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NBA Suspends Season Until Further Notice, Over Coronavirus

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday... Read More

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA has suspended its season “until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing... Read More

Congress Skeptical of Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut as Bipartisan Talks Begin to Address Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s key proposals to confront the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus — a... Read More

WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump’s key proposals to confront the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus — a payroll tax cut — got mixed reviews from Senate Republicans on Tuesday during a Capitol Hill strategy-planning lunch that ended... Read More

US States Race to Contain Coronavirus as Cases Exceed 1,000

As coronavirus cases crop up across the United States, some governors and other leaders are scrambling to slow its spread,... Read More

As coronavirus cases crop up across the United States, some governors and other leaders are scrambling to slow its spread, banning large public gatherings, enforcing quarantines and calling National Guard troops. With new deaths reported and the number of confirmed... Read More

2020-03-10 20:45:17
by Dan McCue
Pelosi Tells House Democrats to Keep Working Despite Coronavirus

WASHINGTON —Speaker Nancy Pelosi told attendees at the House Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday morning that they should stay at work... Read More

WASHINGTON —Speaker Nancy Pelosi told attendees at the House Democratic caucus meeting Tuesday morning that they should stay at work as "captains of the ship" this week as Capitol Hill scrambles to respond to the coronavirus. Among the items under... Read More

Trump Virus Adviser Is a Rarity in White House Ruled By Loyalty

WASHINGTON — Deborah Birx was visiting South Africa in her role as the State Department’s global ambassador for AIDS prevention... Read More

WASHINGTON — Deborah Birx was visiting South Africa in her role as the State Department’s global ambassador for AIDS prevention and treatment when she got an urgent call from Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to fly home to Washington immediately.... Read More

Tentacles of Olympic Cancellation Would Reach Around Globe

TOKYO (AP) — The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues —... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues — would reach into every corner of the globe, much like the spreading virus that now imperils the opening ceremony on... Read More

7 Lawmakers and Several Congressional Staffers Exposed to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — The impact of the coronavirus drew closer to Washington as seven lawmakers announced they have been exposed to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The impact of the coronavirus drew closer to Washington as seven lawmakers announced they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, and Republicans and Democrats considered separate legislative packages to address the economic fallout. Six Republicans were... Read More

US Moves From Coronavirus Containment to Preparing for Daily Disruptions

The reality that the United States may not be able to contain the spread of the new coronavirus began to... Read More

The reality that the United States may not be able to contain the spread of the new coronavirus began to set in this weekend as federal officials escalated warnings to vulnerable groups and said to prepare for more disruptions. Trump... Read More

This State Has Figured Out How to Treat Drug-Addicted Inmates

CRANSTON, R.I. — On a gray, bone-chilling morning, 18 men in a medium-security prison walked into an empty lunchroom and... Read More

CRANSTON, R.I. — On a gray, bone-chilling morning, 18 men in a medium-security prison walked into an empty lunchroom and sat at stainless steel-topped tables, placing both hands palms down, as if they were about to receive a manicure. Over... Read More

2020-03-06 17:46:13
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Approves $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted 96-1 on Thursday to approve $8.3 billion in funding to fight the coronavirus, sending the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted 96-1 on Thursday to approve $8.3 billion in funding to fight the coronavirus, sending the measure to the White House, where President Trump is expected to sign it. The House overwhelmingly approved the same measure... Read More

What Would Congress Do if The Capitol Got Hit by Coronavirus?

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are planning to keep the Capitol Visitor Center and public galleries in the Capitol open despite... Read More

WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders are planning to keep the Capitol Visitor Center and public galleries in the Capitol open despite growing anxiety about the spread of coronavirus in the U.S., but they say that decision is based on the lack... Read More

2020-03-04 21:02:06
by Dan McCue
Congressional Negotiators Strike Deal on $8.3 Billion to Fight the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to provide $8.3 billion in funding to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak.... Read More

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to provide $8.3 billion in funding to combat the growing coronavirus outbreak. The full House is scheduled to consider the funding bill, H.R. 6074 – Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act,... Read More

2020-03-04 19:51:38
by Dan McCue
Roberts May Cast Deciding Vote in First Major Abortion Case of Trump Era

WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday as the Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided... Read More

WASHINGTON — All eyes were on Chief Justice John Roberts Wednesday as the Supreme Court appeared to be sharply divided over issues raised during the first major abortion case of the Trump presidency. The case out of Louisiana could test... Read More

Medical Groups Slam Trump Medicaid Rule

WASHINGTON — Hospitals, governors and medical professionals have gathered in opposition to a complex Trump administration Medicaid proposal that opponents... Read More

WASHINGTON — Hospitals, governors and medical professionals have gathered in opposition to a complex Trump administration Medicaid proposal that opponents fear would slash federal health care contributions and add administrative costs. More than 4,200 organizations or individuals have commented on... Read More

A Supreme Court Retreat From Roe vs. Wade Could Begin This Week

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its first abortion case since President Donald Trump’s two appointees took... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its first abortion case since President Donald Trump’s two appointees took their seats, a dispute that could mark the first step in a gradual retreat from Roe vs. Wade. Justices will... Read More

First Coronavirus Death in U.S. Heightens Fears

LOS ANGELES — The death of a man in Washington state from the new coronavirus marks a milestone in the... Read More

