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2020-07-10 19:27:47
by Jacob Pederson
New York City Moves to Protect ‘Vulnerable Populations’ Against Savage Summer Temps

After waging a pitched, months-long battle against the coronavirus, New York City is now stepping up its efforts to protect... Read More

After waging a pitched, months-long battle against the coronavirus, New York City is now stepping up its efforts to protect its residents from a more familiar adversary -- the onset of summer heat wave season. Even without a global pandemic,... Read More

2020-07-10 19:25:48
by Sara Wilkerson
Outdoor Entertainment Returns to UK This Weekend

As governments and businesses across the U.S. continue to struggle with the question of when and how to resume outdoor... Read More

As governments and businesses across the U.S. continue to struggle with the question of when and how to resume outdoor sports and entertainment events, the United Kingdom is moving ahead with plans to restart this segment of its economy. If... Read More

NC Law Responding to Coronavirus Could Help Republicans in a Voter ID Lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. — This spring when North Carolina state lawmakers were debating a bill making it easier for people to... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. — This spring when North Carolina state lawmakers were debating a bill making it easier for people to vote by mail in November because of coronavirus, they also added in an unrelated provision about photo IDs. Now, Republican... Read More

US Coronavirus Cases Top 3 Million as Multiple States Face Alarming Resurgence

The United States has reached another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of confirmed infections surging past... Read More

The United States has reached another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of confirmed infections surging past 3 million on Wednesday. The official tally, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is almost twice as high as the second... Read More

2020-07-08 18:00:48
by Dan McCue
Pandemic Doesn't Prevent Musician from Completing 'Project of a Lifetime'

For the musician Nick Parker, a dream 17 years in the making was just coming to fruition when the coronavirus... Read More

For the musician Nick Parker, a dream 17 years in the making was just coming to fruition when the coronavirus outbreak suddenly brought the world's arts and entertainment industries to a screeching halt. The son of the acclaimed artist Robert... Read More

2020-07-08 17:07:44
by Dan McCue
Justices Allow Limited Access to Free Birth Control Under ACA

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The 7-2 decision could have a profound, immediate effect on... Read More

2020-07-07 19:06:08
by Jacob Pederson
Utah Secures 500,000 Face Masks in Anticipation of Reopening Schools

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and... Read More

The Utah Board of Education has received a shipment of 500,000 face masks it plans to distribute to students and teachers as they return to school in the fall. The collection of masks is the latest manifestation of Gov. Gary... Read More

2020-07-07 19:00:32
by Reece Nations
NewDEAL Forum Launches Task Force to Address Rebuilding the Country Following COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The NewDEAL Forum has established a task force comprised of state and local officials to devise recommendations on... Read More

WASHINGTON – The NewDEAL Forum has established a task force comprised of state and local officials to devise recommendations on a sustainable recovery from the coronavirus outbreak. The Renewing America Task Force will be led by five Democratic co-chairs including... Read More

2020-07-07 13:32:50
by Gaspard Le Dem
Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Mississippi Legislature As Cases Surge Across State

Health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi's state legislature after several lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus last week.... Read More

Health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak in Mississippi's state legislature after several lawmakers tested positive for coronavirus last week. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican, announced on Sunday that he had contracted the virus after coming into contact with... Read More

2020-07-06 17:05:47
by Gaspard Le Dem
Blue Dogs Push Bill To Crack Down On Chinese Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Pandemic

WASHINGTON - A group of moderate House Democrats wants the U.S. government to track down potential attempts by the Chinese... Read More

WASHINGTON - A group of moderate House Democrats wants the U.S. government to track down potential attempts by the Chinese government to use the coronavirus crisis to its advantage. The Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of 26 centrist lawmakers, introduced... Read More

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... Read More

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

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display... Read More

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

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore.... Read More

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

A congressional committee criticized President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday for a series of problems in distributing personal protective and... Read More

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

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate... Read More

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

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

Proxy voting has been extended through mid-August in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday.  House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving,... Read More

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

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

The economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak is worsening the strain on city and county health departments that have been... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Confronted with an extraordinary public health crisis, the federal government moved with uncommon agility to bolster the economy... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court Thursday night, arguing the entire Affordable Care... Read More

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

The COVID-19 pandemic, which set records for infections and hospitalizations across the U.S. on Wednesday, is now predicted to kill... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate tried Tuesday to respond to warnings from infectious disease experts that coronavirus is only an... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public... Read More

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

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The elevator doors opened and inside were 10 people crammed into a space no bigger... Read More

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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alarming surges in coronavirus cases across the U.S. South and West raised fears Monday that... Read More

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

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... Read More

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

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

With public transportation offline in some areas and alternatives like Uber being a little too close for comfort due to... Read More

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

2020-06-18 13:46:30
by Reece Nations
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating... Read More

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are... Read More

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