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Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation (center), walks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Sapidar Palace in Kabul on Thursday.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 06:37

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kabul on Thursday in a visit that comes on the heels of President Biden's announcement that all U.S. troops will leave Afghanistan.

Medical first aid is actually not what we're focused on in this situation, says Ampara Vilasmil, a mental health activity manager for a camp set up by MSF in Montepuez. Most of the people that come to the camps are hungry and tired but physically fine. It's actually psychological first aid they need to help them deal with the trauma they've been through.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 06:15

Psychological first aid is part of the mission of Doctors Without Borders. They hope to give those fleeing the horrors of civil unrest the tools to start moving past their trauma.

Fears are rising about whether supplies of batteries can keep up with the expected surge in the production of electric vehicles. Pictured here is a close-up of individual battery cells contained in a battery pack module for a Lucid Motors electric vehicle.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 05:32

As automakers from General Motors to Volkswagen bet big on an electric future, fears are rising about whether the world's supply of batteries can keep up.

A Capitol police officer looks out of a broken window as pro-Trump rioters storm into the building on Jan. 6.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 05:28

Responding to a critical inspector general's report, the U.S. Capitol Police acknowledges that "much additional work needs to be done," but that it will need "significant resources" from Congress.

Johnson & Johnson was mentioned roughly the same amount every hour online Tuesday as it was in entire weeks prior, according to the tracking firm Zignal Labs.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 04:53

A vast network of professional vaccine skeptics on social media have been waiting for a development like the Johnson & Johnson pause. Now experts say they will milk it for all its worth and more.

Hassan Shibly, once the prominent head of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Florida chapter, resigned after allegations of domestic abuse were made against him. Since then, other women have come forward with accusations of their own. Shibly has denied the allegations.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 04:01

A former chapter leader at the Council on American-Islamic Relations was accused of domestic abuse. Since then, other women have come forward with allegations of bad behavior, while he disputes all.

Shawn Steffee is business agent at Boilermakers Local 154 in Pittsburgh, and worries a transition to clean energy could cost him pay and hurt his pension.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 04:00

President Biden has repeatedly promised the shift to clean energy will create "good-paying union jobs." But the wind and solar industries generally pay less, are not unionized, and need fewer people.

Representative Katie Porter, a Democrat from California, during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in March 2020.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 04:00

Many traditional infrastructure jobs have gone to men in the past. Progressives like Rep. Katie Porter fear that the way Biden is splitting his economic agenda could hurt American women.

Wed, 04/14/2021 - 21:35

"Moritsugu will bring her experience and expertise to the Biden-Harris Administration where she will be a vital voice to advance the President and the Administration's priorities," officials said.

Coinbase on Wednesday became the first major cryptocurrency company to be publicly traded on the Nasdaq.
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 19:08

Coinbase's public debut comes as more institutions warm up to the idea of cryptocurrency and its popularity among investors soars.

Driver's license photo of Ashli Babbitt. The 35-year-old Air Force veteran was shot and killed by a U.S. Capitol Police Officer when she attempted to breach the Chamber of the US House of Representatives on Jan. 6.
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:04

The investigation determined the officer did not act with bad purpose or in disregard of the law.

Bottles of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine await transfer into syringes for administering in March in Los Angeles. The CDC had called on Tuesday for a pause in administering the vaccine.
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:48

An expert advisory committee to the CDC decided it needed more time to consider whether to recommend the restart administration of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, then commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a House hearing on in October 2017. In an NPR interview, Gottlieb says he doesn't expect enough demand for the COVID-19 vaccine much beyond 160 million Americans.
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:03

Dr. Scott Gottlieb doesn't expect enough demand for the vaccine much beyond 160 million Americans. But he says there may eventually be enough immunity to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Some researchers are optimistic that vitamin D supplements may prove helpful in preventing COVID-19. Others are skeptical.
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 14:22

For a year, researchers have been studying and arguing over vitamin D's potential for helping protect against or treat COVID-19. The evidence is still not conclusive.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testifies during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about worldwide threats on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Wed, 04/14/2021 - 13:52

The top U.S. intelligence officials detailed concerns to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, with many questions raised about cyberthreats and espionage targeting U.S. technology.


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