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Reaction to Louisville's settlement with Breonna Taylor's family

The city of Louisville agreed to a $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor's family and will implement reforms in the police department. Taylor was killed in her home by police when officers were serving a no-knock warrant in March. CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan reports on the settlement, and Louisville Urban League CEO Sadiqa Reynolds joins CBSN to discuss the case.
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CDC reverses COVID-19 testing guidance after report of interference
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its guidance on who should be tested for the virus that causes COVID-19.
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North Dakota Sets COVID Case, Hospitalization Records As Infections Continue To Rise
New COVID-19 infections have been on the rise in North Dakota since mid-July, according to the state health department.
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Babyteeth’ on Hulu, a Lovely Film That Transcends the Tropes of the Teen Weepie
Shannon Murphy directs an extraordinary first feature.
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Courtroom sketch artist remembers 40 years of legendary bad guys
Jane Rosenberg has been at the trials of the century, meticulously capturing the likes of Bernie Madoff, Bill Cosby and Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, throughout her 40 years on the job.
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NYC comedian’s subway announcer spoof gets attention from iconic voice himself
A West Village comedian received a personal thank you from MTA royalty -- the voice behind the iconic line, "Stand clear of the closing doors, please" -- after sharing a video of herself imitating him on TikTok.
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Trump vows enough coronavirus vaccine doses for ‘every American’ by April
President Trump, during a White House press conference on Friday, said the United States will produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for “every American” by April.
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New study reveals that Black newborns are more likely to survive under care of Black doctor
A new study finds that Black newborns are more likely to survive childbirth when they are cared for by Black doctors. The infant mortality rate in the U.S. remains much higher for Black babies than White babies. Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OB-GYN at Baylor University Medical Center, joins CBSN to discuss these findings.
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Trump Reaches Over GOP to Praise Bipartisan Stimulus, But Pelosi Won't Budge
By President Trump offering accolades to a bipartisan plan and urging Republicans to support more expensive legislation than their previous offers, GOP senators' leverage has severely dwindled.
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What’s up with Trump and the Hispanic vote?
Voters may have noticed what’s missing from Trump’s reelection pitch compared to his campaign of four years ago: Immigration.
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Millions of Americans still may be eligible for stimulus check
In California alone, more than 1 million people have yet to claim the emergency relief payments.
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Local Matters: Record-breaking wildfires in California have burned over 3 million acres
In California, this year's record-breaking wildfires have already burned over 3.4 million acres. Joseph Serna, a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times, joined CBSN with more on the factors have been making the fires so bad this year.
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James Charles Is Being Accused of Stealing Merch Ideas From Another YouTuber—and It's Not the First Scandal He's Faced
YouTuber and podcaster Ethan Klein, who runs the h3h3Productions channel with his wife, Hila, claimed Charles ripped off designs from the couple's apparel brand, Teddy Fresh.
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Trump’s dark National Archives speech was white resentment run amok
Trump speaks at the National Archives on Thursday. | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images Trump’s screed against “critical race theory” is the real cancel culture. President Donald Trump on Thursday used the National Archives Museum as a backdrop to make a case that educating students about racism in American society is a dangerous heresy that needs to stop. In somber, almost sedated tones, Trump signaled to his white base that he doesn’t think structural racism is to blame for any social inequities. In short, not only is the summer’s national reckoning over police violence and racism unnecessary in his book, it’s also un-American. “Students in our universities are inundated with critical race theory. This is a Marxist doctrine holding that America is a wicked and racist nation, that even young children are complicit in oppression, and that our entire society must be radically transformed,” Trump said. “Critical race theory is being forced into our children’s schools, it’s being imposed into workplace trainings, and it’s being deployed to rip apart friends, neighbors, and families.” Trump sounds sedated today, but the content of what he's saying is bonkers pic.twitter.com/T65gCAJ0GV— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2020 The solution, Trump claimed, is to “restore patriotic education to our schools.” He said he’ll create a new “1776 Commission” to “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of our founding.” “Our heroes will never be forgotten. Our youth will be taught to love America with