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Coronavirus cases in LA County top 25,000
5/6/2020 2:34:36 PM

CORONA COUNT LOS ANGELES (CNS)—The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County surged past 25,000 as officials announced another 791 confirmed cases, along with 21 more deaths. There are now 25,662 cases of COVID-19 and 1,229 deaths related to the disease caused by the virus, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "The people lost to COVID-19 are mourned by all of us in L.A. County, and to their loved ones, we wish you peace and healing," Barbara Ferrer, the county's public health director, said Sunday. "We have all worked...

Mountain top: Game of Thrones actor sets deadlift record
5/6/2020 2:26:16 PM

KOPAVOGUR, Iceland (AP)—The Mountain is at the top of the deadlift world. “Game of Thrones” actor Hafthor Bjornsson, who played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series, set a deadlift world record by lifting 501 kilograms (1,104 pounds) on Saturday. Bjornsson, the 2018 World's Strongest Man, made the successful attempt at Thor's Power Gym in his native Iceland. “I believe today I could've done more, but what's the point?” the 31-year-old Bjornsson told ESPN. “I'm happy with this.” Eddie Hall set the...

'Trolls' went straight to homes. Movie theaters are fuming.
5/6/2020 2:23:00 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—The most controversial movie of the year is ... “Trolls World Tour”? As innocuous as the rainbow-colored, music-blaring animated movie may seem, the digital release of the “Trolls” sequel has caused a storm to course through the movie industry. Just as the pandemic worsened and movie theaters were shuttering, Universal Pictures shifted the film's release to video on demand, leading a charge straight through the theatrical window. Universal calls the “Trolls World Tour” digital release a success and...

Make-A-Wish trying to make dreams come true during pandemic
5/6/2020 2:21:24 PM

By Gary Gerard Hamilton   NEW YORK (AP)—Three-year-old Audrey, who is fighting cancer, had a big wish—to visit Disney World. And thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation, her dream was set to come true in April. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit, travel came to a standstill, and Disney World was closed. So now, Audrey and her family are waiting—along with thousands of other Make-A-Wish kids—for the storm to pass so Audrey can eventually make it to see Mickey Mouse and the rest of the Disney universe. “There's a lot of parts of a cancer battle...

Greyhound racing returns slowly but sport may fade away
5/6/2020 2:20:00 PM

By Jeff Montgomery   DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP)—As spring slowly arrives in Dubuque, there are occasional signs of life at the city's longtime dog-racing facility. A skeleton crew keeps an eye on the dogs that already have arrived at Iowa Greyhound Park. In keeping with current social-distancing standards, the employees are at least 6 feet apart at all times. Races are slated to begin in mid-May of this year. However, General Manager Brian Carpenter acknowledged that the spread of COVID-19 has placed that starting date in question. “At this point, nobody really...

Most volunteers not eligible to join California Health Corps
5/6/2020 2:09:43 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—For days after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the all-volunteer California Health Corps, he provided updates on how many retired medical workers had signed up and marveled at the numbers—34,000 in the first 48 hours, 82,000 a week later. Newsom said the state would move quickly to get them to assist with the expected crush of coronavirus cases. The sign-ups reached 93,000, but the wave Newsom worried would overwhelm hospitals hasn't arrived. And the ranks of those in line to join the corps have fallen precipitously. The...

Poll: Cost makes nearly 1 in 10 leery of seeking COVID care
5/6/2020 2:05:24 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON (AP)—As states gear up to reopen, a poll finds a potential obstacle to controlling the coronavirus: nearly 1 in 10 adults say cost would keep them from seeking help if they thought they were infected. The Gallup-West Health Healthcare Costs Survey out Tuesday finds that 9% of those age 18 and over would avoid seeking treatment because of concerns about the cost of care, even if they thought they were infected with the coronavirus. A significantly higher number, 14%, would avoid seeking treatment because of pocketbook worries if...

New York City neighborhood comes together to bury a stranger
5/6/2020 2:03:08 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—The request, posted on an online neighborhood forum by a Brooklyn funeral director, was simple but heartfelt. A 91-year-old woman had died from the coronavirus. Her family was scattered in other states. Would anyone like to contribute items for her funeral, like flowers? This wasn't a funeral for anyone who lived in the neighborhood, Brooklyn's Prospect Leffert Gardens section, or for anyone that neighbors knew. It was for a complete stranger who died at a Manhattan assisted living facility. Yet within minutes, people began to respond. One resident, Rebecca...

Coronavirus cases top 20,000 in LA County; death toll continues to rise
4/30/2020 8:59:49 PM

LOS ANGELES—COVID-19 cases have surged past 20,000 in Los Angeles County, with another 900 cases announced along with more than two dozen additional deaths, increasing the death toll to 948. On the day testing was ramped up at nursing homes in hopes of slowing spread of the coronavirus, Los Angeles County announced another 29 fatalities Monday, Long Beach announced two and Pasadena reported four. Long Beach and Pasadena both have their own health departments. Roughly 45% of the fatalities have occurred in institutional settings, primarily skilled nursing homes, according to the...

Getting medical care in your home during the pandemic
4/30/2020 8:54:09 PM

By Seema Verma Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   WASHINGTON—At Medicare, we understand you may have concerns about going to your doctor’s office during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Like so many Americans, our Medicare beneficiaries are rightly observing social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others from possible infection. We also recognize that our beneficiaries still need checkups, prescription refills, or other care from their doctors. The good news is that President Trump dramatically...