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Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID's silent spread

Special Report: How U.S. CDC missed chances to spot COVID's silent spread

By , (Reuters) - In early February, 57 people arrived at a Nebraska military base, among the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak. U.S. health officials knew very little then about the mysterious new virus, and the quarantined group offered an early opportunity to size up the threat.The federal government sought help from a team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, including Dr. James Lawler, an experienced infectious disease specialist. Lawler told Reuters he immediately asked the world-renowned U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

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U.S. Capitol siege emboldens motley crew of extremists

U.S. Capitol siege emboldens motley crew of extremists

By , , , WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As most Americans recoiled in horror at scenes of rioting and chaos in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, some right-wing and anti-government extremists saw the violence as the fulfillment of a patriotic duty or opportunity to advance their agenda.Among the inspired was Mike Dunn, a 20-year-old follower of the “boogaloo” anti-government movement, whose adherents anticipate a revolution toppling the federal government or a second U.S. civil war.Dunn, who lives in Virginia, said three or four groups of loyalists under his command helped storm the Capitol this week...

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January 8, 2021
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Special Report: U.S. jails are outsourcing medical care — and the death toll is rising

Special Report: U.S. jails are outsourcing medical care — and the death toll is rising

By , , , , SAVANNAH, Georgia (Reuters) - Matthew Loflin was coughing up blood, struggling to breathe and losing consciousness in his cell while awaiting trial on drug-possession charges in this historic Southern city.“I need to go to the hospital,” he told his mother in a jailhouse phone call. “I’m gonna die in here.”It was March 28, 2014, and his seven weeks at the Chatham County Detention Center had been a blur of blackouts and racing heartbeats.The jail’s senior medical staff – Dr. Charles Pugh and two well-credentialed nurses – agreed he needed hospitalization. But the move was opposed...

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October 26, 2020
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