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An employee makes respiratory masks in a family-owned medical equipment factory in Miami on Feb. 15. American manufacturers are thriving but they are running into an unexpected problem: finding critical supplies. CREDIT: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

‘It’s Madness’: American Factories Scramble To Secure Critical Supplies

Unexpectedly strong demand for furniture, appliances and other manufactured goods is providing a windfall to many of the country’s industries. But as factory gears spin faster to meet the surging demand, a big headache is emerging: Supply chains are getting stretched more than ever, and critical components are proving a lot harder to procure. Continue Reading ‘It’s Madness’: American Factories Scramble To Secure Critical Supplies

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In this Feb. 11, 2014 photo a car drives by a pothole in Detroit. The relentless cycle of snow and bitter cold this winter is testing the skeletons of steel and cement on which communities are built. Pipes are bursting in towns that are not used to such things, and roads are turning into moonscapes of gaping potholes big enough to snap axles of passing vehicles. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Potholes, Grid Failures, Aging Tunnels And Bridges: Nation’s Infrastructure Gets C- Grade

Many of the country’s roads, bridges, airports, dams, levees and water systems are aging and in poor to mediocre condition. And they’re in need of a major federal investment to keep from getting worse and to withstand the harsh effects of a changing climate, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Continue Reading Potholes, Grid Failures, Aging Tunnels And Bridges: Nation’s Infrastructure Gets C- Grade

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Joe Biden, then vice president, at the Vatican, in 2016. Andrew Medichini/AP

In Pope Francis, Biden Has A Potential Ally — Who Shares The Same Catholic Detractors

The second Roman Catholic president in American history is a devout man who makes no secret of the importance of faith in his life. President Joe Biden is a regular churchgoer, often quotes St. Augustine and carries a rosary that belonged to his late son Beau. In one of the first images released of him in the Oval Office, a photo was visible behind his desk showing him with Pope Francis. Continue Reading In Pope Francis, Biden Has A Potential Ally — Who Shares The Same Catholic Detractors

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People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for inoculations. CREDIT: Seth Wenig/AP

How Inequity Gets Built Into America’s Vaccination System

It’s a fact that simply being eligible for a vaccine in America doesn’t mean that you can instantly get one. Yet the ability to get to the front of the line isn’t the same for everyone. ProPublica has found that, whether intentionally or not, some vaccine programs have been designed with inherent barriers that disadvantage many people who are most at risk of dying from the disease, exacerbating inequities in access to health care. Continue Reading How Inequity Gets Built Into America’s Vaccination System

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing on July 23, 2020 in New York City. A second former aide from his administration has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment from Cuomo. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations From 2nd Former Aide

A second former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment that took place last spring as the state was facing a surge in cases and deaths in its fight against the coronavirus. Cuomo says he will now ask New York’s attorney general and the state’s chief judge to pick an independent investigator to review the accusations against him. Continue Reading N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations From 2nd Former Aide

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Electrical grid transmission towers in Pasadena, Calif. Major power outages from extreme weather have risen dramatically in the past two decades. CREDIT: John Antczak/AP

It’s Not Just Texas. The Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade – Including In The Northwest

The Texas blackout is another reminder that more frequent, climate-driven extreme weather puts stress on the country’s electricity grid. It came just months after outages in California aimed at preventing wildfires. Compounding this, electricity likely will be even more important in coming years amid a push to electrify cars and homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That has many grid experts saying it’s time to upgrade the country’s electricity infrastructure. Continue Reading It’s Not Just Texas. The Energy Grid Needs An Upgrade – Including In The Northwest

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Dropped Dramatically Since January, But Can We Keep Them Down?

With coronavirus infections on a steady, six weeks long descent in the U.S., it’s clear the worst days of the brutal winter surge have waned. Yet researchers are still not sure how sustainable the decline is. And a small but concerning uptick in cases in the last three days has health officials on edge. Continue Reading U.S. Coronavirus Cases Dropped Dramatically Since January, But Can We Keep Them Down?

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