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Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Settles was swabbed for COVID-19 in mid-June at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and it took him eight days to get the results. "They originally told him that it would be five days," said Jenna Settles, his wife. "Then when he went to log ...

Pfizer executive targets end of year for COVID-19 vaccine

BOSTON (AP) — An executive at a Massachusetts facility helping create a potential vaccine for the coronavirus said Thursday that the company hopes to have the treatment ready by the end of the year. "We have the potential, subject to technical success and regulatory authorization, to ...

4 new COVID-19 deaths, 33 more cases Thursday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced four additional deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday. We offer our sympathies to the family and friends. They include two women and a man from Hillsborough County, and a woman from Rockingham County, all 60 years of age ...

Fauci back on Capitol Hill as virus surge drives new fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Friday to testify before a special House panel investigating the coronavirus pandemic. His testimony comes at a time when early progress on combating the virus seems to have been lost and uncertainty clouds the nation's path ...

Trump faces rare rebuke from GOP for floating election delay

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump repeatedly tests the Republican Party's limits on issues including race, trade and immigration. On Thursday, he struck a boundary. GOP officials from New Hampshire to Mississippi to Iowa quickly pushed back against Trump's suggestion that it might be ...

Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — With aid expiring, the White House offered a short-term extension Thursday of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but Democrats rejected it, saying President Donald Trump's team failed to grasp ...

2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

NEW YORK (AP) — While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off. Scientists aren't celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four ...

Philadelphia trash piles up as pandemic stymies its removal

What would Ben Franklin think? The Founding Father who launched one of America's first street-sweeping programs in Philadelphia in the late 1750s would see and smell piles of fly-infested, rotting household waste, bottles and cans as the city that he called home struggles to overcome a surge ...

France sinks deeper into recession, with 14% GDP hit in 2Q

PARIS (AP) — France's economy shrank by nearly 14% in the second quarter when the country was in coronavirus lockdown, a third consecutive quarter of negative growth in a worsening recession, the national statistics agency said Friday. The startling plunge of 13.8% from April-June starkly ...

Australia to make Google and Facebook pay for news content

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government said on Friday it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with Australian media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, the government aims to succeed where other ...

Amid the pandemic, Big Tech reports mixed earnings

Big Tech companies reported mixed quarterly earnings on Thursday, a day after their top executives faced a tough congressional grilling over their market power and alleged monopolistic practices. All four were affected by the pandemic, although in strikingly different ways. Google and ...

Reaching Higher report raises serious questions

CONCORD - Reaching Higher, an independent, non-partisan 501c3 group released a report that raises serious questions about Governor Sununu's $1.5 million grant to private and religious schools. In response, House Finance Chair Mary Jane Wallner (D-Concord) and Senate Finance Chair Lou ...

Sununu vetoes SB 311

CONCORD - Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed SB 311, Senator Martha Hennessey’s (D-Hanover) bill to provide for an annulment of a criminal record without payment of a fee in certain cases and specify a waiting period for the annulment of simple possession drug-related offenses. Senator Martha ...

New Mexico extends stay-at-home order as coronavirus surges

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has extended its stay-at-home health order with minor revisions through the end of August in response to a surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday. The governor credited the surge for scuttling plans to roll back ...

Former bellhop alleges racial discrimination by hotel group

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former bellhop at a Rhode Island Marriott hotel has sued the company, alleging it tolerates a culture of discrimination and retaliation against African Americans. Kaseam C. Seales, 23, of East Providence, is suing his former employer, Marriott Hotel Services Inc., ...