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90-year-old whose Italian name means lucky survives virus
Anna Fortunato, a 90-year-old survivor of COVID-19, has a message for the rest of us:

Do not be afraid. Do not despair.

“Keep on fighting, have that positive attitude, and pray,” she says. “And get out of bed. Don’t stay in bed all the time. ... And I want to say to them, ‘If I did it, you can do it.”’

Tuesday, April 7, 2020


New York City virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping the toll for 9/11
New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, health officials said Tuesday. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lay in intensive care with the virus.

At least 3,202 people have died in New York from COVID-19, according to the count released by the city. The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A glimmer of hope: Latest statistical models show fewer deaths thru summer
A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. - a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators.

The only problem with this bit of relatively good news? It’s almost certainly wrong. All models are wrong. Some are just less wrong than others - and those are the ones that public health officials rely on.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

What to do when you realize you can't pay your bills
The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could be profound. Many people are already losing jobs, with unemployment jumping at a record pace. Even those who stay employed may face reduced hours or uncertainty about how long their paychecks will continue.

If you’re in a situation where you can’t pay all your bills, or likely to be there soon, you may have some options to limit the damage to your finances.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

What you need to know about getting your government stimulus check
The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few weeks.

The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue package signed into law last week by President Donald Trump aimed at combating the economic ravages of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Household stressors piling up? Eight ways to switch up the new at-home normal
As COVID-19 sparks closures, cancellations and stay-at-home orders, household stressors are piling up. On top of health concerns, lost incomes and lack of child care amid the pandemic, there’s also coping with isolation, whether individually or as a couple or family.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

What actually does 'recovered from coronavirus' really mean?
The coronavirus is certainly scary, but despite the constant reporting on total cases and a climbing death toll, the reality is that the vast majority of people who come down with COVID-19 survive it. Just as the number of cases grows, so does another number: those who have recovered.

In mid-March, the number of patients in the U.S. who had officially recovered from the virus was close to zero. That number is now in the tens of thousands and is climbing every day. But recovering from COVID-19 is more complicated than simply feeling better. Recovery involves biology, epidemiology and a little bit of bureaucracy too.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In a first, US slaps sanctions on Russian white supremacists
The Trump administration on Monday designated a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization and hit its members with sanctions.

The move against the Russian Imperial Movement is the first time a white supremacist group has been named a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” group and comes amid doubts the administration believes extremist organizations of that type merit such sanctions. It was not immediately clear what the practical impact will be as the group is relatively small and does not have major international reach.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Debate heats up over anti-malaria drug
President Donald Trump and members of his administration are growing emphatic in promoting an anti-malaria drug not yet officially approved for fighting COVID-19, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against the virus.
Monday, April 6, 2020

Pandemic, border crackdown hamper Catholics' aid to migrants
For years, Catholic-led, U-S.-based nonprofits have been at the forefront of efforts to support migrants and asylum seekers along the Mexican border. Tough new border policies, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have drastically changed their work, much of which now takes place in Mexico.
Monday, April 6, 2020

Austrian, Czech officials plan to ease some virus measures
Austria and the Czech Republic said Monday they plan to relax some restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus starting after Easter, getting ahead of their European counterparts as they announced proposals that would begin a slow return to normal life.
Monday, April 6, 2020

Teen arrested in fatal shooting of Wisconsin doctor, husband
A University of Wisconsin physician and her husband whose bodies were found at the school’s arboretum near the Madison campus were shot to death, and a second teenage suspect in the killings has been arrested, police said.

Police said Saturday that they arrested Ali’jah Larrue, 18, on Friday night. Larrue was booked into jail on two counts of party to the crime of first-degree intentional homicide.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Sidewalk notes bring smiles to hospital staff during virus
The messenger is anonymous - but the messages are heartfelt, and appreciated.

In recent days, workers at New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center who take the familiar stroll from the parking lot to the main entrance have been greeted with expressions of gratitude from an unnamed artist, sketched out on the sidewalk.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Keep your car clean or have it cleaned professionally to reduce virus risk
(EDMUNDS via AP) — The spread of the novel coronavirus, and its associated COVID-19 disease, is made worse because it is highly contagious. Since vehicle interiors are essentially small contained spaces, it is important to take steps to reduce the risk of contracting the virus while driving or riding inside.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

The world seemed small and accessible. No more.
WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in years, we’ve put our suitcases away. Flights have been canceled. The shared Google calendar where we tracked each other’s travel schedules is empty for the foreseeable future.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Virus: Relgious freedom is challenged
NEW YORK (AP) - Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some faith leaders have persisted in holding in-person services — a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Disaster feared if sick move to homes
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A California directive that could open the way for some patients sickened with COVID-19 to be sent from overburdened hospitals to nursing homes is being criticized by industry officials who fear vulnerable, elderly residents would be placed at risk.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Missouri long-term care facilities hit hard
ST. LOUIS (AP) — At least 27 long-term care facilities in Missouri have at least one resident or employee who has tested positive for the coronavirus but getting more information is a challenge.
Saturday, April 4, 2020

'Re-Wilding' your lawn takes work, especially at first
(AP) — “Re-wilding” is the trend toward diversifying traditional lawns by putting in native plants that flower and fruit, boosting wildlife populations. It returns more control of the home landscape to nature.
Friday, April 3, 2020

Good for the soul: Gardening at home with a basic set-up during pandemic
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP)  Soil, water, nutrients, sunlight and seeds are the basic items one person needs to grow food from scratch in the comfort of their own home.
Friday, April 3, 2020

Espalier: How to train plants for tracery of branches
(AP) Espalier is a way of training and pruning plants so their branches lie in an orderly and ornamental two-dimensional form. The beauty comes from the tracery of the branches. Espalier is a way to create a living border in a garden, or decorate a fence or wall.
Friday, April 3, 2020

In chaotic times, the garden has become a getaway for the mind
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Dig. Plant. Breathe.

As spring’s arrival in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with government stay-at-home orders, the itch to get outside has turned backyard gardens into a getaway for the mind in chaotic times.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Staying home is most important action
SPRINGFIELD — The COVID-19 death toll grew by 16, to 157, and the confirmed cases grew to 7,695, an increase of 715 from one day ago..
Friday, April 3, 2020

Fauci: The better part of valor is to wear a mask when you're out
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the president defends his response to the crisis.
Friday, April 3, 2020

Just when Americans need them most, local newspapers face their own virus crisis
NEW YORK (AP) - Just when Americans need it most, a U.S. newspaper industry already under stress is facing an unprecedented new challenge.
Friday, April 3, 2020

Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday from pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Why health experts aren't warning about Coronavirus in food
NEW YORK (AP) - Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus?
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Biz: Bankruptcies, layoffs, quiet skys, empty rails
(AP) — The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Thursday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Nursing home infections and deaths surge
(AP) — Nursing homes across the country have been in lockdown for weeks under federal orders to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but a wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Today's numbers for job losses blow estimate away
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week - doubling a record high set just one week earlier - a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

More evidence emerging that coronavirus being spread by healthy-looking people
NEW YORK (AP) - More evidence is emerging that coronavirus infections are being spread by people who have no clear symptoms, complicating efforts to gain control of the pandemic.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

On The Air: Sirius XM launchs new channel featuring women comedians
NEW YORK (AP) - The midst of a global pandemic might seem like an odd time to launch a radio channel devoted to women comedians, but executives at SiriusXM believe that it’s precisely the right time.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

