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Coronavirus live updates: US Army sending medical task force to Houston
sonreir es gratis/iStock By WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- Over 12.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.1 million diagnosed cases and at least 134,097 deaths.Here is how the news is developing...
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Attack at church in South Africa leaves 5 dead
Terraxplorer/iStock By WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS(ZUURBEKOM, South Africa) -- At least five people are dead and more than 40 people arrested in South Africa Saturday following an attack at a church in Zuurbekom, a town in the Gauteng Province of South Africa.Four people were found shot and burnt to death in a car while a fifth victim, a security guard, was also fatally shot, local authorities said.The National Commissioner of Police General Khehla John Sitole said the quick response by authorities averted even more destruction and death."I am certain that the speedy response by the joint security forces has averted...
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As loans run out, small businesses face reckoning amid COVID-19 surge
ABC News By DEVIN DWYER and JANET WEINSTEIN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The resurgence of COVID-19 across the country this summer has deepened anxiety for millions of American small business owners who face another imminent cash crunch in their battle to survive a historic pandemic.The government’s $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program, first rolled out in April, was supposed to help many businesses and their employees weather the storm. Nearly half of all American workers are employed by a small business.But now many of the nearly 5 million US companies that got loans say the relief money is running out with little...
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In Texas, state with most nursing homes, experts fear for elderly amid coronavirus surge
Adene Sanchez/iStock By HALLEY FREGER, ALLISON PECORIN, and MATTHEW MOSK, ABC NEWS (AUSTIN) -- The senior citizens who populate Texas nursing homes were not jammed into bars or packed onto beaches on Memorial Day, but officials there now fear that coronavirus that began spreading among younger people over the past month is imperiling the lives of the state’s most vulnerable.It was a grim but predictable development for a state with more nursing homes – 1,218 – than any state in the nation, experts told ABC News. Some said they already suspect a link between the recent spread of the virus...
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Susan Collins, Congress's last New England Republican, facing toughest reelection yet
Win McNamee/Getty Images By QUINN SCANLAN, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The senior Maine senator has represented the state in the upper chamber since 1997, and she’s pursuing a fifth term in a vastly different political environment, one where her disposition is increasingly out of step with elected leaders and voters, and her vote in favor of President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court justice nominee continues to be weaponized against her.“The big picture is that she's in a fight for her electoral life here that she's really never seen before since she was first elected to the seat,” said Mark Brewer, a...
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The Lone Ranger: Armie Hammer and wife of 10 years Elizabeth Chambers split
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- "Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents." That's how Armie Hammer and his wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer announced on Instagram that they're breaking up. "It has been an incredible journey, but together, we've decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage," the post continues, captioning a throwback picture of the pair. "As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority." The pair have two children: five-year-old daughter Harper Grace and 3-year-old son Ford Douglas...
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Sports franchises face pressure to change names with Native American emblems
fstop123/iStock By: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With America in the midst of a reckoning over racial inequality, more athletes are continuing to speak out across the sports world. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and star running back Adrian Peterson are just a few of several athletes announcing they plan to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem this upcoming season. They are doing so in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice in America. Over the...
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