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U.S. kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science

In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many U.S. children and teens are infected? How many kids who … more

Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency - hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic - piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two … more

Sturgis draws thousands of motorcyclists, few masks

STURGIS, S.D. - Thousands of bikers poured into the small South Dakota city of Sturgis on Friday as the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rumbled to life despite fears it could lead to a massive coronavirus outbreak. The rally could become one of the … more

U.S. reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

NEW YORK - Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. One of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports looked at children with COVID-19 who … more

U.S. adds 1.8M jobs but hiring weakens

WASHINGTON - The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus has weakened hiring and the economic rebound. At any other time, hiring at that level would be … more

7-year-old Georgia child dies of COVID-19

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A 7-year-old boy with COVID-19 has become the youngest known person to die in Georgia since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The African-American boy had no other … more

Virginia rolls out pandemic app

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google. But hopes … more

1.2M seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The … more

Obama's Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn "Obamacare," but his predecessor's health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome. Missouri voters this week approved Medicaid expansion by a 53% to … more

Clyburn warns U.S. lacks plan to stop virus

Rep. James Clyburn, a Sumter native, said Wednesday the COVID-19 crisis is "much, much worse" than the 2008 Great Recession because the U.S. is without a national strategy to contain the coronavirus. "Our entire economy is at stake," Clyburn told … more

Hurricane Alpha? Names may run out with revised forecast

Already smashing records, this year's hyperactive Atlantic hurricane season is about to get even nastier, forecasters predict. In the coming months, they expect to run out of traditional hurricane names and see about twice as much storm activity as … more

School districts go round and round on bus plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. - School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge - getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more … more

Deaths pile up on Texas border

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) - When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Mu oz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation's most dire coronavirus hot spots. She went first to … more

Gone for good? Evidence signals many jobs aren't coming back

WASHINGTON - Stark evidence of the damage the resurgent viral outbreak has caused the U.S. economy could come Friday when the government is expected to report that the pace of hiring has slowed significantly after a brief rebound in the … more

Virus testing in the U.S. is dropping as deaths climb

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises to more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a … more

Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirs virus concerns

By STEPHEN GROVES The Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of … more

'Too many are selfish': U.S. nears 5 million virus cases

BOSTON - Big house parties and weddings, summer camps, concerts, crowded bars and restaurants, shopping trips without masks - Americans' resistance to curbs on everyday life is seen as a key reason the U.S. has racked up more confirmed coronavirus … more

Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was … more

Parents unhappy with options assemble learning 'pods'

MIAMI - On the 4-acre farm at the edge of the Everglades where Timea Hunter runs a horse academy, she has hosted plenty of parties, picnics and workshops. So with her children's school building closed, she figured why not use it also as a … more

Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration's plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won't supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of … more
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