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Health care workers protest hospital understaffing and insufficient personal protective equipment last week outside Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:38

"If that rule had gone into effect, then every hospital, every nursing home would essentially have to have a plan," said David Michaels, former Occupational Safety and Health Administration chief.

Video of Amy Cooper calling the police Monday on a man has gone viral on social media. The man says he asked Cooper to put her dog on a leash in New York's Central Park.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:28

A black man says he asked a white woman in Central Park to put her dog on a leash. His video, which has gone viral, shows her telling emergency operators that the man is threatening her and her dog.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is prepared for its first crewed launch from American soil. It arrived at the launch site on Feb. 13.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 12:15

NASA and SpaceX plan to launch astronauts to the International Space Station on Wednesday. It'll be the first time a new kind of spacecraft has launched astronauts into orbit since the space shuttle.

Six Flags is preparing to reopen its Frontier City theme park in Oklahoma City on June 5, requiring visitors and staff to wear face masks.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:08

Six Flags says it will use thermal imaging to screen temperatures of guests and employees before they can enter.

Video artist Robin Bell projected the words "Covid Memorial," onto the brick wall of a Subway sandwich shop in Washington, D.C. Below them scrolled a slideshow of faces of COVID-19 victims, along with messages their loved ones had posted on social media.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:42

Since it's impossible to hold mass public gatherings to mourn those who have died of COVID-19, people are creating new ways to memorialize the dead.

Traders wear masks as they work in their posts at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the first day of in-person trading since the exchange closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:20

Traders are wearing masks and must undergo a health screening before entering the New York Stock Exchange, which shifted to electronic trading in March because of COVID-19.

Workers prepare takeout orders May 1 in Houston. For more than two out of three unemployed workers, jobless benefits exceed their old pay, researchers say. That discrepancy can raise awkward questions for workers, bosses and policymakers.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:14

For more than two out of three unemployed workers, jobless benefits exceed their old pay, researchers say. That can raise awkward questions for workers, bosses and policymakers.

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 05:34

Evidence points to wildlife as the starting point. But it could take years to pinpoint the source.

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 05:21

With state income and sales tax revenues crashing, one expert predicts, "We're about to see a school funding crisis unlike anything we have ever seen in modern history."

A voter registration volunteer in Philadelphia in 2018. New registrations had surged going into 2020 but have dropped off dramatically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:43

Most places where Americans usually register to vote have been closed since March. It's led to a big drop in new registrations right before an election that was expected to see record turnout.

With months to go until the 2020 election, the presidential transition process is already underway.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:01

In recent years, Congress has approved laws formalizing the transition process and ensuring there is buy-in from the two major candidates, even at this stage of the campaign.

On Tuesday, April 28 demonstrators outside Westville Correctional Facility protested conditions in the facility.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:00

Prisoners and their relatives have contradicted state officials about the conditions and medical care inside Indiana prisons. Some say didn't learn an imprisoned relative had COVID-19 until he died.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says places of worship can resume in-person services pending county approval. Attendance will be limited to fewer than 100 or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 01:44

The new guidelines stipulate religious centers must limit attendance to 100 people or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower. They also recommend against singing and group recitation.

People enjoy the spring weather as they sit at a restaurant in Stockholm on April 15 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 17:29

Sweden's controversial strategy has become a rallying cry of anti-lockdown protesters in the U.S. But not even the official behind the country's coronavirus approach is sure it was the right call.

A pharmacy tech pours out pills of hydroxychloroquine May 20 at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20, 2020. After a study found COVID-19 patients using the drug were dying at higher rates, the World Health Organization announced it would suspend its clinical trial.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:36

The WHO cited a scientific study published last week suggesting that proposed COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroqine may do more harm than good in halting its study to review data.

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