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Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:45

Let's say you are vaccinated. Do you have to tell everybody? Anybody? Is it legal (and ethical) not to share?

The numerals in the illustration show the main mutation sites of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the U.K., which is more transmissible than other variants. Here, the virus's spike protein (red) is bound to a human cell (blue).
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:27

Scientists are trying to determine if the coronavirus variant in India could be the most transmissible variant known.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier joins other officials during an early coronavirus briefing in January 2020: Dr. Robert Redfield (left), then CDC director; Alex Azar (center), then Department of Health and Human Services secretary; and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:21

Dr. Nancy Messonnier had served as the agency's top respiratory disease official since 2016. Then-President Donald Trump reportedly threatened to fire her after her comments in February 2020.

A picture of George Floyd hangs on a fence barrier that surrounds the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis during the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in March. The Justice Department is now bringing criminal charges against Chauvin over allegedly violating Floyd's rights and using excessive force in restraining him.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:58

Prosecutors accuse the former officer and others of using excessive force and violating George Floyd's rights. The rare federal charges follow state charges in a trial in which Chauvin was convicted.

Facebook's Oversight Board says the company, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, must take responsibility for its decisions.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:54

The first big test of Facebook's Oversight Board reveals the challenges of checking the power and scale of the social media giant.

Joe Lamson, a Democrat on Montana's districting commission, is particularly fond of this map showing the state's legislative districts as drawn in the early 2000s. Lamson says Montana historian Harry Fritz called it, "The best map drawn in Montana since Lewis and Clark came through."
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:42

For the first time in decades, Montana will have more than one congressional district. After the news came, GOP lawmakers rushed a bill to set new rules for the state's districting commission.

This image from video shows Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, left, and J. Alexander Kueng, right, escorting George Floyd, center, to a police vehicle outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020. The image was shown as prosecutor Steve Schleicher gave closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of Floyd.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:28

The video of George Floyd's death was critical evidence in the murder trial of convicted ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. That video and others are changing trials and police training.

Residentes protest after a police operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:17

The operation aimed at alleged drug traffickers resulted in a terrifying shootout in one of the city's poorest slums. One police officer also died in the raid.

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Fri, 05/07/2021 - 09:09

Bill Siemering, NPR's first director of programming, recognized the network's potential and offered core values that would eventually compose the mission statement.

A "We are hiring" sign is paired with a pandemic-themed sign in the window of a store in Miami. Restaurants and other in-person businesses are looking to hire more workers at a time when some are wary of returning to work or are busy with caregiving.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:49

U.S. employers added 266,000 jobs last month, far fewer than analysts had expected. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%.

In a year where loss, grief, technology and identity have been at the forefront of the national conversation, the budding trend of email opt-outs are for many both a welcome change and a sign of what may lie ahead.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 06:00

The small but growing trend is seen as a welcome acknowledgement of people who are grieving, as well as a sign that email marketing is becoming increasingly personalized and socially conscious.

Right out of college Anita Ramaswamy was hired for her dream job as an analyst at a big bank on Wall Street. She frequently worked until midnight, including during the pandemic.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 06:00

Burnout in investment banking has been a problem, but the pandemic has made it worse. A handful of firms are responding by offering extra perks and more pay. But more money may not be the answer.

Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain (center) stands with co-sponsors as he speaks in favor of the election bill Thursday in the House chamber at the Texas Capitol in Austin.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 05:49

The legislation was criticized by Democrats, progressive groups and voting rights advocates as "voter suppression." Republicans view it as "sensible election integrity legislation."

A line loops through security at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as travelers return to the skies after mostly staying home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 04:12

Amid a sudden surge in demand for domestic travel, especially to beach destinations and national parks, decimated airlines are adding service to new markets as they try to inch back to profitability.

Even after full vaccination against COVID-19, people who have had organ transplants are urged by their doctors to keep wearing masks and taking extra precautions. Research shows the strong drugs they must take to prevent organ rejection can significantly blunt their body's response to the vaccine.
Fri, 05/07/2021 - 04:00

For most people, COVID-19 vaccines promise a return to something akin to normal life. But for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have a transplanted organ, it's a different story.

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