LOS ANGELES — The death of a man in Washington state from the new coronavirus marks a milestone in the country’s fight against a disease that has already killed thousands around the world and points to the increasing likelihood of... Read More

As Suicide Rates Climb, Crisis Centers Expand

PHOENIX — On a recent Wednesday at 9:47 a.m., two police cars pulled up to Recovery Response Center, a one-story... Read More

PHOENIX — On a recent Wednesday at 9:47 a.m., two police cars pulled up to Recovery Response Center, a one-story stucco building on a main highway in Peoria, 13 miles from downtown Phoenix. A lanky, sandy-haired man compliantly walked with... Read More

2020-02-28 21:12:55
by Dan McCue
Powell Says Federal Reserve Will Take Steps to Protect Economy During Virus Crisis

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell vowed Friday that the central bank will use its entire toolbox to support the economy in... Read More

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell vowed Friday that the central bank will use its entire toolbox to support the economy in the face of worldwide fears over the coronavirus outbreak. "The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong," Powell said. "However,... Read More

Coronavirus Crisis Seeds Chaos in Washington and on Wall Street

NEW YORK — In the 24 hours after President Donald Trump assured Americans that the response to the coronavirus was... Read More

NEW YORK — In the 24 hours after President Donald Trump assured Americans that the response to the coronavirus was well in hand, signs of disorder began to emerge from Washington to Wall Street. The Trump administration was accused of... Read More

Congress Zeroing In on $6 Billion to $8 Billion Coronavirus Aid Package

WASHINGTON — Amid growing concerns about both the economic and health impacts of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, appropriators are rushing... Read More

WASHINGTON — Amid growing concerns about both the economic and health impacts of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, appropriators are rushing to draft an emergency spending package that could provide upward of $6 billion in aid. House and Senate appropriators are... Read More

Economists See Growing Recession Risk as Coronavirus Spreads

WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus outbreak enters a potentially dangerous new phase, with cases widening in Europe and expected to... Read More

WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus outbreak enters a potentially dangerous new phase, with cases widening in Europe and expected to spread in the United States, economists have begun to raise their estimates for the risk of a global recession and... Read More

Trump Facing Growing Coronavirus Crisis Amid Market Jitters and Administration Chaos

President Donald Trump vowed to take on coronavirus Wednesday even as a plunging stock market and chaos within his own... Read More

President Donald Trump vowed to take on coronavirus Wednesday even as a plunging stock market and chaos within his own administration laid bare a potential major global crisis that could threaten his reelection battle. Returning from a trip to India,... Read More

Coronavirus Spread in US is Inevitable, CDC Warns; It’s ‘a Question of When’

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised communities to take precautions in the event that the coronavirus... Read More

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised communities to take precautions in the event that the coronavirus spreads — something officials believe to be inevitable. “Ultimately, we expect we will see coronavirus spread in this country,” CDC... Read More

The Youngest Children Are Falling Out of Health Insurance

WASHINGTON — The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development... Read More

WASHINGTON — The first years of life play an outsize role in human health. They are foundational to the development of the brain and the cardiovascular, immune and metabolic systems. Early childhood is when medical interventions to correct problems in... Read More

How Did Air Medical Impact My Life? It Gave Me One

As a nurse, and someone whose life was saved by emergency air medical transport, I can tell you that having... Read More

As a nurse, and someone whose life was saved by emergency air medical transport, I can tell you that having access and continuity of care is critically important to health outcomes. Air ambulances allow you to access specialty care when... Read More

2020-02-18 20:53:41
by Dan McCue
Senators Press EPA for Action on PFAS

A year after the EPA pledged to act on limiting exposure to a class of extremely hazardous chemicals, a group... Read More

A year after the EPA pledged to act on limiting exposure to a class of extremely hazardous chemicals, a group of Senators is asking why the agency has yet to fulfill its commitments and when it plans to do so.... Read More

2020-02-18 20:41:49
by Kate Michael
Report Shows Americans More Open Than Ever to Plant-Based Foods

WASHINGTON — The Earth Day Network and Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new research report last week... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Earth Day Network and Yale Program on Climate Change Communication released a new research report last week on “Climate Change and the American Diet.” The report claims that Americans are more open than ever to plant-based foods.... Read More

2020-02-12 14:18:45
by Dan McCue
Fed Chair Tells House Panel Coronavirus Risk to US Economy Still Unknown

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel on Tuesday that while the U.S. economy continues to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a House panel on Tuesday that while the U.S. economy continues to show steady growth, the broadening coronavirus outbreak “could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of... Read More

Some Nonprofit Hospitals Aren’t Earning Their Tax Breaks, Critics Say

CHICAGO — On a recent morning at John H. Stroger Hospital, hardly a seat was to be had in any... Read More

CHICAGO — On a recent morning at John H. Stroger Hospital, hardly a seat was to be had in any of the first-floor clinic waiting rooms. Not in audiology. Not in heart and vascular. Not in the pharmacy or ophthalmology.... Read More

2020-02-07 19:56:38
by Dan McCue
New Democrat Coalition Endorses Slate of Bills to Strengthen the Health Care System

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of seven bills aimed at improving health care coverage and... Read More

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a slate of seven bills aimed at improving health care coverage and reducing costs for millions of Americans. “The American people deserve solutions that move past partisan posturing and make real progress... Read More

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