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Members of the Black Equity Coalition, a grassroots team of researchers and advocates, meet regularly to discuss how they can use data to uncover life-threatening disparities between white and Black Pittsburgh. Clockwise, from top left are Kellie Ware, Karen Abrams, Tiffany Gary-Webb, Mark Lewis and Fred Brown.
Tue, 12/07/2021 - 04:00

Community leaders saw early in the pandemic that the city's residents of color were being hit hard by COVID-19. They worked with data analysts to show just how hard, where and why.

Instagram users can now set a reminder to take a break from the app. Users under 18 will see a special prompt encouraging them to turn it on.
Tue, 12/07/2021 - 02:00

The social media platform announced ways to help its youngest users and their parents a day before the app's head, Adam Mosseri, is to testify about Instagram's potential risks to kids and teens.

Activists rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles last month, calling for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to concerns over China's human rights record.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 21:04

U.S. athletes are still expected to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics, despite the diplomatic boycott from the Biden administration.

The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court is unlikely to vote to recommend any major structural changes to the high court.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:43

The panel, which will vote on the report Tuesday, steers clear of taking a position on many of the most controversial suggestions for changing the court.

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:32

In a scheduled video call Tuesday with the Russian president, Biden will outline economic sanctions and stepped-up support for NATO allies if Russia invades, a senior administration official says.

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will become CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 18:02

The California Republican and Trump ally will take the helm of the Trump Media & Technology Group next month, giving up his seat in the middle of his 10th term.

One of the Home Bed assist handles recalled by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. The company is recalling both its Bed Assist Handles and Bed Assist Rail after two deaths were reported.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 17:33

In both incidents, officials say the bed rails were not securely attached to the bed. The two victims became entrapped between the product and their mattresses.

NASA introduced its new astronaut candidate class on Monday — the first such group in four years.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 15:13

The group of would-be astronauts includes four women and reflects a broad stretch of America, from Alaska to Puerto Rico.

A planned merger between former President Donald Trump's social media startup and a so-called special purpose acquisition company, or a shell company, is being investigated by regulators.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 14:29

Regulators including the SEC are investigating a planned merger between a shell company and former President Donald Trump's social media startup.

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, joined by Attorney General Merrick Garland, announces that the Justice Department was suing Texas over its recent redistricting map.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 14:16

The lawsuit says the redistricting disadvantages Black and Latino voters and does not reflect the outsize effect minorities played in the state's recent population growth.

Travelers arrive for flights at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Nov. 30.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 13:37

The rapid emergence of the omicron variant of the coronavirus has many questioning whether they should rethink their holiday travel plans.

Women practice a dance routine on Oct. 27 in front of a large countdown screen showing 100 days before the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 13:18

The White House cited the "ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity" in the Xinjiang region of China. U.S. athletes will compete in the Olympics.

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:59

A new report from the World Health Organization contains some encouraging numbers but also cause for concern, with both cases and deaths on the upswing last year. The pandemic is just one reason.

Demonstrators rally against laws the limit access to abortion at the Texas State Capitol on October 2, 2021 in Austin, Texas. The Women's March and other groups organized marches across the country to protest a new abortion law in Texas.
Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:42

As the Supreme Court considers a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Texas enacted a new law imposing criminal penalties for those who prescribe medication abortions via telehealth or the mail.

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 12:40

As China remains conservative with the virus, some of its ports are overloaded and understaffed.

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