all of their heart and all of their soul,” he added. What this will end up meaning in practice isn’t clear, and isn’t really important. For Trump, what matters is to signal to racial reactionaries that he’s on their side. It’s just nonsense to believe that America isn’t racist The United States of America, of course, was founded with slavery at the core of its socioeconomic system. Conversation about slavery’s foundational role in the US has been reinvigorated by the New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, which, as J. Brian Charles wrote for Vox, “marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of African slaves to Virginia” by seeking “to reframe the country’s thinking about slavery and how intertwined the practice of slavery has been in shaping the nation.” (Trump’s “1776 Commission” is meant to allude to the 1619 Project, which Trump has railed against.) Even after slavery was abolished, Jim Crow laws made Black people second-class citizens in much of the country. Today, Black Americans have to deal with voter suppression efforts aimed at making it difficult to them to vote in areas where their votes threaten Republican control. This legacy of racism has tangible consequences. Black Americans have lower life expectancies and make less than whites, even adjusted for education. (And adjusting for education is important, because in this area as well Blacks fare worse than whites.) Black Americans are also far more likely, per capita, to be victims of police violence than White Americans. This disparity in particular became a major topic of public attention this summer as protests erupted following the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and more recently the shooting of Jacob Blake. But instead of even paying lip service to structural racism, Trump has consistently denied that such a thing exists. In a July interview with CBS, for instance, Trump responded to a straightforward question about why he thinks Black people continue to be killed by police by lashing out — at the questioner. “And so are white people. So are white people,” Trump said. “What a terrible question to ask.” “What a terrible question to ask” — Donald Trump reacts to George Floyd’s killing by suggesting to CBS that systemic racism is a myth because more white people are killed by cops than blacks people (nevermind that a much higher percentage of black people are) pic.twitter.com/dhnHNh4irS— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2020 Even worse, he defended a supporter of his who has been charged with murder for killing two protesters in Wisconsin, while using the killing of a right-wing counter-demonstrator in Portland at the hands of a Black Lives Matter sympathizer to advocate for extrajudicial killings. Trump’s speech on Thursday was attended by supporters of his who, despite his bizarrely monotone delivery, cheered throughout. But the ABC town hall he did on Wednesday illustrated how little resonance his effort to rewrite history has in other settings. Host George Stephanopoulos confronted Trump with statistics pointing toward the reality of systemic racism — “Black Americans [are] more than three times [as] likely to be killed by police,” he noted, for example — and asked him what he plans to do (if anything) to rectify the situation. But instead of engaging with the substance of the question, Trump immediately steered the discussion toward polling. Presenting with a statistics indicating that Black people are far more likely than Whites to be victims of police violence, Trump quickly changes the topic to polling indicating Black people support having more cops in their communities (He refuses to acknowledge systemic racism) pic.twitter.com/JubzzbUjhf— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 16, 2020 A voter then asked Trump to explain when America has ever been great for Black people. Again, Trump tried to twist the question into an opportunity to talk about polling. “Well, I can say this, we have tremendous African American support,” Trump claimed, but polls friendly to him peg his job approval with Black voters at under 25 percent. (About 10 percent of Black voters say they intend to vote for Trump, which in fairness would be higher than the 8 percent Black support he had in 2016.) But the voter pushed back, noting that Trump “has yet to address and acknowledge that there has been a race problem in America.” “I hope there’s not a race problem,” Trump replied. And if there was any hope that exchange would prompt Trump to reexamine his priors, his speech on Thursday put them to rest. Help keep Vox free for all Millions turn to Vox each month to understand what’s happening in the news, from the coronavirus crisis to a racial reckoning to what is, quite possibly, the most consequential presidential election of our lifetimes. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. But our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources. Even when the economy and the news advertising market recovers, your support will be a critical part of sustaining our resource-intensive work. If you have already contributed, thank you. 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Russian interference: Deja vu all over again
HBO doc "Agents of Chaos" analyzes the Russia 2016 attack. Now director Alex Gibney and FBI vet Andrew McCabe say we still don't know what's coming next.
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CNN town hall shows how media edits things in favor of Biden, and against Trump
A few years ago, some waggish citizen of the internet decided he would take bits and pieces from horror film “The Shining,” score them to Peter Gabriel doing “Solsbury Hill” and create a trailer for a wholesome, fun, feel-good father-and-son tale, called “Shining.” Everything seen in the trailer really was taken from the movie, but...
