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A Principal And His Tape Measure: Schools Are Helping Do COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Struggling to keep up with a COVID-19 surge in Michigan, overwhelmed local health departments turned to schools, and recruited principals and teachers as supplemental contact tracers.
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Schools Are Deciding What The New CDC Mask Guidelines Mean For The Classroom
It is unclear what impact this will have on teachers, staff and students in the near term. In some states, masks in schools are already optional.
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Shopping Without A Mask Depends On Where You Live, Despite New CDC Guidelines
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said," We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some kind of normalcy." But local authorities are making their own decisions on relaxing the rules.
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CDC Loosens Mask Guidance For Fully Vaccinated — But A Lot Stays The Same For Travel
Some parts of public life in the U.S. still operate according to restrictive rules and that includes planes, trains and buses.
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'Disinformation Dozen' Test Facebook's, Twitter's Ability To Curb Vaccine Hoaxes
The majority of false claims about COVID vaccines on social media trace back to just a handful of influential figures. So why don't the companies just shut them down?
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Active-Duty Marine Corps Major Charged In Capitol Riot
Officials say Maj. Christopher Warnagiris is believed to be the first active duty military service member to be charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
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Missouri Will Not Expand Medicaid Despite Voters' Wishes, Governor Says
Last year, Missouri voters approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid. But Republican lawmakers refused to appropriate money to fund it. Now, a legal battle is all but certain.
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Painful Endometriosis May Hold Clues To Tissue Regeneration, Scientist Says
MIT bioengineer Linda Griffith spent years in debilitating pain before she was diagnosed with a condition often neglected in research. Her focus on the basic biology could lead to better treatments.
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Freshly-Made Plutonium From Outer Space Found On Ocean Floor
Something went boom in outer space and sent radioactive stardust our way, and it's just been found at the bottom of the ocean.
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Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, CDC Says
The loosened guidance should make it easier to reopen schools and workplaces. But the CDC recommends that masks still be worn in crowded indoor settings like public transit and hospitals.
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Mpls. Trial For Former Police Officers Lane, Thao And Kueng Is Pushed Back To 2022
"We need space" before the trial to let a federal case proceed, Judge Peter Cahill said, citing the need to let publicity ease about George Floyd's death.
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Adolescents Can Get Routine Immunizations With Their COVID Shots, CDC Advisers Say
Children's immunizations dropped dramatically during the pandemic, and health officials are eager to get kids caught back up on their routine shots before they return to school.
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Biden Says 'Help Is On The Way' As Colonial Pipeline Restarts Flow Of Fuel
The president cautions it will be several days before gas flow is fully restored. He urges consumers not to panic and hoard gasoline while warning gas stations not to gouge prices.
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How The Sewing Machine Gave Power — And Fashion Cred — To African Women
In 'The African Lookbook,' Catherine McKinley bends, stretches and tears the fabric of what mainstream history has been telling us about African women in the clothing industry.
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Israel In Turmoil: Violence Spreads To Streets And Occupied West Bank
The violence is taking many shapes, from Israeli warplanes to Hamas rockets and mobs of Jewish or Palestinian citizens torching cars and beating people.
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Muslims Mark End Of Ramadan, But COVID Subdues Celebrations For A Second Year
Some 1.8 billion faithful around the world are marking Eid al-Fitr, but in many places, COVID-19 restrictions and concerns over the spread of virus were putting a damper on festivities.
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How To Stop Ransomware Attacks? 1 Proposal Would Prohibit Victims From Paying Up
The attack on Colonial Pipeline has focused new attention on a potentially radical proposal to stem the growing threat posed by ransomware: making it illegal for victims to pay their attackers.
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University Of South Carolina President Resigns After Plagiarizing Commencement Speech
The crowd gasped when Robert Caslen, a former Army flag officer, called the graduating students "the newest alumni of the University of California." But his bungled speech didn't stop there.
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National Gallery Of Art Rebrands To Emphasize The 'National' In Its Name
The federally funded museum has been accused of "institutional misconduct" including racism and sexual harassment. A petition claimed some employees call it "the last plantation on the National Mall."
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What Is 'Black Fungus'? And Why Is It Spreading Among India's COVID Patients?
Doctors say India's battle with COVID-19 has led to an unprecedented rise in mucormycosis, a rare but dangerous fungal infection that preys on people with weakened immune systems.
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During The Pandemic She Whittled Away At The Isolation By, Well, Whittling
The pandemic affected us all in varied ways. One 87-year-old woman spent almost all of it completely alone, whittling. "I don't know what I would have done without my carving," Minnie Adkins says.
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FAA OKs Fix For Electrical Issue That Grounded Some Boeing 737 Max Jets
The issue temporarily took more than 100 newly built 737 Max planes out of service last month, but is unrelated to the flight control system problem blamed for two fatal crashes.
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'All Our Opportunity Was Taken Away': Sanctuary Family Slowly Restarts Life
The Thompsons, originally from Jamaica, spent 843 days living in churches in Philadelphia to avoid deportation. Now they are free, but reentry comes with new challenges.
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Biden Will Host Senate Republicans In Bid For Infrastructure Package
President Biden continues conversations with Republicans, but major hurdles persist over what items would be in an infrastructure measure, and how it might be paid for.
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Years Later, Former White House Counsel McGahn Agrees To Testify
The House Judiciary Committee first subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn in 2019.
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Poll Finds Public Health Has A Trust Problem
A new Harvard poll shows that only half of Americans trust the CDC — other health agencies were rated even lower. During a pandemic, trust is critical to the success of a public health response.
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Cracked Memphis Bridge Remains Indefinitely Closed Disrupting Supply Chain
Arkansas officials said it had the potential to become a "catastrophic event," adding, "the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic and the river was closed to barge traffic as a safety precaution."
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Internet Subsidy Gives $50 A Month Discounts For Low-Income Americans
The $3.2 billion temporary pandemic program will last for up to six months after the pandemic is over or until the funds run out.
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In Wake Of Pipeline Hack, Biden Signs Executive Order On Cybersecurity
The order follows a ransomware attack on a company that provides much of the gasoline and jet fuel for the country's East Coast.
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Colonial Pipeline Restarts: There's No Need To Panic Buy Gas (And Never Was)
Even before fuel began flowing again after a ransomware attack, experts said any shortages were because of transportation not supply, and urged people not to top up their tanks.
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