Palm Oil: Consuming Sweat and Blood
2020-09-25 02:21:38 UTC
PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic.
Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his Indonesian pa...
Hurricane Hanna Hits Texas
2020-07-26 01:24:52 UTC
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Hanna roared ashore onto the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 1 storm on Saturday, bringing winds that lashed the shoreline with rain and storm surge, and even threatening to bring possible tornadoes to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in coro...
A Look at Comet Neowise
2020-07-24 19:31:19 UTC
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The newly discovered comet Neowise is only visible from Earth once every 6,800 years, and photographers who want to document it seek places with high elevation and little smog or light pollution. A place like North Carolina’s famed Grandfather Mountain.
On a recent weeken...
Ocasio-Cortez Takes Down Male Chauvinist on U.S. House Floor
2020-07-23 20:17:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrage over a Republican lawmaker’s verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women” whose adherents ...
UK Covid-19 Vaccine Shows Promising Results
2020-07-20 19:18:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.
British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of w...
A timeline of events in the life of John Lewis
2020-07-20 16:09:34 UTC
Born in rural Alabama during the dark days of Jim Crow segregation, Rep. John Lewis rose from poverty to become a leader of the civil rights movement and later was elected to Congress. Here is a timeline of some major events in Lewis’ life.
Feb. 21, 1940: Born the son of Black sharecroppers ne...
Civil Rights Icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Dies at 80
2020-07-18 17:02:14 UTC
Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who has been receiving hospice care, passed away at the age of 80 at his home in Atlanta on Friday.
Lewis, a Democrat, played a key role in the civil rights movement and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. He was ...
Tricksy Catholic Church Lobbyists Got $1.4 Billion in Small-Business Aid
2020-07-12 04:30:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy se...
Black Lives Matter - The Moment to Change the World Is Right Now
2020-06-09 00:56:29 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Just like coronavirus, racism pays no attention to borders.
Across the world, people representing a broad spectrum of society have marched as one to protest racial injustice and police brutality at home and abroad.
Despite the risks posed by possibly the biggest public healt...
Australian Surfer Attacked and Killed by a 10-Foot Great White Shark
2020-06-07 16:58:16 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — A 60-year-old surfer was attacked and killed by a 3-meter (10-foot) great white shark off the coast of northern New South Wales state on Sunday, officials said.
The man received a bite to the back of his thigh and was brought to the shore by other surfers who had fought off the ...
Black Lives Matter: More Protesters Pour Into Streets
2020-06-07 04:12:49 UTC
RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — Washington prepared for what was expected to be the city’s largest demonstration yet against police brutality.
Military vehicles and officers in fatigues closed off much of downtown Washington to traffic ahead of the planned march, which was expected to attract up to 200,0...
Surviving COVID-19 May Result in Immunity from Reinfection
2020-05-20 20:35:31 UTC
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Two studies in monkeys published on Wednesday offer some of the first scientific evidence that surviving COVID-19 may result in immunity from reinfection, a positive sign that vaccines under development may succeed, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Although scientists ha...
US Announces COVID-19 Vaccine with Encouraging Results
2020-05-18 18:31:14 UTC
WASHINGTON — An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday.
Study volunteers given either a low or medium dose of the vaccine by Cambr...
WHO Warns: This Virus May Never Go Away
2020-05-13 21:21:26 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it.
“It is important to put this on th...
U.S. Pushes Forward With Emergency Use of Drug For COVID-19
2020-05-01 21:27:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster.
It is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19, which has killed more than 230,000 people worldwide.
President Donald Trump announced...
Juliet Was Fighting For Her Life: 'I Died and Came Back'
2020-05-01 18:27:28 UTC
COVINGTON, La. (AP) — As her desperately sick daughter was being airlifted to a hospital, Jennifer Daly was thinking about all the parts of life that still lay ahead for her 12-year-old and whether she’d ever experience them: Would she get to fall in love? Would she get the chance to get married ...
Queen and Adam Lambert Honor Global COVID-19 Fight: “You Are the Champions”
2020-05-01 00:09:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Queen and singer Adam Lambert have a message for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight: “You Are the Champions.”
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert recently gathered virtually to record a new version of the Queen classic, “We Are the Champions.”
“You Are the Champio...
New Drug: Scientists Announce Effective Treatment Against COVID-19
2020-05-01 01:28:20 UTC
Scientists on Wednesday announced the first effective treatment against the coronavirus — an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients — in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened in the U.S. and Europe.
The U.S. governmen...
WHO: No Evidence Recovered COVID-19 Patients Are Immune
2020-04-26 07:29:48 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second coronavirus infection.
In a scientific brief, the United Nations agency warned governments...
Meghan's Letter Takes Place at London’s High Court
2020-04-28 18:34:23 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The first court hearing in a privacy case brought by Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, against a tabloid newspaper for printing part of one of her letters takes place at London’s High Court on Friday.
Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing publi...
Coronavirus: Wild Animals Move Into Cities and Air Cleans Up
2020-04-22 06:47:38 UTC
<p>An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth.</p><p>As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India’s getting views of si...
Michelle Obama Launches Series of Online Reading for Kids
2020-04-20 21:52:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama launched a series of online video readings for kids with the classic picture book “The Gruffalo,” which the former first lady called the story of a mouse who uses his “wit and imagination” to get the best of a fox and other would-be predators.
“Mondays with Miche...
UK Is Significantly UnderReporting Covid-19 Deaths
2020-04-14 18:32:21 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s true death toll from the novel coronavirus far exceeds estimates previously published by the government, according to broader official data that include deaths in the community such as in nursing homes.
Even before the new figures, the official British d...
Should you wear a mask? Wipe down the groceries?
2020-04-15 02:01:26 UTC
Should you wash your hands?
Are you going out to get the mail? Should you touch the mailbox? Should you touch the mail? Should you clean the mail?
Should you take a walk? Should you wear a mask? What about gloves? What about neighbors — stay six feet away? Ten? Will they approach? What will...
More Than Half of Coronavirus Patients Improved After Receiving Experimental Drug
2020-04-11 07:11:46 UTC
<p>More than half of a group of severely ill coronavirus patients improved after receiving an experimental antiviral drug, although there’s no way to know the odds of that happening without the drug because there was no comparison group, doctors reported Friday.</p><p>The <a href="https://w...