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Health official warns churches are becoming coronavirus ‘hot spots’ as congregations ignore warnings

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Of the numerous patients being treated for coronavirus in the hot spot of Alabama’s Lee County, many of them have one thing in common: they recently attended services at churches that have refuse to participate in lockdowns.

As AL.com reports, East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika has called on churches to stop holding services. According to the hospital’s data, Lee County has spiked from 1 positive case on March 15 to 47 cases less than two weeks later.

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“While there are no absolute patterns among the 47 confirmed cases in Lee County, one nugget of information does stand out a little — the last public setting for a sizable number of them was at church,” the hospital statement said. “Not at one church, or churches in one town, but at church in general.”

“While many churches have moved to online services only—or cancelled church services altogether in the interim—there are reports that some still met as recently as last Sunday,” the statement continued.

Other stories of coronavirus spreading throughout church congregants are emerging as well. According to the Daily Herald, an estimated 43 are sick after attending services at The Life Church of Glenview in Illinois, with 10 of them testing positive for coronavirus. In Arkansas, NBC News is reporting that nearly three dozen people who attended a recent children’s event at First Assembly of God church in Greers Ferry have tested positive for the virus.


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Scientists alarmed as first ever nest of giant ‘murder hornets’ is found in the United States

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After months of meticulous tracking, authorities in the western US state of Washington on Friday said they had uncovered the first ever nest of the deadly Asian giant hornet in the country.

The nest was found on Thursday by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) entomologists on a property in Blaine, near the border with Canada, the agency said in a statement.

It added that an attempt to eradicate the nest of wasps -- the world's largest hornet species also known as the "murder hornet" -- would take place on Saturday.

"The successful detection of a nest comes after a WSDA trapper collected two live Asian giant hornets on October 21 (Wednesday), caught in a new type of trap the agency had placed in the area," the statement said.

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Mormons fed up with Trump’s vulgar rhetoric and behavior are flocking to the Democratic Party

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Mormons in the United States have traditionally been reliable Republican voters, but some members of the conservative church put off by President Donald Trump are switching sides and backing veteran Democrat Joe Biden.

Support for Trump among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which emphasizes family values and morals, is especially lagging among women.

Experts say that could have a significant impact in some key battleground states -- notably Arizona and Nevada, where Mormons represent six percent of the population.

"There are things about Biden that I don't agree with, but I think it's more important not to vote for Trump," said Melarie Wheat, a 36-year-old mother of five who lives in the western state of Utah, where the LDS Church is headquartered.

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‘Nuts!’ The Lincoln Project mocks Jared and Ivanka for their ‘comical’ threat to sue over Times Square billboards

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The Lincoln Project on Friday night fired back at White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for threatening to sue over billboards in Times Square attacking their response to the coronavirus crisis.

The ads show the couple smiling alongside coronavirus death tolls for New Yorkers and Americans.

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Kushner and Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, on Friday sent a letter to the Lincoln Project warning that the billboards were defamatory. “Those ads show Ms. Trump smiling and gesturing toward a death count of Americans and New Yorkers, and attribute to Mr. Kushner the statement that “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem” (alteration in original), with body bags underneath,” the letter read.

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