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Combating Misinformation When A Loved One Is Caught In A Web Of Conspiracies

On Jan. 6, Hilary Izatt was watching TV when she began to worry.

"My husband and I are both political scientists; we're kind of nerdy; we watch C-SPAN a lot," Izatt says. "And when we were watching C-SPAN is when the rioters started breaking into the Capitol."


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Despite Setting A New Tone, Biden Faces Tough Decision On Dealing With Congress

Joe Biden's first full week as president has been a gusher of executive orders, some big legislative proposals — and a very different model of presidential leadership than his predecessor.

Traditionally, the first week is when new presidents set the tone. For Biden, that's all about taking down the temperature and trying for "unity." But unity means different things to different people.


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In Philadelphia, A Scandal Erupts Over Vaccination Startup Led By 22-Year-Old

It started out as a group of college friends who wanted to help during the pandemic. They had tech skills, so they used 3D printers to make face shields. Then they organized as a nonprofit, Philly Fighting Covid, and opened a testing site in a Philadelphia neighborhood that didn't have one yet.

But the organization's leader, Andrei Doroshin, had bigger ambitions. Even before the first coronavirus vaccine was authorized, he made plans to be involved. Doroshin is a 22-year-old graduate student in psychology at Drexel University. He has no background in health care.


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Two Proud Boys Members Indicted In Attack On U.S. Capitol

Two members of the far-right group the Proud Boys were indicted in federal court Friday for their participation in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Charges included obstructing an official proceeding and assaulting officers.


Pipe Bombs Believed To Have Been Placed Night Before Attack On U.S. Capitol

The FBI believes the pipe bombs placed outside of the Democratic and Republican party headquarters in Washington, D.C., were staged on Jan. 5, the night before the attempted insurrection at the Capitol.


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Johnson & Johnson Executive Says Vaccine Works Where It Counts: Preventing Deaths

Dr. Paul Stoffels, the chief scientific officer at Johnson & Johnson, told NPR on Friday that the topline results from the company's coronavirus vaccine study fail to tell the full story about just how effective it actually is.

Johnson & Johnson said that 28 days after vaccination, its vaccine is 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19. But Stoffels says that Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is very effective where it matters most: preventing hospitalizations and deaths.


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New York City Could Allow Indoor Dining For Valentine's Day

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that New York City could open up indoor dining for Valentines Day. However, the reopening is contingent on coronavirus positivity rates.


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Coronavirus FAQ: I'm Using A UV Light To Disinfect Stuff. Is That A Good Idea?

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions."

I'm using a lamp that emits UV light in my house to try and kill pathogens — the coronavirus in particular. Is it doing any good? And ... could exposure to the light be risky for me in any way?


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Women Fleeing Venezuela Are Targeted With Sexual Assault As They Cross Into Colombia

Editor's note: This story includes details some readers may find disturbing.

At a shelter for Venezuelan migrants in the Colombian border town of Villa del Rosario, Alondra Castillo pulls back her blouse to reveal black-and-blue welts on her arms and shoulders.

Castillo, 23, explains that she and about 80 other Venezuelans were crossing into Colombia last month on a clandestine trail controlled by drug smugglers. But it was night, and she and her 2-year-old son became separated from the group.


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From Elon Musk To AOC, Everybody Has A Tweet About GameStop

Editor's note: This story contains tweets with language some readers might find offensive.

It's the stock story gripping the country: an army of amateur investors in a Reddit chatroom are battling it out with professional Wall Street investors, sending shares of retailer GameStop sharply higher.

And it's leading a wide cast of celebrities and politicians to weigh in, on Twitter, of course.


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