People are snitching on businesses and neighbors to enforce shutdowns
OAK PARK, Illinois (AP) - One Tulsa, Oklahoma, bar owner said more than a dozen motorcyclists showed up unannounced, but he served them a round of shots anyway to celebrate a birthday. Another live-streamed a drag queen show on Facebook while up to 20 people drank inside the locked bar, ignoring police when they knocked on the door.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

What to do when coronavirus delays your wedding
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Couples are often told to prepare for anything when it comes to their wedding, but a global pandemic isn’t typically something to consider.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government for help
NEW YORK (AP) - Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Coronavirus: If you're not sick, should you wear a mask in public
WASHINGTON (AP) - If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a shortage of masks, the U.S. is sticking with that advice but Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested people who are worried wear a scarf.
Thursday, April 2, 2020

Brace for hell of a bad 2 weeks
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The gimmick-free 'America's Test Kitchen' hits season 20, tune in. . .
LOS ANGELES (AP) - There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There’s an upcoming digital series in which blindfolded chefs get smacked in the face with a dish and compete to identify and make it.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Social Security benefits will be paid on time
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

US Navy aircraft carrier facing growing outbreak
WASHINGTON (AP) - The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

US virus death toll surpasses that of China
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 today, eclipsing China’s official count, as New York’s mammoth convention center started taking patients to ease the burden on the city’s overwhelmed health system and the tennis center where the U.S. Open is held was being turned into a hospital.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Gray hair and don't care: Beloved trips to salons, barbershops on hold
NEW YORK (AP) - Sister love playing out in a living-room hair trim. A botched home dye job with a silver lining. Stylists shipping out kits of personalized color with promises to talk their regulars through the process via FaceTime.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Don't do it: Don't give your adult kids your house
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Adding an adult child to your house deed, or giving them the home outright, might seem like a smart thing to do. It usually isn’t.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

How older women are reinventing the road ahead
(AP) — With books like “Where the Girls Are“ and “The Mommy Myth,” Susan J. Douglas has devoted her career to making crucial observations on feminism and the lives of women. Now she’s back with “In Our Prime: How Older Women Are Reinventing the Road Ahead.“
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Grandparenting goes digital all over the world as virus keeps older adults home
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A few weeks ago, Debbie Cameron saw her grandsons most days, playing the piano, making after-school snacks or singing nursery rhymes with the baby in her Chandler, Arizona, home.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Hay fever or virus? For allergy sufferers, this is a season of worry
HAMBURG, Pa. (AP)  The spring breezes of 2020 are carrying more than just tree pollen. There's a whiff of paranoia in the air.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Trump invokes Defense Production Act but GM says it's already moving fast
Twelve days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals and governors pleaded for more in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

But President Donald Trump, claiming the company wasn’t moving fast enough, on Friday invoked the Defense Production Act, which gives the government broad authority to direct companies to meet national defense needs.

Monday, March 30, 2020

How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat
A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could save their lives. But who gets one when there aren’t enough to go around?

Health care workers are dreading the prospect of such dire scenarios as U.S. hospitals brace for a looming surge in patients who need breathing machines and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply.

Monday, March 30, 2020

How to prepare for and spend your government coronavirus relief check
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives and finances of millions. A federal relief package aiming to provide payments to distressed consumers passed Friday — but that money is not likely to land for a number of weeks.

While you’ll have to wait for whatever money you might be eligible for, now is the time to prep your finances and plan. The best use of this money depends on your individual circumstances. Here’s how to think it through.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Texas man jailed for online threats against Nancy Pelosi
— A Texas man faces federal charges after he made online posts threatening Democrats, including U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, authorities said.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa
Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dr. Birx is Trump's data-whisperer
For many in the public health and political worlds, Dr. Deborah Birx is the sober scientist advising an unpredictable president. She’s the data whisperer who will help steer President Donald Trump as he ponders how quickly to restart an economy that’s ground to a halt in the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? There's no consensus
In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren’t essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on gun sales.
Friday, March 27, 2020

Experts ponder how NY outbreak got so bad
How did the coronavirus outbreak get so bad in New York?

It’s likely a combination of its size, how crowded it is, its international popularity and other factors.

New York accounted for roughly half the U.S. cases, as of Wednesday. Federal officials say the rate of people being sickened is four to five times greater in New York than other parts of the country.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Powell said Fed will provide nearly unlimited lending
Jerome Powell says the Federal Reserve would provide essentially unlimited lending to support the economy as long as it is damaged by the viral outbreak.

In an interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, the Fed chair said the bank’s efforts are focused on helping the economy recover quickly once the threat from the virus has passed.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

3.3 million seeking unemployment, nearly 5 times earlier high
Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of the damage the viral outbreak is inflicting on the economy. Filings for unemployment aid generally reflect the pace of layoffs.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Highlights of new economic stimulus bill
Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th) of Taylorville, has released information on the just passed Economic Stimulus Bill Congress has passed. The entire package is part of the three-phase program designed to stimulate the U. S. economy during the continuation of the COVID-19 virus emergency. Below are the highlights, beginning with Phase 3, which was passed by the U. S. Senate yesterday:
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Experts fear a spike in 'explosive' domestic violence due to confinement
“Safer at Home.” It’s a slogan of choice for the mandatory confinement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But it’s not true for everyone.

As the world’s families hunker down, there’s another danger, less obvious but just as insidious, that worries advocates and officials: a potential spike in domestic violence as victims spend day and night trapped at home with their abusers, with tensions rising, nowhere to escape, limited or no access to friends or relatives — and no idea when it will end.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Big help on the way quickly
The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early today on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

As virus pandemic spreads across the globe, so too do crimes related to it
Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. Con artists peddle fake cures and financial scams.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Potential coronavirus treatment is granted rare disease status
The pharmaceutical giant that makes a promising coronavirus drug has registered it as a rare disease treatment with U.S. regulators, a status that can potentially be worth millions in tax breaks and competition-free sales.

What that specialty status will actually mean for the marketing or profitability of Gilead Science’s experimental drug remdesivir isn’t clear. The drugmaker did not immediately respond Tuesday to requests for comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Primary purgatory with no 12th Democratic debate on the horizon at all
There is no 12th Democratic presidential debate on the horizon now that the nominating process is in a holding pattern due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the Democratic National Committee’s lead debate organizers, Xochitl Hinojosa, said the party has not set a date or secured a television broadcasting partner for what would be the final encounter of the dozen that DNC Chairman Tom Perez promised at the campaign’s outset.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Virus causes surge in WWII references
In the first week of June 2019, World War II was on many people's minds.

It was the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a week filled with events honoring the sacrifice and blood of tens of thousands of Allied soldiers that was spilled on the French beaches. Leaders from the United States, Britain, Canada, France — and then-foe and now ally Germany — gathered in a rare show of unity in Normandy, where the tide of the war was so decisively turned.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

No new COVID-19 cases in country reported
Today’s COVID-19 update released by the Christian-Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency lists no new positive test results for Christian County.

According to the COVID-19 update released today:

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Economic bailout agreement close
Congressional and White House officials said today a deal appears to be at hand to provide sweeping aid to businesses and workers facing ruin from the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Happy hour's not so happy at 'Disney for Adults'
Up until a few days ago, residents of The Villages retirement community went about their busy lives filled with spirited happy hours and incessant socializing at what some dub “Disney World for adults."

There were the hundreds of clubs to attend — French lessons, Carolina shag dancing, light-saber fencing — pickleball tournaments to play and Pilates classes to take at this Republican stronghold built on former cow pastures in central Florida.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Loss of smell, taste might signal pandemic virus infection
A loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the pandemic virus, say medical experts who cite reports from several countries.

