Coronavirus cases ease in Sun Belt states as nationwide deaths climb


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a patient while a funeral car begins to depart at North Shore Medical Center where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, July 14, 2020.

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Coronavirus outbreaks that have torn through Sun Belt states like California, Florida, Texas and Arizona for weeks have started to decline, although deaths across the nation are still on the rise, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

Across the nation, daily new Covid-19 cases have declined in recent days, driving the seven-day average of new

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How one NJ Main Street reopens as coronavirus rules ease


Somerville’s Division St., a usually bustling pedestrian street, pictured from Main Street. In the front of the image is a sign for Somerville’s weekly cruise nights, which are “on hiatus due to Covid-19.” June 9, 2020.

Will Feuer

Somerville, New Jersey has enjoyed a rising tide in recent years.

Main Street is usually bustling, drawing crowds of thousands through the spring and summer with events like the annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival and weekly cruise nights, when classic cars line the street.

Within the borders of the town’s 2-square miles, about 12,000 people live, enjoying a boom in both commercial

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Tensions ease as thousands peacefully demonstrate overnight


Thousands of peaceful demonstrators holding banners gather in front of the White House for the fifth consecutive day to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week after being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC, United States.

Yasin Ozturk | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

Nationwide tensions appeared to ease Tuesday night, as thousands of demonstrators launched peaceful protests across the U.S. over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The 46-year-old unarmed black man was killed when a white police

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Cities let restaurants set up in streets to ease Covid-19 restrictions


Forbici Modern Italian’s temporary outdoor dining tent in Tampa, Florida.

Forbici Modern Italian

There’s not usually a white 1,800-square-foot tent set up in the street outside Forbici Modern Italian in Tampa, Florida. Then again, few things are as they were before the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tampa’s Snow Avenue embodies that new world, thanks to a pilot program created by the city that makes it easier for restaurants to set up tables outside — on certain streets, sidewalks or in their parking lots. 

The goal: Let restaurants and other retail establishments expand service and keep tables 6 feet apart, while still complying

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