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DC Universe Infinite: The Scripted Shows You Love Are Leaving—Here's Where to Find Them
HBO Max new home to DCU shows
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Dr. Dre’s estranged wife, Nicole Young, files bombshell lawsuit against him
Dr. Dre’s estranged wife, Nicole Young, is suing the Beats impresario in California court, claiming that she co-owns the trademark to his name — as well as his landmark album, “The Chronic.”
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John Leguizamo boycotts 2020 Emmys over ‘cultural apartheid’
John Leguizamo is boycotting the 2020 Emmys, citing “cultural apartheid” as his reason.
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The New York Post Store’s three-day VIP Sale is here with tons of price drops!
Here at the New York Post, we aim to always deliver the best deals and discounts—that’s why we’re offering our three-day VIP Sale. On top of the sales already going on, we decided to drop the prices even further this weekend only. To help you navigate the savings, we rounded up 20 of our favorite...
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John Leguizamo Slams the Emmys Over Lack of Representation: “That’s Cultural Apartheid”
"If you don't have Latin people, there’s no reason for me to see it," said the actor, who is boycotting the awards ceremony.
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Trump pushes back on FBI director's testimony about Russia
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe discusses President Trump pushing back on FBI director Chris Wray's testimony before Congress about Russian efforts to interfere in US elections.
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Democrat Joe Biden arrives in Duluth to battle President Donald Trump for Minnesota's middle-class voters
Democrat Joe Biden and President Donald Trump are each campaigning in Minnesota on Friday, with rival views to spur manufacturing and create jobs.        
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This ‘bad a–‘ 16-year-old is going to be the next huge thing in MMA world
“You’re brilliant, you’re beautiful, and you’re bad a–” With those words from older sister Angela, 16-year-old phenom Victoria Lee entered the most watched fight promotion on the planet. The controversial signing of the Singapore-based Canadian-Hawaiian fighter to the ONE Championship MMA fight promotion on Thursday night divided the internet — but those who know the...
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Score massive savings on affordable new luggage by Brandless
You might not be booking any flights in the next couple of months due to the pandemic, but this is a great time to score massive savings on luggage. During New York Post’s Three-Day VIP Annual Sale, we have one of the absolute best deals on checked and carry-on suitcases. Meet Brandless, the innovative company...
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Bellator books eight more fights for historic Paris event
Melvin Manhoef is among the fighters booked for the first major MMA event to take place in France.        Related StoriesBellator champ Juan Archuleta wants Kyoji Horiguchi, but thinks he'll get Sergio PettisBellator champ Juan Archuleta wants Kyoji Horiguchi, but thinks he'll get Sergio Pettis - EnclosureUFC on ESPN+ 36 predictions: Can Tyron Woodley be great again and upset Colby Covington? 
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Is your Bed Bath & Beyond store closing? See the full list of the 63 stores slated to close by the end of 2020
Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. plans to close 200 stores or 21% of Bed Bath stores over the next two years. Here's the list of the first 63 stores to shutter.       
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Parents knowingly sent child to school with COVID-19, forcing 29 students to quarantine
Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux said it was "egregious" and "reckless" for the parents to send their child knowing they were infected with the virus.       
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New details on doctor's controversial plea deal in sex abuse case
Former patients have long criticized a 2016 plea agreement that allowed former gynecologist Robert Hadden to avoid prison time.
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'The View' goes off the rails after Kim Klacik calls out Joy Behar for 'parading in blackface'
A combative interview between the hosts of The View and GOP congressional candidate Kim Klacik went off the rails after the Baltimore native called out Joy Behar's past use of blackface. 
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Coronavirus presents risk for about half of school employees, study finds
About half of school employees are at risk for contracting coronavirus, according to a recent study.
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Save up to 60% on e-learning, home goods and apps at the Underscored VIP sale
The CNN Store is having its first-ever VIP Sale. You'll find discounts on nearly everything, including e-learning bundles, apps and tons of home goods.
