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Biden to ask Congress for more Ukraine aid after earlier U.S. funding runs dry

President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia's failure to take the capital city of Kyiv.... Read more»1

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Judge’s ruling on the CDC mask mandate highlights the limits of the agency’s power

Public health experts worry the ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority in requiring masks on public transportation, unless overturned, will hamper the agency’s ability to respond to future virus outbreaks.... Read more»

A year into the pandemic, three huge losses in one Arizona family

In the year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, millions of families have endured the excruciating rise and fall of the U.S. outbreak — waves of sickness that leave untold wounds long after hospitalizations ebb and infections subside. ... Read more»

According to science, it's not time to return to normal

A blog post by conservative talk show host Buck Sexton claims scientific evidence shows that right now we should “open the schools, stop wearing masks outside, and everyone at low risk should start living normal lives.” Public health experts disagreed, stating science does not support the idea that the time is right. That would allow the virus to continue to spread and have a large human cost in hospitalizations and deaths.... Read more»

Ducey lauds start of vaccinations, warns of long road ahead with no new restrictions

After touring a site where a group of health care workers will become some of the first people in Arizona to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated the "miracle of modern medicine" that is expected to tame the pandemic, while cautioning the public that the crisis is far from over.... Read more»

Rapid migrant expulsions strain Mexican border community

This year Border Patrol agents have used a CDC public health order to rapidly expel thousands of migrants into Mexican border towns such as Sasabe, Sonora, which has little resources and infrastructure for migrants.... Read more»

States with few restrictions are spreading COVID-19 beyond their borders

Lax states are attracting shoppers and students from stricter neighbors — and sending back COVID-19 cases. The imbalance underscores the lack of a national policy.... Read more»

Mayors again call for statewide mask mandate as Arizona COVID-19 cases surge

Democratic mayors from across the state urged Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday to implement a statewide mask mandate, as COVID-19 cases surged past 4,000 for a second straight day and state hospitals neared capacity in their intensive care units.... Read more»

Arizona schools welcome state mandate for masks in classrooms, buses, events

Arizona health officials on Thursday mandated that students wear face coverings in school, on buses and at school activities, an emergency order that school officials called a step in the right direction, but not enough.... Read more»

Biden promises 'no national shutdown' despite surge in COVID-19

President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association.... Read more»

No new restrictions as Ducey warns pandemic end is 'not on the horizon'

Gov. Doug Ducey will not enact a statewide mask mandate or other new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the state faces rising case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from the disease amid a nationwide resurgence of the coronavirus.... Read more»

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Over 10 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in U.S.

Across the globe, it's 50 million, as the virus surges in many pockets of the planet. In the U.S., the record for daily cases was broken for a fourth day in a row, hitting 128,000 on Saturday.... Read more»

How your brain tricks you into taking risks during the pandemic

The unprecedented nature of the pandemic undermines how we process information and assess risk. Need proof? Look around.... Read more»

Add COVID-19 to list of things driving Arizona teachers from jobs

Arizona schools have long struggled with teacher shortages but the problem was made worse this year by COVID-19, which has led to more teachers quitting or taking leave, school officials said.... Read more»

Legislative committee hopes to curb Ducey’s emergency powers

GOP lawmakers who have chafed under fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's use of his emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 outbreak will convene an ad hoc committee tasked with examining that authority and proposing possible limitations to it.... Read more»

Arizona passes COVID-19 milestone, as final county meets reopening mark

Arizona officials hailed a COVID-19 milestone Thursday, when the final county in the state crossed a coronavirus transmission threshold that lets some shuttered businesses begin the process of reopening.... Read more»

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