Jan 15, 2018

42% of U.S. employers to close for MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. waves to the crowd at 1963's March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Photo: Francis Miller / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

42% of employers will close in the United States in observance of Martin Luther King Day, making the holiday slightly more popular than February's Presidents Day, per Bloomberg. But there's a huge difference in who gets the day off: 72% of civil and nonprofit workers could sleep in this morning while just 16% of manufacturing workers could do the same.

Why it matters: MLK Day's jump over Presidents Day comes at a fraught political time for issues relating to race, given the violence surrounding last summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville and the Trump administration's attempts to clamp down on immigration.

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Coronavirus accelerates AI in health care

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From predicting outbreaks to devising treatments, doctors are turning to AI in an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why it matters: While machine learning algorithms were already becoming a part of health care, COVID-19 is likely to accelerate their adoption. But lack of data and testing time could hinder their effectiveness — for this pandemic, at least.

Live updates: Crewed SpaceX launch postponed due to weather

The Falcon 9 rocket with a Crew Dragon atop. Photo: SpaceX

SpaceX's attempt to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken has been postponed due to weather. They could attempt to launch again as soon as Saturday.

Why it matters: If all goes well, the launch — now expected to happen at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday — will mark the first time a private company has successfully launched people to orbit and the first crewed, orbital rocket launch from the U.S. in 9 years.

Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 5,647,961 — Total deaths: 353,011 — Total recoveries — 2,325,227Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 1,692,786 — Total deaths: 99,783 — Total recoveries: 384,902 — Total tested: 14,907,041Map.
  3. Public health: Fauci says data is "really quite evident" against hydroxychloroquine — Nearly half of Americans say someone in their household has delayed medical care.
  4. Business: African American business owners have seen less relief from PPP, Goldman Sachs saysDisney plans phased reopening on July 11Author Ann Patchett says bookstores are innovating to stay connected with customers.
  5. 1 🎶 thing: Local music venues get rocked by coronavirus.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Trump vs. Twitter ... vs. Trump.
  7. What should I do? When you can be around others after contracting the coronavirus — Traveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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