Schools face major virus test as student return to classroom

Reopening schools is easy. Keeping them open will be the hard part. As educators prepare to welcome students back to class for the first time in months, schools’ ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand will be put to the test in thousands of districts around the country. […]

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Doctors, hospitals launch voter registration efforts

An emergency room doctor in Boston is assembling thousands of voter registration kits for distribution at hospitals and doctor’s offices. Later this month, students at Harvard and Yale’s medical schools are planning a contest to see which of the Ivy League rivals can register the most voters. And a medical student in Rhode Island has […]

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Census Bureau drop-outs complicate door-knocking efforts

Bob Garick was looking forward to being a field supervisor during the door-knocking phase of the 2020 census, but as the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida shot up last month, he changed his mind. With widespread home visits for the 2020 census set to begin next week, the Census Bureau is losing workers […]

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Parents of College Students Worry, Should They Stay or Go?

When Jacqueline Tourville, of Wells, Maine, thinks about sending her daughter off to college this month, the same questions keep circling in her mind. “I worry about her getting sick,” said Ms. Tourville, a children’s book author, whose daughter, Claire Brown, 18, plans to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., a drive that Ms. Tourville […]

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Joe Arpaio loses sheriff’s race in 2nd failed comeback bid

Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff’s post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to his now-pardoned criminal conviction. Arpaio […]

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Q&A: What’s up with ban on TikTok and WeChat?

By Tali Arbel | The Associated Press President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy. But it’s far from clear what the administration intends to actually do when […]

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States ask that Trump’s district drawing order be stopped

A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump’s order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts. The coalition, led by New York state, in court papers asked U.S. District Judge […]

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California college classes go online only in counties where coronavirus not under control

California’s colleges and universities will be required to start the new school year with distance learning, if the counties in which they’re located don’t have the coronavirus pandemic under control. And even campuses that do reopen will look very different, compared to this time last year. The California Health and Human Services Agency issued the […]

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Herman Cain is mourned, celebrated at his funeral in Atlanta

Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, was guided by his Christian faith in politics, business and his personal life, his pastor said at his funeral Friday. Cain “made his mark on this world” and his life will be celebrated for years to come, the Rev. Kenneth […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: N.Y. Schools Can Reopen In-Person If District Meets Threshold, Cuomo Says

Here’s what you need to know: Cuomo says N.Y. schools can reopen in-person but leaves it up to districts to determine if, when and how. With U.S. stimulus talks stalemated, the jobs report provides little promise of a break in the gridlock. The U.S. economy added jobs last month, but only a small fraction of […]

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If You Love Your Family, Stay the Hell Away From Them

In a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday, writer Reyhan Harmanci details the “chaos” that ensued when her husband’s cousin got results from a coronavirus test she’d taken days before hanging out maskless in Harmanci’s yard: positive. (Harmanci had not known she had been tested.) Harmanci spent the next several days trying to figure out […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Relief Talks Sputter and Job Gains Slow

Here’s what you need to know: With U.S. stimulus talks stalemated, the jobs report provides little promise of a break in the gridlock. The U.S. economy added jobs last month, but only a small fraction of those lost in the spring. With the Paycheck Protection Program ending Saturday, many business owners are alarmed. Africa reaches […]

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Lives Lost: Man of the sea made his home in Sonoran Desert

Carlos Manuel Sandoval lived for decades in Phoenix on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, but he never stopped hearing the siren call of his birthplace — Guaymas, Mexico. More than a quarter-century after he moved with his family to Phoenix and they all became U.S. citizens, Sandoval traveled back to the fishing port of […]

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US 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 are infected show no symptoms? How likely are they to spread […]

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Herman Cain to be mourned at private funeral in Atlanta

Herman Cain, the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, will be mourned at a private funeral in Atlanta on Friday. The 11 a.m. service will be live-streamed at hermancaincelebrations.com. Cain died July 30 of complications from COVID-19. He was 74. Cain had been ill with the coronavirus for several […]

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Ohio gov tests negative after positive result at Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday after testing positive earlier in the day before he was to meet with President Donald Trump, according to a statement from his office. His wife, Fran DeWine, also tested negative, as did staff members. They underwent a different type of test in Columbus; one considered […]

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Senegal president offers condolences to Denver fire victims

The president of Senegal offered his condolences on Thursday after five people who immigrated to Colorado from the West African country were killed in a suburban Denver house fire that authorities say they suspect was intentionally set. President Macky Sall tweeted in French that he was also monitoring the investigation closely, and he wished the […]

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‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her second child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula. Around the country, across industries and occupations, […]

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. The Republican governor’s office said Thursday that he took the test as part of standard protocol before meeting Trump at an airport in Cleveland. He had planned to join the president on a visit to the […]

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New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan after […]

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Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

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 a normal year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday upped its seasonal forecast, now […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Stalemate Continues Over U.S. Stimulus Bill

Here’s what you need to know: A stalemate continues in the stimulus talks with a meeting set for later Thursday as Friday’s job report looms. ‘We have to try something different’: Experts call for a large-scale rethinking of the U.S. testing strategy. In a worrying sign, France and Germany record higher daily totals of new […]

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C.D.C. Warns Against Drinking Hand Sanitizer After Deaths and Poisonings

ImageA funeral attendant providing hand sanitizer to a mourner arriving for a visitation in Elsa, Texas.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times Federal health authorities issued a formal warning on Wednesday about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer and alerted poison control centers across the nation to be on the lookout for cases of methanol […]

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‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

The day after Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.” As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader warning has been borne out. As of this week, the ACLU has […]

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Lawyer: Michael Cohen has offer to be a political consultant

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer has been offered work as a consultant and to make media appearances for a political action committee, his lawyer said Wednesday. Michael Cohen hopes to accept the offer to work on the committee’s behalf, attorney Danya Perry told U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein in a letter aimed at […]

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Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic?

Is it safe for schools to reopen during the pandemic? It depends on how widespread COVID-19 infections are in the community and the safety measures the school takes. In areas where the virus is poorly controlled, public health experts say in-person education would be too risky. In areas where the virus appears to be under […]

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