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Calling the fight against coronavirus a “war” can motivate but also mislead

Calling the fight against coronavirus a “war” can motivate but also mislead

Donald Trump has called himself a “wartime president” and said coronavirus is an “invisible enemy.” The former CDC director has warned of a “long war ahead.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on the public to support our “troops,” otherwise known as health care workers. The now-common metaphors comparing the efforts to stop coronavirus…

Coronavirus has police everywhere scrambling to respond as their forces are reduced

Coronavirus has police everywhere scrambling to respond as their forces are reduced

Serving and trying to protect against a threat we can’t see, law enforcement officials around the country are grappling with policing during the coronavirus pandemic. Big departments such as in New York or Detroit are shifting resources and people around to ensure essential work gets done as their workforces are reduced by the virus. Sheriffs’…

Florida governor: We’ll take state residents only from Zaandam cruise ship

Florida governor: We’ll take state residents only from Zaandam cruise ship

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday his state was willing to accept Floridians on board a cruise ship seeking to disembark in Florida after more than 190 guests and crew reported flu-like symptoms, including eight passengers who tested positive for Covid-19. But DeSantis expressed concerns about taking in others given the state’s limited hospital beds. “We…

More than 12,000 people want to be part of NASA’s next class of astronauts

More than 12,000 people want to be part of NASA’s next class of astronauts

NASA received an out-of-this-world number of applicants in this last month for its new class of astronauts. More than 12,000 people from every corner of the US, including its four territories, have applied to be NASA’s next class of astronauts. That’s the second-highest number of applicants NASA has ever received, according to a news release.…

Almost $30 million in drugs seized in nearly half-mile-long tunnel linking US and Mexico

Almost $30 million in drugs seized in nearly half-mile-long tunnel linking US and Mexico

Federal agents in San Diego seized about 4,400 pounds of drugs from a sophisticated smuggling tunnel that stretched into Tijuana, Mexico, authorities in California announced Tuesday. The three-foot-wide tunnel is more than 2,000 feet long and has reinforced walls, ventilation, lighting and a rail system, according to a statement from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.…

Legendary jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney dies of complications from coronavirus

Legendary jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney dies of complications from coronavirus

Legendary jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney has died of complications from the novel coronavirus, his publicist said. He was 59. Roney died Tuesday at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, publicist Lydia Liebman said in a statement. “I am saddened to confirm that the iconic trumpeter and jazz legend Wallace Roney passed away…

Police are arresting and fining people for violating social distancing orders

Police are arresting and fining people for violating social distancing orders

Across the nation, people are under strict orders to follow social distancing guidelines in order to lower the risk of coronavirus spreading. To comply with new stay-at-home orders, many people have postponed their planned celebrations, everything from birthdays to weddings. Others have canceled big trips. Theaters have closed their doors, concerts and festivals have been…

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes Idaho

A preliminary magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck northeast of Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday night, according to the United States Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of injuries, but residents on social media in several cities reported feeling the shaking. The USGS says the epicenter of the quake was nearly 45 miles west of the town…

When you order from this restaurant, you won’t pay a dime

When you order from this restaurant, you won’t pay a dime

It’s no secret that the coronavirus has many people out of work, so a small mom and pop restaurant decided money was no object when it comes to receiving a hot meal. Cliff “Cooks” restaurant in Barneveld, Wisconsin, a rural town 30 minutes from Madison, took prices off its menu in order to help those…

It’s Census Day. Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 count

It’s Census Day. Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 count

Households across the United States have been receiving invitations to complete the 2020 census for weeks. But another milestone in the count is here. April 1 is known as Census Day. And around the country, local officials are encouraging residents to complete census questionnaires this week. “Lots of people are home right now, as you…

A woman trained her dog to deliver groceries to a neighbor with health problems

A woman trained her dog to deliver groceries to a neighbor with health problems

Renee Hellman never imagined a golden retriever delivering groceries to her home. “Absolutely not. It was kind of out of the blue,” Hellman told CNN. But during a time of social distancing, it was one of the better options for Hellman, a 71-year-old living in Manitou Springs, Colorado, a resort town located outside of Colorado…