It might even serve as a useful screening tool, they say.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Supreme Court last chance for Trump to block Twitter critics
President Donald Trump will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court if he wants to block critics from his personal Twitter account.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected by a 7-2 vote his lawyers’ request for all of the court’s active judges to conduct a rare hearing to reconsider a 2nd Circuit panel’s finding that Trump cannot block critics.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Fed to buy unlimited government debt
In its boldest effort to protect the U.S. economy from the coronavirus, the Federal Reserve says it will buy as much government debt as it deems necessary and will also begin lending to small and large businesses and local governments to help them weather the crisis.

The Fed’s announcement Monday  removes any dollar limits from its plans to support the flow of credit through an economy that has been ravaged by the viral outbreak. The central bank’s all-out effort has now gone beyond even the extraordinary drive it made to rescue the economy from the 2008 financial crisis.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Pompeo leaves Kabul, no word on political power sharing deal
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Afghanistan on Monday without saying whether he was able to broker an agreement between the country’s squabbling political leaders.

Pompeo was in Kabul on an urgent visit to try to move forward a U.S. peace deal signed last month with the Taliban. He’d traveled thousands of miles despite a near-global travel shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when world leaders and statesmen are curtailing official travel.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Amid virus, humble toilet paper is suddenly a hot commodity
There’s no denying Tissue Plus is on a roll.

As luck would have it, the company launched production of toilet paper a couple of weeks ago — just as the reality of the coronavirus outbreak was starting to hit the U.S. Consumers began stocking up on the basic necessity in the event they had to isolate or quarantine at home for weeks.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Fitness enthusiasts think outside the gym during coronavirus
Steve LaTart in Minnesota is thinking of installing a space heater in his basement to recreate the atmosphere of his hot yoga classes now that his gym has closed due to coronavirus fears.

LaTart’s says it’s part of the “new, weird, strange workout plan“ he has devised during a nationwide trend of self-isolation and social distancing as the government recommends limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Country superstar Kenny Rogers dies at age 81
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Historian Niall Ferguson warned of contagion
NEW YORK (AP) — Historian Niall Ferguson has a knack for timing his TV projects.

He debuted his examination of the global financial system in “The Ascent of Money” just as the 2008 economic crisis was hitting. Now he has returned with a series that helps us better understand the conronaviris.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The drive-in, relic of yesterday, suited for today
NEW YORK (AP) — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Why having old tires on your car is risky
(EDMUNDS via AP) ‚ Tires are of vital importance since they are the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the road. Yet motorists often neglect their condition and age, and the results can be catastrophic. In its most recently available information, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 738 people died in 2017 from tire-related crashes.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Home internet jammed up? Try this
(AP) — With so much of the U.S. workforce — and their families — now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

You Don't Have To Stay In A Bad Relationship With Your Credit Card
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Loyalty is often a good thing, but not in a relationship with your credit card. It’s often better to be like the “distracted boyfriend” from the internet meme and use your wandering eye to see if you can do better.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Amid pandemic, coal industry seeks tax breaks
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The lobbying arm of the U.S. coal industry is asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in royalty relief, tax cuts and other breaks to help companies ride out the financial crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

USDA Rural Development now on remote status
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deputy Under Secretary Bette Brand announced today that USDA Rural Development is implementing enterprise-wide remote operational status effective immediately. Rural Development leadership and managers will continue to provide excellent customer service while following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) direction for social distancing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Kentucky family caring for rare quintuplet lambs

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP)  Chuck and Anne Hagan never imagined they would be caring for quintuplets.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Landscape architects shift emphasis to ecosystem
(AP) Landscape architects are finding themselves on the front lines of the climate change crisis, having to come up with creative ways to adapt and help mitigate problems like rising oceans and extreme weather as they design projects across the country.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Farm families, agribusiness across nation celebrate American ag
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas —   The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 24, 2020. This will mark the 47th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2020 is "Food Brings Everyone to the Table."
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Twilight Time: Rod Serling baseball comedy on deck
(AP) —  Years before he journeyed to “The Twilight Zone,“ Rod Serling made a brief detour to the strike zone.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

'Downton Abbey' creator turns to the beautiful game
NEW YORK (AP) — With global soccer shut down these days, fans desperate for a fix of the beautiful game may find it from a rather unlikely source — the creator of the stately “Downton Abbey.”
Saturday, March 21, 2020

California locks down 40M as Europe's health system buckles under the strain
(AP) — California’s 40 million people were all but confined to their homes Friday in the nation’s biggest lockdown yet, as America’s governors watched with growing alarm as southern Europe buckled under the strain of the coronavirus outbreak.
Friday, March 20, 2020

Cash no longer king: Paper money is being shunned for fear of virus spread
NEW YORK (AP) — In a world suffering a pandemic, cash is no longer king.
Friday, March 20, 2020

Income tax deadline moved to July 15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
Friday, March 20, 2020

Europe's south strains under pandemic; 10,000 die globally
PARIS (AP) — Southern Europe buckled under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic Friday, with gasping patients filling sick wards in Spain and Italy and field hospitals going up in hotels and a convention center, as the global death toll surpassed 10,000 people worldwide.
Friday, March 20, 2020

US home sales jumped to 13-year high before viral outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales jumped in February to their highest level in 13 years, a trend that will almost certainly be reversed as people stop showing their property out of fear of infection in the coronavirus outbreak.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Family of 4 could get $3K soon under relief plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first federal checks to families could be $3,000 for a family of four under the White House proposal to unleash $1 trillion to shore up households and the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

How long will this go on? Most likely for months
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of days, millions of Americans have seen their lives upended by measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

The virus: What does it feel like, how fast does it spread, can you get it twice?
(AP) — he medical impact of the new coronavirus is coming into sharper focus as it continues its spread in what is now officially recognized as a pandemic.
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Biden sweeps Illinois, Florida, Arizona
Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Only two Derbys in history haven't run in May
The Great Depression and World War I and World War II didn't stop the Kentucky Derby, a race that has been run without interruption since it began in 1875.

But for the first time in 75 years, it will miss the month of May.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Events attended by more than 50 people are banned in Illinois as part of a statewide near-shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, but there is no need to hoard toilet paper and like supplies. That message came from Gov. JB Pritzker and public health officials in the eighth straight daily briefing on the spread of COVID-19 since the governor declared a state of emergency on Monday, March 9.
President Donald Trump is asking Congress to unleash a torrent of emergency economic aid to help people through the financial pain of the coronavirus crisis, with sizable checks directly to Americans as part of the deal.

Trump wants checks out to the public within two weeks, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday as state and local officials acted more forcefully to restrict gatherings and mobility in the face of growing sickness. “The president has instructed me we have to do this now.“

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

To bet or not to bet? Casinos close in 15 states or more
Gamblers and vacationers who had planned to visit U.S. casinos expressed a mixture of disappointment and relief over a wave of closings in at least 15 states as officials worked on slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Some said they still plan to visit casinos.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Not gloating, stockpiling preppers have moment
Curt La Haise has put up with plenty of razzing from friends over the years who have called him paranoid for stockpiling an eight-month supply of food in his basement and having enough fuel to power his generator for almost an entire winter.

They're not laughing anymore amid panic buying that has cleared store shelves across the U.S. and growing fears that the new coronavirus will force many Americans to self-quarantine for weeks in their homes.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Social distancing: How it works and what it means for you
Can my kids go on a play date? Is it OK if I visit the gym?

In this time of coronavirus, once-easy questions have suddenly become complex.

