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World Health Organization Reports New Global Record for Coronavirus Cases
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World Health Organization Reports New Global Record for Coronavirus Cases

The global number of coronavirus cases reported on Saturday was highest on record, according to the World Health Organization. Cases rose by 212,326 in 24 hours, with the United States, Brazil and India showing the largest increases. The previous record... Read More

Trump-Connected Lobbyists Reap Windfall in COVID-19 Boom
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Trump-Connected Lobbyists Reap Windfall in COVID-19 Boom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.... Read More

Trump's Rushmore Trip Draws Real and Figurative Fireworks
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Trump's Rushmore Trip Draws Real and Figurative Fireworks

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands, but even in a part of the country where many... Read More

Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore
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Virus Concerns Grow — As Do Crowds Flocking to Jersey Shore

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that's making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that... Read More

Democrats Say US Needs to Address Protective Gear Shortage
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Democrats Say US Needs to Address Protective Gear Shortage

A congressional committee criticized President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday for a series of problems in distributing personal protective and testing equipment during the coronavirus pandemic and called on the administration to come up with a better plan. “We need... Read More

From Big Cities to Backyards, July 4 Not Usual Blowout Bash
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From Big Cities to Backyards, July 4 Not Usual Blowout Bash

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people... Read More

Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends
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Fauci Warns US Needs to Reverse COVID-19 Trends

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top infectious disease specialist warned Tuesday that the United States could see up to 100,000 new cases per day of the virus that causes COVID-19 if the nation does not take steps to control the pandemic.... Read More

FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
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FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-06-30 21:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate the timely development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said the guidance reflects advice it has been... Read More

House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
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House Proxy Voting Extended Through Mid-August
2020-06-30 16:58:51
by Dan McCue

Proxy voting has been extended through mid-August in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, notified Pelosi that the public health emergency due to the coronavirus... Read More

Local Health Departments Face the Threat of Budget Cuts During Pandemic
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Local Health Departments Face the Threat of Budget Cuts During Pandemic
2020-06-29 15:57:52
by Jacob Pederson

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak is worsening the strain on city and county health departments that have been tasked with doing more with less resources since the 2008 recession, an updated report from the National Association of County... Read More

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law
2020-06-29 15:55:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberal wing... Read More

US COVID-19 Surge Likely to Continue for Weeks, Frieden Says
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US COVID-19 Surge Likely to Continue for Weeks, Frieden Says

A surge in coronavirus that has seen record numbers of new U.S. cases in recent days is likely to continue for weeks after states moved too soon to reopen their economies, two of the country’s leading public health experts said... Read More

New Coronavirus Spike Alarms Republicans, But Not Trump
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New Coronavirus Spike Alarms Republicans, But Not Trump

WASHINGTON — The final Thursday in June saw jobless claims top 1 million for a 14th straight week and a frightening spike in coronavirus infections across the Sun Belt, compelling a growing number of Republican governors and members of Congress... Read More

CDC: COVID-19 Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported
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CDC: COVID-19 Cases May Be 10 Times Higher Than Reported

WASHINGTON — The number of cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 may be 10 times higher than what has been reported, according to a top federal health official. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Thursday... Read More

GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
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GAO: Virus Relief Program Has Inadequate Safeguards; $1.4B in Relief Payments Sent to Dead People
2020-06-26 13:57:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Confronted with an extraordinary public health crisis, the federal government moved with uncommon agility to bolster the economy and quickly establish services for those infected with the virus, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said Thursday. But in doing... Read More

Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
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Trump Administration Urges Supreme Court to Strike Down ObamaCare
2020-06-26 13:19:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the Justices. Overturning the Affordable Care Act would take away health coverage for about... Read More

Pandemic Tightens Grip on US, Setting Reopened States Reeling
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Pandemic Tightens Grip on US, Setting Reopened States Reeling

The COVID-19 pandemic, which set records for infections and hospitalizations across the U.S. on Wednesday, is now predicted to kill 180,000 Americans by October, adding to dire signs that prompted a stock-market selloff and drastic measures from government leaders. The... Read More

