Archive for October 20th, 2020

NIH Director 'Guardedly Optimistic' About COVID-19 Vaccine Approval By End Of 2020

Health | | October 20 2020, 4:20 PM

But Dr. Francis Collins says it's unlikely a vaccine will be approved before late November. He also urges people to trust health experts like Anthony Fauci who "don't really have an ax to grind."

Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancee Sues Saudi Crown Prince Over Journalist's Killing | | October 20 2020, 4:20 PM

"This brutal and brazen crime was the culmination of weeks of planning and conspiratorial actions," says a lawsuit filed in a U.S. court Tuesday.

Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates

Health | | October 20 2020, 4:00 PM

More hospitalized patients are surviving than early in the pandemic. Improved treatments make a big difference, but so does flattening the curve to keep hospitals from overfilling, researchers say.

Do Masks On Plane Flights Really Cut Your Risk Of Catching COVID-19? | | October 20 2020, 3:40 PM

On an eight-hour Emirates flight, with mask-wearing enforced, a whopping 27 coronavirus-positive people boarded the plane in Dubai. Guess how many passengers got infected?

ROTC Cadets Are Gradually Resuming Some In-Person Training | | October 20 2020, 3:13 PM

Like many college classes, ROTC training is mostly online because of the pandemic. But some cadets have resumed limited in-person training.

Facing Economic Devastation, Hawaii Attempts To Revive Tourism

US & World | | October 20 2020, 3:00 PM

The tourist economy in Hawaii has been decimated by the pandemic, with 1 in 6 people there unemployed. Now, the state hopes new traveler testing protocols will help bring visitors back to its beaches.

The Town Of Asbestos, Quebec, Chooses A New, Less Hazardous Name

US & World | | October 20 2020, 2:20 PM

The former mining town has watched its name transform from an asset in the late 1800s to a liability in recent decades. Residents voted to change the name to Val-des-Sources, or valley of the springs.

Ireland To Impose 6-Week National Lockdown, Estimates 150,000 Job Losses | | October 20 2020, 1:40 PM

Under the lockdown, nonessential retail businesses will be closed, and restaurants and bars will be takeout only. Residents are to stay within about a 3-mile radius of their homes.

Google Abuses Its Monopoly Power Over Search, Justice Department Says In Lawsuit | | October 20 2020, 10:20 AM

The antitrust lawsuit against Google is the most significant action the federal government has taken against a technology company in two decades. Google calls the lawsuit "deeply flawed."

Jeffrey Epstein Update: Court Says Ghislaine Maxwell's Deposition Can't Remain Secret

US & World | | October 20 2020, 9:20 AM

The mandate is a victory for Virginia Giuffre, who has publicly accused Maxwell of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse her when she was a minor.

U.K. Preparing COVID-19 Vaccine Trials That Deliberately Infect Study Subjects | | October 20 2020, 7:40 AM

Proponents say that such controversial "human challenge" studies can speed up vaccine development. But others cite ethical concerns.

The Affordable Care Act's Fate Is In Flux But 2021 Health Plan Prices Are Stable

Health | | October 20 2020, 5:00 AM

The Affordable Care Act's future is uncertain and there's no end in sight to the pandemic. But for the 2021 insurance year consumers can expect to see modest increases in prices, if any.

A Big Alzheimer's Drug Study Is Proceeding Cautiously, Despite The Pandemic

Health | | October 20 2020, 4:20 AM

Researchers launched a major study of an experimental Alzheimer's drug this summer. They also learned a lot about how to protect participants who must make frequent visits to a medical center.

Universities Rethink Building Names In The Wake Of Racial Justice Protests

US & World | | October 20 2020, 4:00 AM

Many U.S. colleges have lecture halls named after respected scientists who also promoted racial theories or practices that are now rejected. And increasingly, their names are being removed.

It Pays To Be An Apprentice: 63% More | | October 20 2020, 4:00 AM

Participants in an apprenticeship program that matches employers with community colleges were able to earn substantially more after one year than their peers at community colleges, a new study found.

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Diving Into Potential Impact Of SF’s CAREN Act, Meant To Deter Racist 9-1-1 Calls

| October 20 2020, 9:57 AM

San Francisco’s Supervisors are set to vote today on the “Caution Against Racial and Exploitative Non-Emergencies” or CAREN Act, which gives the targets of racist 9-1-1 calls the right to sue the caller.

DoJ V. Google: The Biggest Antitrust Case In 2 Decades

| October 20 2020, 9:38 AM

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Google for antitrust violations, alleging that it abused its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and harm consumers.

Unemployment AMA: What Can Unemployed Californians Expect Without Another Stimulus, And What Are Your Questions For The EDD Process?

| October 20 2020, 9:37 AM

Seven months into the pandemic, large numbers of Californians are still applying for unemployment and attempting to navigate the convoluted process to receive payments.

Triple Play: Gaming Out Game 1 Of The World Series

| October 20 2020, 9:18 AM

The World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays is a rare meeting of baseball’s best for the title, and a matchup of organizations with Andrew Friedman’s imprint.

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