Here are some questions and answers about the “social distancing” efforts to slow the epidemic in the U.S.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Talking to kids about the virus? Experts say be calm and honest
It was a routine game of schoolyard tag — except the children had dubbed this version “coronavirus.” The kids ran around and tagged one another, but instead of being “it,“ they “caught” the virus.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Need for blood at all time high for blood centers
The closure of schools and disruption of normal business, has resulted in hundreds of blood drives across the state being cancelled, putting patients in need of blood at a great risk of not having it available. The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers is launching the “#GiveBloodChallenge” challenge people to take a brief trip out to donate blood and post a pic (at least of your appointment time) and tag 10 of their friends to do the same on social media. While stuck at home this weekend you can schedule your donation time with your local blood center online anytime 24/7.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Party's over: Four states, including Illinois, close bars and restaurants
On Saturday night, revelers in many parts of the country ignored warnings against attending large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On Sunday, it became clear that in many places, the party is over.

Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington state and New York City are among the places that ordered bars to close and restaurants to stop dine-in service. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Staying home on St. Pat's? How about an Irish coffee
Last summer, I traveled to Ireland to learn about Irish whiskey, a spirit I knew relatively little about. To me, Ireland was synonymous with Guinness, a drink I enjoyed occasionally and use to make my favorite Chocolate Chocolate Cake.
Monday, March 16, 2020

Attorney: Georgia followed law in canceling court election
An attorney said in court Friday that Georgia’s top election official followed the law when he canceled a May election to the state Supreme Court to allow the governor to appoint a replacement for a sitting justice who won’t leave office until November.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Grandmother's pancreatic cancer diagnosis, boy joins battle
Naperville’s Wes Selby decided he wanted to show that children can make a positive difference in the world, after learning his grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

House passes aid bill after Trump declares virus emergency
The House approved legislation Saturday to provide direct relief to Americans suffering physically, financially and emotionally from the coronavirus pandemic. Passage came after President Donald Trump had declared the outbreak a national emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight it, and threw his support behind the congressional aid package.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops
A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, just days after a similar attack killed three servicemen, including two Americans.

The U.S.-led coalition said at least 25 107mm rockets struck Camp Taji just before 11 a.m. Some struck the area where coalition forces are based, while others fell on air defense units, the Iraqi military statement said.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Disneyland visitors savor final day before closure for virus
The trip to Disneyland was a special vacation for a 4-year-old girl and her three cousins from Mexico — one that her parents couldn’t wait to take. It was a short freeway drive for a pair of former high school sweethearts who headed over to the theme park whenever they could get a few hours away.

Both groups were among the thousands of visitors who crammed rides, treats and fun into the final rainy hours the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth remained open before shutting for more than two weeks starting on Saturday to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Pentagon reconsiders Microsoft contract after Amazon protest
The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process.
Saturday, March 14, 2020

US Hispanic Catholics are future, but priest numbers dismal
Maria Chavira, a senior administrator in the Diocese of Phoenix, says Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in her area are “bursting at the seams” and celebrates the emergence of Hispanics as the largest ethnic component of the church nationwide.

Throughout the Southwest, where the surge has been dramatic, Roman Catholic leaders are excited by the possibilities — and well aware of daunting challenges.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dow plummets again as sell-off over virus deepens
The deepening coronavirus crisis sent stocks into another alarming slide today, extending a sell-off that has wiped out most of the big run-up on Wall Street since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 2,250 points, or nearly 9.7%, at one point but started climbing back after the Federal Reserve said it would step in to the bond market to address “highly unusual disruptions” in trading of Treasury securities. Still, the Dow was still down nearly 1,600 points, or 6.7%, in the early afternoon, while the broader S&P 500 was off 6.3%.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Princess suspending cruises for 60 days
Princess Cruises, which had one of its ships quarantined off the coast of Japan last month, is suspending global operations through early May because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

St. Pat's parades nixed across the globe
The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Will warm weather stop the spread ?
As outbreaks of the new coronavirus that first emerged in China continue to spread in more than 100 countries — particularly those experiencing winter — one of the biggest unanswered questions is how it will behave in warmer weather.
Thursday, March 12, 2020

How to avoid coronavirus? Lessons from people whose lives depend on it
Editor’s Note: This story is being distributed by Capitol News Illinois through its partnership with Report For America. The KHN story was first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Weinstein sentenced to 23 years for sexual assaults
Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, a sight the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s multitude of accusers thought they would never see.

Weinstein, who has been accused of violating scores of women, was convicted last month of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. He faced a maximum of 29 years in prison.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Biden has another big night, capturing four more states including Michigan
Joe Biden decisively won Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy four years ago. The former vice president’s victory there, as well as in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, dealt a serious blow to Sanders and substantially widened Biden’s path to the nomination.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Beware of products claiming to treat new virus
U.S. regulators warned seven companies to stop selling soaps, sprays and other concoctions with false claims that they can treat the new coronavirus or keep people from catching it.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Medication fog can mimic or worsen dementia in the elderly
Claire Dinneen’s daughters thought that worsening dementia was causing her growing confusion, but her doctor suspected something else.

Dr. Pei Chen asked them to round up medicines in the 89-year-old woman’s home and they returned with a huge haul. There were 28 drugs ordered by various doctors for various ailments, plus over-the-counter medicines. Chen spent a year sorting out which ones were truly needed and trimmed a dozen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Virus closes sites around the world
Fear over the new coronavirus epidemic sent global stock markets and oil prices plunging Monday, touched off prison riots in Italy and caused a cascading shutdown of sites and events ranging from Saudi schools to a Holocaust march.

While many of Beijing’s white-collar workers returned to work as new infections subsided in China, some 16 million people under a widespread lockdown in northern Italy struggled to navigate the new rules of their mass isolation.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Saudi Arabia cuts off travel over virus as markets tumble
Saudi Arabia closed off air and sea travel to 14 countries affected by the new coronavirus Monday as Mideast stock markets tumbled over fears about the widening outbreak’s effect on the global economy.

The state oil giant Saudi Aramco led the financial losses, dropping by 10% on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange and forcing a halt to Aramco’s trading.

Monday, March 9, 2020

US begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says
American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, a U.S. official said on Monday, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens the deal.

Hundreds of troops are heading out of the country as previously planned, but they will not be replaced as the U.S. moves ahead with plans to cut the number of forces in the country from about 13,000 to 8,600, the official said.

Monday, March 9, 2020

SpaceX's 20th station shipment arrives with candy, science
A SpaceX cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station today, delivering the company’s 20th batch of gear and treats.

The Dragon capsule reached the orbiting lab after launching late Friday night. NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir used the station’s robot arm to capture the spacecraft.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Minor convictions for ex-CIA coder
A former CIA software engineer accused of stealing a massive trove of the agency’s hacking tools and handing it over to WikiLeaks was convicted of only minor charges Monday, after a jury deadlocked on the more serious espionage charges against him.
Monday, March 9, 2020

Iwo Jima hero, 96, sees US warship commissioned in his honor
A 96-year-old war hero looked on as military officials commissioned a U.S. Navy warship in honor of the veteran, the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Monday, March 9, 2020

1st ride featuring Mickey Mouse debuts at Disney
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. was built on the shoulders of Mickey Mouse, so it may come as a surprise that there never has been a theme park attraction based on the lovable rodent.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

