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Sat, 05/16/2020 - 06:00

A young medical resident learns new ways to reach and comfort his ill hospital patients — despite protective barriers that keep them far apart. He starts by turning down the noise.

Rob Grier says if he weren't taking care of him, his dad, Robert Grier Sr., would probably need to be in a nursing home.
Sat, 05/16/2020 - 06:00

Veterans' homes have been ravaged by the virus. The VA has just announced new rules for its caregivers program, but veterans' groups fear thousands will be left behind.

Steve Linick, shown after a briefing on Capitol Hill in 2019, was fired by President Trump on Friday as the State Department's inspector general.
Sat, 05/16/2020 - 00:32

House Democrats accused the president of trying to protect Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from investigation by firing the State Department inspector general, Steve Linick.

A flag flies on the grounds of the Life Care Center nursing and rehabilitation facility in Elkhorn, Neb., where a large number of staff and residents tested positive for COVID-19.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 22:22

In recent days, several state leaders have announced plans to test all workers and residents of long-term care facilities, which are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Ringo Starr and Astrid Kirchherr in an undated photo.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 22:09

"I was just amazed how beautiful these boys looked. And being a photographer then, it was a photographer's dream," Kirchherr told NPR about the first time she saw the Beatles.

Delia Vicente peeks out of the doorway of her house in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in April. The Census Bureau says its workers on the island are getting ready to resume leaving paper forms for the 2020 census outside of front doors.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 20:41

The coronavirus stopped the hand-delivery of paper census forms to homes in Puerto Rico and remote communities in the states. The delays have kept their response rates lower than the national average.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., walks past the Statuary Hall ahead of floor debate on a record $3 trillion coronavirus response package Friday to fund the fight against the pandemic and provide emergency payments to millions of Americans.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 20:32

The House approved the massive package with aid to states, local governments, individuals. Senate Republicans already dismissed the proposal and it's unclear when parties will reach bipartisan deal.

The remains of a J.C. Penney store are seen at an abandoned shopping mall in North Carolina. The department store chain is filing for bankruptcy as coronavirus lockdowns shatter its plans for recovery.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 18:38

J.C. Penney began 2020 with hopes of yet another turnaround. Instead, the coronavirus shutdowns across the country have forced the department store and mall mainstay into bankruptcy.

Members of congress practice social distancing as the House Rules Committee meets to consider a resolution authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives during a public health emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak, and to formulate a rule on the newest coronavirus relief bill on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 18:25

The House approved rules changes allowing members to vote via proxy in event they cannot travel. They also created rules for remote hearings and legislative action. Republican were opposed.

A protester attends a demonstration over Michigan's coronavirus restrictions on Thursday at the state Capitol in Lansing.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 18:14

The U.S. was deeply divided before the coronavirus. Now, researchers worry that the pandemic is worsening what they call a dangerously polarized climate.

This Sept. 25, 2007 file photo shows Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., delivering opening remarks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 18:08

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who introduced the Emmett Till Antilynching Act in the House in February, about the Act and the Arbery case.

A restaurant in Ohio, Taste of Belgium, seats customers outside as businesses begin to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 17:52

As the country begins to lift stay-at-home orders, nowhere is the messy patchwork of timelines and rules more pronounced than in the Midwest. Businesses and customers are navigating a confusing maze.

Gabrielle Mayer graduated from medical school in April and began her residency early so she could help care for patients with COVID-19.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 17:39

Gabrielle Mayer graduated from medical school early to help out with coronavirus patients in New York City. Some of her patients have died, she says. But there have been small, profound moments.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael have been charged with murder in the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, whom they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 16:58

Lawyers for Gregory McMichael, one of the two men charged in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, said the facts of the case "can not be shoehorned into a narrative that's being told so far."

Brazil's health minister, Nelson Teich, resigned from his post Friday after only a few weeks on the job. Teich is the second health minister to depart in a month.
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 16:28

Nelson Teich resigned from his post Friday after only a few weeks on the job. Teich, the second health minister to depart in a month, disagreed with President Jair Bolsonaro about response measures.

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