Thousands cheer on Trump at Florida airport campaign rally
SANFORD, Fla. — Thousands of people cheered and chanted “We love you!” Monday night as President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally outside Washington since his coronavirus diagnosis 11 days ago.“It’s great to be back in my home state of Florida,” Trump said.“We’ve all endured a lot together, and we are doing better by far than in 2016,” Trump said. “We are going to have an even greater victory than we did four years ago.”The mostly maskless crowd was seated closely together in chairs and bleachers when Trump took the podium on the tarmac at Orlando Sanford International Airport with A...
Officials discover 3,000 pounds of meth at Otay Mesa Port of Entry
SAN DIEGO — Authorities discovered 3,000 pounds of methamphetamine, plus heroin and fentanyl, in a semi-trailer at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.The drugs, worth an estimated $7.2 million, were found Friday bundled up in cardboard boxes and tucked in the trailer along with boxes of medical lab supplies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said.Authorities said it was the second-largest meth bust in the federal agency’s history. The agency did not provide any information about the biggest methamphetamine bust.The incident unfolded about 9:45 a.m., after the driver pulled up to the border...
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Cuba sees 'new normal' in pandemic, and will open some airports for tourist flights
Cuba has announced a series of new openings on the way to a coronavirus “new normal,” including reopening some airports to international tourist flights.Prime Minister Manuel Marrero this week unveiled a three-step plan to “move toward a new normal” and mitigate the economic impact on the island of the COVID-19 crisis and U.S. sanctions.The provinces where airports will be reopened to international flights starting Monday will be Pinar del Río, Artemisa, Mayabeque, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo. The government said Hava...
Work zone crashes climb during pandemic, even as traffic ebbs
Work zone crashes and fatalities have spiked in some states during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the drop in traffic, alarming transportation and highway safety officials.Workers patching potholes, striping roads, directing traffic or building highways are more at risk than ever, they say, as drivers zoom through work zones or are preoccupied chatting or texting on their phones.Travel on all roads and streets dropped 40% in April and 26% in May, compared with last year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. But fatal crashes increased in some states. And while traffic volume has pi...
Could pre-flight COVID-19 testing be coming to O'Hare?
CHICAGO — Rapid COVID-19 tests soon might be available to passengers and employees at O’Hare International Airport, from a company that plans to offer the tests at other major airports starting Wednesday.XpresCheck plans to begin offering COVID-19 tests developed by Abbott Laboratories at JFK and Newark Liberty international airports Wednesday. The Abbott ID NOW tests deliver results in 13 minutes or less.XpresCheck, a subsidiary of XpresSpa Group, is in talks with the City of Chicago to potentially offer the tests at O’Hare as well.“The goal is to create a safer travel environment, work envir...
Florida reports 2,660 new COVID-19 infections and 111 more deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s official coronavirus pandemic report for Friday shows another 2,660 people have tested positive for COVID-19, and 111 more people have died from the disease.These numbers are consistent with trends over the past four weeks, and far below record highs. With testing positivity down to the 5% range, and hospitalizations down since July, Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state into the Phase 3 reopening a week ago and urged Floridians to resume normal activities without fears of more shutdowns.Yet now his key Republican ally, President Donald Trump, has COVID-19 and is ...
'I'm not TSA. I'm a bartender': Workers say they're defenseless when customers don't wear masks
PHILADELPHIA — When she was working as a cashier this summer at a Walmart store in Northeast Philadelphia, a 20-year-old woman said she would see customers wearing their masks under their chins or not wearing one at all, but “it didn’t make sense to make a whole big scene,” especially if the line at her register was long. She worried that her manager would get mad at her if she slowed down the line while dealing with maskless customers.At a Philadelphia Rite Aid, a worker in her 60s was instructed to alert her manager if a customer was refusing to put on a mask. But managers, she said, usually...
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Plan to send LNG trains through Philly to S. Jersey port sparks outrage from residents, environmentalists
Environmentalists have stepped up alarms about a major fuel export terminal in South Jersey that they say will accelerate Pennsylvania fracking, worsen climate change, and attract 100-car trains carrying dangerous liquefied natural gas across Philadelphia.A plan to build the Gibbstown Logistics Center in Gloucester County, N.J., just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia International Airport, appears to be coming to a head by the end of the year. A hearing examiner and the staff of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) have recommended approving permits to dredge the river and to b...
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New CDC study highlights threat of coronavirus spread on lengthy flights
A single airline passenger unknowingly sickened with coronavirus managed to infect 15 other people aboard the 10-hour trip to Vietnam, highlighting the dangers of travel amid the pandemic.The global health crisis had only just begun its spread across Europe when the plane took off from a London airport back in March. By the time it touched down in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi, 12 passengers in business class, two in economy and a single crew member had contracted the fast-spreading disease.Researchers behind a new Centers for Disease Control study, slated to be published in November, identifie...
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Drug seizures along northern border up 1,000%, partly because of Canada's legalization of recreational pot: CBP
Drug seizures along the Canadian border in upstate New York have increased by more than 1,000% this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.The agency’s Buffalo Field Office, which covers 16 ports of entry throughout the state, recovered more than 40,000 pounds of narcotics over 732 separate seizures from Oct. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020, federal officials said in a recent news release.By comparison, just about 3,400 pounds of narcotics were seized during the same period a year earlier.Authorities believe that Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana, which came into effect ...
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