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Nurses clap after Kym Villamer and her colleague Dawn Jones sing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" at <a data-cid="12680058537081005198" data-ved="0ahUKEwjSr4K__f_rAhVmUt8KHZI2AFsQyTMIIzAA">New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital's </a>new COVID-19 ward.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:24

Quimberly 'Kym' Villamer, a nurse at a hospital in New York City, shares what it was like to grow up in the Philippines while her parents worked in the U.S.

A caravan of vehicles make their way along the Interstate 205 South freeway during the "Oregon for Trump 2020 Labor Day Cruise Rally," at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore., on Sept. 7, 2020.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:00

Car and truck convoys of Trump supporters rolled through Michigan, New York and North Carolina last week. These mobile rallies continued even after one turned deadly in Portland, Ore., last month.

United Airlines baggage tags are displayed on a table at San Francisco International Airport. The carrier says it's starting a pilot program next month that will offer rapid coronavirus testing at the airport or via a self-collected, mail-in test ahead of their flight.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:38

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.

African Americans and other under-represented minorities make up only about 5% of the people in research studies
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:15

People of African ancestry have been excluded from many studies of brain disorders. In Baltimore, scientists, doctors and community leaders are working to make neuroscience research more diverse.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, pictured in 2018, is seen as a front-runner to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:08

The 48-year-old judge, a possible replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is seen as having a proven conservative track record. Here are her views on faith, precedent, guns and more.

Police made 127 arrests during a protest over Breonna Taylor's killing in Louisville, Ky. — and two officers were shot during the demonstrations.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:37

The man suspected of shooting two officers "has been charged with two counts of assault in the first degree and 14 counts of wanton endangerment," police say.

An entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee was vandalized last weekend with the skin of a black bear and a sign that read "Here To The Lake Black Lives Don't Matter."
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:17

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."

Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, shown here during a game earlier this month in Ohio, is reportedly recovering from a punctured lung.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:03

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.

Dutch YouTube star turned model and singer Famke Louise performs on stage during a live show on television in the Netherlands. Famke Louise has come under fire recently for saying she would no longer participate in public campaigns to combat COVID-19.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:25

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.

Sheree Barbour holds her fist in the air in Denver, Colo. as people protest the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:43

Protests emerged around the country after no police officers were charged directly over the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. Here's a selection of pictures of demonstrations nationwide.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in repose at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:23

The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lying in repose at the Supreme Court. President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg on Saturday.

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:18

Demonstrators took to the streets of Atlanta overnight in the wake of the decision not to charge officers directly in Taylor's death. Candidates for a Georgia Senate race weighed in.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there will be an orderly transition of power.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 09:28

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others rebuked President Trump's equivocation about whether he might transfer power peacefully against a backdrop of uncertainty about the ongoing election.

People protest the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case in front of the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Wednesday. As the protest was breaking up, a motorist drove through a small crowd of protesters who had yelled at the driver to turn around.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 09:22

The protesters were starting to disband near the Colorado state Capitol. Some of them blocked the vehicle before it abruptly sped away.

Halloween is one more thing being upended by the pandemic. Federal guidelines advise against traditional trick or treating, but parents around the country are trying to make the holiday special for their children anyway.
Thu, 09/24/2020 - 06:00

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?

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