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A photograph shows Toyama, Japan, aflame after the U.S. attack on Aug. 1, 1945. Most of the city's population was left homeless.
Sat, 08/01/2020 - 07:01

A U.S. firebombing campaign targeted Toyama and other Japanese cities, killing 180,000 before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, write geographer Cary Karacas and historian David Fedman.

A patient in a first-stage study of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 receives a shot in March at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.
Sat, 08/01/2020 - 07:00

Public health officials say a promising coronavirus vaccine is on its way in 2021. But does that matter if only half of Americans say they're willing to get such a vaccination?

A single Ficus elastica tree forms the backbone of a double-decker bridge near the village of Nongriat in the Indian state of Meghalaya.
Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:13

In the Indian state of Meghalaya, one of the wettest places on Earth, villagers are separated by rivers and valleys. To stay connected, they coax tree roots to grow together into living bridges.

The industrial complex in Carthage where many Latinx residents work is a half-mile walk from the town square.
Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:00

Rural Carthage, Mo., is home to a growing community of Latin American immigrants. Language barriers and economic stress have made it harder to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Not your grandmother's nuclear reactor. A drawing of Oklo's proposed Aurora nuclear power plant, which would produce enough electricity for about 1000 homes.
Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:00

Proposed new emergency preparedness rules would allow nuclear plants closer to where people live. Companies say the plants are safer, but they need the rule changes for a viable business model.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday.
Sat, 08/01/2020 - 06:00

The central bank has blunt instruments at its disposal, which are not tailored to economics of different racial groups. Biden wants the Fed to more explicitly factor in Black and Hispanic outcomes.

Flowers are placed at the memorial to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings on April 20.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:43

A three-judge panel sends Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's case back to a lower court for resentencing, saying the jury that sentenced him to death had not been adequately vetted.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks to a group protesting police racism outside City Hall on June 1. On Friday she announced plans to divert $120 million from the city's police to efforts that address inequities in the Black community.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:55

Mayor London Breed said the funds would be reallocated over two years to address stark inequities in housing, education, health and economic opportunities faced by the city's Black community.

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:31

It's been hard to sell the sacrificial animal in India for the Eid al-Adha holiday amid COVID-19. Goat dealers are trying everything from a pageant hosted by a TikTok star to WhatsApp orders.

Hurricane Isaias will maintain its hurricane status for several days as it passes along Florida's central Atlantic coast, the National Hurricane Center says. The storm's forecast cone predicts it will hug the southeastern U.S. coastline.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 16:06

The hurricane could begin affecting South Florida as early as late Friday night and could increase in strength to a Category 2, DeSantis says. North Carolina and Virginia also declared emergencies.

Renee Bach, who is 31, was sued in Ugandan civil court over the deaths of children who were treated at the critical care center she ran in Uganda. She has left Uganda and is now living in the U.S.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:50

Renee Bach ran a treatment center for severely malnourished children in Uganda. Over five years, 105 died. This week, a lawsuit by two mothers who each lost a son was settled with a cash payment.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, presidential candidate in Belarus elections 2020, makes the symbol of victory in a rally in Minsk.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:26

"I'm tired of being silent. I'm tired of being afraid," said opposition presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who entered the race after her blogger husband was jailed.

TikTok has been under fire in Washington, as the Trump administration and some Democrats in Congress have been raising national security concerns about the Chinese-owned app.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:24

The talks comes just as the Trump administration considers taking action against TikTok, including banning the app which is owned ByteDance, a Chinese company.

Alleged hackers under the names of Rolex#0373 and Kirk#5270 allegedly discuss the possibility of selling access to hacked Twitter accounts for up to $2,500.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:56

In the first criminal charges connected to the Twitter hack earlier this month, state and federal authorities reveal new details about how the scheme alleged occured.

Melissa Hickson says no one asked her husband, Michael, shown here with stepdaughter Mia, if he wanted to keep getting treatment. "He would say: 'I want to live. I love my family and my children ... that's the reason for the three years I have fought to survive,'" she says.
Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:29

The hospital said it made a humane decision to end treatment. Michael Hickson's widow says doctors ended his care because they underestimated the life of a man with significant disabilities.


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