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Tue, 08/04/2020 - 05:04

Two-thirds of Americans believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other nations, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds. Majorities support more aggressive measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, pictured in 2016, says his mother "found" the American dream. She died of COVID-19 in July.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 05:04

Garcia's mother, Gaby O'Donnell, was a medical assistant for decades. Discussions about her experience in health care influenced Garcia's approach to mitigating the coronavirus in Long Beach, he says.

A mid-April sign in Philadelphia reminds passersby that current social distancing measures are for their own good.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 05:00

Public officials continue to send mixed messages about the pandemic: We're open for business, but also, stay home if you can. Without clear guidance, people feel confused or stop trying to be safe.

Felix Zeltner lives with his wife, Christina Horsten, and their daughter, Emma, in Long Island City, N.Y. Visiting his native Germany this summer, he was struck by the differences in how the coronavirus has been handled.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 04:00

Germany has flattened its curve, and unemployment has barely budged. Some Germans living in the U.S. are mystified by how politicized the pandemic has become here.

Some Washington Republicans worry that Kris Kobach, a polarizing conservative who lost a race for governor last year, would become the GOP's Senate candidate and lose in the general election.
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 04:00

Some Republicans worry that Kris Kobach, a polarizing conservative who lost the Kansas governor's race in 2018, would put a solid GOP Senate seat in jeopardy along with their Senate majority.

U.S. Census Bureau worker Jennifer Pope wears a face covering at a walk-up counting site in Greenville, Texas, on July 31. The bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month shorter than previously announced, the bureau's director confirmed Monday.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 20:07

Under pressure to meet legal deadlines Congress has not changed despite pandemic-related delays, the Census Bureau announced a new end date after NPR reported that door knocking will be cut short.

LouAnn Woodward, who leads the University of Mississippi Medical Center, supports a statewide mask mandate. But she says state leaders are "in a pickle," based on medical advice against popular opposition.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:53

"We need to do something different," says Dr. LouAnn Woodward, who leads the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She says the state needs a mask mandate, but knows many people won't comply.

The expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen is moored at a quay in Tromso, Norway, on Saturday. At least 36 crew members from the ship have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:20

Health officials worry the ship may have spread the coronavirus along Norway's coastline, according to reports.

Harvey Milk's name appears among engraved names during a World AIDS Day commemoration event in 2015 at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco. More than 700,000 people have died from AIDS in the U.S.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 17:07

The coronavirus pandemic feels eerily familiar to people who faced the AIDS crisis. It triggers memories of confusion over how the disease is transmitted and huge numbers of people dying quickly.

Tianna Spears joined the State Department in 2018, looking forward to the promise of a fulfilling career. She left after less than two years, and is one of a growing number to speak out recently about the special challenges faced by minority foreign service officers.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:46

Former diplomat Tianna Spears says she was pulled aside 20-plus times crossing from Mexico into the U.S. "One time, I was told not to look at the officer in the eyes when I spoke to him," she says.

Mourners hold 23 crosses Monday in front of a Walmart honoring those killed in the 2019 attack in El Paso, Texas.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:36

Some mourners from Mexico reportedly have been unable to visit the city because of border restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hurricane Isaias made landfall in North Carolina, near the border with South Carolina, Monday night. Pictured is North Myrtle Beach, S.C., as bands of wind and rain hit the coast.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:32

The National Hurricane Center says the storm's eye came ashore near Ocean Isle Beach. It's expected to linger in North Carolina, traveling inland before swirling up the Mid-Atlantic coast.

An Israeli company is selling airline meals as many flights remain grounded.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 15:18

"Chicken or beef?" A leading Israeli airline food company, which is struggling with most flights grounded, is selling its meals to the public as a low-cost delivery option during the pandemic.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that while some COVID-19 vaccine candidates have progressed to phase three testing, the world must remain reliant on "the basics" of disease control. Tedros is seen here last month in Geneva.
Mon, 08/03/2020 - 14:18

Vaccine candidates are in advanced clinical trials, and WHO's director-general expresses hope they will be effective. But until then, he said, the world is reliant on "the basics" of disease control.

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 13:04

More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines democracy.

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