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The nation wanted to eat out again. Everyone has paid the price.

The nation wanted to eat out again. Everyone has paid the price.

ByJennifer Steinhauer,New York Times ServiceAcross the United States this summer, restaurants and bars, reeling from mandatory lockdowns and steep financial declines, opened their doors to customers, thousands of whom had been craving deep bowls of farro, frothy margaritas and juicy burgers smothered in glistening onions.But the short-term gains have led to broader losses. Data from states and cities show that many community outbreaks of the coronavirus this summer have centered on restaurants and bars, often the largest settings to infect Americans.In Louisiana, roughly a quarter of the...

August 12, 2020
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A COVID patient goes home after a rare double-lung transplant

A COVID patient goes home after a rare double-lung transplant

ByDenise Grady,New York Times ServiceThe last thing that Mayra Ramirez remembers from the emergency room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is calling her family to say she had COVID, was about to be put on a ventilator and needed her mother to make medical decisions for her.Ramirez, 28, did not wake up for more than six weeks. And then she learned that on June 5, in the United States to receive a double-lung transplant.On Wednesday, she went home from the hospital.Ramirez is one of a small but growing number of patients whose lungs have been destroyed by the coronavirus and whose...

July 31, 2020
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2 women charged in attack on Wisconsin state senator

2 women charged in attack on Wisconsin state senator

ByChristine Hauser,New York Times ServiceTwo women were arrested and accused of beating a state senator who had been recording video of protesters last month during a night of intensifying violence in Madison, Wisconsin, authorities said.The senator, Tim Carpenter, a Democrat who represents parts of Milwaukee, said June 24 that he was punched and kicked in the head after he took of protesters who had been marching through downtown Madison for several hours to protest police violence and racism.I took this pic- it got me assaulted & beat up. Punched/kicked in the head, neck, ribs. Maybe...

July 29, 2020
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Trump is selling white grievance. The suburbs aren’t buying it.

Trump is selling white grievance. The suburbs aren’t buying it.

ByKatie Glueck,New York Times ServiceCORNELIUS, N.C. — On a humid Wednesday morning in this leafy lakeside suburb of Charlotte, American flags fluttered from porches along Main Street, traffic was slow, and the occasional resident ambled out for a walk.There was only one visible sign of the anger and anxiety that have coursed through this community and so many others across the nation in recent weeks: “Racist,” read the faded black graffiti at the base of a Confederate memorial, the kind of statue President Donald Trump has amid a national discussion of racism in America.Down the street, as...

July 10, 2020
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Scientists say new strain of swine flu virus is spreading to humans in China

Scientists say new strain of swine flu virus is spreading to humans in China

ByMike Ives,The New York Times CompanyHONG KONG — A new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus is spreading silently in workers on pig farms in China and should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic, a team of scientists says in a new study.H1N1 is highly transmissible and spread around the world in 2009, killing about 285,000 people and morphing into seasonal flu.The newer strain, known as G4 EA H1N1, has been common on China’s pig farms since 2016 and replicates efficiently in human airways, according to the study published Monday. So far, it has infected some people without...

July 1, 2020
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Health care advocates push back against Trump’s erasure of transgender rights

Health care advocates push back against Trump’s erasure of transgender rights

BySheila Kaplan,The New York Times CompanyHealth advocates representing American hospitals, medical groups, insurers and civil rights associations condemned the Trump administration on Saturday for rolling back protections for transgender patients, and for doing so amid a global pandemic.The new rule, long sought by conservatives and the religious right, narrows the legal definition of sex discrimination in the Affordable Care Act so that it omits protection for transgender people. It also opens the door for health care providers to refuse to treat patients who have had abortions.The move...

June 14, 2020
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The death of the department store: ‘Very few are likely to survive’

The death of the department store: ‘Very few are likely to survive’

BySapna Maheshwari and Vanessa Friedman,The New York Times CompanyAmerican department stores, once all-powerful shopping meccas that anchored malls and Main Streets across the country, have been dealt blow after blow in the past decade. J.C. Penney and Sears were upended by hedge funds. Macy’s has been closing stores and cutting corporate staff. Barneys New York filed for bankruptcy last year.But nothing compares to the shock the weakened industry has taken from the . The sales of clothing and accessories fell by more than half in March, a trend that is expected to only get worse in April....

April 22, 2020
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Nervous Republicans see Trump sinking, and taking Senate with him

Nervous Republicans see Trump sinking, and taking Senate with him

ByJonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman,The New York Times CompanyWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s erratic handling of the coronavirus outbreak, the worsening economy and a cascade of ominous public and private polling have Republicans increasingly nervous that they are at risk of losing the presidency and the Senate if Trump does not put the nation on a radically improved course.The scale of the GOP’s challenge has crystallized in the last week. With 26 million Americans now having filed for unemployment benefits, Trump’s standing in states that he carried in 2016 looks increasingly...

April 26, 2020
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Manhattan faces a reckoning if working from home becomes the norm

Manhattan faces a reckoning if working from home becomes the norm

ByMatthew Haag,The New York Times CompanyNEW YORK — Before the coronavirus crisis, three of New York City’s largest commercial tenants — Barclays, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley — had tens of thousands of workers in towers across Manhattan. Now, as the city wrestles with when and how to reopen, executives at all three firms have decided that it is highly unlikely that all their workers will ever return to those buildings.Research firm Nielsen has arrived at a similar conclusion. Even after the crisis has passed, its 3,000 workers in the city will no longer need to be in the office...

May 13, 2020
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Trump ousted State Dept. watchdog at Pompeo’s urging; Democrats open inquiry

Trump ousted State Dept. watchdog at Pompeo’s urging; Democrats open inquiry

ByCatie Edmondson and Michael D. Shear,The New York Times CompanyWASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged President Donald Trump to fire the official responsible for fighting waste and fraud in his department, a White House official said Saturday, a recommendation certain to come under scrutiny after congressional Democrats opened an investigation into what they said “may be an act of illegal retaliation.”Trump told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi late Friday night that he was ousting Steve Linick, who led the office of the inspector general at the State Department, and replacing him...

May 17, 2020
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