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CDC Director Warns This Fall Could Be The Worst Ever For Public Health

The U.S. now has more than 5 million cases and 166,700 deaths from the coronavirus. And with flu season approaching, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Wednesday that things could get a lot more grim. Robert Redfield said in an interview with WebMD that if Americans don't follow public health guidance, the country could be facing "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had." "We're going to have COVID in the fall, and we're going to...

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Trump And His Campaign Amplify 'Birther' Conspiracy Against Kamala Harris

Updated at 8:15 p.m. ET President Trump stoked a controversial theory being promoted by supporters — and his campaign — that Sen. Kamala Harris of California is not eligible for the vice presidency. The Democrat was born in California and therefore qualifies for the job. Trump, who led a "birther" conspiracy movement against former President Barack Obama, told reporters Thursday that he heard a "highly qualified, very talented lawyer" opine that Harris didn't qualify to serve as vice...

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Football is coming back to Albany. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy called it “the worst kept secret” during a news conference Thursday morning at the Times Union Center.

Albany’s team will be one of three expansion teams joining the National Arena League. They’re expected to start in the 2021 season, which will begin in April and run through the playoffs in August.

Albany has a long history with arena football. The Firebirds played there for 10 years and the Empire most recently played for two seasons. Both teams won an Arena Bowl championship.

Lawmakers in California are rushing to create a new financial protection watchdog agency by the end of the month. They say it's needed because, under the Trump administration, the main federal regulator has been paralyzed.

And they say that during the pandemic that is leaving millions of Americans who are in dire financial straits more vulnerable to predatory lenders, get-out-of-debt-scams and other wrongdoing.

When everyone who tests positive for coronavirus in your community gets a call from a public health worker asking them about their contacts, and those contacts are then asked to quarantine, that can be a powerful way to keep the virus from spreading.

Democrat Joe Biden's lead has expanded to double-digits against President Trump in the presidential election, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Biden now leads Trump 53% to 42%, up from an 8-point advantage at the end of June.

It comes as 71% of Americans now see the coronavirus as a real threat, up significantly over the last several months, as more than 167,000 Americans have died and more than 5 million have become infected with the virus.

"Turkey In The Straw," is a song that brings the ice cream man with it in the summer, but it has a racist past. Now, ice cream trucks have a new jingle to play.

President Trump has been arguing that's he's been the best president for Black Americans outside of Abraham Lincoln, but with less than 100 days before the election, it's not clear that his campaign to reach African Americans is changing many minds.

The catastrophic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon last week has renewed calls here in the U.S. to strengthen oversight of ammonium nitrate or AN, a chemical compound used in some farm fertilizers.

Officials in Beirut believe the giant blast, which killed more than 200 people and damaged half of the city, was likely an accident caused by fire and negligent storage of some 2,750 tons of the chemical.

It's a nondescript, utilitarian room in the bowels of a sports arena. The presidential nomination is on the line. Aides to three candidates still in the contest are haggling with convention staff over who speaks when, will their biographical videos be shown, whose office space is nearest the floor. It's a political junkie's dream. It could be real. But it's not. This is how it played out in a 2012 episode of NBC's prime-time drama The West Wing.

There's a lot riding on a kickoff set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.


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WAMC’s Alan Chartock regularly interviews New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about state and national politics, the pandemic, and more.


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