NEW YORK (AP) – A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday. Continue reading “Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus”
(KTRE) – The Texas Department of Public Safety is temporarily closing access to at least two bridges along the Texas/Louisiana border to non-essential workers and non-commercial vehicles, according to city and law enforcement officials in Shelby and Sabine counties.
A virus is “simply a piece of bad news wrapped up in protein,” the biologists Jean and Peter Medawar wrote in 1977. Continue reading “Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome”
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The captain of a U.S. aircraft carrier relieved of his command after seeking stronger measures in response to a coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship was given a hero’s ovation by his crew when he left the vessel, video posted on Twitter showed. Continue reading “Dismissed U.S. carrier captain gets hero’s ovation from crew”
The US Navy has relieved the captain of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt days after his plea for help for his sailors went public. Continue reading “US Navy FIRES captain of coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear face coverings in public to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading “NYC advises residents to cover faces outdoors”
The New England Patriots’ team plane is set to arrive in Massachusetts on Thursday carrying more than 1.2 million N95 masks that were retrieved in Shenzhen, China. Continue reading “New England Patriots plane returning from China with over 1 million N95 masks”
Free rent might be a pie in the sky for out-of-work New Yorkers, but this Manhattan landlord is making it a reality for a pizzeria that’s been feeding hospital workers. Continue reading “Real estate exec gives free rent to pizzeria feeding hospitals”
MOSCOW/WASHINGTON – Russia sent the United States medical equipment on Wednesday to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, a public relations coup for Russian President Vladimir Putin after he discussed the crisis with U.S. President Donald Trump. Continue reading “Russian plane with coronavirus medical gear lands in U.S. after Trump-Putin call”
Nearly 70% of the fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of legal though potentially harmful chemical pesticides even in small amounts, and a popular snack for children is another big offender. Continue reading “Here are the ‘dirty dozen’ fruit and vegetables laced with legal pesticides — even organics have traces”
The city has gone to pot. Marijuana, that is.
Since the coronavirus hit, sales of marijuana have gone through the roof in both the United States and Canada. Between March 16 and 22, sales of recreational cannabis rose by 50 percent across states including California, Colorado and Oregon, while medical marijuana sales jumped 41 percent from the same period a year ago. Continue reading “Marijuana sales up 50% in New York City amid coronavirus pandemic, dealer says”
The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the country in just a handful of weeks. As Americans focus on the essentials—feeding our families and ensuring we have the necessary supplies to keep our households clean and safe—grocery stores and pharmacies have demonstrated just how crucial they are to a functioning society. Continue reading “Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic”
March 23 (Reuters) – Former organizers for Michael Bloomberg’s unsuccessful presidential bid sued the billionaire’s campaign on Monday, saying he laid them off amid the global coronavirus pandemic after promising pay and benefits through the November election.
Employees resigned from good jobs to take positions with Bloomberg’s campaign, and they now face unemployment and the loss of their health insurance in the midst of the spreading virus, field organizers Alexis Sklair, Sterling Rettke and Nathaniel Brown said in their complaint, one of two proposed class action lawsuits potentially representing thousands of workers. Continue reading “Dumped amid coronavirus, former Bloomberg campaign aides sue for pay and benefits”
While the world is grappling with the COVID-19 crisis, including right here in the tri-state area, local authorities in New Jersey are warning of extremist groups using the Internet to exploit coronavirus fears and inspire supporters.
The New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness issued an analysis that warns that extremists tend to latch onto fears and manipulate crisis to validate their ideologies and incite potential attackers. Continue reading “Extremists Are Exploiting COVID-19 Pandemic To Inspire Supporters, NJ Officials Warn”
BATON ROUGE, La. (KSLA) – The statewide stay at home order issued by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is in effect now. It will be in place through Sunday, April 12.
Gov. Edwards issued the order Mar. 22, after showing Louisiana’s statistics of the coronavirus spread.
BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) – In a united and unprecedented move, a shelter-in-place has been ordered for Brazos County, including the cities of Bryan and College Station.
Officials announced the order during a news briefing Monday afternoon from the Brazos County Health District. Continue reading “Brazos County issues shelter-in-place order: here’s what that means”
Brain training is big business, with companies like BrainHQ, Lumosity, and Cogmed. But does what they offer actually benefit your brain?
Researchers don’t believe so. In fact, the University of Illinois determined that there’s little or no evidence that these games improve anything more than the specific tasks being trained. Lumosity’s maker was even fined $2 million in 2016 for false claims. Continue reading “The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity”
President Donald Trump on Sunday announced he would activate the federal National Guard to assist Washington, California and New York, three of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
He added that those three states have either been approved or will soon be approved for major disaster declarations to allow the federal government to more seamlessly provide supplies. Continue reading “Trump says he’s activated National Guard in New York, California and Washington state”