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Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

President Donald Trump’s allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation’s most important swing states.
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New York City deaths top 1,000 with worst to come

UPDATED: Wed., April 1, 2020

Florida officials were locked in a standoff with two cruise ships steaming toward the coast Tuesday as more coronavirus hot spots flared around the country and embattled New York City used forklifts to load bodies onto refrigerated trucks in plain view outside overwhelmed hospitals.

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Regulators mull reversing $462M increase in PG&E fire fines

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

California power regulators are weighing a recommendation to back off plans to fine Pacific Gas and Electric an additional $462 million over a series of deadly Northern California wildfires rather than risk that the harsher punishment might scuttle the utility’s plan to get out of bankruptcy.
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Virus disrupts pregnancy plans, raises anxiety and questions

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. The novel coronavirus pandemic has injected anxiety and uncertainty to an already stressful time and while science about risks is mostly reassuring, doctors want clearer answers too.
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White House projects up to 240,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.
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U.S. outlines plan for Venezuela transition, sanctions relief

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

The Trump administration is prepared to lift crippling sanctions on Venezuela in support of a new proposal to form a transitional government requiring both Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido to step aside in favor of a five-person governing council, U.S. officials said.
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McConnell: Impeachment ‘diverted attention’ from coronavirus

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the novel coronavirus as it reached the United States in January, despite warnings at the time from public health experts and members of Congress about the spread of the deadly virus.
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Disputed Canada-U.S. oil pipeline work to start in April

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for the project that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes.
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Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are anxious to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship’s coronavirus caseload. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that the decision would be punted to Washington if authorities can’t agree.
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Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

The FBI has failed to follow its own policies for ensuring the accuracy of applications it submits to conduct wiretaps in national security investigations, including in some cases by not having documentation to support arguments made to judges, according to a letter released Tuesday.
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U.S. death toll from coronavirus eclipses China’s official count

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City’s streets to collect the surging number of dead, public health officials projected Tuesday that the coronavirus could ultimately kill more than 100,000 people across the U.S. Some states that have become hot spots warn they’re running low on ventilators, while two cruise ships pleaded for Florida to allow them to dock to carry off the sick and dead.

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