Atlantic hurricane season on pace to be one of the worst in recorded history


People walk through floodwaters on Ocean Blvd. August 3, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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The Atlantic hurricane season is on pace to become one of the worst in recorded history, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday.

The 2020 season has started off with a record-setting nine named storms so far and could become “extremely active” in the coming months due to hotter-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. 

Forecasters have predicted an active season because of warmer ocean temperatures driven by

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WHO says the late-stage coronavirus trials don’t mean a vaccine is ‘nearly there’


Tony Potts, a 69-year-old retiree living in Ormond Beach, is examined by Dr. Bruce Rankin, Medical Director at Accel Research Sites, before Potts receives his first injection as a participant in a Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial sponsored by Moderna on August 4, 2020 in DeLand, Florida.

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Potential coronavirus vaccines entering late-stage human trials don’t necessarily mean they are almost ready to be deployed widely to the general public, the World Health Organization said Thursday. 

“Phase three doesn’t mean nearly there,” Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program, said during

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Obama’s Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump


President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn “Obamacare,” but his predecessor’s health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome.

Missouri voters this week approved Medicaid expansion by a 53% to 47% margin, making the conservative state the seventh to do so under Trump. The Republican president readily carried Missouri in 2016, but the Medicaid vote comes as more people have been losing workplace health insurance in a treacherous coronavirus economy.

That leaves only a dozen states opposed to using the federal-state health program for low-income people as a vehicle for covering more adults,

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Trump to sign executive order requiring U.S. to buy ‘essential’ drugs from American companies


U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 5, 2020.

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order requiring the U.S. government to buy “essential” drugs from American companies, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro announced Thursday.

The president is expected to sign the order during his trip in Ohio later Thursday, Navarro told reporters on a conference call. “If we’ve learned anything from the China virus pandemic, it is that we are dangerously over-dependent on foreign nations for

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