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Texas wins appeal on abortion ruling

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/31/20, 04:31 pm

Texas can resume enforcing a governor’s order that counts elective abortions as a nonessential medical procedure that must be postponed during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Monday ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel that allowed abortionists to continue aborting babies while pro-abortion groups fought Gov. Greg Abbott’s order in the courts.

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Sophia Lee

Short-order squeeze

Business | Shutdowns and COVID-19 are endangering locally owned restaurants
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/31/20, 03:23 pm

On a typical day, République’s Gothic-style dining room hums with the din of clinking glasses, scraping forks, and conversations over eclectic fare such as kimchi fried rice with beef short rib and heirloom tomato salad. As an all-day restaurant in Los Angeles that shifts from morning pastry pick-ups to business lunch breaks to celebratory dinners, silence is a rare guest at République—until a pandemic completely shut down the city’s dining scene. 

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U.S. tests more than a million people

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/31/20, 01:02 pm

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said healthcare workers are now testing more than 100,000 samples from potential COVID-19 patients per day. President Donald Trump added in Monday’s briefing that “over 1 million Americans have now been tested, more than any country by far.”

How quickly are results known? Food and Drug Administration Administrator Stephen Hahn said newly approved COVID-19 point-of-care tests allow patients to get results in just minutes.

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