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Rural areas send their sickest patients to cities, straining hospitals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID-19 patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she's often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout food.

"No one in the entire ...Read more

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Need a COVID-19 nurse? That'll be $8,000 a week

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DENVER — In March, Claire Tripeny was watching her dream job fall apart. She'd been working as an intensive care nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado, and loved it, despite the mediocre pay typical for the region. But when COVID-19 hit, that calculation changed.

She remembers her employers telling her and her colleagues to "...Read more

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Trump is losing Twitter followers every day after losing the election

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What's the sound of a lame duck tweeting?

Weeks after losing the election, President Donald Trump is now losing Twitter followers by the day, according to Newsweek.

More than 46,000 of the president's former disciples have reportedly stopped receiving his tweets since Sunday. The president still has nearly 89 million followers, but lost 10,000...Read more

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In fight with COVID-19, LA County faces 'most alarming metrics we've ever seen'

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County is facing its most harrowing coronavirus numbers ever as the pandemic continues its record-shattering rampage through California and officials weigh further restrictions on activities and social gatherings.

Daily infections in the county have quadrupled and daily deaths have tripled in a matter of weeks, a ...Read more

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NC closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID-19 cases spike

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Three state prisons have been closed, with hundreds of inmates being transferred to other facilities across the state, as COVID-19 continues to spike within the prison system.

Inmates at Randolph Correctional Center in Randolph County, the minimum custody unit at Southern Correctional Institution in Montgomery County and the ...Read more

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Rare whale — first calf of season — found on Outer Banks may have died during birth

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A rare whale found stranded on North Carolina's Outer Banks last week was the first known calf of the season and likely died during or shortly after birth, experts say.

The North Atlantic right whale — one of the rarest marine mammals in the world — was found Friday on the North Core Banks, according to a news release from...Read more

'Do they just not care?' Miami immigrants troubled by surge of Latino support for Trump

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MIAMI — Unable to vote because of her immigration status, Maria Elena Hernandez, a Nicaraguan janitorial worker with temporary protected status (TPS), found other ways to engage with the 2020 election.

Along with fellow members of her union, a local chapter of Service Employees International, Hernandez spent the days leading up to Nov. 3 ...Read more

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Trump is losing Twitter followers every day after losing the election

What's the sound of a lame duck tweeting?

Weeks after losing the election, President Donald Trump is now losing Twitter followers by the day, according to Newsweek.

More than 46,000 of the president's former disciples have reportedly stopped receiving his tweets since ...Read more

Texas posts another new coronavirus case record as surge intensifies ahead of Thanksgiving

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AUSTIN, Texas — One day ahead of Thanksgiving, Texas has set another daily record for new coronavirus infections Wednesday, with health officials reporting 14,648 new cases.

This marks the second day in a row that the state has set a new high for the number of cases reported in a single day. On Tuesday, there were 13,998 new infections ...Read more

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Under Trump, hundreds of small changes in immigration rules have had a huge impact

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PHILADELPHIA — Immigration lawyers call it the "no-blank-space policy."

In 2019, the Trump administration imposed a rule requiring immigrants seeking asylum or other humanitarian relief to fill in every space on the application, even if the question doesn't apply to them. If they leave one spot empty — say, they don't write down a middle ...Read more

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Bid to sue Jeffrey Epstein estate for racketeering gains ground

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MIAMI — A federal judge on Wednesday handed a partial victory to the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, who is pursuing a civil racketeering complaint against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, partially granting her access to an ongoing civil lawsuit that involves the disgraced financier and close associates.

Attorney General Denise ...Read more

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Florida Supreme Court won't reinstate death penalty for killers once sentenced to execution

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MIAMI — The Florida Supreme Court won't be returning dozens of convicted murderers to death row.

In two decisions on Wednesday that clarified months of confusion, justices said they did not have the legal authority to reinstate the death penalty for the killers who had previously been on death row, but had sentences tossed out because of ...Read more

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Minneapolis police restrict use of 'no-knock' search and arrest warrants

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police officers will face restrictions on entering a person's home unannounced under a new policy banning most "no-knock" search warrants, the latest attempt by city leaders to reform police practices in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

The change would, for the first time, establish clear expectations for MPD ...Read more

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Trump administration denies permit for giant mine in Southwest Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration on Wednesday rejected a permit for the controversial Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska.

The decision brings to an end — for now at least — the long-sought, roller-coaster effort to build the giant project near the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery.

The U.S. Army Corps ...Read more

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COVID-19 tracking apps are launching across the country, but not in Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. — At least 20 states have or are developing apps that help users track the spread of the coronavirus and warn them if they've been near someone who has tested positive for highly contagious COVID-19.

Florida is not one of them and likely won't be.

As the Google-Apple technology takes hold across the U.S., several Florida mayors...Read more

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Virus cases, hospitalizations exploding as California records highest daily death toll in a month

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — California has recorded more new cases of COVID-19 in the past 48 hours than any other two-day period of the pandemic, after another day of widespread infections detected across the state.

On Tuesday, county health departments combined to report 16,730 new cases of the virus — more than any other day prior to Monday, when...Read more

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Florida adds 8,376 coronavirus cases and reports nearly 100 deaths

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MIAMI — Florida's Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 8,376 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's known total to 961,676. Also, 97 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident toll to 18,254.

Two new non-resident deaths were also announced, bringing the non-resident toll to 228, according to Florida's COVID-...Read more

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Minnesota reports record-tying 72 COVID-19 deaths, 6,399 new infections

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MINNEAPOLIS — The known toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota has reached 289,303 infections and 3,375 deaths — including 6,399 infections and a record-tying 72 deaths reported Wednesday — but new estimates suggest broader spread of the infectious disease.

Roughly 15% of Minnesotans — about 846,000 people — have likely been ...Read more

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Some interfaith marriages will be illegal in India's most populous state

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India's most populous state has vowed to fight what it calls "love jihad" and has declared interfaith marriages illegal if the purpose is the religious conversion of the woman, in the latest move that could potentially further divide the South Asian nation along religious lines.

States led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist ...Read more

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Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued a full pardon Wednesday to Michael Flynn, his first national security adviser, rewarding a loyalist who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia investigation.

Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, was the only White House official charged by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III ...Read more