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Christie says voters were ‘dumb’ to reject North Jersey casinos

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TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday said voters were “dumb” to reject north Jersey casinos in a referendum last month, and predicted the state will see casinos beyond Atlantic City within five years. The governor also said he expects sports betting will be legal in the state by the time he leaves office in 2018.…

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Republicans in revolt over Trump’s plan to force schools to reopen during pandemic: report

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According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's rush to force schools to reopen is getting pushback not only from teachers but also from Republican allies who worry that he is putting kids at risk when the coronavirus pandemic is on the rise again.

On Friday, the preside t tweeted that schools must open and, along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, threatened federal funding for schools would be withheld if school districts did not comply.

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Parents face dilemma as US schools seek to reopen

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With the start of the US school year only weeks away, Marina Avalos still has no idea how or where her 7-year-old daughter will attend classes.

Like many mothers, Avalos is reluctant to send her child back to school at a time when coronavirus across the country has surged past three million cases, including 130,000 deaths.

On Tuesday, California -- where she lives -- set a new daily cases record, with 11,694 infections.

"The whole situation is making me very nervous," said Avalos, 46. "I don't feel safe sending my daughter back in to school like before."

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WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures

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The World Health Organization has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens.

With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan on Friday returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after the city recorded "exponential growth" in locally transmitted infections.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to adopt an aggressive approach, highlighting Italy, Spain, South Korea and India's biggest slum to show it was possible to stop the spread, no matter how bad the outbreak.

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