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Oct 22, 2021

Despite higher COVID risk, most pregnant Americans remain unvaccinated

by Norcal Administrator
Kimberly Grice needed a walker during her final month of pregnancy just to get down the hall of her home near Myrtle Beach, S.C., to a freshly painted, lavender
Oct 22, 2021

Border Patrol apprehensions hit a record high. But that's only part of the story

by Norcal Administrator
The Border Patrol recorded nearly 1.7 million migrant apprehensions at the southern border over the past year — the highest number ever, eclipsing the record set more than two
Oct 22, 2021

Again and again. Women's pro soccer players just the latest to deal with abuse

by Norcal Administrator
One more U.S. soccer match to go for Carli Lloyd. The popular, 39-year-old veteran of the women's national team will play her final game in a U.S. uniform next
Oct 22, 2021

With safety in mind, schools are getting their bands back together

by Norcal Administrator
Last year, band and choir classes were a far cry from normal, with students practicing outside or over Zoom. But with students back in school this fall, many are
Oct 21, 2021

Lyft report cites higher numbers of sexual assaults

by Norcal Administrator
Lyft received an increasing number of reports of sexual assault in recent years, including more than 1,800 in 2019, according to a safety report from the ride-hailing company. More
Oct 21, 2021

This city will rely on bottled water for weeks because of high lead levels

by Norcal Administrator
State officials on Thursday defended their response to a lead crisis in a small southwestern Michigan city, telling lawmakers that steps to reduce corrosion in aging water pipes began
Oct 21, 2021

Students at Howard University are protesting poor housing conditions on campus

by Norcal Administrator
Going into their second week of sit-ins, students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., are continuing to fight for answers from the campus administration as they protest the school's
Oct 21, 2021

Baldwin didn't know weapon on movie set contained a live round, search warrant says

by Norcal Administrator
SANTA FE, N.M. — As a film crew and actors in Western garb prepared to rehearse a scene inside a wooden, chapel-like building on a desert movie ranch outside
Oct 21, 2021

Walmart recalls essential oil-infused spray after 'rare and dangerous' bacteria found

by Norcal Administrator
Walmart is recalling an essential-oil aromatherapy spray after a "rare and dangerous bacteria" that can cause a potentially fatal condition was reported, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. Officials
Oct 21, 2021

Walmart is recalling an aromatherapy spray that contains a deadly bacteria

by Norcal Administrator
Walmart is recalling an essential-oil aromatherapy spray after a "rare and dangerous bacteria" that can cause a potentially fatal condition was reported, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says. Officials
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Oct 21, 2021

As immgration advocates demand Newsom cancel contract with border wall company, lawmakers stay silent

by Norcal Administrator
Immigration advocates are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to terminate a $350 million COVID-19 response contract the state awarded to a company that built sections of former president Donald Trump’s border
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Oct 21, 2021

As immigration advocates demand Newsom cancel contract with border wall company, lawmakers stay silent

by Norcal Administrator
Immigration advocates are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to terminate a $350 million COVID-19 response contract the state awarded to a company that built sections of former president Donald Trump’s border
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Oct 21, 2021

'Remain in Mexico,' the Trump era policy that haunts the Biden administration

by Norcal Administrator
NPR's Sarah McCammon talks with Dana Graber Ladek of the International Organization for Migration in Mexico and Yael Schacher of Refugees International on the future of the "Remain in Mexico"
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Oct 21, 2021

What Arizona Democrats think of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's position on the spending plan

by Norcal Administrator
Arizona Democrats are pressing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., over her handling of negotiations on the party's big spending package in Congress.
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Oct 21, 2021

The latest on the fatal prop gun shooting involving Alec Baldwin

by Norcal Administrator
Actor Alec Baldwin says he is "full cooperating" with the investigation into how he discharged a prop gun on a New Mexico movie set Thursday, killing a crew member and
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Oct 21, 2021

Border arrests have hit an all-time high, but the numbers don't tell the whole story

by Norcal Administrator
The Border Patrol recorded nearly 1.7 million apprehensions in the past year, eclipsing the record set in 2000. Still, the number of migrants crossing illegally is likely far below the
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Oct 21, 2021

Virginia Governor hopeful Glenn Youngkin's delicate dance with the GOP may be working

by Norcal Administrator
Republican nominee for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, is getting plenty of support from the Trump camp. But Youngkin has been noticeably absent from their rallies to support him.
Oct 21, 2021

A proposed Biden drug policy could widen racial disparities, civil rights groups warn

by Norcal Administrator
A coalition of nearly 100 civil rights and criminal justice reform groups is protesting a Biden administration proposal that would potentially stiffen prison sentences for certain synthetic opioids, warning
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Oct 21, 2021

The Jubilee Singers, HBCU Fisk University's a cappella ensemble, celebrate 150 years

by Norcal Administrator
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Paul Kwami, director of Fisk University's Jubilee Singers, and pianist Nina Kennedy on the 150 commemoration of the Jubilee Singers Fundraising tour.
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Oct 21, 2021

'The Indicator': Praising a competitor might actually boost a brand's sales

by Norcal Administrator
Traditionally, brands rarely mention their competitors, and if they do it's likely to attack them. But one study shows how brands praising their competitors might actually help boost their sales.
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Oct 21, 2021

Lyft's first safety report shows over 4,000 reports of sexual assault

by Norcal Administrator
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Rachel Abrams, a lawyer representing victims of sexual assault in lawsuits against rideshare company Lyft, which had over 4,000 reports of sexual assault in two
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Oct 21, 2021

