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Wed, 11/25/2020 - 05:30

He was only 10 when the soldiers took away his father. Eventually the family fled to Jordan. But where would they go next? Their saga inspired a Pulitzer-winning graphic series in The New York Times.

President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the economy on Nov. 16, as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris looks on.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:13

A question for Joe Biden and his team is whether they should be encouraging Democrats to move quickly, to deliver aid faster, even if that means accepting a smaller deal.

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:01

With promising news out of COVID-19 vaccine trials, the question now is how many people will get the vaccine? And can or will employers require their workers to get vaccinated?

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:01

Voting experts say it's not easy to remove options once they've been given to voters. But the fraught politics around alleged "fraud" complicate the outlook for coming elections.

With Kamala Harris poised to become the country's first female vice president, she brings with her another historic first: America's first second gentleman, her husband, Douglas Emhoff.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:00

When his wife, Kamala Harris, is sworn in as vice president of the U.S., Emhoff will also be creating history. "I'm gonna support her," he said when once asked what he'd do if she were elected.

A Tesla car powers up at a charging station in Petaluma, Calif. on Sept. 23, 2020. Auto makers are trying to convince would-be electric car buyers to adopt new habits to power their vehicles.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 04:00

Most charging actually happens at home, but concerns about how to juice up are tripping up would-be buyers. A lot is on the line for automakers.

A North Korean man defected to South Korea by hopping a fence along the Demilitarized Zone separating the two countries.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 03:46

The unnamed man defected to the South on Nov. 3, avoiding capture for 14 hours. He is seeking asylum in South Korea.

France announced some COVID-19 restrictions will ease this week after the country passed the peak of the virus's second wave. Restaurants will remain closed until January.
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 01:14

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the easing of a lockdown put in place as the country experienced a surge of new cases that swept through Europe.

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.

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