Latest News

An evangelical pastor who was charged after holding in-person church services says he doesn
An evangelical pastor who was charged after holding in-person church services says he doesn't like livestreams because he can't touch parishioners

Tony Spell, an evangelical pastor at the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was charged with six misdemeanor charges on Tuesday.

Migrants returned to Mexico have hearings postponed - but still have to show up at the border to get a new date
Migrants returned to Mexico have hearings postponed - but still have to show up at the border to get a new date

The COVID-19 pandemic is only exacerbating immigration courts' million-case backlog.On Wednesday, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, which runs the Justice Department's removal proceedings, announced it was pushing off asylum hearings for migrants who'd been returned to Mexico upon reaching the southern border due to the coronavirus pandemic. But even though hearings through May 1 have been postponed, migrants forced back to Mexico will still have to return to the border to get a piece of paper listing their rescheduled hearing date.Under the U.S. Migration Policy Protocols, also known as Remain in Mexico, any asylum seekers who reach the southern border must remain in Mexico as...

White House economists tried warning the Trump administration a pandemic would kill up to 500,000 Americans and cost the economy $4 trillion
White House economists tried warning the Trump administration a pandemic would kill up to 500,000 Americans and cost the economy $4 trillion

The 2019 study blows a hole in the administration's argument that the coronavirus pandemic's damage to the economy was unexpected.

Fauci suggests U.S. would broaden mask recommendations if it had enough
Fauci suggests U.S. would broaden mask recommendations if it had enough

Dr. Anthony Fauci sees some positive news finally coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.Fauci, the U.S.'s top infectious disease doctor who's leading its coronavirus response, spoke to CNN's Jim Sciutto on Tuesday about the ongoing crisis. While COVID-19 case numbers are still expanding every day, Fauci suggested "we're starting to see glimmers" of social distancing having its intended "dampening effect.""You're starting to see that the daily increases are not in that steep incline, they're starting to be able to possibly flatten out," Fauci said of case numbers across the country. But he was cautious and showed no sign he would recommend lifting stay-at-home...

Energy Jobs Could Be Greener After Coronavirus
Energy Jobs Could Be Greener After Coronavirus

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Energy enables work. Here endeth the physics lesson, because this is about jobs. Oil and gas, like most other sectors, is slashing payrolls amid the Covid-19 crisis. Even now, though, the industry must consider what comes afterward, especially in an election year when Uncle Sam's role in energy and economic stimulus looks poised for a big expansion.Oil and gas producers were trimming the ranks even before disaster struck (see this). Now Rystad Energy, a consultancy, estimates perhaps 30% of oilfield services workers could be let go by the end of the year. At the same time, it expects U.S. oil and gas production to drop about 8% by then. That outcome would accelerate...

Facing shortages, India bets on China for swift ramp-up of protective health gear: sources
Facing shortages, India bets on China for swift ramp-up of protective health gear: sources

India will buy ventilators and masks from China to help it deal with the coronavirus, a government official said on Tuesday, even though some countries in Europe had complained about the quality of the equipment. India has recorded 1,251 cases of the coronavirus, with 32 deaths, but health experts say the country of 1.3 billion people could see a major surge in cases that could overwhelm its weak public health system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government said it was trying to procure medical gear, including masks and body coveralls, both from domestic firms and from countries like South Korea and China, to meet shortages.

Mexico declares health emergency as coronavirus death toll rises

Mexico declared a health emergency on Monday and issued stricter rules aimed at containing the fast-spreading coronavirus after its number of cases surged past 1,000 and the death toll rose sharply. Health officials reported a total of 1,094 cases of coronavirus, up from 993 a day earlier, and eight

Pandemic Puts the Screws to New York
Pandemic Puts the Screws to New York's Mafia. In Italy, the Mobs Are Thriving.

