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FILE - This Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo shows The River Church in Tampa, Fla. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne was arrested Monday, March 30, 2020, for violating a county order by hosting a large number of congregants at the church. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

New coronavirus limits bring new religious freedom tension

Apr. 4, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some faith leaders have persisted in holding in-person services -- a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic. The most high-profile clash over in-person worship...

A resident is removed from the Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Multiple people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Wake-up call: More than 140 infected at 2 Texas care homes

Apr. 3, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coronavirus outbreaks at two Texas nursing homes have infected more than 140 residents, and Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that Texas has doubled its number of available hospital beds in the past two weeks. But hospital officials say not enough protective gear is available for doctors...

CORRECTS TO REMOVE INCORRECT POPULATION FIGURE - McKinney Mayor George Fuller poses for a photo outside his office in McKinney, Texas, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Even though he conflicted with county officials, the suburban Dallas mayor defended his order that residents shelter at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Then he learned that his 19-year-old daughter had tested positive for COVID-19. Fuller said even as he worked to keep the city's residents safe from the virus, it seemed impossible that someone in his own family could be infected. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

As Texas mayor orders closures, daughter gets COVID-19

Apr. 2, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — As a suburban Dallas mayor defended his order that residents shelter at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus, he learned that his 19-year-old daughter had tested positive for COVID-19. McKinney Mayor George Fuller said even as he worked to keep the city's 200,000 residents safe from...

President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

Apr. 2, 2020 6:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration's projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly...

Wearing a mask amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a woman checks her receipt after shopping for groceries in Richardson, Texas, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

12 infected including 1 who died at San Antonio nursing home

Apr. 1, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

At least 12 people at a San Antonio nursing home have been infected with the coronavirus, including one resident who died, and dozens more living at the facility are awaiting test results, authorities said Wednesday. Six residents and six facility staff tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 1, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 31 The Japan News on countries working together to combat the new coronavirus pandemic: There are limits to what any one country can do when it comes to responses to the new coronavirus. Unless the spread of infections can be contained...

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, flanked by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, speaks during a press conference at the state Capitol about the state's response to the coronavirus on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas closes school through May, extends social restrictions

Mar. 31, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that Texas' schools will stay closed through at least May and imposed restrictions that doctors and even his critics say amount to a stay-at-home order for the state — despite Abbott refusing to call it that. Most governors have now...

A Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper talks with a driver at a rest stop along Interstate, 10 Monday, March 30, 2020, in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana state border. Texas is ratcheting up restrictions on neighboring Louisiana, one of the growing hot spots for coronavirus in the U.S. Just two days after Texas began requiring airline passengers from New Orleans to comply with a two-week quarantine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said state troopers will now also patrol highway entry points at the Louisiana border. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texas begins patrols near Louisiana, but enforcement unclear

Mar. 30, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — Texas extending a mandatory self-quarantine to drivers crossing over from neighboring Louisiana, one of the hot spots in the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., began Monday with few clear signs of how the order was being enforced as traffic moved freely across state lines. Republican...

More than 50 new Oklahoma coronavirus cases, one new death

Mar. 30, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 50 new cases of coronavirus and one additional death due to COVID-19 were reported Monday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are now 17 deaths due to the virus and at least 481 cases, the department said, up from 16 deaths and 429 cases on Sunday. The virus...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The Dallas Morning News. March 27, 2020 Collin County, please help us stop coronavirus spread now These are extraordinary times and everyone must follow the best public health advice. The most effective weapon we have as a society against the spread of the coronavirus is physical distancing. It is the one way...