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The Port of Los Angeles, one of the United States’ busiest gateways for international trade and commerce.

To prevent shipping logjams that have recently stymied the country’s supply chain, the Biden administration and California officials said Thursday that billions in infrastructure improvements are being fast-tracked for the state’s largest ports. Read more»

The supply chain problems currently plaguing the California coast aren’t unique to the Golden State. Nationally, a shortage of long-haul truckers has led some companies to recruit abroad.

In a plan developed by the White House's supply chain disruptions task force, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will ramp up to 24/7 operations ahead of the holiday season, as dozens of cargo ships carrying as many as 1 million containers bob idly off the California coast. Read more»

Los Angeles County opened Dodger Stadium as a mass-vaccination site.

Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses, large events and city buildings - voting 11-2 Wednesday in favor of adding the rule to its Municipal Code, which goes into effect Nov. 6. Read more»

Compared with a year ago, COVID testing is now both more affordable and much less invasive, said Mara Aspinall, who studies biomedical testing at Arizona State University. There’s also more help to cover costs.

Schools in Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and Colorado offer regular coronavirus testing; Los Angeles public schools have made it mandatory - measures that stand in sharp contrast to states where people are still fighting about anti-COVID strategies. Read more»

Display window at Cherished Memories, a keepsake ultrasound boutique at the Los Cerritos Center mall near Los Angeles.

The FDA has repeatedly urged pregnant women to avoid medically unnecessary ultrasounds, saying it is aware of “several enterprises” in the U.S. that perform ultrasounds on pregnant women for entertainment’s sake and then sell the images as keepsake photographs and videos. Read more»

Gov. Ducey speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The 'stay at home' order issued by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will expire at the end of the week, with the governor saying "we're clearly on the other side of this pandemic" even as more coronavirus deaths are reported. Read more»

With a makeshift collection of protective gear, immigration attorney Margarita Silva arrives at an Arizona ICE detention facility on March 20 to meet a client.

Nearly a month into a seemingly worldwide shutdown, it may be hard to find an everyday business or public area that has not been closed because of COVID-19. Many companies have allowed their employees to work from home, but businesses deemed essential are still in operation. This includes grocery stores, fuel stations, banks, transportation systems, pharmacies – and most U.S. immigration courts. Read more»

A machine at the UW Medicine Virology laboratory in Seattle extracts genetic material called RNA from patient samples to allow the analysis of potential COVID-19 cases on March 11.

After a slow start, testing for COVID-19 has ramped up in recent weeks, with giant commercial labs jumping into the effort, drive-up testing sites established in some places and new types of tests approved under emergency rules set by the Food and Drug Administration. Read more»

The brown cloud usually seen over metro Phoenix this time of year has been reduced in part because people are driving much less due to the coronavirus. In fact, March saw below average moderate ozone days, according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

The Phoenix area is famous for its warm spring days and wealth of outdoor activities, but it’s also known for something less flattering: some of the worst air quality in the country. Read more»

Homelessness was at crisis levels in the United States. COVID-19 has put this already vulnerable population even more at risk. Read more»

Jamie Matus, a former NewYork City public school teacher, organized a homeschooling playgroup for her kids and their classmates in Dubai after their school was shut.

Like it or not, we are suddenly a nation of home schoolers, with little preparation. The rapidly spreading coronavirus is instantly changing the way education is delivered, as school and home become the same place. Read more»

A 9th Circuit panel sided with a federal judge Thursday, upholding a decision to bar the Justice Department from imposing special conditions on policing grants for cities that refuse to help federal authorities detain and deport undocumented immigrants. Read more» 1

Measles vaccine being adminstered in Arizona

Across the nation, public health departments are redirecting scarce resources to try to control the spread of measles. Their success relies on shoe-leather detective work that is one of the great untold costs of the measles resurgence. Read more»

Detained children are escorted to an area to make phone calls at the CBP Nogales Placement Center during a rare press tour of a temporary holding center in 2014.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined the leaders of L.A., Houston and Albuquerque on Thursday in calling on the Trump administration to halt separating children from parents who are illegal immigrants and migrants seeking asylum. The mayors called the policy "flawed ... cruel" and "morally reprehensible." Read more»

A Stingray device from Harris Corp., which has been contracted to supply surveillance gear to the Tucson Police Department.

There’s little public scrutiny when private donors pay to give police controversial technology and weapons. Sometimes, companies are donors to the same foundations that purchase their products for police. Read more»

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