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Tesla wins case against Gigafactory whistleblower
Tesla has won its case against a whistleblower who was fired for hacking and transferring company data to a news publication. The electric automaker had filed a lawsuit against former Gigafactory employee Martin Tripp in 2018 after he got caught leaking an exposé to Business Insider. According to the information Tripp leaked, Tesla was shipping...
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VIDEO: Two Suspects Allegedly Beat, Slashed Man in Neck Outside Bronx Deli
A man is in critical condition after two suspects allegedly beat and slashed him outside a deli in the Bronx on Wednesday.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer pushes Save Our Stages Act to save Broadway
A $10 billion bill that will help keep the lights on along Broadway took center stage Friday as Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed to fight for entertainment venues hard hit by the coronavirus crisis.
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Stocks are tumbling at the end of a turbulent week
The US stock market is on track for another day of sharp losses at the end of a turbulent week.
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Dave & Buster’s warns of mass layoffs as COVID-19 keeps arcades closed
Restaurant-and-arcade chain Dave & Buster’s has warned it could lay off more than 2,500 employees as the coronavirus keeps its gaming halls closed. The Dallas-based company has filed notices in at least 10 states indicating temporary layoffs imposed in March — when the pandemic forced all its locations to close — would become permanent later...
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What Happened When I Tried to Short the Dow
And why a financial services industry built around optimism can’t stand a pessimist like me.
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Florida bar owner bans masks, will eject patrons who wear face coverings
The owner of a bar in Florida has outright banned any patrons from wearing masks or face coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he doesn’t “agree” with the idea. Gary Kirby, the owner of Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in West Melbourne, told Fox News that he’s been getting death threats for prohibiting masks at...
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How We Survive the Winter
On April 13, Robert Redfield, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appeared on the Today show and assured viewers that the worst was nearly behind us. It had been a month since the last gathering of fans in an NBA arena; a month since the fateful week when Americans began panic-buying bottled water and canned beans. The segment’s host, Savannah Guthrie, was broadcasting from home in upstate New York. With the light of a makeshift camera reflecting in her glasses, she asked Redfield to address reports that we could be facing another three weeks of social distancing. “We are nearing the peak right now,” Redfield told her. “Clearly we are stabilizing in terms of the state of this outbreak.”By July, the number of daily cases had doubled. The death total had shot past 100,000. As Redfield looked ahead, his tone became more ominous. The fall and the winter, he said in an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association, “are going to be probably one of the most difficult times that we’ve experienced in American public health.”It is now widely accepted among experts that the United States is primed for a surge in cases at a uniquely perilous moment in our national history. “As we approach the fall and winter months, it is important that we get the baseline level of daily infections much lower than they are right now,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told me by email. For the past few weeks, the country has been averaging around 40,000 new infections per day. Fauci said that “we must, over the next few weeks, get that baseline of infections down to 10,000 per day, or even much less if we want to maintain control of this outbreak.”This may be the most salient warning he has issued at any point in the pandemic. Cutting an infection rate as high as ours by 75 percent in a matter of weeks would almost certainly require widespread lockdowns in which nearly everyone shelters in place, as happened in China in January. That will not happen in the United States. Donald Trump has been campaigning for reelection on just the opposite message. He has promised that normalcy and American greatness are just around the corner. He has touted dubious treatments and said at least 34 times that the virus will disappear. This disinformation is nearing a crescendo now that the election looms: Trump has been teasing a vaccine that could be available within weeks.The cold reality is that we should plan for a winter in which vaccination is not part of our lives. Three vaccine candidates are currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.S., and the trials’ results may arrive as early as November. But even if they do—and even if they look perfect—it would not mean that a vaccine would be widely available. On Wednesday, Redfield said in a congressional hearing that a vaccine was unlikely to be widely available until the summer of next year, if not later. Fauci may be even less optimistic. He told my colleague Peter Nicholas that if the clinical trials go well, it could mean a few million doses could be available by early 2021. By the time