Sacramento Church Reportedly Linked to over 70 Coronavirus Cases

THE GUARDIAN Sacramento area church says it has been unfairly blamed in the spread as health officials link a third of cases to places of worship. A California megachurch has found itself at the center of a coronavirus outbreak after public health officials connected it to 71 cases , even as church leaders say they have been unfairly blamed for failing to take action to stop the spread among church members. County health officials have put Bethany Slavic Missionary church, a Pentecostal...
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Feds intercept 100 coronavirus test kits shipped to Portland apartment

KGW NEWS The COVID-19 test kits were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibited from entering the country. Federal investigators seized 100 coronavirus test kits being shipped from China to a Portland apartment complex, according to a federal search warrant. The coronavirus test kits were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and prohibited from entering the country. On March 18, U.S. Customs intercepted the shipment containing four white boxes labele...
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No Visitors allowed in Colorado’s Gunnison County | Cononavirus Lockdown

KDVR Visitors are no longer allowed in Gunnison County under the county’s latest public health order. Violators could be jailed. In 1918, people in Gunnison dodged a flu pandemic by telling visitors to stay away. Now, the county is trying a similar technique to flatten its COVID-19 curve. “We do have a reputation to uphold from 1918, but ... we know the realities for us today,” said Joni Reynolds, Gunnison County public health director. “The reality is that we started this outbreak in G...
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The qualities that imperil urban places during COVID-19 are also the keys to recovery

FT As the world closes in on itself to contain the coronavirus, people are rightfully worried about how the places where they live are affecting their health and well-being. Is it safer to be in a rural area to avoid the seemingly perilous density of a metropolis? Or in a city where health care and other resources are close at hand? As the pandemic expands nationally—upending life in dense urban areas and remote hamlets alike—there are few satisfying answ...
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Coronavirus outbreak brings back people who ran away from Facebook

CNET #DeleteFacebook goes out the door when you're social distancing. Fed up with seeing political lies on social media, Scott Erickson deleted his Facebook account last year as the US headed into the presidential primary season. Leaving the world's largest social network, he thought, would help ease his mind. But Erickson's Facebook hiatus came to an end earlier this month when the 47-year-old technical account manager developed a fever and cough, symptoms associated with COVID-19, the respi...
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Google bans Alex Jones ‘InfoWars’ app after coronavirus claims

NEWSWEEK The InfoWars app was removed from the Google Play Store on Friday, in response to a video in which conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spread disinformation about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Just as on his radio show and other online platforms, Jones published false information via the InfoWars app, which had more than a 100,000 downloads at the time of its removal from the app store. In addition to broadcasting The Alex Jones Show live, products were also sold through the a...
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Texas National Guard unit to base in Dallas

 FOX4NEWS.COM Dallas County leads the state with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. On Friday it reported 64 new cases for a total of 367 cases, including seven deaths so far. State officials also said Friday that one of the three Texas National Guard units that have been activated will be based in the county. The 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is based in the DFW area. Dallas County officials said hospitalizations are increasing from the virus, with 36 per...
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Worst-case scenario: 33,200 Coloradans could die from COVID-19

KDVR For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis laid out how much life-saving equipment the state's hospitals have and how much they might need to help COVID-19 patients in a worst-case scenario. Speaking Friday afternoon at the state's Emergency Operations Center in Centennial, Polis said as many has 33,200 people in Colorado could die from the coronavirus if the virus spreads rapidly and people don't follow the state's stay-at-home executive order. ...
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Thieves party at closed Bay Area restaurant during shelter in place

La Costanera, an elegant Peruvian restaurant overlooking the water in Montara, has been closed since the Bay Area’s shelter-in-place order went into effect, but at least four people broke into the restaurant on March 21, stole cash, smashed cameras and drank sparkling wine — then lingered for 11 hours over the course of two days. That’s according to Jorge Palacios, regional manager for Altamirano Restaurant Group, which runs several Bay Area Peruvian restaurants such as Mochica and Piqueo’s in S...
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Colorado will be home to the new U.S. Space Force

Congress approved $148 million for the Consolidated Space Operations Facility. SPACE NEWS The Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 includes $88 million to complete the construction of a Consolidated Space Operations Facility at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The CSOF was requested two years ago by the U.S. Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command to meet growing demands for secure facilities for military space operators and analysts from the intelligence community...
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Quarantined passengers to remain in isolation after returning to US soil

Hundreds of American evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess have been isolated on U.S. military air bases. CNBC A passenger who was among hundreds of Americans who volunteered to disembark the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship over the weekend, told CNBC Tuesday that the evacuees received a round of applause after making it back to U.S. soil. The repatriates arrived at one of two U.S. military air bases Monday morning via charter plane from the ship docked in Japan. “I burst ...
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Pentagon Report Warns On Threat To U.S. From Russia’s Dangerous Global Influence

FORBES A new report prepared for the Joint Chiefs has found that the U.S. needs an urgent change of strategy to deal with Russia's growing influence on the world. The Kremlin is deploying an increasingly sophisticated strategy of propaganda, political manipulation, economic exploitation and provocation to disrupt U.S. influence and restore Russia's global standing—Washington needs to change its approach or risk falling further behind. Across 150 pages, more than 20 military and independent ana...
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Texas Lawmakers Pass Measure to Protect Electric Grid From Cyber Attacks, Solar Storms

Cyber attacks. A solar storm. Sabotage and terrorist activity. THEHAYRIDE.COM An electromagnetic pulse of some variety. A yet-unthinkable nuclear blast from a rogue international actor. Or even just the Texas weather. The Texas electric delivery grid is vulnerable, but the Texas Legislature is close to taking the first steps to protect it. SB 475 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, which establishes the Texas Electric Grid Security Council, passed the House easily on Tuesday...
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South Korea: There Will Be No War on Korean Peninsula

There will be no war on the Korean peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-In stated Thursday, adding that Seoul effectively had a veto over US military action in response to the North's nuclear and missile programs. Alahednews Tensions have soared on the peninsula in recent months, with Pyongyang carrying out its first successful tests of an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM], bringing much of the US within range. Last week it threatened to send a salvo of rockets towards the U...
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How long can the US keep hackers at bay and the lights on?

The foundation around which the U.S. economy runs, the power grid makes an intriguing target for hackers. HOUSTON CHRONICLE  After it came to light this summer that hackers had infiltrated the computer networks of two U.S. power companies - at a time the country was still reeling from Russian cyberattacks aimed at influencing the 2016 election - the possibility of hackers taking down the U.S. power grid and sending the nation into chaos suddenly seemed a very real possibility. The compani...
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