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COVID-19 mortality rates are going down, according to studies of two large hospital systems, partly thanks to improvements in treatment. Here, clinicians care for a patient in July at an El Centro, Calif., hospital. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates

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The Sept. 29 debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was widely criticized for its off-the-rails nature and lack of structure. Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Rush Limbaugh says he intends to keep putting on his radio show despite his stage 4 lung cancer that he says has recently progressed. Here, he's seen reacting as first lady Melania Trump gives him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address in February. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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David Xol of Guatemala hugs his son Byron as they were reunited at Los Angeles International Airport in January. The father and son were separated 18 months earlier under the Trump administration's "no tolerance" migration policy. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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A poll worker places vote-by mail ballots into a ballot box this month at the Miami-Dade County Election Department headquarters in Doral, Fla. Voters in Florida are among those who have reported receiving emails threatening them to vote for President Trump. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Democrats speak Oct. 12 after a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They have announced they will boycott Thursday's scheduled committee vote on Barrett. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP hide caption

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In Nashville, Tenn., a sign reminds visitors to wear masks at Belmont University, which is preparing to host Thursday's presidential debate. Federal health officials say a new study highlights the need for masks. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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Shoppers buy face masks on O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland, on Tuesday. Ireland's government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Niall Carson/AP hide caption

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Ghislaine Maxwell, seen here at center right with the disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein, gave a deposition in 2016 that should be released, an appeals court says. Maxwell is seen here with Epstein and others a party at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. Davidoff Studios Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Joyce Chen, an associate professor of development economics at Ohio State University, has had to put her research on hold this year to oversee her children's virtual schooling. Chen is also teaching virtually this fall. Jessica Phelps for NPR hide caption

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Even The Most Successful Women Pay A Big Price In Pandemic

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Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, seen above during his earlier tenure in the House, delivered a briefing on election threats on Wednesday evening. Gabriella Demczuk/AP hide caption

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Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sit atop their vehicles as they listen to him speak Sunday at Riverside High School in Durham, N.C. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Anxious Democrats Don't Trust Biden's Lead. His Campaign Is Fine With That

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Caleb Anderson, 12, attends virtual calculus class this month at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Ga., where he is a sophomore. Anderson family hide caption

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A Georgia Boy Started Reading At 6 Months Old. Now 12, He's In College

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Steve Wynn speaks to reporters in Massachusetts in 2016, when he still led Wynn Resorts. In 2018, Wynn stepped down from the company after a series of allegations of sexual misconduct, including one allegation of rape. Wynn has denied any wrongdoing. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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