ROME-The New York mafia is taking a hit from the novel coronavirus pandemic after many of its money-making outlets have been shuttered. Gambling halls, sporting events, and construction projects have long fed the Empire State gangs, but now that they are taking an "historic" blow, a law-enforcement source told the New York Post. "There's never been a time when they weren't making money through gambling," the source said. The American mafia families are also losing out on the extortion racket after restaurants and other entities close their doors under New York City's "shelter in place" order. A halt to non-essential construction jobs, which includes transportation and port entry, has also...

New York
New York's coronavirus death toll just topped 1,000, but Gov. Cuomo warns that 'thousands' will die

Accessible, rapid testing could bring a "return to normalcy," Cuomo said. But for now, he's extending New York's lockdown another two weeks.

Vietnam PM asks major cities to prepare for lockdown to stop virus
Vietnam PM asks major cities to prepare for lockdown to stop virus

Vietnam's prime minister on Monday asked major cities to prepare for possible lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country reached nearly 200. "Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have to review and update plans to battle the virus, and have to stand ready for city lockdown scenarios," Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a statement. "Vietnam has entered the pandemic's peak period, major cities have to speed up and take advantage of each hour and minute to carry out defined measures," Phuc said.

Governor: dozens at Tennessee nursing home have virus
Governor: dozens at Tennessee nursing home have virus

An outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Tennessee nursing home has forced the facility to be temporarily closed for cleaning with dozens of residents and staff members sent into quarantine, Gov. Bill Lee's office and a hospital said Sunday night. Tests results released Sunday show 59 additional residents of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing tested positive for the virus, while 33 members of the nursing home's staff with confirmed cases are now isolated at their homes, the governor's office said in a news release. Sumner Regional Medical Center said Sunday on Facebook that 42 patients from the nursing home have been admitted and are in isolation after some tested...

Moscow mayor orders all residents to stay at home
Moscow mayor orders all residents to stay at home

Moscow's mayor announced strict isolation rules for the city from Monday, the latest in a series of measures introduced in Russia to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The new restrictions would apply to all the city's residents, regardless of age, mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a statement Sunday. "The extremely negative turn of events that we see in the largest cities in Europe and the USA causes great concern for the life and health of our citizens," Sobyanin said introducing the new rules.

Hospitals Swamped as Italy-Spain Virus Deaths Surpass 17,000

(Bloomberg) -- Coronavirus deaths in Italy and Spain rose above 17,000, keeping Europe focused on further restricting people's movements and avoiding a health-care collapse.Italy, the country with the most reported deaths, recorded 756 new fatalities on Sunday. Spain's Health Ministry said 838 people

Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down for long haul
Record virus deaths in Spain as world hunkers down for long haul

Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths Sunday as more than 40 percent of the world's population was asked to stay home in hopes of halting the deadly march of a disease that has claimed more than 32,000 lives. A deluge of patients are overwhelming hospitals in Europe and the United States, now the focal points of a pandemic that is upending the global economy in unprecedented ways. In the US, an about-face by President Donald Trump on quarantining New York captured the panic and confusion unfurling across many parts of the world where measures to contain the pandemic change on a daily basis.

French expert says second study shows malaria drug helps fight coronavirus
French expert says second study shows malaria drug helps fight coronavirus

The controversial French professor who believes the anti-malaria drug chloroquine can help beat the coronavirus, has claimed that a new study he has conducted confirms its "efficiency" at combatting the virus. Dr Raoult, whose theory has been taken up by US President Donald Trump, said his new study of 80 patients showed that four out of five of those treated with the drug had "favourable" outcomes.

Tapper Brutally Grills NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for Delayed Coronavirus Response
Tapper Brutally Grills NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for Delayed Coronavirus Response

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was left flailing on Sunday morning when CNN anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly pressed him on his delayed response to the coronavirus pandemic and whether the mayor's assurances to New Yorkers that their lives would go on normally led to a more rapid spread of the virus.Appearing on CNN's State of the Union, de Blasio was first asked about his calls to the Trump administration to provide more ventilators and other life-saving medical supplies to his city, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic. After the mayor sounded the alarm on the "sharp escalation" of cases the city may see in the days ahead, Tapper brought up de Blasio's previous downplaying of...

