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US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out

Posted about 2 hours ago in National

The Trump administration urged Americans to cover their faces in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York's governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus -- vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies.



US sheds 701,000 jobs, ending a record-long hiring streak

Posted yesterday in National

A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that's all but shut down the U.S. economy.



Democrats delay nominating convention amid coronavirus concerns

Posted yesterday in National

Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping the battle for the White House.



Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

Posted yesterday in National

Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.



Coronavirus survivor: 'In my blood, there may be answers'

Posted yesterday in National

Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country's first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients.



Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration's projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease.



Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

It was late when engineer Joe Tavi's boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator?



Poll: Less than half back Trump's pandemic response

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life.



Some employers to laid-off staffers: Let's stay in touch

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

As millions of job cuts tear through the U.S. economy, a faint glimmer of light has emerged: Some employers are trying to maintain ties to the staffers they're letting go so they can more quickly rehire them once the viral outbreak has passed.



More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

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.



Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis.



Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

One Tulsa bar owner said more than a dozen motorcyclists showed up unannounced, but he served them a round of shots anyway to celebrate a birthday. Another live-streamed a drag queen show on Facebook while up to 20 people drank inside the locked bar, ignoring police when they knocked on the door.



Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, has died after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, one of his six sons said late Wednesday.



Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

Posted 4/2/2020 in National

A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there to help during the coronavirus crisis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.



Trump: 'Life and death' at stake in following guidelines

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.



What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks.



Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie "On Golden Pond," broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports.



Louisiana spillway may open for record third consecutive year

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday.



Twister slams Alabama neighborhood during virus quarantine

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

An apparent tornado slammed into an Alabama neighborhood, shattering more than a dozen homes Tuesday while people were hunkered down inside because of the coronavirus outbreak, as storms caused damage from Mississippi to Georgia.



Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

If you're not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no.



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