Contradicting Trump, Fauci Says There Is No Order or Plan to Slow COVID-19 Testing
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Contradicting Trump, Fauci Says There Is No Order or Plan to Slow COVID-19 Testing

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top government officials fighting the COVID-19 pandemic said Tuesday they had not been ordered to slow down testing for the disease, despite President Donald Trump’s insistence hours earlier that he was not kidding... Read More

Americans Are Actually Drinking Less During the Pandemic
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Americans Are Actually Drinking Less During the Pandemic

During the coronavirus pandemic, people are drinking less. (Yes, you read that correctly.) While the masses are buying more booze from grocers and liquor stores to drink at home, that hasn’t been enough to fill the gaping hole created by... Read More

White House Considers Ending Coronavirus Emergency, Even As Cases Surge
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White House Considers Ending Coronavirus Emergency, Even As Cases Surge

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, eager to claim victory over the coronavirus, has been considering scaling back the national emergency declared earlier this year to control the pandemic, according to health care industry officials who have spoken with the administration.... Read More

Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19
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Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19
2020-06-23 19:10:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate tried Tuesday to respond to warnings from infectious disease experts that coronavirus is only an example of other pandemics that are coming soon. The World Health Organization has warned that a global population topping 7.8... Read More

Fauci to Testify at a Fraught Time for US Pandemic Response
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Fauci to Testify at a Fraught Time for US Pandemic Response

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations, Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Tuesday at a fraught moment in the nation's pandemic response. The... Read More

South Carolina Beaches Fill, But COVID-19 Takes No Vacation
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South Carolina Beaches Fill, But COVID-19 Takes No Vacation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The elevator doors opened and inside were 10 people crammed into a space no bigger than a closet, none of them wearing a mask. In bathing suits, they walked out of the hotel, across the... Read More

Surging US Virus Cases Raise Fear That Progress is Slipping
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Surging US Virus Cases Raise Fear That Progress is Slipping

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alarming surges in coronavirus cases across the U.S. South and West raised fears Monday that the outbreak is spiraling out of control and that hard-won progress against the scourge is slipping away because of resistance... Read More

Gov. Cuomo Says Yankees and Mets Will Hold Spring Training in NYC
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Gov. Cuomo Says Yankees and Mets Will Hold Spring Training in NYC

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that the Yankees and Mets will hold spring training in the city as it stays on track to enter phase 2 of the coronavirus pandemic reopening process. The governor said both baseball... Read More

COVID-19 Surge in South, Southwest Poses Growing Threat, Experts Warn
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COVID-19 Surge in South, Southwest Poses Growing Threat, Experts Warn

WASHINGTON — Infectious disease experts expressed alarm Sunday over the pace of new coronavirus infections in several states in the South and Southwest, with one likening the spread in parts of the country to a “forest fire.” At the same... Read More

Commuters Flock to Bike Shares in Cities Despite Concerns Over Health Risk
Cities
Commuters Flock to Bike Shares in Cities Despite Concerns Over Health Risk
2020-06-19 19:00:44
by Jacob Pederson

With public transportation offline in some areas and alternatives like Uber being a little too close for comfort due to the coronavirus outbreak, a growing number of city residents are looking at municipal bike share programs to get around. However,... Read More

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties
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Racism Is a Public Health Crisis, Say Cities and Counties

WASHINGTON — Being black is bad for your health. And pervasive racism is the cause. That’s the conclusion of multiple public health studies over more than three decades. “We do know that health inequities at their very core are due... Read More

Wealthy Hospital Taps Small Craft Breweries for Financial Aid to Buy Masks, Gloves
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Wealthy Hospital Taps Small Craft Breweries for Financial Aid to Buy Masks, Gloves

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — As Inova Health System sought donations in March to buy personal protective equipment for its staff to treat COVID-19, Zach Mote, a police officer turned brewer, came to their aid. Even though his Water’s End Brewery taproom... Read More

Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless
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Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless

The U.S. has spent more than half of $3 trillion in economic rescue funds passed by Congress — with little of the oversight intended to ensure the money goes to the right places. Three new oversight bodies are barely functional:... Read More

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