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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks earlier this month in Jalalabad. Ghani's dispute with Abdullah Abdullah over election results has been cited as one reason for the delay in organizing prisoner releases with the Taliban, a key stipulation in a peace deal announced last month.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:34

The prisoner swaps, stipulated in last month's peace deal between the U.S. and Taliban, were in doubt for weeks amid Afghan government discord. They're expected to kickstart inter-Afghan peace talks.

The Sheetz gas and convenience store chain is boosting its workers' pay by $3 per hour, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Its stores are among the businesses deemed essential during government-ordered shutdowns.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:30

It's one of the most aggressive moves yet by companies that are boosting pay to retain, attract and motivate employees.

A woman wearing mask and protective gloves leaves after cast her vote during the Florida Democratic primary election in Miami, Florida, on March 17, 2020. The latest Senate coronavirus relief bill includes $400 million to states to ensure upcoming elections are safe for voters and pollworkers.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:07

The money is far less than the $4 billion some Democrats had wanted, but would allow states to expand mail-in and early voting, online voter registration and help secure in-person voting sites.

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:00

Grab some earbuds, a mobile device and as many pillows as you can find. Here are five easy steps to making a great podcast from home.

Family members sob for their loved ones after an attack on a Sikh place of worship Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. More than two dozen people were killed in the assault, for which Islamic State militants claimed responsibility.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 13:51

The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted members of the Sikh religious minority in the Afghan capital Wednesday.

A colorized image of cells from a patient infected with the coronavirus SARS-COV-2. The virus particles are colored pink. The image was captured from a scanning electron micrograph.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 13:13

As the virus makes copies of itself, errors may creep in, changing its genetic makeup. Researchers are trying to determine if the changes are significant.

ESPN's Karl Ravech reports on the cancellation of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 12, in Nashville. With no live sports to show, the network is scrambling to fill the time. Its offerings now include diversions like cherry pit spitting and marble racing.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 13:12

ESPN calls itself the "worldwide leader in sports," but there are few live sports to show. So it's scrambling to fill the time, offering diversions like cherry pit spitting and marble racing.

President Trump takes questions from reporters Monday. Joining him at the press briefing on coronavirus are Vice President Pence; Attorney General William Barr; Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator; and Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who leads FEMA's task force on the supply chain.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:47

Usually in U.S. health emergencies — HIV, vaping and more — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is key to shaping policy and explaining it. That's changing to our detriment, leaders say.

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:43

When Pollan decided to write about caffeine, he gave it up — cold turkey. "I just couldn't focus," he says. "I was irritable. I lost confidence." Originally published Feb. 10, 2020.

More than 50 doctors and paramedics arrived in Milan from Cuba on March 22 to help with coronavirus treatment.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:18

Teams from Russia, China and Cuba have arrived in recent days to help Italy. There's gratitude — along with anger that the U.S., Italy's traditional ally, is absent.

Inmates point from inside the La Modelo facility in Bogotá, Colombia, on Sunday. Violence broke out in the prison out of inmates' fears that prison guards are not doing enough to prevent coronavirus inside overcrowded prisons.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:41

The U.N. human rights chief says authorities should look for ways to release people in detention who are especially vulnerable to the disease, such as those who are elderly or who have health issues.

The streets of Jordan's capital of Amman are seen empty after the start of a nationwide curfew on Saturday amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:33

The Middle Eastern kingdom has forced most people to stay indoors, banned driving and even temporarily shut down grocery stores and pharmacies.

Young people gather in the Volkspark am Friedrichshain in Berlin on March 18. Germany's fatality rate so far — just 0.5% — is the world's lowest, by a long shot.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:04

Italy's fatality rate hovers around 10%. France's is at around 5%. Yet Germany's fatality rate from COVID-19 is just 0.5%. As of March 25, there were 175 deaths and 34,055 cases.

George Falcone, 50, was charged with terroristic threats, obstruction and harassment over an alleged confrontation with an employee at a Wegmans market in New Jersey.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:59

The charges could bring more than six years in state prison and thousands of dollars in fines for George Falcone. He has denied the accusations.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12.
Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:47

Those who have defaulted on their federal student loans will get a temporary reprieve from having their wages, Social Security benefits and tax refunds garnished by the federal government.

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