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Current News / News & Features / Oct 03, 2020 WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, becoming the latest associate of the president to become infected with the disease, spokesman Tim Murtaugh said late FridayStepien was promoted to run the struggling campaign this summer to help…
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Current News / News & Features / Oct 03, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, becoming the latest associate of the president to become infected with the disease, spokesman Tim Murtaugh said late Friday

Stepien was promoted to run the struggling campaign this summer to help revive Trump’s reelection bid. The …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris will be placed farther apart at their debate next week, a response to President Donald Trump’s diagnosis of COVID-19, according to people familiar with the development.

The Commission on Presidential Debates plans to seat Pence and Harris 12 feet (3.7 …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

HOUSTON – The news broke late at night, and by Friday morning a nation confronting a pandemic, economic crisis, racial divisions and plummeting stature in the world awoke to another trauma: The president, who had long scoffed at a disease that has killed more than 208,000 Americans, had contracted COVID-19.

It was startling. But it fit the …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

MEXICO CITY – As a new caravan of about 2,000 Honduran migrants pushed north through Central America toward the United States this week, people throughout the region were asking a question: Why now?

Some political analysts and government leaders are suspicious of the caravan’s timing – a month before the U.S. presidential vote – given that a …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

Adherents of QAnon, the vast conspiracy theory that baselessly claims that a satanic cabal of high-profile liberals runs a global human trafficking operation, are used to scouring the headlines for items of news they can point to as evidence they’re on to something. Social media and communications companies are used to watching those claims …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – ICE officials have launched a billboard campaign in Pennsylvania that they say will educate the public about the dangers of sanctuary policies in places like Philadelphia.

It comes about three weeks after Amnesty International USA erected billboards in American cities, including one near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is now one of medicine’s most closely watched patients. But for all the medical care he commands, the president, who tested positive for coronavirus infection Friday and is reported to be suffering from “mild symptoms” of COVID-19, now confronts the same uncertainties that more than 7.3 million Americans have …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

President Donald Trump’s former adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Twitter Friday night she has COVID-19 – and her daughter said she’s been “coughing all around the house.”

It’s not that bad, Kellyanne Conway said.

“Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19,” she tweeted. “My symptoms are mild (light cough), and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

In the hours since President Donald Trump rocked American politics and the course of the presidential campaign by announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19, many liberals across the U.S. have grappled with the same question: When do you believe a serial liar?

White House staff members said early Friday that Trump was suffering from mild …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – In medicine, there’s a saying: Anecdote isn’t data. But what happens when the world’s most famous data point gets sick with COVID-19?

President Donald Trump has for months publicly downplayed the risk from the virus, eschewing the use of masks himself, among his staff and at his rallies. That’s despite the fact that a prime vehicle…

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

A court in Louisville, Kentucky, took the unusual step of releasing recordings of three days of testimony presented to the grand jury that decided not to bring murder charges against police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, in her apartment.

The decision by the 12-member grand jury not to indict the two …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – Sen. Thom Tillis has tested positive for the coronavirus, the North Carolina Republican announced Friday night.

He said he has no symptoms.

Tillis participated in a televised debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham on Thursday evening from a Spectrum News’ Raleigh studio. Tillis was in Washington, D.C, earlier in the day …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

Early in the coronavirus outbreak, hospitals across the U.S. told patients to avoid going to the emergency room or even the doctor’s office unless they were seriously sick or perhaps having trouble breathing.

Since then, not much has changed.

Most people recover uneventfully at home. A large number may never even know that they had been …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he expects senators back in Washington on Monday despite the uncertainty surrounding their exposure to COVID-19 in the wake of the positive diagnoses of President Donald Trump and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

“We’ve been operating in the same environment now since the 1st of May and been able …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

NEW YORK – State appeals court justices seemed sympathetic Friday to the idea that Manhattan prosecutors are seeking to try ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort twice for the same crime.

Manafort was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in March 2019 on federal charges that he hid millions of dollars in offshore accounts and then lied to get …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

When many Americans woke to the news that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, cable news had already been up much of the night, scrambling to cover October’s whopper of a surprise.

The news broke just before 11 p.m. on the West Coast, when most prominent cable TV anchors, Beltway reporters …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans pledged to plow ahead with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court despite President Donald Trump’s diagnosis of COVID-19 and the potential for an outbreak among their ranks.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the virus the “biggest enemy” standing in the way of …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

Michigan Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Whitmer’s emergency powers

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not have authority after April 30 to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic under the 1976 Emergency Management Act.

The court, in its 71-page ruling, also …

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

ATLANTA – A federal appeals court ruled Friday against extending the deadline for Georgia voters to return their absentee ballots.

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2-1 to grant a stay of a judge’s ruling that would have allowed voters three more days to return their absentee ballots.

The decision reinstates…

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Current News / News & Features / Oct 02, 2020

WASHINGTON – The security implications of President Donald Trump’s contraction of the novel coronavirus are more likely to involve a stepped-up Russian disinformation campaign than any military event, several former top government officials said Friday.

While more fake stories on social media would almost certainly not lead to war, they could …

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