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Mar 4, 2020

Baltimore squeegee kids find work, risks, cash at stoplights

A clock starts ticking when the light turns red at Baltimore intersections. Young men huddled on the sidewalk jump into the street, a squeegee in one hand, a bottle of glass cleaner in the other. For these “squeegee kids,” every idling windshield is an opportunity to make a little cash, and to find work that […]

Mar 4, 2020

Looking for hand sanitizer? Good luck finding it

The hand sanitizers on Amazon were overpriced. A Walmart this weekend was completely sold out. Only on his third try was Ken Smith able to find the clear gel — at a Walgreens, where three bottles of Purell were left. He bought two. “I didn’t want to hoard,” says Smith, a retired biomedical technician in […]

Mar 4, 2020

Fed’s Powell faces a puzzling crisis with no simple solution

Jerome Powell is confronting his stiffest test yet as head of the Federal Reserve in an atmosphere vastly altered from what his predecessors faced. It makes an uncertain situation even more challenging. This week, Powell announced a surprise half-point interest rate cut that shrank the Fed’s key rate to a range of just 1 percent […]

Mar 4, 2020

U.S. businesses add 183K jobs in sign of pre-virus health

U.S. businesses added 183,000 jobs last month, a solid gain that shows the economy was largely healthy when the coronavirus outbreak spread further around the globe. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that February’s hiring was down from 209,000 in the previous month. Manufacturing and mining firms shed jobs last month, while hiring in health care […]

Mar 4, 2020

County restricts immigration agents after courthouse arrest

A Pennsylvania county imposed restrictions on U.S. immigration agents this week after a federal officer arrested a man at the courthouse, sparking a heated confrontation that was captured on video. Franklin Urrutia-Cordon, 32, went to the Northampton County Courthouse for a hearing in his drunken driving case and unexpectedly found himself in federal custody for […]

Prescription pills, dementia
Mar 3, 2020

Medication fog can mimic or worsen dementia in the elderly

Claire Dinneen’s daughters thought that worsening dementia was causing her growing confusion, but her doctor suspected something else. Dr. Pei Chen asked them to round up medicines in the 89-year-old woman’s home and they returned with a huge haul. There were 28 drugs ordered by various doctors for various ailments, plus over-the-counter medicines. Chen spent […]

Mar 3, 2020

Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC, cites his comments to women

Longtime MSNBC host Chris Matthews abruptly retired from his “Hardball” show on Monday, apologizing for making inappropriate comments about women and following a brutal week where he also took heat from supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. His exit came after a weekend of discussions with his bosses, three days after GQ ran a […]

Mar 3, 2020

South Carolina considers electric chair as its only option for condemned

South Carolina once had one of the county’s highest rates of execution, even putting two prisoners to death in one night. But now the state hasn’t executed a prisoner in nine years and currently lacks the drugs to carry out lethal injections for any of the 37 inmates on the state’s death row. Some lawmakers […]

Mar 2, 2020

Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, but the decision is not likely until after the 2020 election. The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic states of a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a […]

Mar 2, 2020

Media faces challenges in covering coronavirus outbreak

Covering the coronavirus story requires careful navigation and constant attention. News organizations trying to responsibly report on the growing health crisis are confronted with the task of conveying its seriousness without provoking panic, keeping up with a torrent of information while much remains a mystery and continually advising readers and viewers how to stay safe. “It’s a [&hell[...]

Mar 2, 2020

Some states make it harder for college students to vote

Vanderbilt University student Will Newell wishes it was easier for college students like him to cast ballots in Tennessee, one of 14 states holding a presidential primary on Super Tuesday. The campus has no locations for early voting, so students must visit an off-campus polling location to cast a ballot on Election Day. Newell drives […]

Mar 2, 2020

New U.S. guidelines urge a hepatitis C check for most adults

Most American adults need to be checked for hepatitis C, say guidelines released Monday that urge millions more people to get screened for the liver-damaging virus that can fester for decades. The call for expanded screening for Americans ages 18 to 79 is the first since 2013 when U.S. health authorities urged all baby boomers […]

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