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The case for free tampons and pads in schools





Activists say menstrual products are a basic necessity that shouldn't require a long walk to the school nurse's office, and that providing them is key to removing the stigma of periods.

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If you want your holiday package to arrive on time, here are the deadlines to know





To all those holiday present procrastinators out there (you know who you are): Be sure to ship that holiday gift sooner rather than later to get those presents to their destination before December 25.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky





Scientists may not know for a couple weeks yet how risky the new coronavirus variant will be to public health. But getting out front now about what is known helps dispel misinformation, they say.

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Philanthropist Jacqueline Avant, wife of music exec. Clarence Avant, is fatally shot





Police are investigating the shooting of Jacqueline Avant, who was found shot in her Beverly Hills home early Wednesday. "I don't think it's a random attack, said police chief Mark Stainbrook.

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Alvin Lucier, inquisitive and innovative composer, has died at 90





Lucier changed the way we think about sound through monumental works like I Am Sitting in a Room and Music on a Long Thin Wire.

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Twitter photo-removal policy aimed at improving privacy sparks concerns over misuse





Twitter users may no longer share private videos or images of others without permission. Critics say the broad policy gives the company too much control over what's deemed in the "public interest."

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Northern Ireland collective wins the prestigious Turner Prize for art


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A collective from Belfast won the prestigious U.K. prize. Prize organizers said the work tackles "urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humor, seriousness and beauty."

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The mystery of where omicron came from — and why it matters





How did this new strain of the novel coronavirus evolve? Researchers are investigating various possibilities. One leading theory involves ... just one person.

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A different kind of COVID vaccine is about ready to roll





Protein subunit vaccines work by injecting people with a tiny portion of a virus. In the case of the COVID-19 vaccine, that tiny portion is the spike protein that the coronavirus uses to enter cells.

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Living robots made in a lab have found a new way to self-replicate, researchers say





Xenobots, a type of programmable organism made from frog cells, can replicate by spontaneously sweeping up loose stem cells, researchers say. This could have implications for regenerative medicine.

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This Supreme Court case could make abortion more restricted across the U.S.


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A Mississippi case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday could result in a major rollback of abortion rights. The state has just one remaining clinic that offers abortions.

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These women speak candidly about their abortions. Here's what they want you to know





In D.C. and across the country, people gathered by the thousands in coordinated rallies to demand reproductive justice for all. The main message? Everyone loves someone who's had an abortion.

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Wildfires are erasing Western forests. #Climate #change is making it permanent.


source: https://grist.org/climate/climate-change-forest-loss/
The driving force here is that the rising global temperature is wiping out seedlings. In many spots around the U.S. West, summer temperatures are already high enough to cook young trees before they can develop thick protective bark. Others have become so dry that seedlings shrivel before their roots can grow deep enough to reach #groundwater. Both circumstances can thwart forest regeneration. Mature trees can survive in these areas long after they stop reproducing. But when fires wipe out these forests and seedings can’t get a foothold, they are replaced with grasses and dense #brush.
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Wildfires are erasing Western forests. #Climate #change is making it permanent.


source: https://grist.org/climate/climate-change-forest-loss/
The driving force here is that the rising global temperature is wiping out seedlings. In many spots around the U.S. West, summer temperatures are already high enough to cook young trees before they can develop thick protective bark. Others have become so dry that seedlings shrivel before their roots can grow deep enough to reach #groundwater. Both circumstances can thwart forest regeneration. Mature trees can survive in these areas long after they stop reproducing. But when fires wipe out these forests and seedings can’t get a foothold, they are replaced with grasses and dense #brush.
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#nature #crisis #warming #temprature #usa #fire #tree #forest #plants #future #news
 

As U.S. races to detect and track omicron, patchwork surveillance makes that tough





What's the U.S. doing to watch out for the omicron variant? Here's the work underway and the challenges that experts say may slow down the country's efforts.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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An FDA panel supports Merck COVID drug in mixed vote





If the Food and Drug Administration authorizes use of the drug, called molnupiravir, it would be the first oral COVID-19 treatment that could be taken at home.

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TV's Dr. Oz enters Pennsylvania's crucial Senate race on the GOP side





The celebrity surgeon, who has promoted questionable health advice to national television audiences, has thrown his hat into the ring to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate.

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The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season ends as the third most active year ever





Hurricane Ida alone caused more than $60 billion in damages, making it one of the five most costly U.S. hurricanes on record since 1980. Forecasters ran out of names for a record second year in a row.

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3 students have been killed in a shooting at a Michigan high school


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At least six others were injured in the attack, including a teacher. Authorities arrested the suspect — a 15-year-old-sophomore — and recovered a semi-automatic handgun and several clips.

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What to know about the trial of Kim Potter, the ex-officer who killed Daunte Wright





Potter's lawyers say she mistook her handgun for her Taser earlier this year when she fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man. Her manslaughter trial will begin next week.

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Conservationists flew 30 white rhinos to Rwanda in a huge operation to protect them





The roughly 2,000-mile journey took the rhinos to their new home in Akagera National Park, where advocates hope the animals will be able to establish a new breeding stronghold and evade poachers.