3 reasons to pay for spring travel with a credit card
(NERDWALLET via AP) — It may be cold outside, but spring is just around the corner. A recent NerdWallet survey found that 33% of Americans plan to travel for spring break vacation this year. If you’re in this camp, now’s the time to make travel plans (if you haven’t already).
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Stock market response: Swift and fierce
WASHINGTON (AP) — The response in stock markets to the growing risk from the coronavirus has been swift and fierce. But a better gauge of fear on Wall Street may be the bond market, where the moves over the past few weeks have been even more breathtaking.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Pot entrepreneurs flock to Bible Belt
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — From their keen taste for sun-ripened pot to their first meeting at a pro-marijuana rally in college in the 1990s, everything about Chip and Jessica Baker fits the stereotype of cannabis country in Northern California, where they lived for 20 years.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Sustainable, versatile, global, delicious: Honey's got buzz
(AP) — Honey isn’t just honey anymore. At farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants, there’s a wide assortment of honeys in various colors and tastes, from far-away places and ones next door.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

With spreading virus comes fear and stockpiling
NEW YORK (AP) — As an Arizonan, Gregory Cohen has never had to stock up ahead of a hurricane or other natural disaster.
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Trump signs $8.3B bill to combat virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today signed an $8.3 billion measure to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than a dozen people in the U.S. and infected more than 200.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Boston marks anniversary of event that sparked Revolutionary War
BOSTON (AP) — Solemn ceremonies and a protest marked the 250th anniversary Thursday of the massacre in Boston that helped spark the Revolutionary War.
Friday, March 6, 2020

US sending military police to two border crossings
PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government says it is sending 160 military police and engineers to two official border crossings to deal with asylum seekers in case a federal appeals court strikes down one of the Trump administration’s key policies.
Friday, March 6, 2020

As the 55th anniversary of the civil rights clash known as Bloody Sunday approaches, townspeople want to remind the world: The road to Selma began 30 miles away in a place called Marion
MARION, Ala. (AP) — Della Simpson Maynor remembers the mounted police officer cracking her elbow with a baton. She recalls the panicked marchers unable to escape the onslaught, and the scuffle between officers and a young church deacon who was trying to protect his mother and grandfather. Most of all, she remembers the gunshot.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Reef enters crucial period in coral bleaching
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Great Barrier Reef is facing a critical period of heat stress over the coming weeks following the most widespread coral bleaching the natural wonder has ever endured, scientists said Friday.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Uighurs trapped in China toiling for tech titans
NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets, and Arabic signs advertise halal supermarkets and noodle shops.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Father Josh is the rarest of all: A married priest
DALLAS (AP) — The priest wakes up at 4 a.m. on the days he celebrates the early Mass, sipping coffee and enjoying the quiet while his young children sleep in rooms awash in stuffed animals and Sesame Street dolls and pictures of saints. Then he kisses his wife goodbye and drives through the empty suburban streets of north Dallas to the church he oversees.
Friday, March 6, 2020

Elizabeth Warren ends her 2020 presidential bid after Super Tuesday rout
Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, days after the onetime front-runner failed to win a single Super Tuesday state, not even her own.
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Benchmark mortgage rate hits record low
The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has hit a record low of 3.29%, driven down by investors shifting money into the safety of U.S. Treasurys as the coronavirus outbreak has deepened.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said toay that the average on the benchmark 30-year loan tumbled this week from 3.45% last week. The new rate is the lowest since Freddie Mac started tracking it in 1971, the company said.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Former UAW president charged with corruption
Prosecutors on Thursday charged the former president of the United Auto Workers with corruption, alleging he conspired with others at the union to embezzle more than $1 million.

The federal government has been marching toward Gary Jones for months, after an embarrassing public search of his Detroit-area home and a series of guilty pleas from others in a sweeping investigation of UAW leaders living the high life.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Coronavirus fears change art of shaking hands in US capital
Sen. Lindsey Graham is offering elbow bumps instead of handshakes, while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is putting her hand over her heart in greeting. Sen. Bill Cassidy is offering up hand sanitizer and Sen. Marco Rubio is washing his hands so often that he has “to start moisturizing.”
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Amid tornado devastation were beacons of hope
Moments after a tornado tore through his quiet Tennessee neighborhood, Darrell Jennings walked out his front door and heard screaming.

The house next door — and many others — had been leveled to its foundations. Somehow the Jennings house suffered only a few broken windows.

It quickly became a shelter for those who were suddenly left with nothing. The next-door neighbors, who had miraculously survived, straggled over. Others joined them.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Doctors try first CRISPR gene editing in the body for blindness
Scientists say they have used the gene editing tool CRISPR inside someone’s body for the first time, a new frontier for efforts to operate on DNA, the chemical code of life, to treat diseases.

A patient recently had it done at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for an inherited form of blindness, the companies that make the treatment announced Wednesday. They would not give details on the patient or when the surgery occurred.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Wisconsin hosting largest dairy competition in world
The largest cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the world started Tuesday in Wisconsin, with a record 3,667 entries from 26 nations.

The 55 judges taste, sniff and inspect the 132 classes of dairy products during the biennial World Championship Cheese Contest.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Court takes up 1st big abortion case of Trump era
The Supreme Court is taking up the first major abortion case of the Trump era, an election year look at a Louisiana dispute that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to roll back abortion rights.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

FDA bans shock device used on mentally disabled
Federal officials today banned electrical shock devices used to discourage aggressive, self-harming behavior in patients with mental disabilities.

The announcement from the Food and Drug Administration follows years of pressure from patient groups and mental health experts who have called the treatment outdated, ineffective and unethical. The agency first announced its intent ban the devices in 2016.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

A resurgent Joe Biden claims nine Super Tuesday victories, including Texas
A resurgent Joe Biden scored victories from Texas to Massachusetts on Super Tuesday, revitalizing a presidential bid that was teetering on the edge of disaster just days earlier. But his rival Bernie Sanders seized the biggest prize with a win in California that ensured he — and his embrace of democratic socialism — would drive the Democrats’ nomination fight for the foreseeable future.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Spring home decor trends trending to soothing, soft, sustainable and stylish
Two of the biggest trends at home furnishings trade shows for spring have been pop-culture maximalism and modern minimalism. The former is loaded with vibrant imagery and color; the exuberant designs are upbeat and uplifting. The latter, however, is for those who want home to be a sanctuary. This is clean, modern decor with a handcrafted, soul-nourishing approachability, replete with nature references and sublime palettes.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Fiercer, more frequent weather events leave gardeners looking for resilience
Fiercer and more frequent natural disasters in recent years have many homeowners re-evaluating their landscaping. Many are restocking with trees and plants more resilient in the face of storms, fires and flooding.

Scientists link the higher frequency of severe weather events to climate change.

There are steps home gardeners can take.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tornadoes devastate Tennessee, killing at least 22
Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee as people slept early Tuesday, shredding at least 140 buildings and killing at least 22 people. Authorities described painstaking efforts to find survivors in piles of rubble and wrecked basements as the death toll climbed.

One twister caused severe damage across a 10-mile stretch of downtown Nashville, wrecking businesses and homes and destroying the tower and stained glass of a historic church. Another erased homes from their foundations along a two-mile  path in Putnam County.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Virus spread prompts Fed in suprise move to slash benchmark interest rate
In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point today in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus.

Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the virus “will surely weigh on economic activity both here and abroad for some time.”

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

New guidlines for hepatitis C checks; guys get no boost from zinc
Most American adults need to be checked for hepatitis C, say guidelines released yesterday that urge millions more people to get screened for the liver-damaging virus that can fester for decades.

The call for expanded screening for Americans ages 18 to 79 is the first since 2013 when U.S. health authorities urged all baby boomers to get a one-time hepatitis C test because that age group appeared at particularly high risk.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Court rejects appeal of federal ban on bump stocks
The Supreme Court today rejected an appeal of the federal ban on bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic firearms to fire rapidly like machine guns.