Twitter deleted a tweet by Rudy Giuliani for spreading coronavirus misinformation
Twitter deleted a tweet by Rudy Giuliani for spreading coronavirus misinformation

Giuliani quoted a right-wing conspiracy theorist pushing hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure. The drug is unproven and potentially dangerous.

How will US bounty affect Maduro
How will US bounty affect Maduro's hold on Venezuelan power?

The United States ramped up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week by accusing him of "narco-terrorism" and offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his capture. It's the latest in a succession of measures to try and force Maduro from power in favor of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido. The millions of dollars offered in reward by the US Justice Department are aimed at encouraging divisions amongst the command structures in the Maduro regime, experts say.

Saudi intercepts missiles in attacks claimed by Yemen's Houthis

Saudi Arabia said its air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles on Saturday night in an attack that Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group on Sunday said they had launched towards the capital Riyadh and southern areas near the Yemeni border. The attacks come days after Yemen's warring parties

New York Postpones Democratic Vote Amid Virus: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state is postponing its presidential primary as New York grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and the highest number of detected cases in the nation.At a news conference on Saturday, Cuomo provided updated figures on New York's Covid-19 cases and

Should travelers cancel their vacation to Mexico? Travel experts discuss the options.
Should travelers cancel their vacation to Mexico? Travel experts discuss the options.

Travel agents say tourists should consider rebooking their trips to Mexico for later in the year rather than asking for a refund. Here's why.

4 disease experts reveal how they
4 disease experts reveal how they'd address the coronavirus pandemic in the US if they could wave a magic wand

To curb the coronavirus outbreak in the US, experts agree, we need strict social distancing and widespread testing. Two suggested a national lockdown.

CEO of ventilator maker speaks out as Trump invokes Defense Production Act
CEO of ventilator maker speaks out as Trump invokes Defense Production Act

Chris Kiple told NBC News his company was already well on its way to rolling out thousands of ventilators to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

German town converts gym hall to hold virus quarantine offenders

A German town has turned a gymnastics hall into a facility to hold potential offenders against quarantine rules that stipulate a 14-day isolation period for those who test positive for the coronavirus and those who come into contact with them. Equipped with 20 camping beds, mattresses, and toilets stacked

Stocks plunge despite passage of $2 trillion economic relief package
Stocks plunge despite passage of $2 trillion economic relief package

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has now surpassed China's total.

'Printing money': booming mask producers in China meet global demand

As the coronavirus pandemic that originated in a central Chinese city has gone global, thousands of factories in China have nimbly turned to a new and very profitable market -- face masks for export. At the height of China's outbreak in early February, Guan Xunze's company created a new mask factory in just eleven days. The factory, with five production lines in northeastern China, made the much-needed N95 face masks which were in huge demand as infection numbers surged.

Letters to the Editor: The obvious vice presidential pick for Joe Biden is Michelle Obama
Letters to the Editor: The obvious vice presidential pick for Joe Biden is Michelle Obama

The former first lady is admired by liberals and conservatives. Putting her on the ticket would make defeating Trump easy.

India
India's coronavirus cases tick up despite immense lockdown

Three more people infected with coronavirus died overnight in India as the government sought on Thursday to improve basic services to 1.3 billion people locked indoors to slow the spread of the disease. Streets were silent across India's cities and towns on the second day of a three-week, 24 hour shutdown as people heeded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call not to step out of homes except in emergencies or to buy food and other necessities. Police have strictly enforced the lockdown even though Modi said essential services would be maintained.

More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker
More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed. The United States has the third highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the US death rate is now 1.5 percent, based on reported cases. A projection shared with Congress earlier this month said that between 70 to 150 million people could eventually be infected in the United States.

Pennsylvania grocery store loses estimated $35K in food after woman
Pennsylvania grocery store loses estimated $35K in food after woman's 'twisted' coronavirus prank, co-owner says

Gerrity's Supermarket threw out thousands of dollars of food after a woman intentionally coughed on it on Wednesday, the store's co-owner said.

