WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump gave the first details Saturday about the first death in the United States from the coronavirus, saying the victim was a woman in her 50s who had underlying health problems. Trump described the patient as a "wonderful woman" and a "medically high-risk patient," at a news conference at the White House. Officials in Washington state announced earlier the day that a covid-19 fatality occurred in King County, but did not release any other details. A news conference will be held later today.
For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret. The company, Crypto AG, got its first break with a contract to build code-making machines for U.S. troops during World War II. Flush with cash, it became a dominant maker of encryption devices for decades, navigating waves of technology from mechanical gears to electronic circuits and, finally, silicon chips and software.
When an intruder broke into the Rochester, New York, home of 82-year-old Willie Murphy a few months ago, he was met with a big surprise. Murphy, a diminutive but powerlifting woman, quickly jumped into action, using her strength to pummel the intruder with a broom and send him running for the door. Not surprisingly, the story went viral as people embraced the images of the elderly Murphy flexing her muscles for the cameras.
A gentle warning to Democrats who are newly awakened to the prospect of Amy Klobuchar: Remember that right now you like her. The U.S. senator from Minnesota had a surprisingly strong third-place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, and suddenly voters and pundits lifted their weary heads and declared that maybe a woman did have a shot at winning the election, after all - just not any of the women they'd been paying attention to.
McClatchy, one of the nation's largest newspaper publishers, filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday, another harbinger of America's deepening local-news crisis.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is testing the rule of law one week after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, seeking to bend the executive branch into an instrument for his personal and political vendetta against perceived enemies. And Trump - simmering with rage, fixated on exacting revenge against those he feels betrayed him and insulated by a compliant Republican Party - is increasingly comfortable doing so to the point of feeling untouchable, according to the president's advisers and allies.
The coronavirus has killed more than 1,300 people, brought a huge swath of central China to a standstill and rattled millions around the globe with hints of a pandemic seenin Hollywood fantasies. But the virus's destructive potential has overshadowed one encouraging aspect of this outbreak: So far, about 82 percent of the cases - including all 14 in the United States - have been mild, with symptoms that require little or no medical intervention. And that proportion may be an undercount.
DES MOINES - Troy Price, the Iowa Democratic Party chairman who has been under siege since the state's caucuses last week were engulfed by chaos that embarrassed the party, will step down as soon as a replacement can be found, he said in a letter Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - An agreement between the United States and the Taliban on a "reduction in violence" in Afghanistan that could lead to direct peace talks between the militants and the Afghan government may be announced in the next several days, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
The latest confirmed coronavirus patient in the United States was mistakenly discharged from a San Diego hospital because of a laboratory error, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The patient was among three evacuees from China who were placed in isolation and underwent testing at the University of California San Diego Medical Center last week after showing signs of the novel coronavirus. An initial round of tests came back negative, and the people returned to a quarantine site at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.