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WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate, citing health experts' predictions that it could save 40,000 lives from coronavirus over the next three months.

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WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high.

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With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them.

ASHTABULA — The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (are seeking public comments for the proposed removal of a "beneficial use impairment" that restricts navigational dredging activities within the Ashtabula River Area of Concern.

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NEW YORK — Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility.

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MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism and unease because the shots have only been studied in dozens of people.

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ORWELL — The Grand Valley Local Schools administrative staff is planning a town hall meeting online at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the public to ask questions regarding the reopening of school, said GVLS Superintendent William Nye.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent out of the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there had been a "shooting" outside the White House that was "under control."

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President Donald Trump on Monday joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches calling to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown as supporters pushed the premise that the players are safer because of their sport.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health leaders around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infe…

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COLUMBUS — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

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The coronavirus pandemic has left very few events, institutions or traditions without impact during the infamous year 2020.

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association announced Friday it will delay the start of fall sports for two weeks to have conversations with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf about sports concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic.

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WASHINGTON — Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money are teetering on the brink of collapse after a marathon meeting in the Capitol generated lots of recriminations but little progress on the top issues confronting negotiators.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

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ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Wal-Mart and the Salvation Army are teaming up to provide new school supplies to hundreds of local children in need during this weekend’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign.

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Administrators from the Grand Valley and Pymatuning Valley School districts are fine-tuning their back-to-school plans as classes are scheduled to begin in less than three weeks.

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WASHINGTON — In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump was flanked in the White House briefing room by a team of public health experts in a seeming portrait of unity to confront the disease that was ravaging the globe.

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BOSTON — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest…

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The Ohio Department of Health released a temporary order over the weekend,  mandating testing for contact sports. However, it hasn’t been officially approved by Gov. Mike DeWine’s office or the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

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WASHINGTON — Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill are set to resume Monday afternoon, but the path forward promises to be challenging and time is already growing short. Republicans are griping that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't drop her expansive wish list even as co…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Lord & Taylor, America's oldest retailer, is seeking bankruptcy protection, as is the owner of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, lengthening the list of major retail chains that have faltered in the pandemic.

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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.

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ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula County Community Action Agency continues to work with other agencies and individuals to meet the challenges of the coronavirus and the economic issues it may raise in the months to come, according to ACCAA Executive Director Judith Barris.

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The first steps of a walk into the unknown happened on Saturday as some area high school athletic teams held their first day of fall practice.

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Ashtabula County reported its first death from COVID-19 since June 23 on Friday, capping off a week in which 20 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, according to information from the Ohio Department of Health.

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ASHTABULA  — The third annual Feed the Hope campaign will have a new look in 2020, but the goal is the same — to fill Ashtabula County’s food pantries.

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve expressed concern Wednesday that the persistent viral outbreak will act as a drag on the economy and hiring in the coming months and said it plans to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate pegged near zero to help provide support.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus — making him the highest-ranking official to test positive so far.

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MIAMI — Two major league games scheduled for Monday night were postponed after more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia.

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HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Academy is the educational arm of Spire Institute seeking to grow the number of students and reach out to those in the area, said Rich Odell, co-managing director of Spire Institute.

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JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A love of television started at an early age for Scott Wludyga who got his start on video and on-air projects as a high school student at Pymatuning Valley High School.

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ASHTABULA — As the Ashtabula Arts Center continues its reopening plans, KeyBank of Ashtabula is offering $5,000 in scholarship money for virtual learning, the bank and the arts center announced in a joint press release.

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ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Two events held at Lake Shore Park every September are canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GENEVA — A local church is seeking to help Geneva area residents through a program designed to help people in need of outdoor minor house repairs and yard work, said Wendy Brennan, mission committee chairperson for the Geneva United Methodist Church.

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