Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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U.S. intensifies coronavirus response

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/05/20, 12:01 pm

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency late Wednesday after the first U.S. coronavirus death outside of Washington state. An elderly person with underlying health issues died earlier in the day of COVID-19 after returning from a cruise, said officials in a Northern California county. Florida, Hawaii, and Washington state have also declared states of emergency. Federal authorities announced an investigation into the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., where many of the 10 people who have died in the state contracted the illness. The U.S.

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Tightrope daredevil tackles volcano

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/05/20, 11:02 am

“The King of the High Wire” took on his highest, longest challenge yet. ABC on Wednesday aired Nik Wallenda’s successful trip across the crater of the active Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua on live television. His wife, Erendira, also performed aerial ballet on a wire suspended over the volcano.

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Sick and in prison

Compassion | COVID-19 threatens prisoners around the world—including in the United States
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/04/20, 04:14 pm

Iran let about 54,000 prisoners out of jail on furlough to curtail the spread of the coronavirus in cramped detention quarters. Relatives of inmates at Evin prison, notorious for holding activists, Christians, and foreign nationals, said the facility had run out of medicine, cleaning products, and hygiene items.

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