More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker
More than 1,000 US coronavirus deaths, near 70,000 cases: tracker

The number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus rose to 1,031 in the United States on Wednesday, with 68,572 confirmed cases nationwide, a tracker run by the Johns Hopkins University showed. The United States has the third highest number of confirmed cases behind China and Italy, and the US death rate is now 1.5 percent, based on reported cases. A projection shared with Congress earlier this month said that between 70 to 150 million people could eventually be infected in the United States.

US Christian leaders criticise Trump
US Christian leaders criticise Trump's Easter coronavirus deadline

The Rev Al Sharpton said 'a premature resurrection will lead to a disaster' as Rev William Barber called it 'the height of hypocrisy' * Coronavirus - latest US updates * Live global updates * See all our coronavirus coverageUS Christian leaders have criticised Donald Trump's Easter coronavirus deadline - by which he wants to see much of the country reopened and churches full. One described it as the "height of hypocrisy".As US coronavirus cases and deaths continued to soar, the president said on Tuesday he wanted to reopen "large sections of the country" by Easter Sunday - 12 April - when there would be "packed churches all over our country".His comments came despite warnings from...

As Florida coronavirus cases surge, spring breakers express regret
As Florida coronavirus cases surge, spring breakers express regret

Spring breakers are now expressing regret they went, but some say the government wasn't clear enough in its message to practice social distancing.

A New Jersey man has been charged with making terroristic threats after he coughed on a Wegmans employee and said he had the coronavirus
A New Jersey man has been charged with making terroristic threats after he coughed on a Wegmans employee and said he had the coronavirus

Prosecutors said the man leaned toward the Wegmans worker and deliberately coughed, then laughed and said he was infected with the coronavirus.

Putin, citing coronavirus, postpones vote on changes to extend his rule
Putin, citing coronavirus, postpones vote on changes to extend his rule

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday postponed a nationwide vote on constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule, saying the health and safety of citizens was his top priority as the global coronavirus pandemic worsens. The changes, already approved by parliament and Russia's Constitutional Court, would reset Putin's presidential term tally to zero, allowing him to serve two more back-to-back six year terms until 2036.

After being courted by Trump, African Americans, Latinos face economic blow from coronavirus
After being courted by Trump, African Americans, Latinos face economic blow from coronavirus

The financial hardship caused by the coronavirus outbreak could fall particularly hard on African Americans and Latinos, undoing economic gains President Donald Trump has touted in his outreach to those key voting blocs ahead of the Nov. 3 election. With job cuts hitting U.S. states as governors and companies order offices and workplaces closed, African Americans and Latinos are particularly vulnerable because they more often have jobs that cannot be done at home. "That will make them more severely impacted by an extended coronavirus shutdown of the economy," said Jay Shambaugh, a White House economist during Democratic President Barack Obama's administration.

6 Amazon warehouses have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with employees saying the company isn
6 Amazon warehouses have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with employees saying the company isn't doing enough to protect their safety

Amazon workers say the company hasn't been doing enough to promote social distancing at its warehouses.

Former White House aide who wrote report on Ebola outbreak says U.S.
Former White House aide who wrote report on Ebola outbreak says U.S. 'didn't follow through' on pandemic preparation investments

Christopher Kirchhoff, a former Obama administration aide who wrote a report in 2016 on the lessons learned from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, told Stat News that the United States was on the path to preparedness for a pandemic like the current novel coronavirus situation after Ebola, but never finished the job.In his report, Kirchhoff wrote that it wasn't acceptable for the U.S. to "merely" maintain "the current scale of response activities." He told Stat that Congress, during the Ebola outbreak, passed a $5.4 billion supplemental package with a down payment to strengthen the country's pathogen surveillance and detection operations, as well as the preparedness of the...

Editorial: Don
Editorial: Don't be fooled. The coronavirus pandemic is deadly serious, and it's everyone's problem

California's order might seem like a big deal. But what we don't know about this virus, which is a lot, means the risk of inaction is too high.

