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Health Oct 23Regions throughout the U.S. in crisis as country nears high for COVID-19 cases
The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign of the disease’s grip on the nation. The surge’s impact is being felt in every section of the country.
Nation Oct 02Voting nearly impossible for eligible voters behind bars
Most of the three-quarters of a million people held in U.S. jails have the right to vote. But a new report from the Prison Policy Initiative finds many of them are unable to, stymied by misinformation, limited access to ballots…
Nation Jul 29Federal court to review ‘protest bans’ in Portland arrests
The protest bans, first reported by ProPublica, were included in at least a dozen cases — most of them involving misdemeanor charges of failing to obey a lawful order.
Economy Jun 24U.S. inmates got virus relief checks, and IRS wants them back
An IRS spokesman says the agency is relying on the unrelated Social Security Act, which bans incarcerated people from receiving some types of benefit payments.
Nation May 11New U.S. plans reimagine fighting wildfires amid virus risks
New plans offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews.
Nation Apr 09Coronavirus forces new approaches to fighting wildfires
They are two disasters that require opposite responses: To save lives and reduce the spread of COVID-19, people are being told to remain isolated. But in a wildfire, thousands of firefighters will be summoned to work in close quarters for…
Health Mar 27Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho
A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has the highest per-capita rate of confirmed coronavirus infections in America outside of New York City and its surrounding…
World Jul 03Hundreds mourn at vigil for victims of birthday party attack in Idaho
Monday evening roughly 1,500 people turned out at a vigil honoring members of refugee families targeted in the stabbing.
Nation Jul 023-year-old refugee girl dies of injuries after stabbings in Idaho
Timmy Kinner is American, and the victims are members of refugee families from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia. Boise Police Chief William Bones said the evidence does not suggest the attack was a hate crime.
Politics Nov 23Trump stance on illegal immigration may aid private prisons
President-elect Donald Trump's stance on immigration could mean big money for the private prison industry.