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At Least 97,000 Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Last 2 Weeks Of July

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:11, modified at 14:22

President Trump falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from the coronavirus, but a new review of state data finds child cases are up 40%.

Democrats Reveal Who Will Speak During The Convention — And Who Might Not

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 16:16, modified at 17:36

Democrats have announced a detailed list of party leaders and rising stars who will speak during each night of the virtual convention next week.

Skepticism Greets Putin's Announcement Of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 15:14, modified at 16:00

It's the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, but it has not finished Phase III trials to assess safety and effectiveness in the general population.

'Not Enough Time': Census Workers Fear Rushing Count Could Botch Results

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 18:34, modified at 16:00

Already hampered by the coronavirus, Census Bureau workers are now scrambling to visit households that haven't filled out a 2020 census form, trying to finish a count that's been cut short by a month.

Contact Tracers In Massachusetts Order Milk And Help With Rent. Here's Why

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 18:01, modified at 16:00

The state offers support and resources for people isolating because of COVID-19 — helping them make choices that keep everyone safe. It's work more states need to fund, experts say.

Veteran GOP Strategist Takes On Trump — And His Party — In 'It Was All A Lie'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 17:03, modified at 18:18

Political consultant Stuart Stevens says the Republican party's support for Trump reflects the abandonment of principles it claimed to embrace, such as fiscal restraint and personal responsibility.

New Zealand On Alert After 4 Cases Of COVID-19 Emerge From Unknown Source

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 16:20, modified at 16:53

The cases came after 102 days with no community spread. The four are members of the same family. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day period of high restrictions due to the new cluster.

Pandemic Or Not, Germans Still Prefer Cash

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 14:19, modified at 15:11

"I'm not in the slightest bit concerned about using cash right now," one Berlin shopper says. "I just keep washing my hands. Simple." Cash makes up 75% of Germany's transactions.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks After Midnight. NASA Says It's 'One Of The Best'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 14:18, modified at 15:48

The light of the moon will reduce the visibility of some fainter meteors, but NASA says it's still worth staying up late — or rising very very early on Wednesday — to see "nature's fireworks."

Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 12:15, modified at 15:48

A map of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed thousands of people.

Tracking The Pandemic: Are Coronavirus Cases Rising Or Falling In Your State?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 12:10, modified at 12:11

View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.

Beijing Attempts To Remake Hong Kong In Its Image As National Security Law Takes Hold

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:54, modified at 16:54

Educators, journalists, political figures and ordinary citizens have been intimidated and even arrested as China moves to stifle protest and civil society with its new law.

Indiana Education Head On Reopening Schools: Contact Tracing Is A 'Beast'

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:08, modified at 17:08

School has started up for many students in Indiana, with a mix of in-person and online learning. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says contact tracing is a big challenge.

Ballot Drop Boxes Become Latest Front In Voting Legal Fights

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:01, modified at 13:37

Drop boxes have been used in some states for years, and their use is expanding as more voters cast absentee ballots. But the Trump campaign and some Republicans say they're not secure enough.

'I Remember Him With That Smile': Beloved Phoenix Doctor Dies Of COVID-19 At 99

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:01, modified at 12:35

Patients knew José Gabriel López-Plascencia as "the doctor that served the poor." He spent over 60 years caring for low-income families left out of the healthcare system in Phoenix.

Challenge To Minnesota Rep. Omar Tops 5 Races To Watch Tuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:00, modified at 13:39

The first-term progressive has a well-funded challenger. Also Tuesday there are two runoffs in Georgia with controversial conservative candidates.

Millions Turn To Stock Trading During Pandemic, But Some See Trouble For The Young

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:00, modified at 14:25

Stock trading has become easier and cheaper than ever. And people stuck at home during the pandemic have flocked to it. But have venues like Robinhood made it too risky for inexperienced investors?

'We Had To Get Out': Despite The Risks, Business Is Booming At National Parks

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:00, modified at 15:31

Visits to Yellowstone National Park are higher than last year as Americans look to escape their pandemic confines. Their business is welcome relief, despite worries they'll also bring coronavirus.

Global Coronavirus Case Count Surpasses 20 Million

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 01:49, modified at 15:31

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 20 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus. The milestone comes almost exactly five months after the WHO declared it a pandemic.