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One Chinese town has started a fiery online debate about China's zero-COVID policy

BEIJING – Residents left starving inside makeshift quarantine centers fashioned out of shipping containers. Businesses forbidden from selling goods – even online. A baby reportedly tested for COVID 74 times.

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Dwayne Johnson vows to stop using real guns in film projects after 'Rust' tragedy

Dwayne Johnson is making moves to make sure that a deadly tragedy like that on the Rust movie set last month does not happen again.

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New USAID director aims to shake up 60-year-old aid agency. Here's her 'new vision'

Sixty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy established the United States Agency for International Development.

It's one of the largest foreign aid agencies in the world. With a budget of tens of billions of dollars, it does everything from supporting girls' education in lower-income countries to spearheading electricity programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

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After a concussion, the brain may no longer make sense of sounds

Headaches, nausea, dizziness, and confusion are among the most common symptoms of a concussion. But researchers say a blow to the head can also make it hard to understand speech in a noisy room.

"Making sense of sound is one of the hardest jobs that we ask our brains to do," says Nina Kraus, a professor of neurobiology at Northwestern University. "So you can imagine that a concussion, getting hit in the head, really does disrupt sound processing."


Latest climate pledges could limit global temperature rise, a new report says

If nations honor their latest pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the rise in average global temperatures by the end of the century could be held to 1.8 degrees Celsius, a new analysis by International Energy Agency says.

That's short of a goal set by world leaders six years ago, but far less than the trajectory that the planet is on today, says the agency, part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.


COMIC: If history is a guide, schools will start requiring COVID vaccines

The first time kids had to get a vaccine to go to school was more than 200 years ago. The disease? Smallpox.

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Colin Powell is remembered as a down-to-earth statesman and leader at his funeral

Updated November 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM ET

Colin Powell was memorialized as a war hero, statesman, counselor to presidents and down-to-earth father who loved old cars and ABBA during his funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral Friday.


Prosecutor says the McMichaels chased Ahmaud Arbery for 5 minutes before killing him

Updated November 5, 2021 at 3:36 PM ET

Opening arguments in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery's killing began Friday morning, with Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan facing murder charges.

Prosecutors are urging jurors to convict the three white men of several felonies, saying they chased Arbery, a Black man, through a neighborhood in Glynn County, Ga., and shot him to death with a shotgun.


Pfizer says its COVID-19 pill cuts disease's worst risks by 89%

Pfizer says that its COVID-19 pill reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 89%, in a clinical trial that tested the drug in adults with the disease who were also in high-risk health groups.

The oral medicine is called Paxlovid. Similar to Merck's new pill that was approved in the U.K. on Thursday, Pfizer said its drug showed good results when administered within five days of the first COVID-19 symptoms.


Biden urges House to pass social spending bill and infrastructure bill

Updated November 5, 2021 at 11:41 AM ET

President Biden is calling on House Democrats to support two bills that represent the bulk of his legislative agenda ahead of an expected vote on Friday, following months of tense-in party negotiations among Democrats.