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Michael Balsamo

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Recent articles by Mike:

Federal prisons struggle to combat growing COVID-19 fears

When a federal correction officer geared up for duty recently at a Florida prison complex, he added an N95 mask amid coronavirus fears. At other federal prisons, though, he would have been told to wear one. Together, these accounts detail a scattershot policy on COVID-19 safety at the federal Bureau → Read More

Federal prisons struggle to combat growing COVID-19 fears

Inmates say there is little guidance on what to do if they experience flu-like symptoms and very little social distancing. Some who have symptoms are not tested. → Read More

Prison Guards And Inmates Are Pleading For Reforms To Combat Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a federal correction officer geared up for duty recently at a Florida prison complex, he added an N95 mask amid coronavirus fears. → Read More

Federal prisons struggle to combat growing COVID-19 fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a federal correction officer geared up for duty recently at a Florida prison complex, he added an N95 mask amid coronavirus fears. He has a sister who had an organ transplant and an elderly mother at home. But a supervisor ordered him to take it off and threatened disciplinary action if he refused. At other federal prisons, though, he would have been told to wear one.… → Read More

Coronavirus-related crimes capitalizes on global fear, panic

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Coronavirus-related crimes capitalizes on global fear, panic

WASHINGTON — Thieves steal surgical masks and COVID-19 test kits. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. Con artists peddle fake cures and financial scams. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, so too do the crimes related to it — transgressions that capitalize on fear, panic and … → Read More

38 positive for coronavirus in NYC jails, including Rikers

Another inmate, meanwhile, became the first in the country to test positive in a federal jail. → Read More

38 positive for coronavirus in NYC jails, including Rikers

New York City was hit by the nation's largest coronavirus jail outbreak to date this week, with at least 38 people testing positive at the notorious Rikers Island complex and nearby facilities -- more than half of them incarcerated men, the board that oversees the city's jail system said Saturday. → Read More

38 positive for coronavirus in NYC jails, including Rikers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New York City was hit by the nation’s largest coronavirus jail outbreak to date this week, with at least 38 people testing positive at the notorious Rikers → Read More

FBI probing cyber incident on federal network

Attorney General William Barr vowed in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that there would be swift and severe action if a foreign government is behind disinformation campaigns aimed at spreading fear in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic or a denial of service attack on the networks of the Department of Health and Human Services. → Read More

Barr: FBI probing if foreign government behind HHS cyber incident

Attorney General William Barr vowed in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that there would be swift and severe action if a foreign government is behind disinformation campaigns aimed at spreading fear in the U. S. amid the coronavirus pandemic or a denial of service attack on the networks of the Department of Health and Human Services. “Our primary role right now is to… → Read More

Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is moving to drop charges against two Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the... → Read More

Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is moving to drop charges against two Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the 2016 U. S. presidential election. Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord Catering were among three companies and 13 individuals charged in 2018 by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of a… → Read More

Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probe

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Washington confronts coronavirus with new tools and angst

Washington is confronting the coronavirus with new tools and the expectation that the pandemic will get worse before it gets better → Read More

US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread. Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to… → Read More

US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread. Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to… → Read More

US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread. Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to… → Read More

US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread. Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to… → Read More

US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the U.S. to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread. Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to… → Read More