The justices did not comment in declining to review a lower court-ruling that upheld the ban, which took effect nearly a year ago.

Monday, March 2, 2020

American factories expand despite virus
American factories expanded in February for the second straight month, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The winning streak, however, may prove short-lived.

The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said today that its manufacturing index registered 50.1 last month. That is down from 50.9 in January. But anything above 50 signals growth.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Infections and fear rising worldwide
The number of new virus infections rose worldwide along with fears of a weakening global economy, even as cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks today and hundreds of patients at the outbreak’s epicenter were released from hospitals.

The number of deaths worldwide from COVID-19 topped 3,000 with expanding clusters of infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran. The virus was reshaping routines around Europe and across the Atlantic in the United States. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned  that the world economy risked contracting this quarter for the first time since the international financial crisis more than a decade ago.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Supreme Court will decide fate of Obama health law
The Supreme Court agreed today to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, but the decision is not likely until after the 2020 election.

The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic states of a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Half of world's sandy beaches at risk from climate
Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked.

Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches have changed over the past 30 years and simulated how global warming might affect them in the future.

Monday, March 2, 2020

US Navy is overhauling its approach to education
The U.S. Navy is overhauling its approach to education because the nation no longer has a massive economic and technological edge over potential adversaries, according to a strategy it is releasing Monday.
Monday, March 2, 2020

Stocks rise sharply on Wall Street today
Stocks rose sharply on Wall Street today, clawing back a small part of the losses they took in a seven-day rout brought on by worries that the coronavirus outbreak will stunt the global economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 700 points, while the benchmark S&P 500 climbed 2.7%, placing in on track for its best day since January 2019. The S&P 500 is coming off a weekly loss of 11.5%, its worst since October 2008 during the global financial crisis.

Monday, March 2, 2020

US construction spending up 1.8% to record level
Spending on U.S. construction projects rose to an all-time high in January, helped by strong gains for home construction and government building projects.

The Commerce Department said today that construction spending increased 1.8% in January, the strongest monthly rise in nearly two years, pushing totally spending to a record seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.37 trillion.

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Buttigieg story isn't over yet: Inside the final month of the historic campaign
He opened February by sharing victory with one of the Democratic Party’s best-known figures and ended it with a humbling defeat at the hands of another. Yet Pete Buttigieg’s unlikely path over the last 30 days exceeded virtually everyone’s expectations of his presidential ambitions, except perhaps his own.
Monday, March 2, 2020

Price optimization: How auto insurers use your non-driving habits to raise prices
You expect your car insurance rates to increase after you buy a new vehicle, cause a crash or add a young driver to your policy. But some insurers jack up prices based on seemingly unrelated data — like your magazine subscriptions or what groceries you buy.
Monday, March 2, 2020

Give Easter dinner guests something sweet (and sour) this year
For Christians, Easter is not just a time to celebrate their faith, but a time to do so with the people they love the most. In recognition of that, many families gather for Easter dinner year after year.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

US, Taliban sign deal to end war
The United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan that began after 9/11 and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America’s longest war.

This historic deal, signed by chief negotiators from the two sides and witnessed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Qatari capital of Doha, could see the withdrawal of all American and allied forces in the next 14 months and allow President Donald Trump to fulfill a key campaign pledge to extract the U.S. from “endless wars.” It sets the stage for intra-Afghan peace talks to begin by March 10 during which a permanent ceasefire will be negotiated and the Taliban agree to meet with all factions.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Court won't order former WH counsel to testify before House
In a setback for Democrats in Congress, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that judges have no role to play in the subpoena fight between the House and President Donald Trump over the testimony of high-ranking administration officials.
Saturday, February 29, 2020

New Hampshire mulls providing treatment for animal hoarders
Hoarders being prosecuted for animal cruelty could get some help under a bill being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers.

The proposal before the House Environment and Agriculture Committee doesn’t make animal hoarding a crime, but would define it within the state’s animal cruelty statute as “a situation where an individual or individuals are unable to care for multiple animals in their custody due to psychological reasons.” It also would add a provision allowing a court to order psychological evaluations of and treatment for the owners of animals taken in as a result of hoarding, before a case goes to trial.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Trump picks Ratcliffe as top intelligence official, again
President Donald Trump on Friday picked Rep. John Ratcliffe again to be the nation’s top intelligence official, just months after abruptly ending an earlier effort to install him amid bipartisan criticism that the Texas Republican was unqualified for the post.

Trump’s decision meant that once again the GOP-led Senate would have to decide whether to put the three-term lawmaker in charge of overseeing the 17 U.S. spy agencies that the president has repeatedly scorned.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Pence tries to project calm as virus response coordinator
Vice President Mike Pence sought to project calm Thursday in his new role as chief coordinator of the government’s response to the coronavirus as the Trump administration rushed to contain mounting public concerns and some of the worst stock market declines in more than a decade.
Friday, February 28, 2020

First drug shortage tied to virus outbreak
Health officials reported the first U.S. drug shortage tied to the viral outbreak that is disrupting production in China, but they declined to identify the manufacturer or the product.
Friday, February 28, 2020

Whistleblower: Feds helping evacuees lacked virus protection
A government whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging that some federal workers did not have the necessary protective gear or training when they were deployed to help Americans evacuated from China during the coronavirus outbreak.
Friday, February 28, 2020

Mass shooting at brewery does little to change Wisconsin politics
Wisconsin’s latest mass shooting, which left six people dead at one of the world’s largest breweries, appears to have done little in the politically polarized state to budge Republicans who expanded access to guns over the past decade.
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase
A stolen hearse with a casket and body inside has been recovered following a police chase on a Los Angeles freeway Thursday morning..

The body was found in a casket inside the vehicle and one person was in custody, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Twitter. No other information was immediately available.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sanders could cause Democrats to lose House
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ ascendancy as Democrats’ leading presidential hopeful fueled growing unease as lawmakers openly expressed anxiety that the self-proclaimed democratic socialist could cost them House control and questions abounded over what party leaders should do.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., projected calm — and neutrality — on Wednesday as she batted away reporters’ queries about whether it was time for her to try thwarting Sanders to protect her party’s majority.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

US reports worrisome new virus case
President Donald Trump declared that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn’t inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming.

Shortly after Trump spoke Wednesday, the government announced a worrisome development: Another person in the U.S. is infected — someone in California who doesn’t appear to have the usual risk factors of having traveled abroad or being exposed to another patient.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

US House passes bill to help eradicate invasive swamp rodent
A measure to grant funding to eradicate the invasive swamp rat known as nutria has passed the U.S. House with the help of a large, stuffed rodent.

California Rep. Josh Harder brought the carcass named Nellie to the House floor Wednesday ahead of a vote that approved the bill, The Modesto Bee  reported.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

About 40% of US adults are obese, government survey finds
About 4 in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly 1 in 10 is severely so, government researchers said Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings come from a 2017-18 health survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 U.S. adults took part.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Court sides with Trump in 'sanctuary cities' grant fight
The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Before Lent begins, Paczki Day brings Chicagoans together
Lidia Kieca bought her paczki last Thursday (Feb. 20), when Paczki Day is celebrated in Poland.

Kieca also bought some Monday to send overnight to her adult daughter in Nashville, Tennessee, where she said the traditional Polish pastries are harder to find.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

US new home sales climb fastest pace in 12 years
U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bayer board chairman steps down amid weed killer legal battle
Bayer AG board chairman Werner Wenning is stepping down from his post at the drug and chemical company, which is facing a major legal battle over its Roundup weed killer.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Caution and cancellations mark Ash Wednesday this year
The Vatican was going ahead with plans for Pope Francis to celebrate the Ash Wednesday ritual kicking off the Catholic Church’s Lenten season, but elsewhere in Italy Masses were canceled over fears of the new coronavirus and other Catholic countries took precautions.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

World braces for the spread
China’s massive travel restrictions, house-to-house checks, huge isolation wards and lockdowns of entire cities bought the world valuable time to prepare for the global spread of the new virus.

