Pandemic learning loss needs urgent attention in U.S., national survey finds

A little boy in math class is overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Getty Images) The “educational harm” caused by the coronavirus pandemic has been “devastating,” according to a recent survey of 26 million K-8 students by researchers at Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth and Harvard. The researchers also found that the pandemic “exacerbated economic and racial … Read more

North Dakota passes law outlawing abortion in most cases, adding to growing list of state restrictions

North Carolina lawmakers voted late Tuesday to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, effectively banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The new law is just the latest in a string of strict restrictions on abortion passed by individual states since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in June … Read more

Feinstein’s health issues were far more serious than publicly disclosed: What we know

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., attends a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office on Thursday confirmed that the 89-year-old California lawmaker’s complications from shingles were far more serious than previously known. The disclosure came following a report by the New York Times revealing … Read more

Who should have the ‘right to die’

“The 360” shows you diverse perspectives on the day’s top stories and debates. Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Getty Images What’s happening Three decades ago, Dr. Jack Kevorkian became the face of the incredibly contentious debate over medically assisted death. Dubbed “Dr. Death” in the media, he claimed to have helped at least 130 patients … Read more

What you should know about work and aging-brain health

Illustration by Brian Stauffer for Yahoo In the upper echelons of politics, there’s no shortage of men and women working well past the conventional retirement age. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who turns 90 next month, has said she won’t seek reelection in 2024, but she continues to serve as the oldest member of the U.S. … Read more