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South Carolina's predicted deaths rise as more reopening debated

COLUMBIA - As South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gathered a meeting Tuesday of health experts, lawmakers, business leaders and state and local government officials about how to reopen society during the coronavirus, the state's predicted peak of … more

U.S. virus infection rate rising outside New York

Take the New York metropolitan area's progress against the coronavirus out of the equation, and the numbers show the rest of the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction, with the known infection rate rising even as states move to lift their lockdowns, … more

Italy eases long lockdown, leaders push vaccine effort

ROME - Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy on Monday as Europe's longest lockdown started to ease, while countries from Iceland to India took a patchwork of steps to loosen coronavirus restrictions. Businesses, including … more

Hunger could affect 1 out of 4 Americans amid virus

WASHINGTON - When all this started - when the coronavirus began stalking humanity like an animal hunting prey, when she and her husband lost their restaurant jobs overnight as the world shut down to hide, when she feared not being able to feed her … more

Treasury says April-June borrowing will be a record $2.99T

WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic paralysis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the U.S. Treasury to borrow far more than it ever has before — $2.99 trillion in the current … more

With virus, U.S. higher education could face existential moment

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Canada bans assault-style weapons immediately

TORONTO (AP) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Canada is banning the use and trade of assault-style weapons immediately. Trudeau cited numerous mass shootings in the country, including the killing of 22 people in Nova Scotia April … more

Virus surge in Brazil brings coffin shortage, morgue chaos

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - In Brazil's bustling Amazon city of Manaus, so many people have died within days in the coronavirus pandemic that coffins had to be stacked on top of each other in long, hastily dug trenches in a city cemetery. Some despairing … more

Pandemic brings fortunes to Amazon - and headaches, too

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Workers risk COVID-19 infection or losing unemployment benefits

ATLANTA (AP) - Some of the millions of American workers laid off because of the coronavirus are beginning to face a tough choice - return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments. The decision is most … more

Immigrants deliver food, hope to workers affected by pandemic

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Many field hospitals went largely unused, will be shut down

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A coronavirus drug seems to work. What's next in making it available?

News that an experimental drug seems to be the first effective treatment for the new coronavirus has unleashed a flurry of interest - and a clamor to know how soon it might be available. Talk turned Thursday to how quickly the federal Food and … more

Trump harshly blames China for pandemic; a lab 'mistake'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday speculated that China could have unleashed the coronavirus on the world due to some kind of horrible "mistake," and his intelligence … more

Company says drug proved effective against coronavirus in U.S. study

A biotech company said Wednesday its experimental drug has proved effective against the new coronavirus in a major U.S. government study that put it to a strict test. Gilead Sciences' remdesivir would be the first treatment to pass such a test … more

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
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