we got to 50 to 100 million doses, he estimated, “you’re going to be well into 2021.” If each person needs two doses, as many experts expect, that would be enough to vaccinate roughly 11 percent of the population.The virus is here to stay. At best, it would fade away gradually, but that would happen after, not before, the winter. The sooner we can accept this, the more we can focus on minimizing the losses of bleak and grisly coming months. Some of our fate is now inevitable, but much is not. There are still basic things we can do to survive.Some of the physical elements of winter weather make viruses more difficult to escape. The coronaviruses that cause the common cold reliably peak in winter months, as do influenza viruses. There is some mystery as to why. It seems partly due to the air: Viruses travel differently in air of different temperatures and humidity levels. In typical summer weather, the microscopic liquid particles that shoot out of our mouths don’t travel as efficiently as they do in dry winter air.Cold weather also drives us inside, where air recirculates. “As things get colder, activities and people will start moving indoors, and unfortunately that’s going to increase transmission risk, and the risk of super-spreading events,” Tom Ingelsby, the director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins, told me. The public-health directives that have allowed many businesses to reopen in recent months—by opening windows and doing as much as possible outdoors—will no longer be feasible in regions where temperatures plunge as the days grow short.Winter days also wear on our body’s defense mechanisms. When people become more sedentary, our immune systems become less vigilant, and our overall resilience flags. Symptoms of depression, too, tend to run high in winter. This year these symptoms will be accompanied by restrictions on social life and concerns for health and economic security, leaving us physiologically vulnerable. “There is a growing sense of behavioral fatigue, and a real need for segments of the population to get back to work,” says Albert Ko, the chair of the department of epidemiology of microbial diseases at Yale School of Public Health. “I think the resurgence is going to be worse than what we’ve seen in the summer.”Isolated people may feel especially compelled to travel and gather at the holidays, even though those gatherings may be perilous. They could lead to bigger spikes in COVID-19 cases than those same states saw after Memorial Day and July 4, when people who insisted on gathering could generally do so outdoors. The winter holidays often involve multigenerational gatherings for prolonged periods indoors—preceded and followed by interstate travel. This is a worst-case combination during a pandemic.“A lot of what we’re expecting about what might happen this winter comes from previous pandemics,” says Stephen Kissler, a research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. Flu pandemics tend to travel in waves, and often the first fall and winter waves are the worst. There are striking similarities so far between the current pandemic and the 2009 influenza pandemic, Kissler told me. “There was patchy transmission in the spring, in New York City and some other places, but then there was a unified wave that hit the entire country. It started right around now, the beginning of September.”In a typical cold and flu season, many of us are protected—or partially protected—by antibodies to circulating viruses. But with COVID-19, the number of people with antibodies is still low. Even in the cities hardest hit by the disease, it seems that roughly 85 percent of people are still without antibodies. And if the immunity these antibodies confer is incomplete or short lived, the number could effectively be even higher. This goes against the president’s allusions to how we might safely defeat the virus with “herd immunity.”Winter has already hit some places in the Southern Hemisphere hard. South Africa has seen a surge in COVID-19. Melbourne has been locked down due to a winter resurgence. The U.S. fell prey to our sense of exceptionalism in the early stages of this pandemic. We watched idly as the virus spread in China and Iran, South Korea, and Italy, and only after it was circulating widely among us began to accept that we were not somehow immune. If we cling to that fiction, we are setting ourselves up to be unprepared once again.Gueorgui Pinkhassov / MagnumThis is not inevitable. There’s still time to break out of the patterns of thinking that have brought the U.S. to the point of leading the world in deaths and economic losses. There are basic ideas and measures we can take to mitigate and prepare. I’ve been worried about this winter since last winter, so over the past few months I’ve spoken with dozens of experts about what can be done. Here is a distillation of the recurring recommendations. None of them should be revelatory. But that’s precisely the point. Accept reality“Outbreak responses are chess, not checkers,” says Stephen Thomas, the chief of the infectious disease division at State University of New York Upstate. We are playing against a tiny, inanimate ball of genetic material. We are not winning, because we are thinking short term, moving in only one direction, and not seeing the entire board.Do not waste your time and emotional energy planning around an imminent game-changing injection or pill in the coming months. A pandemic is not a problem that will be fixed in one move, by any single medication or a