Sun Belt hospitals near capacity; Miami shuts restaurants again
Confirmed cases are on the rise in 41 out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus is increasing in 39 states.
New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online
International students will be forced to leave the United States or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.
US holiday fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases
Johns Hopkins on Sunday counted 45,300 new coronavirus infections reported Saturday in the country after three days in which the daily count reached as high as 54,500 new cases.
Dominican Republic chooses leader amid rising COVID-19 cases
With COVID-19 cases still surging, the Dominican Republic on Sunday held presidential elections that had already been delayed by the pandemic, and polls indicated that a businessman with no previous experience in government was favored to oust a party that has ruled for the past 16 years.
Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms
On an average day, President Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.
England to end quarantine for 50 countries, not US
England will drop its mandatory 14-day quarantine for visitors from more than 50 countries but leave the restrictions in place for travelers coming from the United States, deepening the isolation of America and delivering another rebuke to President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
24 dead in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico, police say
Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven.
NYC delays resumption of indoor dining at restaurants
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that he was delaying the planned resumption of indoor dining at restaurants in the city out of fear it would cause a spike in coronavirus infections.
Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman
A pistol-packing restaurant owner who has expressed support for a far-right conspiracy theory has upset five-term U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton in Colorado’s primary elections.
As a national reckoning over racism and policing grips the nation, white Democrats are far more likely now than they were a few years ago to think police brutality is a serious issue — a dramatic shift in public opinion that some say could shape the November presidential election.
COVID-19 treatment maker to charge hospitals $3,120 per treatment
Gilead Sciences, the maker of the first COVID-19 treatment found to have worked in clinical trials, remdesivir, said Monday it will charge US hospitals $3,120 for the typical patient with private insurance.
California’s alleged Golden State Killer set to plead guilty
Forty years after a sadistic suburban rapist terrorized California in what investigators later realized were a series of linked assaults and slayings, a 74-year-old former police officer is expected to plead guilty Monday to being the elusive Golden State Killer.
Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention
A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in US immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ireland’s Micheal Martin to lead historic govt coalition
Centrist politician Micheal Martin became Ireland’s prime minister Saturday, fusing two longtime rival parties into a coalition four months after an election that upended the status quo.
This day in history
Today is Saturday, June 27, the 179th day of 2020. There are 187 days left in the year.
This day in history
Today is Friday, June 26, the 178th day of 2020. There are 188 days left in the year.
Russia opens polls for vote on extending Putin’s rule
Polls opened in Russia on Thursday for a week-long vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036.
Who hasn’t heard of COVID-19 by now? More than you think.
A half-year into the most momentous pandemic in decades, it’s hard to imagine that anyone, anywhere has not heard of the coronavirus. But scores of migrants arriving in Somalia tell United Nations workers every day that they are unaware of COVID-19.
This day in history
Today is Thursday, June 25, the 177th day of 2020. There are 189 days left in the year.
This day in history
Today is Wednesday, June 24, the 176th day of 2020. There are 190 days left in the year.
This day in history
Today is Tuesday, June 23, the 175th day of 2020. There are 191 days left in the year.
Saudi Arabia to hold ‘very limited’ hajj due to virus
Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that because of the coronavirus only “very limited numbers” of people will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage that traditionally draws around 2 million Muslims from around the world.
Mourners pay respects to Rayshard Brooks at Ebenezer viewing
Mourners filed through Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday for a public viewing of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer came amid growing calls for an end to racial injustice after the death of George Floyd.
Sahara dust blankets Caribbean, air quality hazardous
A vast cloud of Sahara dust is blanketing the Caribbean as it heads to the United States with a size and concentration that specialists say hasn’t been seen in half a century.
3 dead, 6 wounded in shooting at North Carolina block party
Three people were killed and six others were wounded early Monday when multiple people fired into a crowd at an impromptu celebration in North Carolina, police said. Five others were hit by vehicles.