But with troubling outbreaks now emerging in Italy, South Korea and Iran, and U.S. health officials warning Tuesday it’s inevitable it will spread more widely in America, the question is: Did the world use that time wisely and is it ready for a potential pandemic?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ganging up on Bernie: Sanders may be bruised but he's not broken yet
Democrats held their final debate before the South Carolina presidential primary and the critical Super Tuesday contests that follow three days later.

Here are some key takeaways.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bi-partisan push for adequate funding to fight virus
Senators of both political parties questioned Tuesday whether the White House’s request for $2.5 billion is enough to prepare the nation for a possible coronavirus outbreak, even as President Donald Trump said the virus is “very well under control” here.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Pentagon: New ethical principles for using AI in war
The Pentagon is adopting new ethical principles as it prepares to accelerate its use of artificial intelligence technology on the battlefield.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies at age 101
Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She was 101.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Grants seek market-based reductions to pollution
Federal grants totaling more than $1.8 million are being awarded to five organizations for projects that will use market-based approaches to reducing nutrient pollution that helps cause harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes, officials said Monday.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Guns and booze: Do they mix at home?
Having a few too many at home shouldn’t make handling one’s own firearm illegal, according to an Ohio man challenging his arrest on a charge of possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Amazon opening grocery store without cashiers
Amazon wants to kill the supermarket checkout line.

The online retailing giant is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, where shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without waiting in line or ever opening their wallets. It’s the latest sign that Amazon is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

FDA approves drug that lowers cholesterol in a new way
U.S. regulators have approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering drug aimed at millions of people who can’t tolerate — or don’t get enough help from — widely used statin pills like Lipitor and Crestor.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect
Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and Medicaid.
Monday, February 24, 2020

W.H. readying coronavirus response request
The White House is readying an urgent budget request to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak  whose rapid spread is spooking financial markets and restricting international travel.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Car hits crowd at Carnival in German town; dozens injured
A man intentionally drove a car into a crowd of people watching a Carnival procession in a small German town, injuring dozens of people including children on Monday, police said.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark MeToo moment
Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and could be sent to prison for decades, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the (hash)MeToo movement.

He was convicted on charges stemming from a 2006 sexual assault and a 2013 rape. The jury found Weinstein not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.

Monday, February 24, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court wades into battle over 605 mile long Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to wade into a long-running battle between developers of a 605-mile (975-kilometer) natural gas pipeline and environmental groups who oppose the pipeline crossing the storied Appalachian Trail.

Today, the high court will hear arguments  on a critical permit needed by developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Skeptic of world being round dies in California rocket crash
A California man who said he wanted to fly to the edge of outer space to see if the world is round has died after his home-built rocket blasted off into the desert sky and plunged back to earth.
Monday, February 24, 2020

Suspect linked to racist graffiti found at Maryland college
Authoritieshave identified a suspect in connection to racist graffiti that was found scrawled in academic buildings at a Maryland university last week.

Salisbury University President Charles A. Wight announced the development in a message to the campus community Friday, news outlets reported.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution
Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of riceare turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water tothe guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales.

Yet little is known about the effects of these “microplastics“ — onsea creatures or humans.

Monday, February 24, 2020

3 years for MS-13 gang member who severed man's head and ripped heart out
BALTIMORE (AP) — A freshly dug grave was waiting for the 18-year-old man when gang members lured him to a Maryland park nearly three years ago. They choked him until he passed out. They took turns slashing him with machetes and knives until he died. Then they severed his head, ripped out his heart and tossed his dismembered body parts into the grave.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

New worry: Untraceable virus clusters
(AP) — In South Korea, Singapore and Iran, clusters of infections are leading to a jump in cases of the new viral illness outside China. But it’s not the numbers that are worrying experts: It’s that increasingly they can’t trace where the clusters started.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

American consumption of fish rises to 11-year high
(AP) — Americans’ consumption of seafood has risen to its highest point in more than a decade.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Missouri trying to shed 'meth' distinction
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri may have shed its unwanted image as the meth lab capital of the U.S., but the dangerous and addictive drug remains a major problem, a top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Friday.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

History comes to life with replica ships
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta have arrived along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, sailing into a Biloxi harbor as spectators aimed their phones out to the horizon.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Angered by Trump flags, couples forces boys off road
HOBART, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana couple allegedly used a car to force two teenage boys off a road, angered that the twin brothers were riding bicycles adorned with flags supporting President Donald Trump, before ripping one of the sibling’s flag from his bike, police said Friday.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Bankers optimistic about economy in rural areas
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests they’re optimistic about the economy over the next few months, thanks to the signings of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and the China trade agreement.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Buffett: Wall Street advice usually favors more deals
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Taking advice from Wall Street on deals is a bit like asking “the barber whether you need a haircut,” according to billionaire Warren Buffett.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Deere sees stability on farms despite trade fight
(AP) — Deere & Co. had a surprisingly strong first quarter after an extended period in which the tractor and construction equipment maker was bruised by the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Credit card rewards targeting grocery delivery and other food services
(NERDWALLET via AP) — If you’re spending a lot on convenience — whether in the form of grocery delivery, ride-hailing or meal delivery — your credit card wants to reward you for it, while encouraging you to spend more.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tinder tired: Online daters looking for more
LONDON (AP) — While taboos surrounding online dating are long gone, some of today’s app users are sick of the endless swiping and virtual pen-paling that leads nowhere when it comes to long-term relationships, according to industry leaders who are responding with new ways to get users off their phones and out meeting people in the real world.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sand Creek, site of 1864 massacre, hallowed ground
EADS, Colo. (AP) — The site sits hundreds of miles from any major city. There are no statues to admire, no gift shops to buy postcards, and no cheery activities for the kids. To get there, one must drive through hours of farm and dirt roads amid potholes and sometimes ice patches in winter littering the journey like landmines.And when you arrive at the Sand Creek Massacre site, you'll find open plains and a few markers. The rest is up to you.
Saturday, February 22, 2020

AGs seek to block Equal Rights Amendment
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five Republican attorneys general are seeking to block an effort by three Democratic-led states to see the Equal Rights Amendment is adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Virus cases swell in SKorea as outbreak shifts, spreads
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Schools were shuttered, churches told worshipers to stay away and some mass gatherings were banned as cases of a new virus swelled today in South Korea, the newest front in a widening global outbreak.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Trump prepared to give farmers more federal aid
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled today that he’s prepared to tap federal coffers again to help farmers suffering from the tariff fights that he initiated.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Firm wanting to operate .org on net will cap prices
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private equity firm seeking to buy rights to operate the internet’s .org suffix said today it will cap price hikes and create an advisory board with veto powers to ease concerns from the nonprofit community.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Planned Parenthood funding upped
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Several states have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.
Friday, February 21, 2020

New revival of 'West Side Story' making history
NEW YORK (AP) — The new revival of “West Side Story” that opened on Broadway Thursday is making history. The musical sees 33 young people making their Broadway debuts, a record.
Friday, February 21, 2020

No conspiracy this time: Brown writing kids' book
The “Da Vinci Code” author is working on a picture story, “Wild Symphony,“ scheduled to be published Sept. 1. Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, announced the book Thursday and called it an “entertaining“ experience in which “the playful Maestro Mouse, trusty baton in hand, brings readers along as he visits a variety of animal friends, from cheetahs and kangaroos to elephants and blue whales.“
Friday, February 21, 2020

After scandals, seminarians pledge to 'get it right'
WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops and cardinals.
Friday, February 21, 2020

Grenell chosen as nation's top intel official
President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, will become acting director of national intelligence, a move that puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation’s 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison
Trump loyalist and ally Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in federal prison, following an extraordinary move by Attorney General William Barr to back off his Justice Department’s original sentencing recommendation.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans?
Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?

