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Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:45

For the third time in three weeks, a metal monolith has appeared without explanation, this time in Central California. Yet answers are just as scarce as when authorities found the first one in Utah.

As governments around the world prepare to approve the first coronavirus vaccines, social media companies are cracking down on hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 13:00

The new ban is an expansion of the social network's rules against misinformation that could lead to imminent physical harm. It comes as governments prepare to roll out the first vaccinations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the party's 19th Central Committee in October in Beijing. The U.S. State Department on Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the party and their families.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:53

The new rules reduce the maximum validity of U.S. business and tourist visas held by party members and their families from 10 years to one month. China calls the action part of a "Cold War mentality."

European airline Ryanair is ordering 75 Boeing 737 Max airplanes, the two companies announced Thursday.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:42

Just two weeks ago, U.S. regulators cleared Boeing's 737 Max to fly following the deadly crashes of two of the planes in 2018 and 2019. Now Boeing is reporting an order for 75 of the aircraft.

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:31

New York Times journalist Eric Schmitt says the president's threats against Iran and his recent purge at the Pentagon, in which he ousted his secretary of defense, could undermine national security.

Brian Deese, seen here speaking to White House reporters in 2015, is President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the National Economic Council.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 12:02

Brian Deese led President Barack Obama's auto rescue and managed Obama's climate policy. But then Deese went to work for an investment giant so many progressives are opposed to his appointment.

Ivanka Trump was deposed by lawyers with the Washington, D.C., Attorney General's Office.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 11:25

President Trump's eldest daughter gave a deposition this week in connection with the suit, being heard in a Washington, D.C., court. She condemned the investigation on Twitter.

thanksgiving travel bar chart
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 10:52

NPR analyzed data by SafeGraph to determine the percentage of people who stayed at their "home" location for Thanksgiving as well as the percentage who traveled 31 miles or more.

Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City protest what they say is a staff shortage at several of the network's hospitals in the Bronx and nearby suburbs. During the Nov. 19 demonstration they walked from the hospital to a nearby cemetery.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 10:45

Compared to last spring, there's more clinical knowledge about how to treat COVID-19, and bigger stockpiles of protective equipment. But nurses worry about staffing shortages as patient numbers grow.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he "set a bad example" by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:53

"In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize," Austin Mayor Steve Adler said, after initially saying he didn't do anything wrong.

Gitanjali Rao, 15, is <em>Time</em> magazine's Kid of the Year for 2020. Rao has continued to work on solving problems through science, after gaining fame for creating a device to test lead levels in water.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:43

Rao, a Colorado teenager who has won praise for her innovation in detecting lead levels in water, said, "I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it."

Jimmy Lai, publisher of the China-skeptic <em>Apple Daily</em> newspaper, is seen in custody in Hong Kong on Thursday. Charged with fraud, he can expect to be in custody until at least April 16, when his case will be heard next.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:35

The decision means at least five more months in custody for Lai, who publishes a prominent pro-democracy newspaper. His arrest comes amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.

Caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The refuge has long been eyed for oil exploration.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:03

The Jan. 6 auction was set before the end of the comment and nominations period. If leases are finalized before Joe Biden takes office, they could be difficult to revoke.

An ambulance pulls up as nurses outside a triage tent for the Emergency Department at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle put on gowns and other protective gear at the start of their shift, on April 2, 2020. A resurgence of the coronavirus has health care workers and government leaders worried about dwindling resources and an exhausted workforce.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 07:30

Harborview Medical Center faced the country's initial swell of coronavirus cases. Now, health care workers there are offering advice to people facing the latest surge in COVID-19 patients.

Syrians buy bread at a shop in the town of Binnish in the country's northwestern Idlib province in June. Nowadays, people say they're waiting up to six hours in line for a meager government bread ration.
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 07:01

That's the situation in Syria, where bread shortages are now widespread — and the queues for daily rations stretch on and on. The same goes for gasoline.

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