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Markle Makes Devastating Reveal, Finds 'Path to Healing'

3 words she said to Harry after miscarriage in July are words we should all say now: 'Are you OK?'

(Newser) - Last year, when Meghan Markle was a new mom plagued by exhaustion, a journalist's simple question served as a surprise salve: "Are you OK?" In an opinion piece in the New York Times , the Duchess of Sussex says those three words are what she said to her own... More »

Organization Questions 'No-Profit' Promise on Vaccine

AstraZeneca cuts deals with governments, partners around the world

(Newser) - AstraZeneca could not have bigger plans for its coronavirus vaccine. The company intends to make its vaccine available in every part of the world and expects to produce 3 billion doses to make that possible. The vaccine, developed by Oxford University, could turn out to be more practical, easier to... More »

Consumer Confidence Takes Worrisome Tumble

Index is at its lowest point since August

(Newser) - US consumer confidence fell to a reading of 96.1 in November as rising coronavirus cases pushed American optimism down to the lowest level since August. The November reading released Tuesday by the Conference Board represents a drop from a revised 101.4 in October, the AP reports. Economists were... More »

Secret NYC Wedding Was Attended by Thousands

Williamsburg synagogue to be fined $15K

(Newser) - Some viewers might assume footage of a Hasidic wedding showing thousands of maskless people packed shoulder to shoulder inside a Brooklyn synagogue harkened back to happier times, before the onset of a global pandemic. But they'd be wrong. As the New York Post reports, the footage spreading on social... More »

White House Plans Parties Amid Warnings to Hunker Down

Melania Trump will host 'holiday reception,' with other parties to follow

(Newser) - Health officials have been issuing warnings against traveling and gathering for the holidays in the midst of a coronavirus surge across the US, but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue doesn't seem fazed by the cautionary advice. Despite the White House's own issues with COVID-19 after an indoor election night party... More »

PSA From Family Sickened by COVID: 'We Feel Guilty'

All 12 members of Aragonez family who attended Texas birthday party got the virus

(Newser) - A small birthday party in Texas came complete with fajitas, cake, and good cheer, but the 12 family members that attended it are now regretting the get-together after they all came down with COVID-19. Per WFAA , Alexa Aragonez says members of her family are usually quite careful when it comes... More »

2020 'Left Us Speechless.' The Word of the Year Reflects That

Oxford simply couldn't pick just one

(Newser) - In 2019, Oxford Languages' word (or term, rather) of the year was "climate emergency." In 2020, however, the publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary ran into a conundrum : It soon realized that this year has been like no other, and one that simply couldn't be summed up... More »

In Stretched Utah ICUs, a 'Heartbreaking' Prediction

Hospitals have informally begun rationing care, and a further COVID surge is anticipated

(Newser) - Last month, hospital administrators started preparing for overflowing intensive-care units by setting up crisis criteria that, amid a predicted surge in COVID-19 patients, would help them prioritize who gets to stay in the ICU and who doesn't. There are still ICU beds in the state available, but very few... More »

Americans Shrug Off CDC Pleas to Stay Home

Millions of plane tickets were already bought

(Newser) - Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday, the AP reports. So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite... More »

Dec. 26 Could Be a Rough Day for 12M People

Jobless aid programs will expire unless Congress moves fast: study

(Newser) - When Todd Anderson lost his job doing landscape design for resorts in the spring, the single dad of four from Mackinaw City, Mich., began selling off his belongings. He squeaks by on the $362 he receives each week in unemployment benefits, reports NPR . But he’s about to lose that,... More »

Guitar Center: It's Bankruptcy Time

The nation's biggest musical instrument retailer files for Chapter 11

(Newser) - The Guitar Center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Saturday as yet another US retailer revealed its pandemic financial woes, Reuters reports. In a bankruptcy filing , the 61-year-old company said it plans to stay afloat with up to $165 million in fresh equity investments and a debt reduction of nearly $800... More »

Warp Speed Boss Has Target Date for First Shot

Immunizations could begin Dec. 12, Slaoui says

(Newser) - The head of the US effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.'s request for an emergency use authorization for its developing COVID-19 vaccine.... More »

Trump Jr.'s Dilemma: 'Only So Many Guns I Can Clean'

The president's son seeks Netflix recommendations

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. is seeking Netflix advice and cleaning his guns while enduring self-isolation in upstate New York, TMZ reports. "Apparently I got the 'rona," he said in an Instagram video. "Maybe it's a false positive, maybe not, but you know, I'll follow the... More »

Ben Carson: Trump 'Saved My Life'

The Trump administration official talks about his battle with COVID-19

(Newser) - Ben Carson didn't just get COVID-19 —he got it bad, and says he only survived thanks to help from President Trump. "I was extremely sick," the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development writes on Facebook , per NPR . While his symptoms were light at... More »

Most COVID Spreaders, You'd Never Expect: CDC

That healthy-looking person? You might want to step back

(Newser) - Turns out most COVID-19 infections are spread by people who show no symptoms at all—another reason why it's good to wear masks and take other simple precautions, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "CDC and others estimate that more than 50% of all... More »

Their Wedding Was Featured in Vogue. Then, a COVID Cluster

Article quietly taken down from magazine's site after coronavirus outbreak on Martha's Vineyard

(Newser) - Click on the link for a recent Vogue spread featuring photos of a swank Martha's Vineyard wedding and you'll see nothing but a big "Oops. The page you're looking for cannot be found." That's because the magazine took down the piece almost as quickly... More »

Rick Scott: I've Got COVID

Florida senator says he's 'feeling good' with mild symptoms, is quarantining at home in Naples

(Newser) - Florida's Rick Scott is the latest senator to test positive for the coronavirus. The 67-year-old made the announcement Friday, noting he came into contact with someone after he returned to his home state on Nov. 13, and that person then tested positive, WESH reports. "I am feeling good... More »

Her Lawyers Got COVID. Now an Execution Reprieve

Federal judge orders Lisa Montgomery not be put to death before 2021

(Newser) - Lisa Montgomery is getting a bit of a break. Montgomery was set to be executed on Dec. 8 in Terre Haute, Ind., which would make her the first woman put to death by the federal government in nearly seven decades. But two of her attorneys last week requested a delay... More »

It Was a 'Miracle' Birth. The Mother Knew Nothing of It

Perpetual Uke praises medical science for delivery of twins while in coma

(Newser) - Perpetual Uke was 26 weeks pregnant when her twins were delivered by cesarean section at a hospital in Birmingham, England. She didn't meet them for a month. Diagnosed with COVID-19, the rheumatology consultant had been taken to the hospital, placed on a ventilator in the ICU, and then put... More »

California Lawmakers Defend Being in Maui Right Now

They say event at luxury hotel is to discuss how to 'safely reopen our society'

(Newser) - California lawmakers are defending their presence at a Hawaiian conference on "intelligent public policy" regarding COVID-19, but it appears they defied their home state's warnings to go. Four Republicans who attended the bipartisan event—state Sen. Andreas Borgeas and Assembly members Jordan Cunningham, Heath Flora, and Frank Bigelow—... More »

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