sudden vaccine. Instead, the way forward involves small, imperfect preventive measures that can accumulate into very effective interventions. Groups of practices that minimize the spread of disease are sometimes known as prevention bundles. Our COVID-19 bundle includes important drugs, such as dexamethasone and remdesivir, which seem to help certain patients in specific situations. It also involves behaviors, too, such as distancing and masking. “Any action you take has the potential for numerous secondary and tangential benefits,” Thomas said.A vaccine will be part of our bundles, hopefully before too long. But it will not instantly eliminate the need for everything else. If we can accept that masks will be a part of our lives indefinitely, we can focus on improving their effectiveness and making them less annoying to wear, Yale’s Ko said. “And it’s not just the design of masks themselves; we can come up with more innovative ways to promote face-mask use.” For one thing, they could be made more ubiquitous by employers and state agencies. Governments could even, as Luxembourg’s did, send masks to everyone by mail.Plan for more shutdownsAmerica’s “reopening” process is going to be less an upward line toward normalcy and more a jagged roller coaster toward some new way of life. In July, California ordered businesses and churches in some counties to again halt indoor activities after the state saw a rise in positive tests and admissions to intensive care units. In August, the University of North Carolina sent students home barely a week after they had arrived. These sorts of moves shock the system if it relies on uninterrupted forward progress. Everyone will be better prepared if we plan for schools to close and for cities and businesses to shut back down, even while we hope they won’t have to.“Many workplaces that have reopened don’t have clear guidelines as to when they will consider shutting back down or reducing capacity in buildings,” Kissler told me. Every place that’s reopening should assume that it might have to navigate further closures. “Having clear triggers for when and how to pull back would help us avoid what happened this spring, where everything shut down in a week,” Kissler said. “It was utter chaos. I’m afraid that scenario will play out again. We have the opportunity to avoid that.”Live like you’re contagiousEven if you’ve had the virus, plan to spend the winter living as though you are constantly contagious. This primarily means paying attention to where you are and what’s coming out of your mouth. The liquid particles we spew can be generated simply by breathing, but far more by speaking, shouting, singing, coughing, and sneezing. While we cannot stop doing all of these things, every effort at minimizing unnecessary contributions of virus to the air around others helps.Along with masking and distancing, time itself can effectively be another tool in our bundles. It’s not just the distance from another person that determines transmission, it’s also the duration. A shorter interaction is safer than a longer one because the window for the virus to enter your airways is narrower. Any respiratory virus is more likely to cause disease if you inhale higher doses of it. If you do find yourself in high-risk scenarios, at least don’t linger. Fredrick Sherman, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, recommends that if someone near you coughs or sneezes, “immediately exhale to avoid inhaling droplets or aerosols. Purse your lips to make the exhaling last longer. Turn your head fully away from the person and begin walking.”Even as it gets colder, continue to socialize and exercise outdoors when possible—even if it’s initially less pleasant than being inside. It’s worth thinking about sweaters, hats, and coats as protective measures akin to masks. During the holidays, don’t plan gatherings in places where you can’t be outdoors and widely spaced. This may mean postponing or canceling long-standing traditions. For a lot of people, that will be difficult and sad. For some, it will be a welcome relief. In either case, it’s better than sending a family member to the ICU. Build for the pandemicThis is an overdue opportunity to create and upgrade to permanently pandemic-resistant cities, businesses, schools, and homes. Now is the moment to build the infrastructure to keep workers safe, especially those deemed essential. Poor indoor air quality, for example, has long been a source of disease. Businesses can minimize spread by making ventilation upgrades permanent, as well as enshrining systems that let people work from home whenever possible. “We should be decreasing the density of indoor spaces as much as possible through telecommuting, shifting work schedules, changing work or school flows to spread people out,” the Center for Health Security’s Inglesby said. Instead of being ordered to take down temporary street dining areas, restaurants might build roofs over them to bear ice and snow, and accommodate space heaters.Keeping people safe will save us economically: If restaurants, shops, offices, schools, and churches offer only indoor options, then they can expect attendance and business to suffer even further—either because of legally imposed limits to capacity or because people don’t feel safe going out. Building for pandemics also extends beyond physical infrastructure, to child care for workers, public transit, safe housing and quarantine spaces, and supply chains for everything from masks to air filters to pipette tips. We could make sure that