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Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread

A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing earlier this month at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. A series of missteps at the nation's top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the country like wildfire, an Associated Press review found. AP Photo by John Minchillo

A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the nation. President Donald Trump assured Americans early this ...

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Congress closing in on nearly $2 trillion virus aid package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters outside the Senate chamber after Democrats blocked a coronavirus aid package on Capitol Hill on Monday in Washington. AP Photo by Andrew Harnik

Top congressional and White House officials expected to reach a deal Tuesday on a nearly $2 trillion measure aimed at easing the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said ...

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Coronavirus suddenly upends campaign themes for both parties

The coronavirus pandemic and the nation’s crashing economy are scrambling the themes both major political parties thought would carry them to victory in November for control of the White House and Congress. Shattered, certainly for now, is President Donald Trump’s ...

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People in Missouri’s biggest cities ordered to stay home

Residents of Missouri’s biggest cities have been ordered to stay home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, which sickened nearly 130 people statewide, including at least five people linked to a suburban St. Louis preschool and four to ...

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School districts take unplanned plunge into online learning

In a whirlwind week, teachers came up with digital versions of everything from high-school English discussions to kindergarten gym classes, city officials scrambled to find laptops for students in need, and parents grappled with how they would keep kids’ attention ...

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