Ho, Ho, Hum: Struggling Retailers Brace for a Muted Holiday Season

It’s only September, but Santa Claus is already nervous about coming to town. And he is not worried about whether kids are naughty or nice, as much as he is about the chance that taking photos with them on his lap at a local mall could expose him to the coronavirus. “Santas are concerned about…

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Trump Administration Will Redirect $62 Million Owed to World Health Organization

As the United States withdraws from membership in the World Health Organization, the Trump administration will redirect $62 million still owed for this year’s dues to other health-related causes also under United Nations auspices, State Department officials announced on Wednesday. Most of the redirected money will go to children’s immunization and influenza surveillance, officials said.…

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New Treatment for Lou Gehrig’s Disease Shows Promise

Seven years ago, Joshua Cohen, then a junior at Brown University majoring in biomedical engineering, was captivated by the question of why people develop brain disorders. “How does a neuron die?” he wondered. After poring over scientific studies, he sketched out his ideas for a way to treat them. “I was sitting in my dorm…

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Backed by Federal Funds, New Virus Tests Are Hitting the Market

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus pandemic remained a distant threat to many Americans on Jan. 24 when Douglas C. Bryant, the president and chief executive officer of Quidel Corporation, got a call from an official at the Food and Drug Administration. If the government helped, the official asked, would Quidel make tests to detect coronavirus infections?…

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Cardi B Takes Her Rightful Place on the Louvre

STEPHANE DE SAKUTINGetty Images There is no denying that Cardi B is a cultural institution—her most recent song, «WAP» with Megan Thee Stallion, managed to make waves last month amid a news-heavy summer (to put it lightly). Now, she’s taking her rightful place overlooking the city of Paris in Balenciaga’s fall campaign, which just happens…

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CDC Tells States How to Prepare for Covid-19 Vaccine by Early November

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has notified public health officials in all 50 states and five large cities to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine to health care workers and other high-risk groups as soon as late October or early November. The new C.D.C. guidance is the latest sign of an accelerating race…

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Jane Fonda, Star of Fire Drill Fridays, Has New Book Out

I wanted to be schooled by Jane Fonda. There was a decent chance that we would get into a Megyn Kelly-type dust-up, where I waded into some topic she didn’t want to discuss. But I was ready to take the risk. I wanted Ms. Fonda, a glam Forrest Gump who has popped up on the…

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Do Safari Companies Really Want African Travelers?

When the Safari Collection, which owns the Giraffe Manor, a popular hotel in Nairobi known for its roaming giraffes, posted a photo on its Instagram account in June with a caption saying that the hotel would be “welcoming those who can still travel within Nairobi” and Kenyans could pay a special reduced rate to stay…

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Scientists Report Steroids Can Be Lifesaving for Covid-19 Patients

International clinical trials published on Wednesday confirm the hope that cheap, widely available steroid drugs can help seriously ill patients survive Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Based on the new evidence, the World Health Organization issued new treatment guidance, strongly recommending steroids to treat severely and critically ill patients, but not to those…

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Politics Is Back in Fashion

Around this time four years ago, the American fashion industry did something it had never done before: It pledged its troth, publicly, and practically unanimously, to a political candidate. Designers like Joseph Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Prabal Gurung and Tory Burch created products to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, and Diane…

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