sick people have places to go to seek care, and that they aren’t compelled to spread the virus by basic financial imperatives. Hunt the virus Developing fast and reliable ways to detect the coronavirus will become only more crucial during the winter cold and flu season. Symptoms of the flu and other respiratory diseases can be effectively indistinguishable from early and mild symptoms of COVID-19. Natalie Dean, a biostatistician at the University of Florida, told me that testing will be needed to identify real cases and assure others in schools and workplaces that their coughs are not due to coronavirus. Being able to distinguish who among the sniffling masses truly needs to quarantine for two weeks will be vital to keeping essential workers safe and present.The flu vaccine will be useful in helping to prevent a disease that can look very similar to COVID-19. But returns to normalcy in the coming year will depend on advancements in testing for the coronavirus itself. As of now, PCR tests, the most widely used forms of diagnostic testing, are not suited for efficient, massive-scale screening. They cannot identify every infection reliably enough, and are too resource intensive to use as a comprehensive surveillance system. Some experts hope that November will be a watershed month for new ways of testing, as numerous novel point-of-care tests should have come to market by then. These will theoretically allow for on-premises testing at schools, offices, and polling stations—with results obtained in minutes. There are already concerns about the accuracy of such tests, but if they work well they would be the most effective tool in our bundle. Results would ideally be coordinated nationally, with real-time tracking, to inform precise and minimal shutdowns.All of these measures are contingent on reconceptualizing how this pandemic ends. They depend on common facts and clear information. There will be no fireworks or parades, only a slow march onward. Whether technological advances can help us chip away at the spread and severity of this disease will depend on how we use, distribute, and understand them. Throughout the pandemic, America’s most significant barrier to this progress has been Donald Trump. Since February, he has depicted his response to the virus as a success by minimizing the threat. He has exaggerated and lied about treatment options, about the availability of tests, and about the importance of preventive measures such as masks. This week, after Redfield testified that a vaccine would not be widely available until mid- to late 2021, Trump contradicted him and said Redfield was “confused.”Trump’s insistence that normalcy is on the horizon trades long-term safety for short-term solace. Under his administration, the agencies that typically assure the accuracy and proper usage of medical products like tests and vaccines—the FDA and the CDC—have been weakened and politicized. In August, the White House urged a rewrite of CDC guidelines to discourage testing asymptomatic people who have had high-risk exposures to people with COVID-19. This week, The New York Times reported that this happened over the objections of CDC scientists. In coming months, “direct-to-consumer” sales of COVID-19 tests are expected to further clutter the information landscape. It will be up to the FDA to ensure that they work. Tests and vaccines will be worthless if the public can’t or simply doesn’t trust them.The lack of a scientific basis for a shared reality—and willingness to accept that reality—continues to be America’s greatest weakness in this pandemic. This is all the more reason to prepare ourselves for the months ahead. Build emotional reserves where you can. Make concrete plans for how to isolate and quarantine; to maintain access to credible information; to get medical care quickly. Consider simple ways to help your communities. The process will serve you well, no matter how bad winter gets. Offer to help friends and family care for children. Ask yourself what you can do, right now, for the people who would be burdened most by new waves of illness. Do you have neighbors who wouldn’t be able to get out at all? Do you have elderly relatives who will be totally alone? “If you can teach them how to use Zoom right now,” Kissler advised, “that might be easier to do while we can still do it in person.”
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So you watched 'Mulan?' Here are 10 movies that make me proud of my East Asian heritage
It's no surprise that Asian representation is lacking in movies. Here are 10 East Asian films that make us proud, from 'Okja' to 'The Farewell.'       
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Bowling alley going out of business after 98 years
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Hospital chopper nearly crashes into drone
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Homemade boat brings awareness to nonprofit
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US extends travel restrictions across Canadian, Mexican borders
The Trump administration on Friday announced that it has agreed with Canada and Mexico to extend restrictions on non-essential cross-border travel until Oct. 21 as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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Fitness on the Go
Workout anywhere, anytime with fitness professional Lita Lewis, who shares exercises to help get you moving and keep you active while you're on road.
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