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London's Lyceum Theatre is wrapped in pink tape bearing the words "Missing Live Theatre," part of a campaign by a group of British stage designers.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 09:14

The package, announced Sunday, includes grants and loans that theaters, museums, live music venues and others can use to pay salaries and maintenance costs as they try to survive during the pandemic.

Dental offices have begun seeing patients return for routine procedures. Seattle dentist Kathleen Saturay has increased the layers of protective equipment she wears when treating patients.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 06:00

Dentists spend their careers eye to eye with infectious patients, their hands inside gaping mouths, and have a vested interest in making sure everyone stays safe. Here's how they do it.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, seen here last month in Mexico City, visits President Trump at the White House this week.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 05:16

Andrés Manuel López Obrador's critics say he's making a mistake by going to Washington, and is giving in to the U.S. president's whims. But López Obrador says, "We are going ... with our heads high."

Composer Ennio Morricone, posing with his Oscar for <em>The Hateful Eight </em>in 2016. He died Monday at age 91 in Rome.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 04:52

The iconic Italian composer, who scored The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and more than 500 other films, died Monday in Rome.

Specimens collected from multiple people can be combined into one batch to test for the coronavirus. A negative result would clear all the specimens.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 04:45

Instead of running a coronavirus test on every specimen, a lab can combines multiple samples. If the batch is negative, then everyone is in the clear. A positive leads to a second round of testing.

The historic Thurgood Marshal U.S. Courthouse building, right, in New York City. A judge is assessing a case there after prosecutors admitted missteps, although they said with no malice intended.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 04:05

The government acknowledged problems with sharing evidence with the defense, but prosecutors argue the missteps were inadvertent, not malicious. A judge is assessing the matter.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for Independence Day events Friday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 04:05

Over the holiday weekend, President Trump warned of an attempt to erase American history and values. But other factors are likely to play bigger roles in his reelection effort.

Billy Smith counts rows in the knit structure of a mask to assure specifications for fit and sizing meet company standards.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 04:00

Brothers Billy and Nick Smith have designed a reusable mask that's knit, not sewn. It's seamless, sustainable, and made from polyester, spandex, nylon, and an antimicrobial silver-coated yarn.

It wasn't easy in early March to get a test in the U.S. confirming you had the coronavirus — scarce availability of tests meant patients had to meet strict criteria linked to a narrow set of symptoms and particular travel history.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 04:00

People with COVID-19 symptoms in March and April were often billed for expensive scans and bloodwork because they didn't qualify back then for a confirmatory coronavirus test. Some are crying foul.

Ray Rosetta is a reluctant gunman for the movement. He said he still believes the pen is mightier; he'd rather be writing his poems.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 01:45

Black protesters and Boogaloo boys, both carrying weapons but offering radically different visions of America, assembled in the former capital of the Confederacy over the holiday weekend.

Georgia Tech, pictured in 2016, will be holding some in-person classes in the fall. Faculty are upset that face coverings will not be mandatory.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:46

The University System of Georgia is holding in-person classes this fall, with no masks required. It's an anomaly among top public universities — and it will put people at risk, professors say.

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, seen here in a poster released by U.S. Army investigators, was last seen alive at Fort Hood in April. Her family is demanding answers.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:07

More than two months after Vanessa Guillen was last seen, her remains were identified by Army investigators, a family lawyer said Sunday.

The Seattle campus of the University of Washington, pictured in March, is seeing a growing outbreak of COVID-19 cases among fraternity house residents this summer.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:08

At least 112 fraternity house residents, as well as nine additional students identified as close contacts, have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday.

People visit Jacksonville Beach on Saturday in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Coronavirus cases are spiking in states including Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 16:09

Florida and Texas reported their biggest daily rise in new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past few days as deaths in the U.S. continue to rise.

The death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 sparked protests and tributes in Minneapolis and across the country. All four officers involved were fired and now face criminal charges.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 14:16

With Tou Thao's release on Saturday, three of the four former officers involved in George Floyd's death are free on bond. All face criminal charges, and one remains in custody.


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