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April 1, 2020

How Computer Modeling is Helping Understand Coronavirus Crisis – UC’s Tony Martino Explains

Tony Martino with the Utica College Cyber Crime Lab explains how high-tech Artificial Intelligence and Computer Modeling is helping to understand the spread, infections and death […]
April 1, 2020

‘Do No Harm’ to Businesses, Unshackle Upstate’s Michael Kracker Asks of NY Budget in Coronavirus Crisis

Unshackle Upstate’s Executive Director Michael Kracker explains how the Coronvirus Crisis is impacting Upstate NY businesses, and he hopes that the upcoming NY State Budget will […]
April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Impact in Herkimer County – Jim Wallace Talks Deaths, Travel Guidelines & Lost Revenue

Herkimer County Administrator Jim Wallace discusses how the Coronavirus Crisis is impacting the county, including deaths, hospital supplies, travel and quarantine recommendations for outside residents and […]

National News

  • Coronavirus live updates: 1,400 members of NYPD have tested positive
    Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 43,000 people around the world, including at least 4,081 people in the United States. With more than 189,000 diagnosed cases of the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially..
  • Delays, despair as pandemic halts family reunification hearings across US
    Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Nearly every month for the last several years, Darlene has made a 500-mile trek from her home in the Bronx, New York to visit her 4-year-old grandson, Nathaniel, who lives in Detroit. Nathaniel has been in foster care in Michigan since he was an infant. His mother took him ..
  • Coronavirus live updates: China reports 1,541 asymptomatic cases under observation
    Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 42,000 people around the world, including over 4,000 in the United States. The new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19, was first detected in China back in Dece..
  • US coronavirus death toll now over 4,000
    jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than 859,000 people around the world. Over 178,000 of those patients have recovered from the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19. More than 42,000 people across the globe have d..
  • Las Vegas homeless placed in outdoor parking lot as ‘temporary shelter’
    iStock/f11photo(LAS VEGAS) -- As many Americans are told to shelter at home during the coronavirus pandemic, a striking image showing Las Vegas’ homeless lying on the ground of an outdoor parking lot designated as a "temporary shelter" has drawn swift criticism online. The photo shows several homele..
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March 24, 2020

US to cut $1B to Afghanistan to prod leaders, move peace process forward

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) -- After weeks of political in-fighting have paralyzed the Afghan government and frozen the peace process between it and the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to the country Monday to prod its leaders to end their dispute and form a government. But after departing Kabul and meeting Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar, the top U.S. diplomat announced that his efforts failed to bring together rival Afghan leaders and that..
March 23, 2020

Trial of Paul Whelan, ex-Marine held in Russia, begins

Marilyn Nieves/iStock(MOSCOW) The trial of Paul Whelan, the former United States Marine held on espionage charges in Russia, formally opened on Monday, more than a year after he was first seized by Russian security services. Whelan, a security director for the American auto parts manufacturer BorgWarner, was detained in his hotel room close to Red Square by agents of Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in late December 2018. Russia has never publicly elaborated on the accusations ag..
March 23, 2020

‘In a crisis’: Pompeo makes surprise trip to Afghanistan to prod leaders, push peace process forward

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) -- After weeks of political in-fighting have paralyzed the Afghan government and frozen the peace process between it and the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to the country Monday to prod its leaders to end their dispute and form a government. That peace process was initiated by the U.S. and Taliban signing an agreement on Feb. 29, but nearly one month later, the militant group have increased their violent attacks..
March 21, 2020

Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it’s a cover-up

iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, there are growing questions in Russia about the official number of cases that have been declared. According to the count released by its health ministry, Russia currently has only 253 confirmed cases of the virus. That is vastly lower than in other major countries in Western Europe, where there are already thousands of cases. What really makes Russia an outlier, however, is the number of tests it is carrying ou..
March 20, 2020

UK announces closure of bars, restaurants and cafes to combat coronavirus

iStock/pcruciatti(LONDON) -- The U.K. government has ordered that cafes, bars and restaurants must close "as soon as they reasonably" can to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the sweeping measures at a press conference Friday, as government guidelines, which advised residents 70 or older, medically vulnerable groups and those with symptoms to self-isolate, were being ignored, particularly in the capital. The U.K. is set to follow other major European countri..
March 20, 2020

Italy’s coronavirus death toll surpasses China’s as doctors plead for more aid

CasPhotography/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus death toll in Italy surpassed China’s for the first time, becoming the first country to do so, as the prime minister announced that a task force of 300 volunteer doctors will be despatched to the worst affected areas of the country. As of Thursday, the total number of dead in Italy had risen to 3,405, out of a total of 41,035 confirmed cases of coronavirus nationwide, surpassing China’s death toll of 3,249. The news that Italy has become the wo..