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Masks Remain Extremely Effective Indoors, But Are They Necessary Outside?

Masks Remain Extremely Effective Indoors, But Are They Necessary Outside?

Masks Remain Extremely Effective Indoors, But Are They Necessary Outside? : Coronavirus Updates Unless people are packed together, "there really just is not much spread happening outdoors," Dr. Ashish Jha of Brown University's School of Public Health says.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsScientists and public health experts agree that masks are effective at lowering the spread of the coronavirus indoors, where the vast majority of transmission is likely to occur. But what about outside? About have statewide mask mandates that generally require people to wear masks outside when...

Apr 21
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John Boehner On The 'Noisemakers' Of The Republican Party

John Boehner On The 'Noisemakers' Of The Republican Party

John Boehner On The 'Noisemakers' Of The Republican Party Boehner was the Republican speaker of the House during much of the Obama presidency. His new memoir recounts his time leading House Republicans — even if that meant doing things he personally opposed.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsJohn Boehner says he couldn't win an election as a Republican these days. "I think I'd have a pretty tough time," he says. "I'm a conservative Republican, but I'm not crazy. And, you know, these days crazy gets elected. On the left and the right." Boehner has a new memoir, On the House, about...

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As Yemenis Starve To Death, Humanitarian Relief Group Pleas For International Help

As Yemenis Starve To Death, Humanitarian Relief Group Pleas For International Help

As Yemenis Starve To Death, Humanitarian Relief Group Pleas For International Help Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council is on the ground in Yemen. The United Nations is asking for funding as tens of thousands are already starving to death and millions more go hungry.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsHunger has been weaponized in the war in Yemen, says a former U.N. official who is currently in the country. "We are seeing a relentless countdown to a possible famine that the world hasn't seen since Ethiopia in the 1980s," says Jan Egeland, who is now secretary-general of...

Mar 1
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Critic Of U.S. Role In Yemen Responds To Biden's Plans To Pull Back

Critic Of U.S. Role In Yemen Responds To Biden's Plans To Pull Back

Critic Of U.S. Role In Yemen Responds To Biden's Plans To Pull Back Shireen Al-Adeimi of Michigan State University argues the U.S. has done "everything except for pulling the trigger" in the war in Yemen. She tells NPR she's skeptical of a U.S. role in creating peace.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsPresident Biden said last week that the Saudi-led war in Yemen "has to end," as he pledged to end "all American support for offensive operations." The complex war started in 2014, when Houthi militants supported by Iran overthrew the unpopular Saudi-backed government in Sanaa,...

Feb 8
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Global Initiative To Start Shipping Vaccines To Africa, Where Supplies Are Low

Global Initiative To Start Shipping Vaccines To Africa, Where Supplies Are Low

Global Initiative To Start Shipping Vaccines To Africa, Where Supplies Are Low : Coronavirus Updates Dr. Katherine O'Brien of the World Health Organization says poor countries are able to get their populations vaccinated — they just need the doses.Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsAfrican countries are far behind when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations, largely because in North America and Europe have already bought much of the existing and future supply. Poor countries are at the back of the line. That poses a threat for the world: While it's a humanitarian disaster for low-income...

Feb 5
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Wisconsin Hospital Leader On Getting Ready For Vaccinations

Wisconsin Hospital Leader On Getting Ready For Vaccinations

Wisconsin Hospital Leader On Getting Ready For Vaccinations : Coronavirus Updates Dr. Jeff Bahr with the Advocate Aurora Health system in Wisconsin says his hospitals are "ready to go" for vaccinations. Staff who treat COVID-19 patients will be first in line, he says.Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsThe Food and Drug Administration looks set to allow emergency authorization of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine . With that, vaccinations will likely begin soon for health care workers and people in nursing homes. States will play a large part in distributing the doses that are available. In...

Dec 11
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'World's Loneliest Elephant' Moving To Sanctuary, With Help From Cher

'World's Loneliest Elephant' Moving To Sanctuary, With Help From Cher

Cher Helps Rescue Kaavan, 'World's Loneliest Elephant' Kaavan the elephant has lived in poor conditions for decades, and he's been alone since his partner died in 2012. Activists, including the pop singer, have successfully campaigned for his release.Singer Cher was in Pakistan on Friday with a message for "the world's loneliest elephant": There is life after love. Kaavan the elephant has been languishing in poor conditions in Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad since 1985, according to the animal welfare group Four Paws International. He was brought there as a gift from Sri Lanka at 1 year old....

Nov 28
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As COVID-19 Cases Surge In Wisconsin, Health Workers Brace For More

As COVID-19 Cases Surge In Wisconsin, Health Workers Brace For More

As COVID-19 Cases Surge In Wisconsin, Health Workers Brace For More Rural areas are of particular concern as COVID-19 cases rise in Wisconsin. One big worry: having enough staff in hospitals.It took Wisconsin more than seven months to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases. On Monday, just five weeks later, . Wisconsin is now experiencing a massive upsurge in cases that seen in much bigger states. Hospital beds are at about 85% capacity statewide. The state just near Milwaukee that can accommodate more than 500 patients. "Early on in the pandemic, we put a lot of plans in place and then we were...

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Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers Say Video Shows An 'Execution'

Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers Say Video Shows An 'Execution'

Andrew Brown Jr. Family Lawyers: Video Shows 'Execution' By Deputies Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Brown, a Black man, while carrying out warrants in Elizabeth City, N.C. Family lawyers say body camera video shows deputies firing while Brown poses no threat.Attorneys for Andrew Brown Jr.'s family said Monday they were frustrated only to be shown 20 seconds of body camera footage of sheriff's deputies shooting and killing Brown last week. But what they did see amounted to an "execution," family attorney Chantel Cherry-Lassiter told reporters. Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Brown, a...

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