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Jessica Flores


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Jessica:

Coronavirus updates: Dr. Anthony Fauci says to 'hunker down' for the rest of the year; $300B relief bill fails in Senate; 191K US deaths

Slimmed-down coronavirus bill fails to move forward. Los Angeles officials walk back Halloween guidelines. FDA won't rush vaccine. Latest COVID news. → Read More

Nebraska bar owner Jake Gardner, charged in fatal shooting of unarmed Black protester, dies by suicide, attorney says

Jake Gardner was facing manslaughter and other charges in the fatal shooting of James Scurlock on May 30 during protests in Omaha, Nebraska. → Read More

Nowhere to labor: The US oil industry, sapped by COVID-19, has lost hundreds of rigs in a 'historic and troubling' year

The national oil rig count has fallen nearly 30% since the end of August 2019, from 876 to 241, according to data from Baker Hughes. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Trump asks 'everybody to be careful' over Labor Day; 410K US deaths predicted by January

Labor Day weekend presents risks, experts say. New Zealand extends restrictions. More than 100 Iowa schools report cases. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: CDC tells officials to be ready for vaccine by November; steroids can help severely ill patients

Clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine can be cut short if there are early indications of success or failure, Dr. Anthony Fauci says. Latest news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: US to shun world effort to develop vaccine; Here's who should get first vaccinations; Fauci debunks COVID theories

NYC delays in-class learning to Sept. 21. California's last reopen plan draws scrutiny. Fauci cautions on Labor Day superspreaders. Latest COVID news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: US surpasses 6 million cases; New Jersey to open restaurants; FDA may expedite vaccine authorization

The U.S. Open tennis tournament, without fans, starts Monday. NJ allows indoor restaurant dining. Latest COVID news → Read More

California fire crews, aided by cooler weather, report 'great progress' against LNU, SCU lightning complex fires

Some evacuation orders have been lifted or downgraded for the LNU Lightning Complex Fire in California's wine country in the Napa Valley. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: Feds say approved vaccine on track for end of 2020; new reopening rules in California

Face masks, sanitizers, temperature checks were in abundance at a racial justice rally. California governor issues new reopening guide. Latest news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: Pandemic complicates Hurricane Laura evacuations; Cases down, but deaths still high

New COVID-19 cases are down 21% since early August. Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Wolverines spotted at Mount Rainier National Park for the first time in over 100 years

“It’s really, really exciting,” said Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: SEAL who shot bin Laden is banned from Delta; vaccine trial going well; Hawaii unveils 'resort bubble'

Drugmakers reported positive results from another COVID-19 vaccine trial; the CDC head said the Southern surge is "beginning to turn the tide." → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Florida passes 10,000 deaths; Pope warns against the rich getting vaccine first; world cases top 22M

Florida surpasses 10,000 deaths. The Pope warns against the rich getting a future vaccine first. First case from Sturgis bike rally. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: Grieving daughter blasts Trump; young people driving pandemic; cases surge again in South Korea

A woman whose father died from the coronavirus blames President Donald Trump. WHO issues a warning on young people. Latest COVID news. → Read More

Hot, dry and dangerous: Firefighters are battling 29 wildfires across California amid triple-digit temperatures

There are 29 active fires across the state as of Monday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 symptoms often appear in this order, and why you really should get your flu shot this year

Here are the COVID-19 symptoms that appear first. New Zealand delays election. Report says Trump wants FDA to OK oleander COVID cure. Latest news. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: US-Canada border closure to continue; Georgia drops mask lawsuit; Hawaii may delay tourists' return

Hawaii considers another stay-at-home order. Stimulus package negotiations are at a standstill. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

Chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for COVID-19? Yes. But there's no evidence of food transmission, experts say.

According to the World Health Organization: "Coronaviruses cannot multiply in food; they need an animal or human host to multiply." → Read More

Doctors, teachers, NASA astronauts, mathematicians, scientists among USA TODAY list of influential women

NASA "Hidden Figures" mathematicians, astronaut Sally Ride and Teach for America founder are on USA TODAY's centennial list of 100 influential women. → Read More

Coronavirus live updates: Most deaths in 1 day since May; anxious teachers draft wills; Redfield warns of 'worst fall we have ever had'

California is 'turning the corner' as hospitalizations decrease. Florida to begin Disney World cast testing. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More