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LA mayor embraces shift in COVID-19 testing strategy: simplicity and speed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mayor of the second-largest U.S. city has joined a growing clamor among health experts and politicians for a radical shift in the nation's coronavirus testing strategy - from an emphasis on the utmost accuracy to a focus on speed and simplicity. Learn More


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U.S. Postal Service watchdog to probe service woes as worries rise about mail ballots

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service's internal watchdog is investigating cost cutting that has slowed delivery and alarmed lawmakers ahead of a presidential election when up to half of U.S. voters could cast ballots by mail, a congressional aide said on Friday. More »


Another American ritual the pandemic has warped: college arrivals

LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) - Brandon Vergel stood outside his new student dormitory at Texas Tech University, grappling with the bittersweet nature of yet another American rite of passage warped by the COVID pandemic -parents dropping their kids off at college. More »


California encouraged by trends even as it passes 600,000 coronavirus cases, most in U.S.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California became the first U.S. state to surpass 600,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday and the Midwest saw several record one-day rises as some states struggled to contain the pandemic even as a few welcomed students back to school campuses. More »


Exclusive: UPS, FedEx warn they cannot carry ballots like U.S. Postal Service

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - United Parcel Service and FedEx on Friday shot down social media calls that they step in to deliver mail-in ballots from the U.S. Postal Service, which is warning states of potentially "significant" delays. More »


Trump says ready to move on coronavirus aid, blames Democrats for holdup

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday that he is ready to move stimulus money into a U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, but blamed Democrats for holding up a deal in talks that broke down a week ago. More »


Postal union endorses Biden candidacy as 'survival' of USPS at stake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The 300,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers said on Friday that the union's executive council had endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president, warning "the very survival" of the U.S. Postal Service is at stake. More »


School cancelled in Arizona area after 'sick out' over reopening

(Reuters) - An Arizona school district that ignored state safety guidelines and voted to begin in-person learning on Aug. 17 has had to cancel classes after staff said it was unsafe to return and called in sick. More »


Hispanics, African Americans hit hard in U.S. COVID-19 hotspot counties, says CDC

(Reuters) - U.S. coronavirus hotspots had disproportionately high numbers of cases among communities of color, according to an analysis on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More »


'Extreme' California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate

(Reuters) - Firefighters scrambled to protect thousands of homes from a wildfire racing through brush-covered mountains north of Los Angeles on Friday that caused hundreds of evacuations and burned 21 structures. More »


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