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Canada's Trudeau to speak to Trump with spat over masks brewing

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will speak to Donald Trump in the coming days as the U.S. president escalates a battle with allies and 3M Co. over exports of medical equipment and N95 masks.

Trudeau said he wasn't looking to retaliate or limit exports to the U.S. as countries race to secure supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic...Read more

Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus

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SEATTLE -- A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state's Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and...Read more

Gun rights group sues LA over closure of firearms stores during coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- A gun rights group is suing the city of Los Angeles, arguing that an order that shuttered stores that sell firearms during the COVID-19 pandemic is unconstitutional and preempted by state law.

The lawsuit, whose plaintiffs include the California Rifle & Pistol Association and stores selling firearms in the San Fernando Valley, ...Read more

Confusion surrounds Georgia's coronavirus lockdown

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ATLANTA -- You can still play golf.

You can still go to the beach. Or shop for groceries, get takeout from a restaurant, pick up medicine, see a doctor, exercise outdoors, and go to church.

You can even, in many instances, go to work.

So many loopholes reside in Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide shelter-at-home order that many Georgians spent ...Read more

US expands Navy presence in Caribbean. Is military action against Maduro more likely?

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MIAMI -- When President Donald Trump weighed the options earlier last year to address the political and humanitarian consequences of Nicolas Maduro's tight grip on power in Venezuela, he realized his harsh rhetoric against the South American leader was not backed up by a show of force in the region.

That was corrected Wednesday, as Trump, ...Read more

French Embassy condemns 'test in Africa' vaccine comments by doctors

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JOHANNESBURG -- The French Embassy in South Africa on Saturday expressed dismay at comments made by French doctors during a television interview in which they discussed testing a coronavirus vaccine in Africa.

"We are deeply shocked by these comments, that of course, do not reflect the position of the French authorities," the embassy said in a ...Read more

The new coronavirus might spread when people talk, but scientists say masks can help

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MILLBRAE, Calif. -- It's possible that the new coronavirus can spread from person to person simply by talking, or even breathing, according to new guidance from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The limited studies examined by a National Academies committee on emerging infectious diseases suggest that people who are ...Read more

Chesapeake Bay recovery mission resumes for Kennedy Townsend's daughter, grandson

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BALTIMORE -- Maryland Natural Resources Police resumed Saturday an effort to recover former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's missing daughter and grandson, who were last seen struggling in a canoe in the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday.

Townsend said in a statement Friday night that the search had "turned from rescue to recovery."

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Trump says second virus panel with economic focus 'good idea'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said the notion of creating a second White House coronavirus task force to examine how best to reopen the country's economy was a "good idea."

Trump tweeted an endorsement Saturday of a plan offered by Dana Perino, former press secretary to President George W. Bush.

Perino, now a political commentator on ...Read more

Trump, McConnell keep up drive to fill up courts amid outbreak

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WASHINGTON -- The coronavirus crisis hasn't slowed President Donald Trump's drive to stock the federal courts with conservative judges.

Trump this week moved to fill the only two open federal appeals court slots, nominating a pair of outspoken conservatives and drawing new protests from liberal groups.

The latest is Justin Walker, whom Trump ...Read more

Spain's coronavirus patients surpass Italy's, but new cases slow

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Spain's COVID-19 cases have surpassed Italy as Europe's two main epicenters continue to grapple with curtailing the virus. A slower pace of fatalities and new cases though is offering hope that Spain's outbreak may be edging toward a peak.

Confirmed cases increased by 7,026 to 124,736 over the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data, ...Read more

Coral Princess cruise ship, with 2 dead people aboard, has docked at Port Miami

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MIAMI -- Two people have died aboard the Coral Princess cruise ship, which docked in Port Miami Saturday morning.

The captain announced the updates to passengers Saturday morning, said Shannon Kilbane, a passenger from California.

Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corp., confirmed in a statement the ship was headed to ...Read more

Coronavirus scofflaws arrested, criminally charged as California cracks down

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LOS ANGELES -- As California officials try desperately to keep people inside to slow the spread of the coronavirus, authorities are beginning to crack down on scofflaws.

The crackdown has escalated in recent days, with nonessential businesses that refuse to shut down as well as people who defy orders to stay out of the water finding themselves ...Read more

Pakistan to challenge acquittal in 2002 killing of US journalist

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ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani foreign minister said on Saturday that the government will file an appeal against a court decision acquitting the man accused of the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

"It has been decided to file an appeal against the decision in the Supreme Court," Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in...Read more

Coronavirus could leave US with a lasting imprint: Masks as normal part of life

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LOS ANGELES -- Amid the confusion from Washington, D.C., to Sacramento and parts in between, one thing has become abundantly clear in the era of COVID-19: The mask is having a moment.

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising Americans to voluntarily wear a basic cloth or ...Read more

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Trump target, leaps into prominence

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Gretchen Whitmer first gained attention when she ran for governor of Michigan with an unforgettable campaign slogan: "Fix the Damn Roads."

The back-to-basics approach led Whitmer to overwhelmingly claim the seat in 2018, positioning her as a Democratic fresh face capable of winning back the Midwestern voters who abandoned Hillary Clinton two ...Read more

Will New York rebound from the coronavirus pandemic?

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NEW YORK -- The flags at Rockefeller Center fly over a desolate concrete canyon. Photojournalists with long-lens cameras wander through Times Square to capture the solitude on one of the world's busiest thoroughfares. White tents have been erected on the northern section of Central Park to accommodate the overflow of patients from Mount Sinai ...Read more

Trump EPA still hasn't told thousands of Americans about cancer risks from ethylene oxide

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CHICAGO -- Nearly two years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified hot spots of ethylene oxide across the nation, the Trump administration still hasn't told thousands of Americans they face elevated cancer risks from breathing the toxic pollution.

Trump appointees have failed to schedule public meetings or provide information...Read more

At first, most Philly coronavirus patients were white. New cases are now primarily African Americans

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PHILADELPHIA -- When the coronavirus first began spreading in Philadelphia, it primarily was detected among white people, the limited data available to the city indicate. But over time, the demographics shifted, and new cases are predominantly among African Americans, raising fears that existing inequalities in the city will be exacerbated by ...Read more

Trump fires watchdog who raised alarm about whistleblower

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has fired the Intelligence Community inspector general who raised alarm over a whistleblower's complaint that led eventually to Trump's impeachment.

Michael Atkinson alerted Congress about the complaint regarding Trump's demand that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

Atkinson ...Read more