Mother of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver reflects on gunman's guilty plea

by Norcal Administrator
NPR's Sarah McCammon talks with Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin was among the 17 victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., about the gunman's
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Oct 21, 2021

Tracking bank account information could help curb tax evasion, but there's pushback

by Norcal Administrator
The Biden administration hopes to help fund its agenda by cracking down on tax evasion, spotting cheats using account information from banks. It's drawing opposition from GOP lawmakers and banks.
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Oct 21, 2021

Pfizer says its COVID-19 is over 90% effective in kids ages 5-11

by Norcal Administrator
Pfizer-BioNTech says their COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective in kids ages 5 to 11. The Food and Drug Administration is likely to decide on emergency authorization as soon as the
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Oct 21, 2021

California coronavirus updates: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster shot? It’ll depend on a few things.

by Norcal Administrator
Friday, October 22 9:30 a.m.: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster shot? It’ll depend on a few things. Millions more Americans are now eligible for COVID-19 boosters —
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Oct 21, 2021

California coronavirus updates: Nearly 70 people test positive for COVID-19 in outbreak at Sacramento County jails

by Norcal Administrator
Friday, October 22 9:30 a.m.: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster shot? It’ll depend on a few things. Millions more Americans are now eligible for COVID-19 boosters —
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Oct 21, 2021

Wildfire burn scars in Northern California could see flash flooding, debris flows from powerful storms

by Norcal Administrator
By Andre Byik | NSPR A storm is bringing the possibility of flash flooding throughout Northern California and the possibility of debris flows near wildfire burn scars. The National Weather
Oct 21, 2021

Prosecutor disputes reports that train passengers recorded rape without calling cops

by Norcal Administrator
MEDIA, Pa.— The narrative that passengers watched a man rape a woman on a train in suburban Philadelphia last week and "filmed it for their own gratification instead of
Oct 21, 2021

On-set deaths from prop guns are rare — but not unheard of

by Norcal Administrator
The shooting death of director of photography Halyna Hutchins on a film set in Santa Fe, N.M., is a stark reminder to the filmmaking community that, though they work
Oct 21, 2021

U.S. coal production is up sharply after hitting a 50-year low last year

by Norcal Administrator
More than 40% of America's coal comes from the Powder River Basin, a 120-mile swath along the Montana-Wyoming border. But times have been tough for producers there. Like other
Oct 21, 2021

They refused to pay rent and stole the fridge. Landlords deal with pandemic squatters

by Norcal Administrator
Just before the pandemic, Nitin Bajaj and his wife Nimisha Lotia rented an apartment they own in Los Angeles to two young women. "They were really nice to talk
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Oct 21, 2021

Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on movie set killing a film crew member

by Norcal Administrator
Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on the set of Rust near Sante Fe, killing the film's director of photography and injuring the director, according to the sheriff's office of Santa
Oct 21, 2021

They didn't pay rent, then stole the fridge. Landlords deal with pandemic squatters

by Norcal Administrator
Just before the pandemic, Nitin Bajaj and his wife, Nimisha Lotia, rented an apartment they own in Los Angeles to two young women. "They were really nice to talk
Oct 21, 2021

They didn't pay rent and stole the fridge. Pandemic spawns nightmare tenants

by Norcal Administrator
Just before the pandemic, Nitin Bajaj and his wife, Nimisha Lotia, rented an apartment they own in Los Angeles to two young women. "They were really nice to talk
Oct 21, 2021

While COVID still rages, anti-vaccine activists will gather for a big conference

by Norcal Administrator
The coronavirus pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives a week — mostly people who aren't vaccinated. But that's not stopping a major gathering of anti-vaccine advocates and conspiracy
Oct 20, 2021

A woman was fatally shot by a prop firearm on a New Mexico movie set

by Norcal Administrator
SANTA FE, N.M. — The director of photography on a movie starring Alec Baldwin has been killed and the film's director injured, according to the sheriff's office of Santa
Oct 20, 2021

Director of photography was fatally shot by a prop gun on an Alec Baldwin movie set

by Norcal Administrator
SANTA FE, N.M. — The director of photography on a movie starring Alec Baldwin has been killed and the film's director injured, according to the sheriff's office of Santa
Oct 20, 2021

A prop gun discharged by Alec Baldwin killed a film crew member on set, sheriff says

by Norcal Administrator
SANTA FE, N.M. — Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm on a movie set near Sante Fe, killing the film's director of photography and injuring the director, according
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Oct 20, 2021

Sacramento City schools superintendent discusses vaccine mandate for the district

by Norcal Administrator
The Sacramento City Unified School District will require all eligible students and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 30, barring medical and religious exemptions — a requirement that comes
Oct 20, 2021

An endangered Sumatran orangutan at the New Orleans zoo is expecting twins

by Norcal Administrator
The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans will be welcoming two additions to its family this winter in a species that wildlife groups consider critically endangered. Menari, the zoo's 12-year-old
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Oct 20, 2021

Newsom backs tougher rules on California oil wells

by Norcal Administrator
By Rachel Becker, CalMatters Gov. Gavin Newsom today acknowledged the health dangers of fossil fuel development in California as state regulators took a first step towards preventing the development of new
Oct 20, 2021

Heat stress likely caused the deaths of a California family while they were hiking

by Norcal Administrator
A Northern California family found mysteriously dead in August on a hiking trail in the Sierra most likely died from a combination of hyperthermia and dehydration, the local Sheriff
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