Fauci: US ‘going in wrong direction’ in coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen. With about 40,000 new cases being reported a day, Fauci, the government’s […]

DOJ declines prosecution of Smyrna pair on human trafficking charges

SMYRNA – Early last month, the Delaware Department of Justice ceased prosecution of two Smyrna residents charged with human trafficking following investigation into a spa business in 2019, authorities said this week. On June 3, the DOJ entered nolle prosequi requests without prejudice involving Sha L. Shen, 65, and James E. Walls, 62, essentially dismissing […]

Democrats call White House briefing on Russian bounties inadequate

WASHINGTON — House Democrats returning from a briefing at the White House Tuesday said they still have many questions about explosive allegations that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan and questioned why President Donald Trump won’t condemn Vladimir Putin over the issue. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and a small […]

Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies

NEW YORK — Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy’s front ranks as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and straight man to Mel Brooks’ “2000 Year Old Man,” has died. He was 98. Reiner’s assistant Judy […]

No COVID-related deaths for fourth straight day in Delaware; three Rehoboth lifeguards test positive

SMYRNA — For a fourth straight day on Monday, no additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported by the Delaware Division of Public Health. The state’s reported death toll remained at 507 as of 6 p.m. Sunday, DPH announced in its daily update. There was an increase of 150 positive cases, however, and 15 patients were reported […]

Trump denies briefing about reported bounties on US troops

WASHINGTON — The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump wasn’t briefed on U.S. intelligence assessments earlier this year that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan because the information had not been verified. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany added that Trump — even now — had not been […]

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues ruled that the law requiring doctors […]

Trump tweets video with ‘white power’ chant, then deletes it

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet and the White House said the president had not heard “the one statement” on the video. The video appeared to have been taken […]

As cases surge in US, rural areas seeing increases as well

For many states and counties in the U.S., the dark days of the coronavirus pandemic in April unfolded on their television screens, not on their doorsteps. But now, some places that appeared to have avoided the worst are seeing surges of infections, as worries shift from major cities to rural areas. While much of the […]

Coronavirus task force briefs public — but not at White House

WASHINGTON — There was no presidential appearance and no White House backdrop Friday when the government’s coronavirus task force briefed the public for the first since April — in keeping with an administration effort to show it’s paying attention to the latest spike in cases but not on a wartime footing that should keep the […]

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