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Friday 03/27/2020
coronavirus-strikes-on-aircraft-carrier Coronavirus strikes on aircraft carrier
icon Posted: 27 March 2020 [09:29 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy, the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus, scrambled Friday to contain its first at-sea outbreak, with…

Thursday 03/26/2020
Half-million now infected with coronavirus
icon Posted: 26 March 2020 [06:59 PM]

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single…

Coronavirus taking toll on U.S. military
icon Posted: 26 March 2020 [06:57 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The coronavirus is taking a growing toll on the U.S. military, and commanders and senior officials are bracing for worse. From nuclear missile fields at home to war zones abroad, from flight lines to ships at sea,…

Americans being called on to sacrifice for their country
icon Posted: 26 March 2020 [06:54 PM]

WASHINGTON - For most Americans alive today, the idea of shared national sacrifice is a collective abstraction, a memory handed down from a grandparent or passed on through a book or movie. Not since World War II, when people…

U.S. indicts Venezuelan leader Maduro
icon Posted: 26 March 2020 [06:52 PM]

MIAMI (AP) - Nicolás Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and terrorist groups as he and his allies stole billions from the South American country, the Justice Department charged in several indictments…

Automakers plan to restart North American plants
icon Posted: 26 March 2020 [06:50 PM]

DETROIT (AP) - Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been closed to protect workers from the coronavirus. The plants would reopen in early or mid-April, restoring the largest source of…

Wednesday 03/25/2020
25 Sikhs killed during worship in Kabul
icon Posted: 25 March 2020 [07:49 PM]

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said. The gunman held many…

Economic rescue legislation hits late snags
icon Posted: 25 March 2020 [07:43 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate leaders raced to unravel last-minute snags Wednesday and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The measure is…

Jobless claims sky high
icon Posted: 25 March 2020 [07:38 PM]

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Barely a week ago, David McGraw was cooking daily for hundreds of fine diners at one of New Orleans’ illustrious restaurants. Today, he’s cooking for himself, at home - laid off along with hundreds of…

Rural America watches as pandemic escalates in cities
icon Posted: 25 March 2020 [07:37 PM]

DUFUR, Ore. (AP) - The social distancing rules repeated like a mantra in America’s urban centers, where the coronavirus is spreading exponentially, might seem silly in wide-open places where neighbors live miles apart and “working from home” means another day…

Tuesday 03/24/2020
Virus has many flights nearly empty
icon Posted: 24 March 2020 [07:40 PM]

Airline service in the United States is teetering on the brink of collapse, with near-empty planes and coronavirus outbreaks that have left some air traffic control towers empty. Even with sharply reduced schedules, airlines are consolidating some of the remaining…

New home sales down 4.4% in February
icon Posted: 24 March 2020 [07:38 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. new home sales fell 4.4% in February with bigger declines expected in coming months as the coronavirus puts a major crimp on home sales. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that February sales dropped to a seasonally…

UN chief wants 'wartime plan'
icon Posted: 24 March 2020 [07:36 PM]

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations on Tuesday to adopt a “wartime” plan including a stimulus package “in the trillions of dollars” for businesses, workers and households in developing countries…

Monday 03/23/2020
Pompeo mum on success of trip to Afghanistan
icon Posted: 23 March 2020 [08:21 PM]

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Afghanistan on Monday without saying whether he was able to broker an agreement between the country’s squabbling political leaders. Pompeo was in Kabul on an urgent visit to…

New coronavirus cases down in Italy for second day
icon Posted: 23 March 2020 [08:17 PM]

ROME (AP) - Italy has recorded a smaller day-to-day increase in new coronavirus cases for the second straight day, officials said while cautioning it was too soon to know if the worst is behind the country with the world’s second-biggest…

Polarized Senate stymied over coronavirus stimulus package
icon Posted: 23 March 2020 [08:16 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown…

Sunday 03/22/2020
Country and pop superstar Kenny Rogers dies
icon Posted: 22 March 2020 [09:07 PM]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV,…

Economy screeches to a halt
icon Posted: 22 March 2020 [09:02 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three weeks ago, EmpireCLS was heading toward a second straight year of record business. A car service company in New Jersey, Empire couldn’t even find enough chauffeurs and office workers to meet its needs. Now? With stunning…

New York, newest coronavirus hot spot, shutting down
icon Posted: 22 March 2020 [08:58 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City’s mayor was preparing to order his city behind closed doors in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has swept across the globe and threatened to make the city of 8.5 million one…

