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How the hunt for this deadly virus shaped the search for coronavirus’s origins

Scientists quickly identified the deadly Nipah virus, tracing it to fruit bats. The detective story is taking on new relevance as scientists hunt for the origins of coronavirus and as zoonotic spillover is happening with increasing frequency, heightening the possibility of more pandemics in the future.
  • Oct 14, 2021

One state has never taken in refugees. Will it welcome Afghans?

Wyoming has no refugee resettlement program. But some hope to host Afghan evacuees anyway.
  • Oct 6, 2021

A vaccine mandate fractures a state fair, leaving children as ‘pawns’

The battle over vaccine mandates can be especially fraught at public places and large events. In New Mexico, 4-H and similar organizations boycotted the state fair over a vaccine requirement and held their own livestock expo.
  • Sep 26, 2021

Caldor fire continues to rage outside South Lake Tahoe

By midday Wednesday, the fire had burned through more than 204,000 acres of wilderness and was just 20 percent contained, but it still remained south of here, state authorities said.
  • Sep 1, 2021

First-ever water shortage declared on the Colorado River, triggering water cuts for some states in the West

Low water in the river's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, is a bleak marker of the effects of climate change in the drought-stricken American West. The river is a critical water source for 40 million people in seven states.
  • Aug 16, 2021

After more than a year of separation and isolation, Americans are reuniting.

Here is a look at reunions that have taken place across the country as spring unfolded and vaccines became available, ushering in new possibilities for closeness.
  • May 21, 2021

To mask or not to mask? With vaccines and new guidelines, the mask-faithful navigate a ‘weird gray area.’

People who embraced masks are now recalibrating their relationship with an accessory that has served as a shield against a deadly pathogen, a security blanket during a crisis, and a symbol – of regard for the common good, liberal politics or belief in science.
  • May 8, 2021

A year into the pandemic, it’s even more clear that it’s safer to be outside

Many scientists and public health experts say that the outdoor spaces warming under spring sun should be viewed as havens in the battle against coronavirus and restriction-induced fatigue.
  • Apr 13, 2021

A record 4 million people in U.S. received a vaccine on Saturday

More than 4 million people in the United States received a coronavirus vaccine on Saturday — the nation’s highest one-day total.
  • Apr 5, 2021