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A shuttered polling place in Columbus, Ohio on March 17. Hours before polls were set to open, Gov. Mike DeWine called off in-person voting due to the coronavirus outbreak and is attempting to reschedule the election for June.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 05:50

There is growing interest in expanding voting by mail, at least for the remainder of 2020, in order to keep pollworkers and voters safe. But there are many challenges to pulling it off.

Jason Furman, a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, has proposed a coronavirus stimulus package of $1,000 for most American adults, plus $500 for each of their kids.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 05:30

The economic case for giving away hundreds of billions of dollars.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, pauses to speak to media on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Romney is among the officials who criticized the flouting of airport guidelines for greeting returning missionaries.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:08

The tougher restrictions were announced after criticism from officials, including Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, following scenes over the weekend of friends and family thronging an airport parking lot.

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:07

A videographer spent two decades documenting the the salvage of the Queen Anne's Revenge, and when North Carolina put his work on line without permission, he sued.

Clean energy advocates say economic disruption over the Covid-19 pandemic threatens tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment in wind and solar. Above, wind turbines in Warsaw, N.Y.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:00

Clean energy groups have their own wish list for the massive coronavirus stimulus bill. They say the country's ability to tackle climate change is at stake.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during his daily news conference Friday. He's gained accolades from some critics for his response to the coronavirus crisis.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:00

Cuomo is known as a "take-no-prisoners kind of guy." He's been getting praise even from some critics for his daily briefings and decisive actions as New York becomes the hardest hit state in the U.S.

A pedestrian carries two packages of toilet paper as she walks along Market Street in San Francisco earlier this month.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 04:00

"Do not believe the disinformation campaigns," Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted. "Please do not pass it along. Use trusted local and federal government sources."

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 03:25

The couple ingested chloroquine phosphate, a chemical used to treat malaria that has been touted in recent days by President Trump as a possible "game changer" against COVID-19.

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 20:55

Arcade has put out hardcover and e-book editions of the memoir. It had been dropped earlier by Hachette Publishing after company employees, along with author and Allen's son Ronan Farrow, protested.

An empty polling place in Milwaukee last month, during a state and local primary election. Wisconsin is pushing forward with its April 7 election despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 20:32

Many other states have delayed elections but Wisconsin leaders are sticking with the date. In part, it's because local and state offices are also on the ballot.

President Trump turns away from Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, as she says she had a low-grade fever over the weekend and was tested for coronavirus.
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:49

Dr. Deborah Birx said she had a "low-grade fever" Saturday and tested negative for coronavirus. But her symptoms don't line up with what the government is advising for who should get a test.

A nurse holds swabs and a test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:18

A lack of testing has been a big problem when it comes to the novel coronavirus. Vice President Pence says people will soon be able to self swab. There are pros and cons to that.

President Trump speaks about the coronavirus from the White House briefing room Monday.
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 18:51

President Trump says 50,000 could die from the flu. So far, the Centers for Disease Control says it's 23,000 this season. But, regardless, you can't really compare the flu to coronavirus.

Nurses check registration lists before testing patients for coronavirus at the University of Washington Medical Center on March 13 in Seattle.
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 18:33

People with disabilities are asking the federal government to stop state and hospital policies that they fear will ration care in favor of younger and healthier people.

The Mercy, a Navy hospital ship, departs San Diego Monday en route to Los Angeles to help free up local hospitals to deal with coronavirus cases.
Mon, 03/23/2020 - 18:20

The hospital ship, designed to treat war casualties, has left port in San Diego for Los Angeles. Its mission: treating patients who do not have COVID-19 to free up hospital beds.

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