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May 15, 2020

Trump: Virus shows he was ‘right’ as he highlights supplier

President Donald Trump says the coronavirus pandemic showed he was “right” about the importance of U.S. manufacturing and moving supply chains out of China, as he blamed that country anew for not doing enough to slow the pandemic. “Everything I said turned out to be right,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business’ Maria […]

May 15, 2020

Some US schools are pulling the plug on distance learning

After the Chattahoochee County school district called an early end to the school year, seniors lined up one day last week to complete their graduation paperwork. Students who hadn’t seen each other since in-person classes ended abruptly in March amid the coronavirus outbreak commiserated over all they’ve missed out on, including the prom and a […]

May 15, 2020

Karen Pence: ‘It’s OK to not be OK’ during pandemic

Karen Pence says it’s OK to not be OK during the coronavirus pandemic. While Vice President Mike Pence runs the White House coronavirus task force, his wife is leading a parallel effort to help people deal with anxiety and other unsettling emotions brought on by the pandemic. Two months into the crisis, millions of Americans […]

May 15, 2020

‘I thought I could wait this out’: Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk

“Where have all the patients gone?” That’s what doctors in our West Virginia University hospitals began asking as the coronavirus pandemic spread. We were prepared for a rise in COVID-19 patients, but we didn’t expect the sharp decline we saw in everyday cases. Our emergency department visits fell by half in early April, a time […]

May 14, 2020

Young priest loses mentor, then his father — both to virus

The Rev. Joseph Dutan recalls how he lifted the chalice in the empty church and felt a flood of emotions: grief, the pain of isolation, even doubt. But also, the promise of hope that is the gift of every Easter – even in the midst of a pandemic that had already robbed him and his […]

May 14, 2020

US immunologist warns of ‘darkest winter’ if virus rebounds

America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus, says a government whistleblower who alleges he was ousted from his job after warning the Trump administration to prepare for the pandemic. Immunologist Dr. Rick Bright made his sobering prediction in testimony prepared for his appearance […]

May 13, 2020

AP Exclusive: CDC guidance more restrictive than White House

Advice from the top U.S. disease control experts on how to safely reopen businesses and institutions during the coronavirus pandemic was more detailed and restrictive than the plan released by the White House last month. The guidance, which was shelved by Trump administration officials, also offered recommendations to help communities decide when to shut facilities […]

May 12, 2020

Fauci warns of ‘suffering and death’ if US reopens too soon

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned bluntly Tuesday of “really serious” consequences of suffering, death and deeper economic damage if state and local officials lift stay-at-home orders too quickly, even as President Donald Trump pushes them to act to right a free-falling economy. Fauci’s testimony before a Senate committee came as […]

May 12, 2020

Data: Virus-weary Americans slowly return to the road

Americans are slowly getting back on the road after hunkering down due to the coronavirus, though the volume of traffic is still well below what it was before many states issued stay-at-home orders. Drivers in the U.S. have been more active in the past week than at any time since mid-March, according to an AP […]

May 11, 2020

Rangers, IRS volunteers lead in returns of federal workers

Returning Internal Revenue Service workers in Kansas City are being directed to a room well-stocked with face masks, while some other IRS offices were still telling staffers to buy or make their own as the Trump administration starts rolling out a location-based plan for returning more of the some 2 million federal workers to job […]

May 11, 2020

AP-NORC poll: Majority disapprove of coronavirus protests

A majority of Americans disapprove of protests against restrictions aimed at preventing the spread the coronavirus, according to a new poll that also finds the still-expansive support for such limits — including restaurant closures and stay-at-home orders — has dipped in recent weeks. The new survey from the University of Chicago Divinity School and The […]

May 11, 2020

Jobless rate spikes to 14.7 percent, highest since Great Depression

The U.S. unemployment rate hit 14.7 percent in April, the highest rate since the Great Depression, as 20.5 million jobs vanished in the worst monthly loss on record. The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy. The losses, reported by the Labor Department Friday, reflect what has […]

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