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Italy revises coronavirus timeline

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/19/20, 01:50 pm

The virus that causes COVID-19 was present in the wastewater of two Italian cities two months before the nation declared any local transmission, the Italian National Institute of Health said in a report released on Thursday. Routine checks on sewage treatment plants uncovered the virus water samples taken on Dec. 18, 2019, from Milan and Turin. Researchers haven’t linked the samples to any confirmed cases but said the finding could help identify future outbreaks.

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Legislating religious liberty

Politics | Supreme Court decision draws new attention to “Fairness for All” proposal
by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/18/20, 04:19 pm

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers have filed bills to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes in the workplace during every session of Congress since 1994, but none have made it to a president’s desk. Now, as Justice Samuel Alito wrote in a dissenting opinion this week, the U.S. Supreme Court has done much of their job for them.

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A controversial U.S. shuffle

International | The new CEO for U.S.-backed international broadcast services shakes things up
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/18/20, 02:25 pm

IN-DEPTH: Michael Pack, the new CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, fired the heads of at least three U.S.-funded global news outlets: Radio Free Asia, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, and the Middle East Broadcasting Network. Pack also removed current members of the board of each network to install his own team.

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