Coronavirus ended any last hopes of a Bernie Sanders comeback
Coronavirus ended any last hopes of a Bernie Sanders comeback

It's been real, hasn't it? After 13 months of campaigning, during which time he was briefly but almost unanimously considered the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, it looks as if Bernie Sanders is finally calling it quits. On Wednesday afternoon his staff shot down an erroneous report that he had formally dropped out; it looks as if he'll wait to make that announcement sometime before the next primaries three weeks from now. To many observers it has been unclear why the junior senator from Vermont remained in the race after losing Michigan and Washington state two weeks ago, a defeat he followed with kind words about his fellow candidates and half-hearted...

COVID-19 hit South Korea and the U.S. on the same day. Here
COVID-19 hit South Korea and the U.S. on the same day. Here's what Korea did right.

The U.S. and South Korea both confirmed their first cases of new coronavirus on Jan. 21. South Korea's epidemic seems to have already peaked, while the U.S. is girding for public health, financial, and social crises. The key to South Korea's relative success is testing, and South Korea's aggressive testing regime - "South Korea as of Tuesday was testing up to 20,000 patients a day, more than half the total of U.S. patients who have been tested since the outbreak began," The Wall Street Journal notes - was not an accident.On Jan. 27, with four confirmed cases in the country, "South Korean health officials summoned representatives from more than 20 medical companies from...

'Dark moment': Delta, United, JetBlue slash more flights as coronavirus crisis deepens

The coronavirus travel fallout is deepening so rapidly airlines are increasing their flight cuts and making plans to park planes.

California governor tells the state
California governor tells the state's National Guard to prepare as coronavirus cases in the state hit 740

The action is not a mobilization order but instead directs troops to prepare in case of activation into local communities.

Trump
Trump's tweets show his dramatic 9-day shift toward actually taking coronavirus seriously

President Trump is apparently worried about coronavirus now.In a Wednesday tweet, Trump said he'd "always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously," using the offensive and medically incorrect term for COVID-19 in a possible attempt to further distance himself from any blame over its spread. Trump has "done a very good job from the beginning" staving off the virus, he maintained -- despite acting totally unbothered by it as recently as last week.> I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the "borders" from China - against the wishes of almost all. Many...

In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation
In Mexico, a cartel is taking over: Jalisco New Generation

Mexico's fastest-rising cartel, the Jalisco New Generation gang, has a reputation for ruthlessness and violence unlike any since the fall of the old Zetas cartel. In parts of the country it is fighting medieval-style battles, complete with fortified redoubts, to expand nationwide, from the outskirts of Mexico City, into the tourist resorts around Cancun, and along the northern border. It is a promise that cartels in Mexico have long made, and always broken.

What to expect if schools close for the rest of the year
What to expect if schools close for the rest of the year

Parents are already scrambling to cope with kids staying home - for some, it could last the rest of the school year.

What does it mean to shelter in place?
What does it mean to shelter in place?

Parts of Northern California have already ordered a shelter in place - could New York City be next? Here's what you can expect.

Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley say coronavirus funding package must include student loan debt cancellation
Elizabeth Warren, Ayanna Pressley say coronavirus funding package must include student loan debt cancellation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) are calling on Senate and House leaders to "prioritize" student loan cancellation as part of the next coronavirus emergency funding package."We need bold action now," Pressley tweeted on Tuesday. "A plan that will ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis. Debt cancellation. Across the board. Immediately, the Secretary of Education must take over all monthly payments during this public health emergency."Warren tweeted in agreement, saying student loan debt cancellation would deliver "relief immediately to millions of families and remove a giant weight that's...

American climate activists are recruiting their German counterparts to save Bernie Sanders
American climate activists are recruiting their German counterparts to save Bernie Sanders' candidacy

The German activists pledged to make up to 10,000 calls to voters in states holding primary elections on Tuesday.

The US Army is rethinking how to do its largest European exercise in 25 years amid a coronavirus lockdown
The US Army is rethinking how to do its largest European exercise in 25 years amid a coronavirus lockdown

The Army wants to continue with Defender-Europe 20 in some form, but what it will look like amid the spread of the coronavirus isn't yet clear.


Top News: Health