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Peter Szekely

Isaias strengthens into hurricane ahead of expected landfall in Carolinas

Aug 03 2020

HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C. Isaias regained hurricane strength on Monday night just hours before it was due to make landfall in the Carolinas and churn its way up the U.S. East Coast toward Washington, Philadelphia and New York, the National Hurricane Center said. | Video

Teachers union sues to halt Florida classroom restart during pandemic

Jul 20 2020

A Florida teachers union sued the state on Monday in an effort to halt next month's planned restart of classroom instruction, which it says poses an "imminent threat to the public health, safety and welfare" of its members, students and parents. | Video

California's Oakland settles 'Ghost Ship' fire claims for $32.7 million

Jul 17 2020

The City of Oakland, California, has agreed to pay $32.7 million to settle claims stemming from a 2016 fire that killed 36 people and severely injured another when it engulfed a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship that hosted an artists' colony.

Worsening U.S. outbreak prompts tough actions as new coronavirus cases hit record

Jul 09 2020

NEW YORK New Jersey adopted a stringent coronavirus face-mask order on Wednesday, and New York City unveiled a plan to allow public school students back into classrooms for just two or three days a week, as newly confirmed U.S. COVID-19 cases soared to a daily global record. | Video

New York City unveils hybrid school reopening plan

Jul 08 2020

NEW YORK New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday unveiled a plan for reopening the country's largest school system in September with a "blended learning" schedule that would have students alternating between classrooms and their homes. | Video

New Jersey to make face masks mandatory outdoors as U.S. outbreak widens

Jul 08 2020

NEW YORK, July 8 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Wednesday he would sign an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings outdoors to prevent a resurgence of the novel coronavirus whenever social distancing is not possible.

One of two Seattle protesters hit by car dies, other in ICU

Jul 05 2020

Two female protesters in Seattle were hit on Saturday by a speeding car that drove into a crowd demonstrating on an interstate highway, causing injuries that led to the death of one, while leaving the other in serious condition.

Pandemic or not, hot dogs eaten, records broken on New York's Coney Island

Jul 04 2020

NEW YORK A global pandemic could not stop Coney Island's venerable Fourth of July hot-dog eating competition from going ahead on Saturday, or its reigning men's and women's champions from setting new records in their respective divisions.

Miami mayor imposes nightly curfew to fight Florida coronavirus surge

Jul 03 2020

July 3 The number of coronavirus cases in Florida jumped again on Friday as the mayor of the state's biggest city imposed a nightly curfew and rolled backed the reopening of entertainment venues to try to stem one of the most alarming coronavirus surges in the United States.

Reopenings stall as U.S. records nearly 50,000 cases of COVID-19 in single day

Jul 01 2020

Governors of U.S. states hit hardest by the resurgent coronavirus halted or reversed steps to reopen their economies on Wednesday, led by California, the nation's most populous state and a new epicenter of the pandemic. | Video

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