth in 2020.

Charlotte Charles, mother of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, is seen in Charlton, England, on Tuesday. Dunn's family lost a court battle with the U.K. government over whether the American driver who fatally struck their son had diplomatic immunity.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 13:29

Harry Dunn's family argued the U.K. government had wrongly granted Anne Sacoolas diplomatic immunity. Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, is charged in his death but fled to the U.S.

Nana (left) gets her birth control implant checked by Dr. Jean Rangomana during the Marie Stopes International mobile clinic in Besakoa, Madagascar, on April 9, 2018. Abortion is illegal under all circumstances in Madagascar, and Trump administration policies led to shortages of birth control there, health workers say.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 13:23

President-elect Joe Biden inherits a global health landscape changed by the Trump administration more than under any Republican president since Ronald Reagan.

A lab technician sorts blood samples for a COVID-19 vaccination study at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Fla., on Aug. 13.
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 12:53

Dr. Peter Hotez is part of a team working to develop a low-cost COVID vaccine that could be distributed globally. "Vaccines are coming," he says. "We have to get everybody through to the other side."


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