This day in history
Today is Monday, June 22, the 174th day of 2020. There are 192 days left in the year.
WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases
The World Health Organization on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours.
Ruling populists look set to win Serbia vote amid pandemic
Serbia’s ruling populists looked set to tighten their hold on power as polls closed in a parliamentary election held Sunday despite concerns over the spread of coronavirus in the Balkan country and a partial boycott by the opposition.
Navy upholds firing of carrier captain in virus outbreak
In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy’s top officer said Friday.
South’s unification minister resigns as Korean tensions rise
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday accepted the resignation of his point man on North Korea, who had asked to quit after the North destroyed a liaison office while ramping up pressure against Seoul amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.
Honduras president, first lady test positive for COVID-19
Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, the Central American leader said late Tuesday in a television message.
African nations seek scrutiny of US, others over racism
The European Union and some Western nations appealed Tuesday for more time to discuss a resolution drafted for the United Nations’ top human rights body that seeks international scrutiny of systemic racism against people of African descent in response to the recent killings of Black Americans by police.
Biden posts massive $81M cash haul for May
Joe Biden pulled in $81 million for his election effort in the month of May, a massive sum that shows the extent to which Democrats have unified behind the former vice president as he seeks to defeat Republican President Donald Trump.
Accuracy still unknown for many coronavirus tests rushed out
Months into the outbreak, no one really knows how well many of the screening tests work, and specialists at top medical centers say it is time to do the studies to find out.
Family’s dog mauls 6-week-old South Dakota boy
A 6-week-old South Dakota boy was mauled to death by his family’s dog, sheriff’s officials said.
UK scientist: Week earlier lockdown could have halved deaths
A scientist whose modeling helped set Britain’s coronavirus strategy said Wednesday that the country’s death toll in the pandemic could have been cut in half if lockdown had been introduced a week earlier.
Heat, rain, long lines: Georgia election plagued by problems
Voters endured heat, pouring rain and waits as long as five hours on Tuesday to cast ballots in Georgia, demonstrating a fierce desire to participate in the democratic process while raising questions about the emerging battleground state’s ability to manage elections in November when the White House is at stake.
Poll: Pandemic does little to alter US views on health care
Millions of workers lost job-based coverage in the economic shutdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, but a new poll suggests Americans have remarkably little interest in big changes to health care as a result of the pandemic.
Spain begins trial for killings of 5 Jesuits in El Salvador
Spain’s National Court on Monday kicked off the trial of two former Salvadoran military men for their alleged involvement in the massacre of five Spanish priests in El Salvador more than three decades ago.
Antiracism protesters rally around world, topple statue
Thousands of people took to the streets of European cities Sunday to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, with protesters in the English port of Bristol venting their anger at the country’s colonial history by toppling a statue of a 17th-century slave trader.
Virus ebbs in New York; spread continues in Houston, across globe
New York’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is moving faster than expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday, allowing the state to loosen some restrictions on gatherings in houses of worship.
Brazil surpasses Italy in COVID-19 deaths; now third behind US, UK
Brazil reported 1,437 deaths in the previous 24 hours on Thursday, raising the country’s official toll to 34,021 people dead because of the novel coronavirus.
Missing Mexican lawmaker’s body found following abduction
The body of a missing Mexican congresswoman from the western state of Colima has been found in a hidden grave more than a month after armed men abducted her, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Wednesday.
Polls start closing as voters navigate protests, coronavirus
Polls began to close Tuesday night as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises and moved Joe Biden closer to formally clinching the Democratic presidential nomination.
Medical examiner: Floyd’s heart stopped while restrained
A medical examiner on Monday classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and compressed his neck, in a widely seen video that has sparked protests across the nation.
South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears
South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus.
Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control
Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement’s response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway.
Liberal Warsaw mayor injects suspense into presidential vote
Warsaw’s liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski made a late entry in Poland’s presidential election and has quickly emerged as the main challenger to the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda.