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Barbara Goldberg

Americans' July Fourth festivities sparkle after last year's pandemic cancellations

Jul 05 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Americans marked their nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday with fireworks that may look brighter, hot dogs that may taste juicier and marching bands that may sound jauntier after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year.

After year of pandemic cancellations, Americans celebrate July Fourth with a bang

Jul 04 2021

NEW YORK, July 4 Americans mark their nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday with fireworks that may look brighter, hotdogs that may taste juicier and marching bands that may sound jauntier after the pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year.

Nine children, one adult killed in Alabama highway crash

Jun 21 2021

(Reuters) -Nine children and a young father were killed when a van and other vehicles slammed together on a rain-drenched Alabama highway during Tropical Storm Claudette, authorities said on Sunday. | Video

'Reckoning' with slavery: toppled Francis Scott Key statue replaced by African figures

Jun 12 2021

SAN FRANCISCO One year after a statue of Francis Scott Key was toppled by racial injustice protesters in Golden Gate Park, an art exhibit opens next week with 350 slave sculptures gathered around the space once dedicated to the "The Star-Spangled Banner" creator - a slaveholder himself. | Video

'Vax & Scratch' lottery scheme aims to up New York COVID-19 shots

May 20 2021

NEW YORK You gotta get poked to win, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday, unveiling a $5 million lottery prize incentive for New Yorkers who get their first COVID-19 vaccination shots next week. | Video

North Carolina prosecutor says police were justified in fatally shooting Andrew Brown

May 18 2021

(Reuters) -A North Carolina prosecutor will not bring criminal charges against sheriff's deputies for the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown, a Black man, outside his home last month, saying on Tuesday that the killing was justified because Brown endangered their lives by driving toward them. | Video

New York lifts mask requirements for the vaccinated, California waits

May 17 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) -New York state this week will drop face mask requirements in most public spaces for people vaccinated against COVID-19, conforming with the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday. | Video

UPDATE 2-New York lifts COVID-19 mask requirements for vaccinated people

May 17 2021

NEW YORK, May 17 New York state will no longer require masks in most public spaces for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday, adopting new federal health guidance, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.

New York City to deploy more patrols in Times Square after shooting

May 10 2021

NEW YORK More New York police officers will patrol Times Square after a shooting last weekend that injured three people, including a child, the mayor said on Monday as he sought to reassure visitors that the city is safe as it reopens after the yearlong coronavirus pandemic.

Minnesota, Virginia join U.S. states easing COVID-19 restrictions

May 06 2021

The governors of two more U.S. states said on Thursday they were lifting most restrictions that were put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus after sharp drops in infection rates and deaths.

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'Pingdemic' puts Britain's food supply under strain

LONDON (Reuters) -British supermarkets said on Thursday that some products were in short supply and petrol stations had been forced to close after the official health app told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate following contact with someone with COVID-19.