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"Flatten the curve" is one of the many new phrases introduced into the lexicon this year that would've made little sense in 2019.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 18:23

The lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary couldn't sum up the year in just one word — so they went with a whole list instead.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Monday in Wilmington, Del., during a virtual meeting with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:46

President Trump, who still hasn't conceded, says he's "recommending" the GSA begin "initial protocols" to kick-start the transfer of power. The GSA chief says her decision was reached independently.

Avril Haines pictured in January 2020. If confirmed, Haines will become the first woman to become the director of national intelligence.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 16:59

President-elect Joe Biden's appointee was previously the deputy director of the CIA and the White House deputy national security adviser.

A Kentucky pediatrician says she's seeing an increase in children with COVID-19. Cases are spiking for people of all ages across the United States. Research suggests that in-person schooling is not a significant reason.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 16:53

Elizabeth Hawse, a pediatrician in Lexington, Ky., says she's seen a big increase in the number of children testing positive for the coronavirus. The governor has shut schools' in-person classes.

Used N95 masks are collected at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital on April 13, 2020. Hospital staff wrote their names on the masks so each could be returned after being cleaned, a strategy used to alleviate critical shortages of respirator masks.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 16:44

The Strategic National Stockpile stores critical supplies. It fell short when the pandemic first hit. Now, a new effort is being implemented, but it's still not providing what the U.S. needs.

Then-Secretary of State John Kerry holds his granddaughter as he signs the Paris Agreement on climate change in April 2016. Kerry has been chosen as climate envoy in the incoming Biden administration.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 16:08

Environmental groups praise Kerry for his decades of climate work, including negotiating the Paris Agreement. He will face challenges after four years of a diminished U.S. role in climate diplomacy.

Then-Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a briefing in 2017. President-elect Joe Biden reportedly will nominate Yellen as his Treasury secretary.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 15:48

Joe Biden plans to nominate the former Federal Reserve chair as his Treasury secretary. She would play a leading role in helping the economy recover from the pandemic.

Congressional Democrats want the head of the General Services Administration to tell them why she is holding up the transition to President-elect Joe Biden.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:46

The General Services Administration is offering a briefing for congressional leaders behind closed doors next week.

An American Airlines plane is seen at a gate at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., on May 12, 2020.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:42

American Airlines reversed a recent policy that banned wheelchairs weighing more than 300 pounds, which includes many power wheelchairs, from some of its regional jets following an NPR report.

Gasser Abdel Razek, executive director of Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, in a photo from the organization's website. Abdel Razek was arrested with two other officials of the civil rights organization after the met with European ambassadors.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 14:06

Three prominent figures in the country's embattled human rights movement were arrested after meeting with European ambassadors. The Egyptian government is accusing them of being terrorists.

Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founding director of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 13:40

In 2017, a study reported one in three people in one rural Alabama county had been exposed to hookworm. Catherine Coleman Flowers says the study reveals big gaps in sanitation in rural America.

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Avril Haines, seen here before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in January, as director of national intelligence in his administration. If confirmed, she'd be the first woman in the role.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:43

The president-elect's history-making picks include the first Latino nominated to head the Department of Homeland Security and the first woman to lead the intelligence community.

Leila Khaled, an activist and prominent member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, speaks during an event in February 2018.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:42

The videoconferencing app banned a Palestinian activist who is a member of a U.S.-designated terrorist group. Now, the company's policies are being questioned.

Protestors gather in support of President Trump on Nov. 14 in Lansing, Mich. Trump and his allies have baselessly alleged widespread voter fraud was to blame for the president's election loss.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:37

The certification vote follows weeks of attempts by President Trump to overturn his opponent's victory. Three members voted in favor of certification, and one abstained.

The eldest sister of Shamima Begum holds her sister's photo in 2015. Begum, who left London to join the Islamic State organization as a teenager, is now trying to return to the U.K. to argue that her British citizenship should not have been revoked.
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:14

Shamima Begum, now 21, left London with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to join the terrorist organization and is now in a detention camp in Syria. The U.K. revoked her citizenship last year.


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