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During his remarks to reporters before his departure to Norfolk, Va., President Trump said outside the White House that there was a "possibility that sometime today" there will be a two-week quarantine on parts of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 13:03

The president's comments Saturday came as news to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I don't even know what that means," Cuomo said at a briefing.

After an initial verbal screening, one driver at a time gets a COVID-19 nasal swab test from a garbed health worker at a drive-up station in Daly City, Calif.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 12:12

Even many symptomatic patients and exposed health workers who are able to get a COVID-19 test must wait nearly a week to get results. Others get results in hours. Here's why it varies so much.

Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, seen on Capitol Hill in 2013, has died at the age of 72.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 11:33

The Republican from Oklahoma died Saturday after a fight with prostate cancer. During his time in Congress, Coburn earned a reputation for fighting spending, no matter whom he crossed in the process.

Authorities are setting up a temporary hospital with 1,000 beds at the Jacob K. Javits Center on Friday in New York City. The city is bracing for an overwhelming tide of patients, as its number of confirmed cases continues to rise.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 09:50

The global pandemic hit the milestone overnight, taking a particularly heavy toll on Italy, Spain and the U.S. Its real extent is likely larger — yet still unknown as countries catch up with testing.

The extremely secluded resort island of Wakaya, Fiji, has confirmed at least five cases of COVID-19.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 09:50

As many island nations attempt to keep the coronavirus out, they also risk getting cut off from the outside world their economies depend on.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., at the Capitol on Friday, tried to force a recorded vote on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Massie and other libertarians worry the bill will ruin the United States' creditworthiness.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 09:00

In years to come, how will fiscal conservatives who voted for $2 trillion attack the cost of budget items that will now look like rounding error or "decimal dust"?"

Three of Wells' 3D printers at work in his makeshift office.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 08:00

As coronavirus cases soar globally and medical workers face a dearth of protective gear, citizens are stepping up in unique ways to combat the health crisis.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery gave the benediction during the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:17

Lowery got his start as an activist organizing bus boycotts in 1950s Alabama. He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades and prayed at Barack Obama's first inauguration.

Dr. Kass recently sent all three of her children away, to live with her parents in New Jersey while she treats coronavirus patients.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:17

Some doctors are sending their children to live elsewhere and rearranging their personal lives as they fight the epidemic.

In New York City, 42nd Street stands mostly empty as much of the city is void of cars and pedestrians over fears of spreading the coronavirus.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 07:17

We often think of fatality rates as statistics — numbers on a chart. But each one represents a real person. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on some of those who have been lost so far in the pandemic.

China's national liquor offered bottles of their premium product as a reward to health-care workers who traveled to Wuhan to help fight coronavirus. But there was a catch.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 06:01

A token of appreciation for medical staff who worked in Wuhan when coronavirus was at its peak is getting an icy reception on social media.

Even some of the darkest, wettest parts of the Australian landscape burned during the country's fire season. The incursion of fire into these damp refuges alarms ecologists like Mark Graham.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 06:00

Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.

Gateway to the Americas Bridge connecting Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been nearly empty. On a normal day, about 10,000 people cross from Nuevo Laredo into Laredo. This week, it's barely a trickle.
Sat, 03/28/2020 - 06:00

The coronavirus outbreak led President Trump to close U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico last week. At the southern border, the closure is affecting life on both the U.S. and Mexico sides.

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:45

A federal judge in California wants all minors who were apprehended crossing into the U.S. alone to be released in an orderly fashion. But she refrained from mandating their immediate release.

The closest fans can get to Major League Baseball during the coronavirus hiatus — a statue outside Great American Ball Park yesterday in Cincinnati.
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:33

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating the season.

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