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Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee, Is New To D.C. — But Not To Classrooms

On Wednesday, lawmakers will have some tough questions for Miguel Cardona, President Biden’s nominee to be the next U.S. education secretary. The Connecticut educator will no doubt have to navigate the choppy policy waters of school choice, how to close opportunity gaps and, most critically, how he would help schools reopen as the pandemic rages. Continue Reading Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Education Secretary Nominee, Is New To D.C. — But Not To Classrooms

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Las Vegas school class of 2020 in chalk in parking lot

Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids’ Suicide Risk

In recent months, many suicidal children have been showing up in hospital emergency departments, and more kids are needing in-patient care after serious suicide attempts. “Across the country, we’re hearing that there are increased numbers of serious suicidal attempts and suicidal deaths,” says Dr. Susan Duffy, a professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Brown University. Continue Reading Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids’ Suicide Risk

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Ellume, an Australian company, manufactures a 15-minute at-home test for the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. Ellume Limited

U.S. Makes $231 Million Deal To Provide 15-Minute COVID-19 At-Home Tests

The Biden administration has made a $231.8 million deal with an Australian company to boost availability of the first at-home rapid test for the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 that is available without a prescription. The test, made by Ellume, can send results to a smartphone within 15 minutes of receiving a sample. Continue Reading U.S. Makes $231 Million Deal To Provide 15-Minute COVID-19 At-Home Tests

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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

Playing Favorites? Hospital Boards And Donors, Some In Washington, Get Vaccine Priority Offer

While millions of Americans wait for the COVID-19 vaccine, hospital board members, their trustees and donors around the country have gotten early access to the scarce drug or offers for vaccinations, raising complaints about favoritism tainting decisions about who gets inoculated and when. Continue Reading Playing Favorites? Hospital Boards And Donors, Some In Washington, Get Vaccine Priority Offer

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Bruce L. Castor Jr., a former district attorney who declined to press sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby in 2005, is one half of former President Donald Trump's defense team for his impeachment trial next week. CREDIT: Marc Levy/AP

Donald Trump Names New Defense Team Ahead Of Senate Impeachment Trial

Former President Donald Trump has named two new attorneys to head up his impeachment defense ahead of next week’s trial in the Senate. Trump was in need of new representation following the reported departure of all five members of his defense team this weekend. Now leading the team are attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. — both experienced in criminal defense. Continue Reading Donald Trump Names New Defense Team Ahead Of Senate Impeachment Trial

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Travelers wear face masks in the main terminal of Denver International Airport on Dec. 31, 2020. Starting Feb. 1, travelers will be required to wear face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation. CREDIT: David Zalubowski/AP

CDC Issues Sweeping New Mask Mandate For U.S. Travelers; Extends Eviction Moratorium

The order, issued late Friday, will require masks to be worn by “all passengers on public conveyances” traveling into or within the United States, including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares. Coverings will also be required at transportation hubs like airports, bus terminals and train or subway stations. The new guidelines take effect at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 1. Continue Reading CDC Issues Sweeping New Mask Mandate For U.S. Travelers; Extends Eviction Moratorium

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Protesters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

‘This Is War’: Inside The Secret Chat Where Extremists Devised Their Plans After U.S. Capitol Attack

When the FBI arrested Edward “Jake” Lang on Jan. 16 for his alleged role in the U.S. Capitol attack, court documents show agents had followed a seemingly straightforward trail from his public social media to collect evidence. “THIS IS ME,” Lang wrote over one video. The chats also make clear that at least some of those involved in the Capitol insurrection, despite a sweeping crackdown by U.S. law enforcement that has resulted in more than 160 cases, appear dedicated to planning and participating in further violence. Continue Reading ‘This Is War’: Inside The Secret Chat Where Extremists Devised Their Plans After U.S. Capitol Attack

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In this March 28, 2019 photo pot products line a display case at a marijuana shop in Seattle. A proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the legalization of marijuana in Idaho has moved forward as lawmakers in the state try to halt the increasing acceptance of the drug nationwide. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

As More States Legalize Pot, Idaho Lawmakers Move To Cement A Permanent Constitutional Ban

As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight. State lawmakers on Friday moved forward with a proposed constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of marijuana in Idaho in an attempt to keep the growing nationwide acceptance of the drug from seeping across its borders. Continue Reading As More States Legalize Pot, Idaho Lawmakers Move To Cement A Permanent Constitutional Ban

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Nurse Vash Deelchand inoculated Kate Bingham, chair of the U.K. government's vaccine task force, with a Novavax vaccine at the Royal Free Hospital in London in October. CREDIT: Kirsty O'Connor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images

Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Effective, But Less So Against Variant In South Africa

The biotech company Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 89% effective at preventing the illness, according to an interim analysis of a large study conducted in the U.K. The results come from a clinical trial involving more than 15,000 volunteers, of whom more than a quarter were older than 65. Continue Reading Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Effective, But Less So Against Variant In South Africa

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