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Bowing to Inevitable, Trump Extends Social Distance Guidelines Through April as Coronavirus Toll Mounts

President Trump—backtracking on his professed desire to open the country in time for Easter—announced that the administration’s social distancing guidelines would be extended for another 30 days, through the end of April.

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U.S. Now Has More Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Than China, Italy and All Other Countries

Global leader:  The United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country.   As of mid-day Friday, there were more than 566,000 confirmed cases worldwide, and over 25,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, but said [...]

Consumer Protection

Here Come the Frauds: From Bogus Vaccine Kits to ‘Silver Solution,’ Coronavirus Cons Begin

The swindles have begun. As Americans struggle to cope with the spread of COVID-19, they will also need to brace themselves for “disaster fraud”—those cons that rely on post-catastrophe chaos to separate people from their money. 

Consumer Protection

Pesticides and Produce: Environmental Group Lists Cleanest and Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables

An environmental advocacy group is out today with its annual report on pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. Raisin lovers, take note. Nearly all conventionally-grown raisins have traces of two or more pesticides, according to government test data cited in a new report. That's worrisome, says the environmental group that authored the report, because raisins are such a popular children's snack.

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Coronavirus Cases Soar With More Testing, and Lives are Upended in the U.S.

With the numbers soaring as more people get tested, there were more than 46,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and about 600 deaths by mid-day Tuesday, mostly in New York, Washington and California. Even so, President Trump said he is considering easing social distancing guidelines to help the economy.

Public Health

“I win. I got the most toilet paper.”

Americans are being told to limit public interactions during the coronavirus pandemic, and to stay at home as much as possible. They're also being told not to denude grocery shelves by hoarding food and other essentials. But have these messages at times been contradictory? If people are supposed to avoid venturing out in public, including shopping trips, doesn’t it make sense for them to limit trips by stocking up as much as they can?

Environment

Curbside Quandary: Who Will Fix America’s Ailing Recycling Programs?

Mike Walker has just finished his lunch in the cafeteria at PCC Community Markets in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. On the small table in front of him is a plastic sandwich wrapper, a potato chip bag and an energy drink can. Only one of those three is destined for a recycling bin. And even then, there's no guarantee that the can will end up recycled.

Consumer Protection

Fire Problems Continue to Plague Popular Models of Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Polaris Industries, which boasts of being a global leader in sales of off-highway vehicles, also has the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 company for recalls, according to a new report.