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    More On: army Fort Bliss soldier died of accidental OD after reporting sexual assault Family of murdered Fort Hill soldier still seeking answers 1 year later Raccoon chases soldiers in hilarious animal invasion Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rips Ted Cruz for ‘pansies’ military remark The US Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes. The Army’s pattern of secrecy and suppression dates back nearly a decade, when the Associated Press began investigating weapons accountability within the military. Officials fought the release of information for years, then offered misleading answers that contradict internal records. Military guns aren’t just disappearing. Stolen guns have been used in shootings, brandished to rob and threaten people and recovered in the hands of felons. Thieves sold assault rifles to a street gang. Army officials cited information that suggests only a couple of hundred firearms vanished during the 2010s. Internal Army memos that AP obtained show losses many times higher. Efforts to suppress information date to 2012, when AP filed...
    By DAVID BILLER and MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Cases of COVID-19 are rising again in the country with the world’s second-highest confirmed death toll, prompting Brazilian experts to express concern and politicians to downplay its severity in the midst of an election season. Data from Johns Hopkins University show new cases reached a seven-day rolling average of 28,600 a day on Thursday, up from about 13,700 two weeks earlier. With infections increasing from Brazil's biggest cities to the Amazon, there has been rampant speculation the nation could be on track to follow the path of U.S. and Europe, where new cases are spiraling. Yet key authorities remain outwardly sanguine, claiming the increase to be either temporary or a statistical blip. Many are brushing off calls for stricter measures aimed at containing the virus' spread at a moment when Brazilians are heading into a second round of municipal elections nationwide. Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, was slammed so hard early in the pandemic that hospitals turned away patients and the city cemetery dug mass graves....
    RIO DE JANEIRO – Cases of COVID-19 are rising again in the country with the world’s second-highest confirmed death toll, prompting Brazilian experts to express concern and politicians to downplay its severity in the midst of an election season. Data from Johns Hopkins University show new cases reached a seven-day rolling average of 28,600 a day on Thursday, up from about 13,700 two weeks earlier. With infections increasing from Brazil's biggest cities to the Amazon, there has been rampant speculation the nation could be on track to follow the path of U.S. and Europe, where new cases are spiraling. Yet key authorities remain outwardly sanguine, claiming the increase to be either temporary or a statistical blip. Many are brushing off calls for stricter measures aimed at containing the virus' spread at a moment when Brazilians are heading into a second round of municipal elections nationwide. Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, was slammed so hard early in the pandemic that hospitals turned away patients and the city cemetery dug mass graves. Its hospitals recently hustled to add dozens of...
    (CNN)One nurse has a message for President Donald Trump: The coronavirus pandemic is still something people should care about.Cristina Hops, who works on the frontlines helping patients fighting coronavirus, said she was upset after reading the President's tweet on Monday, in which he told Americans "don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life.""When I read that and I got home, I was just so angry about it that I felt like I needed to say something," Hops, who is based in Seattle, Washington, told CNN.So, she made a TikTok video, to share her emotions with the world. "I have seen hundreds of people suffocating to death and for him to say do not be afraid of Covid is astounding, "she says in the video, while tearing up."How dare he undermine all of the work that we have done as nurses and health care providers?"Her message resonated -- and the video quickly garnered more than 300,000 views on TikTok, as of Thursday evening. It's been shared across social media platforms, with people lauding the nurse for speaking her...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump 'never lied to the American public' on the coronavirus pandemic. 'The president has never lied to the American public on COVID. He was expressing calm,' she said in her press briefing as she batted away question after question about allegations in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book 'Rage.' 'This president does what leaders do. Stay calm and resolute at a time when you face a challenge,' she said. McEnany's 25-minute briefing was dominated with questions about President Trump's comments to Woodward on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 6.35 million Americans and killed more than 190,000 people.  Her briefing began shortly after 1 p.m. more than an hour after its scheduled noon start. The first excerpts from Woodward's forthcoming book dropped shortly before noon.  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said President Donald Trump 'never lied to the American public' on the coronavirus pandemic President Trump gave 18 interviews to Bob Woodward for his upcoming book 'Fear' Trump, in recorded phone interviews with the author...
    By MAURICIO SAVARESE and DAVID BILLER, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for months flirted with the new coronavirus as he flouted social distancing at lively demonstrations and encouraged crowds during outings from the presidential residence, often without a mask. He has at times downplayed the risk posed by COVID-19, the disease that can be caused by the virus, and at others expressed fatalism that it will inevitably claim lives. He says tough measures to cub the virus' spread such as lockdowns are a threat to Brazil’s economic well-being On Tuesday, he announced that he has tested positive for the virus, making him one of the more than 1.6 million Brazilians with confirmed infections. It is the world's second highest total, though considered by experts to be an undercount due to lack of testing. Here's a look at what Bolsonaro has said as the tally grew. ___ HOW HAS HE MINIMIZED THE THREAT OF THE CORONAVIRUS? Bolsonaro has argued that alarm about the spread of the virus is overblown. "In my understanding, the issue of the...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for months flirted with the new coronavirus as he flouted social distancing at lively demonstrations and encouraged crowds during outings from the presidential residence, often without a mask. He has at times downplayed the risk posed by COVID-19, the disease that can be caused by the virus, and at others expressed fatalism that it will inevitably claim lives. He says tough measures to cub the virus’ spread such as lockdowns are a threat to Brazil’s economic well-being On Tuesday, he announced that he has tested positive for the virus, making him one of the more than 1.6 million Brazilians with confirmed infections. It is the world’s second highest total, though considered by experts to be an undercount due to lack of testing. Here’s a look at what Bolsonaro has said as the tally grew. ___ HOW HAS HE MINIMIZED THE THREAT OF THE CORONAVIRUS? Bolsonaro has argued that alarm about the spread of the virus is overblown. “In my understanding, the issue of the coronavirus is more of a fantasy. It...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for months flirted with the new coronavirus as he flouted social distancing at lively demonstrations and encouraged crowds during outings from the presidential residence, often without a mask. He has at times downplayed the risk posed by COVID-19, the disease that can be caused by the virus, and at others expressed fatalism that it will inevitably claim lives. He says tough measures to cub the virus’ spread such as lockdowns are a threat to Brazil’s economic well-being On Tuesday, he announced that he has tested positive for the virus, making him one of the more than 1.6 million Brazilians with confirmed infections. It is the world’s second highest total, though considered by experts to be an undercount due to lack of testing. Here’s a look at what Bolsonaro has said as the tally grew. ___ HOW HAS HE MINIMIZED THE THREAT OF THE CORONAVIRUS? Bolsonaro has argued that alarm about the spread of the virus is overblown. “In my understanding, the issue of the coronavirus is more of a fantasy. It is...
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