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The Caribbean has reopened and COVID-19 is spreading — but one island is finding success

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After being hit with an "Avoid non-essential travel" warning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because of the coronavirus, the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia recently got some good news: it was moved to the "No Health Warning" list.

"The key here is confidence," St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told the Miami...Read more

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COVID-19 then and now: 6 reasons why death rates are improving

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - The sickest coronavirus patients can live for weeks with a gripping headache, profound nausea, burning lungs, malaise, cough and waves of pain in their bones. They may be tethered to a breathing machine.

But eight months into the pandemic, fewer are dying.

New data reveals that while patients are still being rushed to ...Read more

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Signs of an 'October vaccine surprise' alarm career scientists

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President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it's proved safe and effective.

In podcasts, public ...Read more

Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic

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WASHINGTON - Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.

Cybercriminals had attacked the district's entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to ...Read more

'I found a noose in my bed': Pa. prisoners allege hate acts by elite security teams

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PHILADELPHIA - On July 28, after staff searched their dorm at State Correctional Institution Houtzdale, Aaron Tyson and his cellmates were left to sort through the disordered rubble of their property.

Tyson spotted something unfamiliar peeking out of a pile on his bunk: The frayed end of a string made from a torn sheet. He pulled it free and ...Read more

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Is Kamala Harris the Democrats' secret to stopping Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - If it seemed like the most pivotal point in Kamala Harris' quest to help Democrats win the White House was a looming debate with Vice President Mike Pence, that may all have changed Friday evening.

Now Harris, 55, faces what are almost certainly the most challenging, consequential moments of her political career in the coming...Read more

Rural hospitals teeter on financial cliff as COVID-19 Medicare loans come due

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David Usher is sitting on $1.7 million he's scared to spend.

The money lent from the federal government is meant to help hospitals and other health care providers weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet some hospital administrators have called it a payday loan program that is now, brutally, due for repayment at a time when they still need help.

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Petition for restraining order alleges unlawful use of force by LA Sheriff's Department at protests

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LOS ANGELES - Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit are seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction to limit the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's use of nonlethal force at protests, claiming it has employed rubber bullets, tear gas and other chemical agents indiscriminately against peaceful protestors, journalists and legal ...Read more

Rush Limbaugh urges Republicans to push through court nominee without confirmation hearing

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh wants Republican senators to push through President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee without a confirmation hearing.

The fact-challenged pundit sees no reason to subject the president's pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg - who hasn't yet been buried - ...Read more

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California's COVID-19 positivity rate drops below 3% for the first time

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LOS ANGELES - The share of Californians who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week dipped below 3% for the first time, a sign that the Golden State is finally starting to beat back the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Just 3.1% of Californians who were tested over the last two weeks received a positive result, and that ...Read more

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Arctic sea-ice extent nears a record low, despite growth during a frigid winter

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Despite a growth spurt during quite a cold winter in the far north, Arctic sea ice has fallen to its second-lowest extent in 42 years of satellite observations, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported Monday.

"The year 2020 will stand as an exclamation point on the downward trend in Arctic sea ice extent," said Mark Serreze, the center's...Read more

Colorado's Cameron Peak fire surges after weeks of steady containment

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Cameron Peak fire near Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado, the fifth-largest wildfire in the state's history, grew over the weekend by more than 1,500 acres as winds increased, officials reported Monday.

The fire's size had remained steady for nearly two weeks at 102,596 acres. On Monday, the blaze ...Read more

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Offshore drilling ban will extend to North Carolina, Sen. Tillis says

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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina will be included in the 10-year moratorium on offshore drilling that President Donald Trump originally extended only from Florida to South Carolina, U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said in a news release and video announcement Monday.

News of the moratorium came as welcome news to environmentalists who had criticized Trump ...Read more

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Ginsburg's death will reshape the election; what does it mean for McConnell?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday night altered the national political landscape heading into an already hotly contested November election.

Underneath the public mourning this weekend simmered a litany of political calculations that began as soon as Ginsburg's death was announced. Her death ...Read more

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Will Democrats add seats to the Supreme Court? They'll need Dianne Feinstein's support

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WASHINGTON - California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has not ruled out the possibility of expanding the Supreme Court if Republicans fill the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat before the November election, she said in an interview Monday.

Some Democrats are urging that path if President Donald Trump loses to Joe Biden in November, but ...Read more

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Trump flips, now encourages Michigan residents to vote absentee

DETROIT - In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early.

Trump's latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May, when the president threatened to ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump's profound weakness on national security: Why this former administration official is voting for Joe Biden

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There are as many words for green in the Irish language as reasons President Donald Trump does not deserve a second term. Foremost to me, as an appointee of his administration, are his weak security policies.

Trump voters are patriots who oppose our adversaries and support our military. They might ask whether they made a good-faith mistake four...Read more

Federal prosecutors say police officer helped China spy on Tibetans in NYC

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NEW YORK - An ethnically Tibetan New York City police officer was arrested for spying on local Tibetan communities for the Chinese government, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

Officer Baimadajie Angwang, 33, a community affairs cop with the 111th Precinct in Queens, reported to two Chinese consulate officials in the city since 2014, ...Read more

Trump flips, now encourages Michigan residents to vote absentee

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DETROIT - In an about face on mail-in voting in Michigan, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to encourage voters to request absentee ballots and vote early.

Trump's latest messaging on mail-in voting marks a mercurial swing from May, when the president threatened to withhold funding from Michigan after Democratic Secretary of State ...Read more

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CDC says new guidance on risk of coronavirus aerosols was posted by mistake

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New federal guidelines that acknowledged the role of aerosols in the spread of COVID-19 were removed Monday from the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said they had been posted by mistake.

The updated information about coronavirus-laden aerosols, which came to the attention of independent scientists on Sunday, was...Read more