Archive for September 24th, 2020

Court Orders Census Counting To Continue Through Oct. 31; Appeal Expected

US & World | | September 24 2020, 11:00 PM

After the Trump administration made last-minute changes that shortened the 2020 census schedule, a federal judge in California has ordered it to extend counting for another month.

Report: Satellite Images Reveal Suspected Detention Sites In China's Xinjiang Region | | September 24 2020, 5:20 PM

The centers have apparently been built and expanded since 2019, even as Chinese officials claimed most of the ethnic Uighurs and others sent to the facilities had "returned to society."

Facebook, Twitter Remove More Russian-Backed Fake Accounts Ahead Of Election | | September 24 2020, 4:20 PM

The social media companies said the accounts and pages were linked to Russian actors that had launched "hack-and-leak" operations to hurt Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Alexei Navalny's Accounts Reportedly Frozen While In Berlin Hospital After Poisoning | | September 24 2020, 4:00 PM

A spokeswoman says the Russian opposition leader's bank accounts were frozen and his Moscow apartment "seized" in connection with a libel suit while he was in a coma after poisoning by a nerve agent.

Jobless New Yorkers Can Work At Polls And Still Keep Benefits, Gov. Cuomo Says

Politics | | September 24 2020, 3:40 PM

The governor's order makes it easier for jobless people to work for state and local election boards — as long as they're paid $504 or less each week.

Maryland Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison After Shooting Black Man In Hate Crime

Crime & Justice | | September 24 2020, 3:20 PM

Brandon Higgs, the white man sentenced, reportedly told the Black man he shot to "go back to Africa." The prosecutor said police found that Higgs has links to white supremacist groups.

Cuomo Says N.Y. Health Officials Will Review Any U.S.-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine

US & World | | September 24 2020, 3:00 PM

"The first question is, is the vaccine safe? Frankly, I'm not going to trust the federal government's opinion," Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference.

United Airlines Says It Will Offer Travelers Coronavirus Tests At The Airport | | September 24 2020, 1:40 PM

A pilot program on flights from San Francisco to Hawaii would give on-the-spot tests for the virus that causes COVID-19. Travelers who test negative would not be required to quarantine upon arrival.

Colonialism, Eugenics And Downright Terror In 'Mexican Gothic' | | September 24 2020, 1:20 PM

This week, Code Switch is talking about the books that are getting us through the pandemic. Today's conversation is with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, author of the creepy and engrossing Mexican Gothic.

LA Chargers Team Doctor Reportedly Punctured Quarterback's Lung By Mistake | | September 24 2020, 12:20 PM

The NFL Players Association is investigating after a Los Angeles Chargers team doctor reportedly punctured quarterback Tyrod Taylor's lung while administering a painkiller for cracked ribs.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Vandalized With 'Black Lives Don't Matter' Sign

US & World | | September 24 2020, 12:00 PM

A black bear skin was also left draped on a park entrance in Tennessee. Investigators are offering a reward for information on the incident, which a ranger called "particularly egregious."

Dutch Celebrities Face Backlash After Rejecting Efforts To Prevent COVID-19 | | September 24 2020, 11:40 AM

With the hashtag #ikdoenietmeermee ("I no longer participate"), several musicians and influencers said on social media they were opting out of campaigns to promote social distancing and face masks.

No Trick Or Treat: Americans Get Creative To Celebrate Halloween Safely | | September 24 2020, 6:00 AM

The CDC is advising against the door-to-door candy quest during the pandemic. So parents are coming up with alternative ways to bring the spooky season to life. How about sending candy down a chute?

School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As 'Present'?

Education | | September 24 2020, 5:00 AM

With millions of students logging in from home, the pandemic has disrupted the traditional school function of making sure students are "in school."

Nearly 500 National Security Experts Endorse Biden For President | | September 24 2020, 4:40 AM

In a letter addressed to "Our Fellow Citizens," the 489 signatures include 22 four-star officers, stating the "current president" is not up to "the enormous responsibilities of his office."

Trump Administration Plans Crackdown On Hospitals Failing To Report COVID-19 Data

Health | | September 24 2020, 4:00 AM

Draft documents obtained by NPR show that the federal government is preparing to enforce new data reporting requirements, threatening to withhold vital Medicare funding from non-compliant hospitals.

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How Will A Major EDD Overhaul Impact Unemployment Claims? Plus Your Questions About The Process

| September 24 2020, 9:32 AM

California’s unemployment system will stop accepting new claims for the next two weeks, following the publication of a report finding the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) in need of immediate reforms.

Hundreds Protest in LA Following Grand Jury Decision in Breonna Taylor's Killing

| September 24 2020, 9:18 AM

Several hundred people turned out to protest Wednesday in downtown L.A. in response to a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to hold any police officers criminally liable for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Ahead Of The Holiday Rush, We Check In On Supermarket Inventory

| September 24 2020, 9:10 AM

If you think back to March and April, when shutdown orders were first being announced, you’ll recall the mad rush to stock up on everything from toilet paper to canned chili.

KQED Podcast ‘SOLD OUT’ Imagines A Game Plan To Address CA’s Housing Affordability Crisis

| September 24 2020, 9:03 AM

California is the epicenter of the nation’s housing affordability crisis, with homelessness rates increasing by more than 16 percent from 2018 to 2019. Rising housing costs and so many Californians unhoused are considered the primary concerns of most voters, and state leaders have grappled with how to respond.

California Moves To End Sales Of New Gas-Powered Cars. How Realistic Is The Plan?

| September 24 2020, 8:53 AM

California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.