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U.S. May Get More Ventilators But Run Out Of Medicine For COVID-19 Patients

There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.

Security with face masks stand in front of the Signal Iduna Park, where a temporary coronavirus treatment center opened in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday. Germany has the fourth-most COVID-19 cases in the world and demand for medical supplies has skyrocketed. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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German, French Officials Accuse U.S. Of Diverting Supplies

Officials in France and Germany have accused the U.S. of intercepting medical supplies as President Trump ordered an American company to stop exports. Governors complain of a "wild west" in bidding.

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Kobe Bryant Elected To Hall Of Fame In Posthumous 'Peak Of His Career'

The Los Angeles Laker legend, who died shockingly more than two months ago, headlined a star-studded 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class on Saturday that also includes Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.

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Thundercat On 'It Is What It Is,' Losing Mac Miller And Learning To Do Nothing

The collaboration-loving bassist said "It's hard to see clearly through the pain of losing him," when asked about the death of close friend Mac Miller. That loss permeates his fourth studio album.

Thundercat On 'It Is What It Is,' Losing Mac Miller And Learning To Do Nothing

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President Trump Fires Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson first raised concerns about a complaint involving President Trump's communications with Ukraine, which led to the impeachment inquiry.

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Julia Alvarez: Literature Tells Us 'We Can Make It Through'

Julia Alvarez returns to adult fiction with Afterlife, which she calls her first novel as an "elder." It's about a newly retired woman whose comfortable life is upended when her husband dies.

Julia Alvarez: Literature Tells Us 'We Can Make It Through'

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'Let Us Stay In Touch With Those That We Love.' A Funeral Director's Lessons For Life

Because we can not hug or stand close, the coronavirus has changed how we mourn those we've lost. Funeral director Norman J. Williams of Unity Funeral Parlors offers his thoughts about the living.

'Let Us Stay In Touch With Those That We Love.' A Funeral Director's Lessons For Life

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Seen And Remembered: Our Essential Workers

NPR's Scott Simon remembers those beyond the front lines of hospital rooms, but those who are cleaning up after us, making sure we're fed and kept safe in the midst of a global pandemic.

Opinion: Seen And Remembered: Our Essential Workers

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As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Navajo Nation Tries To Get Ahead Of Pandemic

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The Navajo Nation has seen a significant spike in coronavirus cases. Tribal leaders say they desperately need more supplies, but the biggest problem may be the reservation's lack of running water.

As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Navajo Nation Tries To Get Ahead Of Pandemic

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China Enters The Next Phase of Its COVID-19 Outbreak: Suppression

Researchers are looking at how the country emerges from one of the largest lockdowns in human history — and whether the drop-off in new cases continues.

China Enters The Next Phase of Its COVID-19 Outbreak: Suppression

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A New 'The Office' Comedy For The COVID-19 Era?

The executive producers of The Office say they plan to begin work on a new remote workplace comedy, inspired by the "new normal" of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Millions of people are using Zoom to communicate, but the company is facing mounting scrutiny over whether it is adequately protecting users. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Senator Asks FTC To Investigate Zoom's 'Deceptive' Security Claims

Lawmakers and state attorneys general are scrutinizing the popular video conferencing company for potential violations, after users reported harassment and researchers uncovered security flaws.

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Cuomo Says New York Has Seen 'Highest Single Increase' In Deaths From Coronavirus

The state had 562 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. In a bit of "good news," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 1,452 coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals in the past day.

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Trump Continues To Claim Drug Can Treat Coronavirus. That's Premature, Experts Say

Lab studies have shown hydroxychloroquine has blocked the coronavirus from entering cells, but scientists have not reported results yet of whether it can work as a treatment.

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After Outcry, Navy Reveals Capt. Crozier Won't Be Expelled

A highly critical letter from Capt. Brett Crozier that was leaked to the media cost him his command of the coronavirus-infected USS Roosevelt. Now the man who fired him says he's not being discharged.

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Whaddaya Knead? Yeast And Baking Powder Top America's Shopping Lists

As stay-at-home orders set in across the country, Americans are still buying more staple foods than normal, but the spikes in purchases are slightly calmer than a few weeks ago.

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