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Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that … more

Can I use a face shield instead of a mask?

No. Health officials don't recommend the clear plastic barriers as a substitute for masks because of the lack of research on whether they keep an infected person from spreading viral droplets to others. However, those who want extra protection … more

Bring in the experts: It's time to secure your home network

Not all that long ago, managing your home network's security didn't involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If only it were still so simple. It's no longer just about protecting the computer on which you may be working … more

What should I look for in a hand sanitizer, and when to use it?

Pick one that contains mostly alcohol and has few other ingredients. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hand sanitizers should be at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Other approved ingredients may include … more

House will investigate DeJoy for possible campaign law violations

WASHINGTON - House Democrats said Tuesday they will investigate whether Postmaster General Louis DeJoy encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation … more

Doctors studying why obesity may be tied to serious COVID-19

NEW YORK - In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: Many were obese. The link became more apparent as coronavirus swept across the globe and data mounted, and researchers are still … more

Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic

JUPITER, Fla. - President Donald Trump sought to claim the mantle of environmental steward on Tuesday as he announced an expansion of a ban on offshore drilling and highlighted conservation projects in Florida. But his administration has overturned … more

Trump looms large over campaigns for control of Congress

WASHINGTON - The battle for control of Congress is solidifying into a race about President Donald Trump, as Republicans hitch their fortunes to their party's leader and Democrats position themselves as a bulwark against him - and as partners in a … more

Voting in person could look different on Nov. 3

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Voting will look a little different this November. States are turning to stadiums, drive-thrus and possibly even movie theaters as safe options for in-person polling places amid the coronavirus pandemic and fears about mail-in … more

Virus still throwing theme parks for a loop

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Theme park operators who spent months installing hand sanitizing stations, figuring out how to disinfect roller coaster seats and checking the temperatures of guests at their gates so they'd come back in the midst of the pandemic … more

Bold hopes for virus antibody tests still unfulfilled in U.S.

WASHINGTON - At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives - one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected … more

India 2nd behind U.S. in virus cases amid economic pain

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's increasing coronavirus caseload made the Asian giant the world's second-worst-hit country behind the United States on Monday, as its efforts to head off economic disaster from the pandemic gain urgency. The 90,802 cases … more

Grandparents jump from retirement to roles as caregivers for working families

NEW YORK (AP) - Gone, for now, are the days when retirees Bill and Mary Hill could do whatever they please. Since school started for their only grandchild, they're not leisurely reading the morning newspaper, dawdling over a sudoku or staying holed … more

Undercover drug detective, informant killed; 3 arrested

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland police detective who had just joined a federal violence task force was shot and killed in his unmarked car along with a police informant during a drug operation, officials said Friday. Three people have been arrested in … more

Officers fatally shoot suspect in Portland protest killing

LACEY, Wash. - A team of law enforcement officers fatally shot a man suspected of being the gunman who killed a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, Oregon, last week after a caravan of Donald Trump backers rode through downtown, the U.S. … more

Portland's reality: 100 days of protests, many turning violent

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Once hailed as one of the most livable U.S. cities, Portland, Oregon, is grappling with an uncertain future as it reaches a stunning benchmark: 100 consecutive nights of racial injustice protests marred by vandalism, chaos - … more

Trump won't let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Friday that he won't allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leaders' plan to shut the paper down this month. "The … more

Judge OKs extradition for men accused of aiding Ghosn escape

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER The Associated Press BOSTON - Two American men accused of smuggling Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan while he was awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges can be extradited, a federal judge … more

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.4%

WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment dropped sharply in August from 10.2% to a still-high 8.4%, with about half the 22 million jobs lost to the coronavirus outbreak recovered so far, the government said Friday in one of the last major economic reports … more

Union head: Officers involved in suffocation death followed training

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The police officers involved in the suffocation death of Daniel Prude were following their training when they put a hood over his head and pinned him to the ground for two minutes before noticing he wasn't breathing, the head … more
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