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Texas governor mandates wearing of face masks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Why coronavirus cases are surging in Texas. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order that all Texans don face coverings in public in counties with 20 or more Covid-19 cases. Texas has seen a surge of hospital admissions in recent days, hitting a record high of more than 8,000 virus cases in a single day on Wednesday. "Wearing a face covering will help us to keep Texas ... Full story

Arizona doctors worry as ICUs fill: 'We’re leaving the hospital sometimes in tears'

Hospitals in Arizona are seeing an intense wave of new coronavirus cases, doctors at the Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix told ABC News on Monday, and it is filling up their intensive care units and pushing their nurses to the brink. Dr. Jennifer O'Hea, a Banner ICU doctor overseeing 100 patients, said the situation "exploded" towards the end of May and has snowballed into a dire situation. "Never, never, ever have I seen this many ... Full story

The grim, unmentioned downside of the employment records Trump is hyping

Following the release of June employment data on Thursday morning, President Trump quickly called a news briefing to offer a few tweet-sized assessments of how the economy was doing. Well, in short — as evidenced by various employment gains seen among various occupational and demographic groups. No mention was made of the fact that the assessment used to estimate employment preceded the recent resurgence of the coronavirus . So we had Trump ... Full story

Herman Cain, 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hospitalized with coronavirus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with CVOID-19 and admitted to an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement on Thursday on his Twitter feed. FILE PHOTO: Former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain delivers the Tea Party Express response to U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address, at the National Press Club in Washington January 24, 2012. ... Full story

Pistons offer facility to voters, following up on More than a Vote movement

The Detroit Pistons are the latest sports organization to offer its facility as a place in which citizens can register to vote and cast ballots. The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit will be a “satellite center” for the Aug. 4 primary and Nov. 3 general election, with employees getting a paid day off to vote and volunteer as election workers. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “When I think about George Floyd, ... Full story

America’s coronavirus exceptionalism, mapped Washington Post

More than five months after the United States recorded its first case of novel coronavirus infection, the pandemic is again growing worse in this country. Thanks in part to its decentralized response to the virus, the United States saw a brief plateau in new cases followed in the past few weeks by an explosive resurgence. Fewer people are dying of the virus for now, which is good, but reports of long-term and severe damage to the health of ... Full story

Prominent democracy activist flees Hong Kong - BBC News

One of Hong Kong's most prominent young democracy activists has fled the territory after China imposed a sweeping, controversial security law. Nathan Law, a one-time student leader and local legislator who spent time in prison after 2014's "Umbrella Protests", said he would continue his advocacy work from abroad. He announced he had left two days after China brought in its new security law. Activists say it erodes freedoms but Beijing has ... Full story

Florida shatters records with over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day

(Reuters) - Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally. Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April. In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming ... Full story

CBO: Coronavirus pandemic will scar U.S. labor market for the next decade

The U.S. unemployment rate is expected to stay above its pre-pandemic levels through the end of 2030, according to a 10-year economic report released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office. The agency is predicting that the unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of 2030 will be 4.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent at the end of 2021 and 6.9 percent at the end of 2022. The current level, according to data published Thursday by the Labor ... Full story

‘Westworld’ creators are developing a ‘Fallout’ TV series for Amazon – TechCrunch

“Fallout,” the post-apocalyptic video game franchise published by Bethesda Softworks, is being turned into a TV series by Kilter Films, the production company of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. The series, which began in 1997, takes place in an alternate future with a retro tone, after a nuclear war has turned most of the world into a wasteland. The games have continued in the two decades since, most recently with the release of “Fallout 76.”. The ... Full story