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'I heard the roar': Big earthquake hits Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) ” A large earthquake struck north of Boise Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking.The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centered 73 miles (118 kilometers) northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports […]

COVID-19 deaths climb in NY; Chris Cuomo tests positive

NEW YORK (AP) ” New York City’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday as an overwhelmed health system embraced the arrival of hundreds of additional paramedics, EMTs and ambulances.The lifeline of health care support includes 500 paramedics and EMTs and 250 more ambulances, city officials said.Among those who died in the city was the first victim under 18, according to the city’s health department.A somber-sounding Gov.

Trump: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela

MIAMI (AP) ” President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro.The president’s announcement was a break from the daily White House press briefing to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, which has left much of the country in lock-down and which the government warns could cause 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.’The […]

`A battlefield behind your home': Deaths mount in New York

NEW YORK (AP) ” New York authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.As hot spots flared around the U.S. in places like New Orleans and Southern California, the nation’s biggest city was the hardest hit of them all, with bodies loaded onto […]

Rural areas fear spread of virus as more hospitals close

CARROLLTON, Ala. (AP) ” As the coronavirus spread across the United States, workers at the lone hospital in one Alabama county turned off beeping monitors for good and padlocked the doors, making it one of the latest in a string of nearly 200 rural hospitals to close nationwide.Now Joe Cunningham is more worried than ever about getting care for his wife, Polly, a dialysis patient whose health is fragile. The nearest hospital is about 30 miles away, he said, and that’s too far since […]

Virus lockdown changes how Hindus celebrate holy period

LUCKNOW, India (AP) ” Rukmani Sharma fears the virus that has turned the world upside down. But as a devout Hindu, she also fears for her soul.COVID-19 restrictions mean that the 71-year-old woman won’t be allowed to go to temple Thursday to celebrate the birthday of the Hindu god Ram, and she says she’s ‘feeling guilty.’Hindus around the world are in the midst of a nine-day period called Chaitra Navaratri that began with what for many is considered the Hindu New Year and will […]

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

NEW YORK (AP) ” Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier.A study by researchers in Singapore became the latest to estimate that somewhere around 10% of new infections may be sparked by people who carry the virus but have not yet suffered its flu-like symptoms.In response to […]

Federal inmates to be locked in cells for 14 days amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The federal Bureau of Prisons is locking all its 146,000 inmates in their cells for the next two weeks in an unparalleled effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as the focus shifts to a Louisiana compound, where two inmates have died and nearly 20 others remain hospitalized.The compound, known as FCC Oakdale, has emerged as ground zero in the federal prison system’s struggle to contain coronavirus behind bars. The situation there is so dire that the local […]

Georgia Sen. Loeffler gets renewed scrutiny over stock moves

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The husband of Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler recently acquired as much as $415,000 in stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that manufactures protective equipment in exceedingly high demand because of the coronavirus pandemic.The transaction, detailed in a mandatory disclosure the Republican filed late Tuesday, comes as senators in both parties have faced questions about the stock transactions they made in the weeks before the coronavirus upended the U.S. […]

Call for virus volunteers yields army of health care workers

NEW YORK (AP) ” The work is exhausting and dangerous, the situation bleak. But an army of health care workers heeded New York’s call for help reinforcing hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.So far, at least 82,000 people have volunteered for the state’s reserve force of medical workers ” a group that includes recent retirees returning to work, health care professionals who can take a break from their regular jobs and people between gigs, according to health officials. […]

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