In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

How to approach nutrition when feeding children away from home
The benefits of a healthy, balanced diet are so numerous for youngsters that it's worth doing whatever it takes to get kids to embrace nutrient-rich foods, both at home and when dining out.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

5 questions for next Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg's 1st
There’s a new kid in town for the ninth Democratic debate, Mike Bloomberg, the self-funding billionaire presidential candidate. Five questions ahead of the faceoff Wednesday night in Las Vegas:
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

MIT to caption online videos after discrimination lawsuit
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has agreed to provide captions for more of its publicly available online videos as part of a settlement announced Tuesday in a case that accused the school of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Suspended sheriff in SC faces 13 more corruption charges
A suspended South Carolina sheriff already indicted on domestic violence charges now faces 13 additional criminal charges including giving alcohol to someone under 21 and using his power to continue a sexual relationship with an employee, authorities said.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

US sanctions Russian oil trading firm for role in Venezuela
The Trump administration announced sanctions Tuesday on a Russian state-controlled brokerage that has helped the Venezuelan government skirt an American oil embargo and enabled President Nicolas Maduro keep his grip on power in the South American country.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

White House correspondents' dinner returns to comedic roots
Comedians are making their return to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after last year’s hiatus.

Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will headline this year’s dinner, which takes place April 25.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall
The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. The 10 waived laws include requirements for having open competition, justifying selections and receiving all bonding from a contractor before any work can begin.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trump calls for case against Roger Stone to be thrown out
Hours before a court session regarding his longtime ally Roger Stone, President Donald Trump is tweeting that Stone’s recent conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress “should be thrown out.”

The barrage of Tuesday morning tweets comes days after Trump earned a  public rebuke  from his own attorney general, William Barr, who had said the president’s tweets were “making it impossible” for Barr to do his job.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, marking the first time he’ll stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Get the facts about the cold and flu
A cold or the flu can make people quite ill. Prevention is key this time of year.

Those who think they know all about a cold or the flu can still benefit from a refresher course, which may even debunk some prevailing myths about both ailments.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2 Chicago patients in isolation released
State and Chicago health authorities have announced the two Chicago area patients confirmed as having had coronavirus disease  were released from home isolation late yesterday.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Courtroom psychology tests may be unreliable, dependent on junk science
Courts are not properly screening out unreliable psychological and IQ tests, allowing junk science to be used as evidence, researchers have concluded. Such tests can sway judges or juries and influence whether someone gets custody of a child or is eligible for bail or capital punishment.

The scientists looked at hundreds of different psychological tests used in recent court cases and found that a third of those exams weren’t reviewed in the field’s most prominent manuals. Of those that were reviewed, just 40% were graded favorably. Nearly a quarter were deemed unreliable.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Businesses ordered to function in China
Automakers are reopening factories in China that were idled by anti-virus controls as they try to reverse a sales slump in their biggest market.

Local officials have orders from the ruling Communist Party to get businesses functioning again while still enforcing anti-disease curbs that shut down much of the world’s second-largest economy.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Experts say the 'big one' is coming to Pacific NW
Experts say the big one is coming to the Pacific Northwest: a massive earthquake that will cause buildings and bridges to collapse and unleash a tsunami that will devastate the coast.

But, doubling down on its decision last year to allow the construction of critical facilities in tsunami inundation zones, the Oregon Legislature appears headed to approve building standards for those facilities, like police and fire stations. The House Committee on Natural Resources last week approved the measure by a 6-1 vote, sending it to the House floor for a vote.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Fort Lauderdale: 11 million gallons of sewage spilled
Fort Lauderdale officials say 211.6 million gallons of sewage has spilled into Fort Lauderdale waterways in the past few months.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that’s enough to fill 320 Olympic-sized pools.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Floodwaters unleashed after days and days of rain
Days and days of heavy rain have created a dilemma for authorities managing dams along swollen rivers in Mississippi and Tennessee. The water has to be released eventually, worsening the flooding for people living downstream.

Dramatic video posted by a Tennessee fire department showed the impact: Two houses tumbled down  a bluff over the Tennessee River, while many others have been swamped to their rooftops, as entire neighborhoods disappear in muddy water below the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Pickwick Reservoir.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Pot shops turn to highway sponsorship to advertise
Cannabis companies are using a loophole in Colorado’s strict limits on marijuana advertising by sponsoring state highways and putting their names on roadside signs.
Monday, February 17, 2020

Sandra, orangutan granted personhood, turns 34
A orangutan named Sandra, who was granted legal personhood by a judge in Argentina and later found a new home in Florida, celebrated her 34th birthday on Valentine’s Day with a special new primate friend.

Patti Ragan, director of the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida, says Sandra “has adjusted beautifully to her life at the sanctuary” and has befriended Jethro, a 31-year-old male orangutan.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Small home living: not 'downsizing' but 'right-sizing'
With the current trend toward de-cluttering and downsizing, there are plenty of books about how to winnow down possessions to the few that are truly necessary and loved. This book shows how you can live well once that’s done.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Emerging deck trends
Custom-built decks can expand usable outdoor entertaining spaces. Decks can surround pools and create outdoor patio areas that make it easy to establish multitiered living spaces, improving the functionality of outdoor areas.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Startups see a market in renting couches by the month
Zachariah Mohammed’s living room is filled with stuff he doesn’t own.

He pays $200 a month for the sofa, side table, bar cart, dining table and four chairs in his living room. It’s worth it, the 27-year-old New Yorker says. If he needs to move, which he’s done twice in the last 12 months, he won’t need to lug a sofa across the city or worry if it will fit in a new place. The furniture-rental startup, Feather, will swap out items for something else.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable
Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Saturday, February 15, 2020

ASK A DESIGNER: Easy ways to brighten rooms in winter
When home designer and builder Marnie Oursler talks with clients about building their dream homes along the Delaware coast, their No. 1 request is having bright spaces with lots of natural light.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Thanks to plant breeders, camellia moves farther north
Remind me not to plant camellias.

Not that camellias (Camellia japonica) aren’t wonderful plants, with their elegant, sometimes fragrant, blossoms and their glossy, evergreen foliage. But where I garden, with winter lows dipping to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s just too dang cold for camellias — outdoors, at least.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

5 home improvements that may not pay off when you sell
You spent the holidays binging on HGTV, and now visions of shiplap accent walls and freestanding soaking tubs are dancing through your head.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

BLM to fund 11,000 miles of fuel breaks
The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

US defense chief slams China as threat
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order — saying the world’s most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an “advantage by any means and at any cost.”
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Questions complicate efforts to contain new virus
Reports one day suggest the respiratory outbreak in China might be slowing, the next brings word of thousands more cases. Even the experts have whiplash in trying to determine if the epidemic is getting worse, or if a backlog of the sick is finally getting counted.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feds probing how personal Medicare info gets to marketers
A government watchdog is launching a nationwide probe into how marketers may be getting seniors’ personal Medicare information aided by apparent misuse of a government system, officials said today.
Friday, February 14, 2020








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