Archive for January 25th, 2021

A New Coronavirus Variant From Brazil, Is Found In Minnesota

US & World | | January 25 2021, 9:00 PM

A Twin Cities resident contracted a new variant of the coronavirus after traveling to Brazil. The new strain is believed to be more transmissible.

Uganda Security Forces Ordered To Stop Detention Of Losing Presidential Candidate | | January 25 2021, 6:00 PM

A judge ruled Monday that security forces surrounding the home of Bobi Wine, who lost a disputed election to President Yoweri Museveni, must leave. It's not clear if the ruling will be obeyed.

Janet Yellen Confirmed By Senate, Making History As First Female Treasury Secretary | | January 25 2021, 5:40 PM

Janet Yellen was confirmed by the Senate to serve as Treasury secretary. She'll be the first woman to hold that post and will lead the Biden administration's efforts to address the pandemic recession.

South Dakota Health Leader On How The State Has Gotten Its Vaccine Out | | January 25 2021, 5:20 PM

South Dakota has administered roughly 80,000 of the 106,000 doses it has received so far, or 75%. Dr. Shankar Kurra in Rapid City says a centralized system helped for coordination.

'Everything Broke': Global Health Leaders On What Went Wrong In The Pandemic | | January 25 2021, 4:40 PM

Six takeaways from discussions at the annual meeting of the World Health Organization's Executive Board.

Like So Much This Year In The NFL, The Pandemic Is Taking A Toll — On Super Bowl Ads | | January 25 2021, 3:40 PM

For the first time in 37 years Budweiser will not directly advertise its beer during the game. Other famous brands are also taking a pass.

Biden Administration Will 'Speed Up' Efforts To Put Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill

Politics | | January 25 2021, 3:20 PM

Press secretary Jen Psaki said it's important that "our money ... reflect the history and diversity of our country." The effort to redesign the $20 bill foundered during the Trump administration.

Education Pick Miguel Cardona On Biden's Promise To Reopen Schools

Education | | January 25 2021, 3:00 PM

President Biden pledged to reopen most of the nation's K-12 schools during his first 100 days. When asked if that goal was "too optimistic," Cardona said, "No, I think it's strong leadership."

Sen. Patrick Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial

Politics | | January 25 2021, 1:20 PM

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will not take on the role for the trial that begins the week of Feb. 8, a source says. A chief justice presides only when a sitting president is on trial.

California Lifts Stay-At-Home Orders: 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel'

US & World | | January 25 2021, 12:40 PM

State health officials are breathing a sigh of relief. But they are also cautious: More than 40 million Californians live in counties where COVID-19 risk is deemed "widespread."

Moderna Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Still Protects Against Emerging Strains | | January 25 2021, 11:40 AM

In a new round of tests, the drug company wants to see if booster doses of its vaccine will ramp up defenses against emerging strains of the coronavirus.

Sen. Rob Portman Won't Seek Reelection

Politics | | January 25 2021, 10:40 AM

The Ohio Republican said it's a "tough time to be in public service," citing hyper-partisanship.

Biden Repeals Trump-Era Ban On Transgender Troops | | January 25 2021, 10:20 AM

Former President Donald Trump had first ordered a ban on transgender troops in 2017, and President Biden had long promised to repeal the order.

Merck Stops Developing Both Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates | | January 25 2021, 8:00 AM

Merck, which previously made an Ebola vaccine, had been seen as a serious contender in the worldwide race to come up with an answer to the coronavirus.

Tough Decisions Ahead For Biden's Incoming Solicitor General

Crime & Justice | | January 25 2021, 4:20 AM

At issue is whether the new administration should reverse course in cases where the Trump administration outlined a legal position. But the justices do not look kindly on the government flip-flopping.

Biden Aims To Close Loopholes In Federal 'Buy American' Provisions

Politics | | January 25 2021, 4:20 AM

The measure is part of President Biden's promised push to boost U.S. manufacturing, and continues his efforts to sign a slew of executive actions during his first days in office.

Some Seniors Face Shrinking Nest Eggs As They Care For Loved Ones During Pandemic

US & World | | January 25 2021, 4:00 AM

Many senior citizens entered their golden years with more debt than previous generations, and now they're struggling financially as they try to provide care for an ailing relative during the pandemic.

House Poised To Transmit Article Of Impeachment Against Trump To Senate

Politics | | January 25 2021, 4:00 AM

The trial itself will begin on Feb. 9, giving the Democratic House impeachment managers and Trump's defense team two weeks to file briefs and finalize their legal preparations.

Virtual Preschool Blues? Untameable Tantrums? LAUSD Has A Helpline For Parents And Teachers | | January 25 2021, 6:00 AM

Parents, caregivers and teachers of young children can call 213-443-0165 to get help navigating virtual learning, tantrums, anxiety and whatever else is on their mind.

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Doc AMA: Biden To Reinstate Travel Restrictions, Young People Camping Out In Unofficial Vaccine Lines And More

| January 25 2021, 9:28 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry Mantle speaks with Dr. Kimberly Shriner from Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.

Politics: Biden Pushes Coronavirus Relief Bill, FBI Considers Charges In Insurrection, Impeachment Proceedings And More

| January 25 2021, 9:27 AM

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the latest in politics.

Broadcast Giant Larry King Dies At 87

| January 25 2021, 9:22 AM

Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87.

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner On Schools Reopening, Students And COVID-19 Vaccines & More

| January 25 2021, 9:18 AM

For Los Angeles Unified students and educators, school is back in session— on Zoom. Amid a severe uptick in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, the California Superior Court rejected a petition to require LAUSD to partially reopen schools for in-person instruction for high-need students.

Is The Governor Newsom Recall Movement A Real Political Threat?

| January 25 2021, 9:13 AM

The movement to recall Governor Gavin Newsom began before the shutdown, but it’s picked up steam during the pandemic, as some Californians turn their frustrations over shuttered schools and businesses toward the state’s leadership.

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