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Stock selloff worsens on worries over omicron impact, Powell comments


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Stocks fell on Tuesday as investors weighed the potential economic fallout from the new coronavirus variant. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could end its bond-buying early.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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African leaders condemn travel restrictions as omicron variant spreads globally





African nations are bristling at the restrictions imposed on them by rich countries — and say they are harmful to local economies and discriminate against countries in the region.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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New antiviral drugs are coming for COVID. Here's what you need to know





The FDA is considering new pills that could treat people in early stages of COVID. Here's what to know about how they work, how effective they are and the impact they could make on the pandemic.

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Billions of federal dollars could replace lead pipes. Flint has history to share


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The new infrastructure legislation makes money available to remove potentially poisonous pipes around the country. In Flint, Mich., mistrust runs deeper than the plumbing does.

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Why some researchers think the omicron variant could be the most infectious one yet





Preliminary data about omicron suggests the variant became widespread across southern Africa in a very short period of time. Scientists say its many mutations may play a role in its transmissibility.

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Golf pioneer Lee Elder, who broke the race barrier at the Masters, dies at 87





Elder made history in 1975 when he became the first Black golfer to compete at the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. No details about his death were immediately available.

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Elizabeth Holmes testifies about alleged sexual and emotional abuse at her fraud trial





Holmes' stunning testimony marks the first time the former chief executive of the biotech startup Theranos told the jury about her allegations of abuse by her former romantic and business partner.

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Ex-Google workers sue company, saying it betrayed 'Don't Be Evil' motto





The suit was filed by software engineers who were fired two years ago, after organizing a labor movement against Google's work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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'Flying Blind' author says Boeing put profit ahead of safety with the 737 MAX


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The 737 MAX was grounded in 2019 after two deadly crashes exposed flaws pilots hadn't been told about. Journalist Peter Robison says Boeing cut costs and co-opted regulators in designing the craft.

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Dozens of strangers were snowed in at a U.K. pub. Cue the Oasis singalongs





The stranded residents and musicians slept on the floor and on mattresses provided by the pub, and passed the time by singing karaoke, playing quiz games and eating Yorkshire puddings.

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO; Parag Agrawal succeeds him





He'll continue to head Square, the financial payments service. Dorsey has been criticized for leading both companies at once.

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Opening statements are set to begin in the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell





Prosecutors have sought to portray the once prominent socialite as the chief coordinator of a trafficking ring that victimized teenage girls to the benefit of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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For patients with long COVID, chronic fatigue syndrome may offer a guiding star





Long COVID has been a reality since the beginning of the pandemic. The patients who have it are desperate for answers that doctors don't yet have.

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Saudi Arabia and China are accused of using sports to cover up human rights abuse





Saudi Arabia has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to stage high-profile sporting events. Critics say those investments are an attempt by the kingdom to cover up human rights violations.

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How Black tech entrepreneurs are tackling health care's race gap





Determined to improve the way doctors connect with their patients, a new wave of innovators are using technology to match people of color with culturally competent professionals.

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Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, has died





Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper's daughter who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday. She was 95.

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The Ghislaine Maxwell trial is about to begin. Here's what to watch for





Opening arguments in the highly anticipated trial of Ghislaine Maxwell begin on Monday in a Manhattan federal court. This is what the defense is expected to say, and what we're waiting to find out.

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Fauci says the omicron variant will inevitably appear in the U.S.





The omicron variant has not been detected in the U.S., but Dr. Anthony Fauci says it is certain to be at some point. Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins appealed for people to get vaccinated as a defense.

#news #npr #publicradio #usa
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American whiskey makers set their sights on Europe as Trump-era tariffs are lifted





The 25% tariff on U.S. whiskey will be removed in January. Gone too will be the tariffs on U.S. motorcycles and denim, all levied during the Trump administration's trade battle with the E.U.

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Iran nuclear talks are starting again. A lot has changed, and here's what's at stake





The deal provided Iran sanctions relief for limits on its nuclear program. But now there's new Iranian leadership and more uranium in their stockpile than when Trump abandoned the agreement.

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WHO seeks a new treaty on handling future pandemics. It could be a hard sell.





At a special session this coming week, the World Health Organization hopes to start sketching out a new world order. "We don't have rules of the game," says WHO head Tedros.

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The Netherlands and Australia find the omicron variant as curbs spread





A raft of travel restrictions are being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow the variant's spread.

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Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly


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When it comes to receiving organ transplants, patients are not usually judged on prior behavior, but some doctors are questioning whether unvaccinated COVID patients should qualify for new lungs.

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How vaccine makers plan to address the new COVID-19 omicron variant





A new coronavirus variant, first discovered in South Africa, has begun to spread around the globe. Vaccine producers say they're working to get ahead of the new strain.

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Honduran voters want to protest the president. Their options are a cast of characters





Hondurans go to the polls Sunday, and many voters say they're undecided who they'll vote for. But one thing they do know is that they'll be casting a vote to punish the current National Party.

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Trump, tough issues and personal rivalries test the GOP's reputation for unity





Tensions are driven by the still-divisive personality of former President Trump, by issues such as vaccines and mandates and by the prospect of big Republican gains in the elections of 2022 and 2024.

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