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Lockdowns ease worldwide, but political heat rises in US

Tattoo parlors and hair salons in Denmark. Beaches in Australia. Bookstores in Germany. Countries around the world that have seen coronavirus infections flatten out began easing their lockdowns Monday, while the U.S. moved more cautiously and the debate took on ...

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Farmers in rural Kansas still working despite virus outbreak

Only eight souls live on the square-mile section where Jeff Hatfield farms south of Wichita: him, his wife, daughter, son-in-law, three grandchildren and a neighbor. The coronavirus pandemic still managed to find him. Not, thankfully, in the form of sickness. ...

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Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook will soon let you know if you saw or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site. The new notice will be sent to users who have liked, reacted to, or commented on posts featuring harmful or false claims ...

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Reopening could require thousands more public health workers

Before Washington state lifts its stay-at-home order, public health workers in Seattle’s King County want to be ready to douse any new sparks of infection. That task, they say, requires at least 20 more investigators to call people who test ...

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GOP lawmakers push for ‘clean’ extension of payroll program

With a key coronavirus rescue fund nearly exhausted, negotiations are accelerating in Washington over President Donald Trump’s $250 billion emergency request to help smaller employers across the country keep workers on their payroll. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Treasury ...

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US job losses mount as economic pain deepens worldwide

The ranks of Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus ballooned Thursday to more than 20 million in just four weeks, an unprecedented collapse fueling widening protests and propelling President Donald Trump’s push to relax the nation’s social distancing ...

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Medical intelligence sleuths tracked, warned of new virus

In late February when President Donald Trump was urging Americans not to panic over the novel coronavirus, alarms were sounding at a little-known intelligence unit situated on a U.S. Army base an hour’s drive north of Washington. Intelligence, science and ...

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Military sees no quick exit from ‘new world’ of coronavirus

The U.S. military is bracing for a months-long struggle against the coronavirus, looking for novel ways to maintain a defensive crouch that sustains troops’ health without breaking their morale — while still protecting the nation. Unlike talk in the Trump ...

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In nod to governors, Trump walks back total authority claim

President Donald Trump said he’s open to some states “reopening” before federal social distancing guidelines expire at the end of month, as he appeared to back off his claim of absolute authority to decide when the time was right to ...

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Cities, counties fear losing out on US virus rescue funding

The $2.2 trillion federal rescue package could fail to deliver badly needed financial aid to thousands of smaller cities and counties where a majority of Americans live, according to documents and interviews with local officials. The coronavirus outbreak has blown ...

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Far-right US politicians label lockdowns anti-constitutional

In deeply conservative eastern Washington state, a prominent state lawmaker kicked out of his Republican Party caucus labels the coronavirus a foreign bio-weapon, accuses Marxists of using the pandemic to advance totalitarianism and rails against lockdown restrictions imposed by the ...

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