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Retailers on edge over new supply-chain woes amid port labor talks

The start of contract talks this week between terminal operators at West Coast ports and the powerful longshore union has retailers fretting that a standoff at the negotiation table will lead to new disruptions in getting merchandise on the shelves. ... Read more»

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Biden announces partnership with California on port upgrades

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»

LA, Long Beach ports to go 24/7 to relieve shipping bottleneck

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 to require proof of COVID vaccination to enter businesses

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»

These schools use weekly testing to keep kids in class — and COVID out

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»

Doctors raise concerns over the safety of 'keepsake' ultrasound photos

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»

Ducey announces 'stay at home' order will expire even as CV-19 cases increase in Arizona

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»

Judges call for all immigration courts to close in wake of coronavirus

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»

Why coronavirus testing takes so long: a behind-the-scenes look at the steps involved

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»

Fresh air in Phoenix: ADEQ collecting data on CV-19 impact on emissions

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»

Homeless people vulnerable to coronavirus as Americans are told to stay home

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

Ready or not, a new era of homeschooling has begun

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»

9th Circuit: Trump's DOJ can't block grants to sanctuary cities

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

How measles detectives work to contain latest outbreak

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»

Guest opinion

Rothschild: Separating kids from families at border 'morally reprehensible'

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»

AG Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' may lose federal grants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.... Read more»

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