California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings

LOS ANGELES (AP) ” Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz looks forward to reopening his synagogue doors ” if his congregation can balance the laws of God and California during the coronavirus pandemic.On Monday, the state released a framework that will permit counties to allow in-person worship services. They include limiting worshipers to 100 or less, taking everyone’s temperature, limiting singing and group recitations and not sharing prayer books or other items.The Orthodox congregation […]

Asia Today: Philippines trying to ease quarantine congestion

BANGKOK (AP) ” As about 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or air to their provincial homes, the president warned local officials not to refuse them entry out of coronavirus fears.The workers returned to the country in recent months as jobs dried up worldwide due to the pandemic. They were quarantined for two weeks in hospitals, hotels and makeshift isolation centers in metropolitan Manila in a chaotic situation that delayed their trip home […]

Asia Today: Philippines trying to ease quarantine congestion

BANGKOK (AP) ” As about 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or air to their provincial homes, the president warned local officials not to refuse them entry out of coronavirus fears.The workers returned to the country in recent months as jobs dried up worldwide due to the pandemic. They were quarantined for two weeks in hospitals, hotels and makeshift isolation centers in metropolitan Manila in a chaotic situation that delayed their trip home […]

Shunned by his party, Iowa's Steve King fights for his seat

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ” Rep. Steve King is fighting for his political life ” but not because he’s compared immigrants crossing the border illegally to cattle. His Republican opponents in next week’s primary aren’t raking him over the coals for making light of rape and incest. His chief rival’s ads don’t mention the time King wondered when the term ‘white supremacist’ became offensive.Instead, the nine-term congressman known for his nativist politics is fighting to prove he can still […]

Congress weighs choice: 'Go big' on virus aid or hit 'pause'

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Congress is at a crossroads in the coronavirus crisis, wrestling over whether to ‘go big,’ as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants for the next relief bill, or hit ‘pause,’ as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists.It’s a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government. Billions in state aid, jobless benefits and health resources are […]

Atlanta is home to 2 potential contenders for Biden's VP

ATLANTA (AP) ” Neither public rivals nor personal friends, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Stacey Abrams spent years climbing parallel ladders at Atlanta City Hall and the Georgia Capitol.They are now Georgia’s most influential African American women.Bottoms, the 50-year-old Atlanta mayor, is a top surrogate for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Abrams is the 46-year-old voting rights activist who nearly became the first black female governor in American […]

Biden marks Memorial Day at veterans park near Delaware home

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) ” Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home.Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has waged much of his campaign from his home in Wilmington. When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who […]

Trump honors fallen soldiers as nation battles against virus

BALTIMORE (AP) ” President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus.Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule Monday, while threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte in August unless North Carolina’s Democratic governor gives a quick green light to the party’s plans to assemble en masse. […]

Trump honors fallen soldiers as nation battles against virus

BALTIMORE (AP) ” President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus.Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule Monday, while threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte in August unless North Carolina’s Democratic governor gives a quick green light to the party’s plans to assemble en masse. […]

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