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Medicare applications raise anxiety for seniors in pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) - At greater risk from COVID-19, some seniors now face added anxiety because of delays obtaining Medicare coverage. Advocates for older people say the main problem involves certain applications for Medicare's "Part B" coverage for … more

U.S. Navy to widen probe into carrier commander

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy will conduct a wider investigation of circumstances surrounding the spread of the coronavirus aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a move that effectively delays a decision on whether to reinstate the ship's … more

S.C. governor faces different pressure to reopen state

COLUMBIA - Three of the most conservative members of the South Carolina House sent a letter Wednesday to the House speaker, asking him to call lawmakers back to the Statehouse and end the governor's emergency orders over the coronavirus. The goal … more

Economists agree: No quick rebound from recession is likely

WASHINGTON (AP) — Devastated by the coronavirus, the U.S. economy is sinking. And the plunge is accelerating.Now, as some businesses in a few states start to trickle back to work, hopes are … more

Blind justice: No visual cues in high court phone cases

WASHINGTON - On the evening before he was to argue a case before the Supreme Court years ago, Jeffrey Fisher broke his glasses. That left the very nearsighted lawyer with an unappealing choice. He could wear contacts and clearly see the justices but … more

Traumatic childhood increases risk for heart disease

American Heart Association News Exposure to trauma and other adverse experiences during childhood increases lifelong risk for cardiovascular disease and death, regardless of a person's health during young adulthood, new research shows. The … more

Russian doctors, nurses face more risks as virus cases grow

MOSCOW (AP) - A patient who had routine surgery at a hospital in St. Petersburg suddenly developed a fever after an operation. Doctors insisted on testing him for coronavirus, and results showed that he had it. And so did the Russian doctors, … more

U.S. and Europe grapple with when to reopen schools

PARIS - The question of when to reopen schools looms large as European countries and U.S. states draw up plans to restart their battered economies. Despite alarm among some teachers, parents and mayors, France detailed plans Tuesday to start … more

South Korea maintains rumors of Kim Jong Un's health are untrue

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's government has dismissed rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in fragile condition, as speculation about his health intensifies amid the North's silence on his whereabouts. There are concerns, … more

As fewer people fly, rate of guns found in bags by TSA jumps

With far fewer people flying because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, airport security screeners are naturally finding fewer guns in carry-on baggage. But the ratio of guns to passengers seeking to board airplanes has … more

FDA says there is no indication COVID-19 is spread through food

By The Associated Press Is it safe to order food via take-out or delivery? Unlike some germs, there's no indication the coronavirus can spread through food, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "This is a respiratory virus, … more

European doctors warn rare kids' syndrome may have virus tie

LONDON (AP) - Doctors in Britain, Italy and Spain have been warned to look out for a rare inflammatory condition in children that is possibly linked to the new coronavirus. Earlier this week, Britain's Paediatric Intensive Care Society issued an … more

Blood test helped detect cancer before symptoms

For the first time, a blood test has been shown to help detect many types of cancer in a study of thousands of people with no history or symptoms of the disease. The test is still experimental. Even its fans say it needs to be improved and that … more

Government OKs $50B in small business loans

NEW YORK - The government says it has approved an additional $50 billion in loans to small businesses, although banks are complaining that a bottleneck at the Small Business Administration is severely slowing the process. Banking industry groups … more

Oklahoma, Utah face scrutiny over malaria drug purchases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state leaders in Oklahoma and Utah are facing scrutiny for spending millions of dollars combined to purchase malaria drugs promoted by President Trump to treat … more

Worried about virus, U.S. House won't return — for now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the stark, startling reality that Congress may not be able to fully resume for a year, House leaders are desperately reaching for work-from-home options after a revolt … more

Military chaplains pivot to serve soldiers in COVID-19 outbreak

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Maj. Brian Minietta's eyes are locked down the barrel of a camera lens. He sways gently back and forth in silence, then his gruff voice belts out, in singsong: "A little patience ... yeah, yeah!" He finishes the chorus - … more

Virus is expected to reduce meat selection, raise prices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Meat isn't going to disappear from supermarkets because of outbreaks of the coronavirus among workers at U.S. slaughterhouses. But as the meat plants struggle to remain open, consumers could face less selection and slightly … more

Health officials ready new guidelines as virus restrictions ease

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is reviewing proposed new guidelines for how restaurants, schools, churches and businesses can safely reopen as states look to gradually lift their coronavirus restrictions. The draft guidance from the … more

U.S. COVID-19 toll passes 50,000

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Even as the confirmed U.S. death toll from the coronavirus soared past 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska began loosening lockdown orders Friday on their pandemic-wounded businesses, despite warnings from health experts that the … more
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