Friday 03/20/2020
National Spelling Bee c-a-n-c-e-l-e-d
icon Posted: 20 March 2020 [09:09 PM]

The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus, meaning years of preparation by some of the country’s top spellers could go for naught. Scripps cited state and federal recommendations against large gatherings…

Thursday 03/19/2020
Africa sees rapid evolution of pandemic
icon Posted: 19 March 2020 [08:57 PM]

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - More African countries closed their borders Thursday as the coronavirus’ local spread threatened to turn the continent of 1.3 billion people into an alarming new front for the pandemic. “About 10 days ago we had about five…

Trump weighs controls on companies that take bailouts
icon Posted: 19 March 2020 [08:55 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Thursday the government should take an equity stake in some companies that need bailouts because of devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy. Trump told a briefing he has executive…

Italian coronavirus death toll now tops China's
icon Posted: 19 March 2020 [08:48 PM]

ROME (AP) - The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China’s on Thursday, and infections in the United States climbed past 10,000, in a stark illustration of how the crisis has pivoted toward the West. Italy, with a…

Wednesday 03/18/2020
Trump dubs COVID-19 'Chinese virus' despite hate crime risks
icon Posted: 18 March 2020 [08:43 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he doesn't think calling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" - or the "kung-flu," as one administration official reportedly called it - puts Asian Americans at risk of retaliation despite growing reports they…

Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers
icon Posted: 18 March 2020 [08:41 PM]

SEATTLE (AP) - Staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area, federal health officials said Wednesday. Thirty-five coronavirus deaths have been linked to Life…

Trump invokes emergency authority; Big 3 automakers closing
icon Posted: 18 March 2020 [08:40 PM]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked emergency authority to marshal industry to fight the coronavirus, as the economic fallout from the crisis mounted with word that nearly the entire U.S. auto industry is shutting down its North…

Tuesday 03/17/2020
China to expel American reporters after US curbs its media
icon Posted: 17 March 2020 [08:58 PM]

BEIJING (AP) - China said Wednesday it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media. The…

Trump pushes for massive aid from Congress, checks to public
icon Posted: 17 March 2020 [08:56 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a massive federal effort Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked Congress to speed emergency checks to Americans, enlisted the military for MASH-like hospitals and implored ordinary people - particularly socially active millennials - to do their part…

Disruption grows: Nations try to slow virus, help economies
icon Posted: 17 March 2020 [08:54 PM]

BERLIN (AP) - Mass disruptions shuddered across the globe Tuesday as governments struggled to slow the spread of the coronavirus while also trying to keep their economies afloat. The chaos stretched from Lithuania, where border traffic jams were nearly 40…

Biden wins Florida, Illinois as coronavirus disrupts voting
icon Posted: 17 March 2020 [08:53 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Biden won the Florida and Illinois primaries on Tuesday, building on a remarkable surge as he barrels toward the Democratic presidential nomination at a time when the nation is gripped by concern about the new coronavirus.…

Monday 03/16/2020
Worries keep piling up for holed-up Americans
icon Posted: 16 March 2020 [08:54 PM]

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Millions of Americans began the work week holed up at home against the coronavirus Monday, worried not just about getting sick but about what the unprecedented near-shutdown of the U.S. could do to their jobs and their…

5 die, including gunman, in Missouri shooting
icon Posted: 16 March 2020 [08:44 PM]

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A man fired randomly from his vehicle several times while driving through a southwest Missouri city before eventually crashing into a convenience store, where he walked inside, opened fire and left five people dead, including a…

Sunday 03/15/2020
Gantz, not Netanyahu, to get first crack at forming Israeli government
icon Posted: 15 March 2020 [09:08 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future following an inconclusive national election earlier this…

Nigerian explosion kills at least 15
icon Posted: 15 March 2020 [09:07 PM]

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - An explosion hit Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos early Sunday, killing at least 15 people and sparking search-and- rescue efforts to save people still trapped in collapsed buildings, emergency officials said. The explosion in the Amuwo…

Fed slashes rates to near zero, eases bank lending rules
icon Posted: 15 March 2020 [09:07 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve took emergency action Sunday and slashed its benchmark interest rate by a full percentage point to nearly zero and announced it would purchase more Treasury securities to encourage lending to try to offset the…

lamont-orders-schools-closed-amid-outbreak Lamont orders schools closed amid outbreak
icon Posted: 15 March 2020 [07:50 PM]

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Public schools in Connecticut must close beginning Tuesday for at least two weeks to help fight the spread…

Friday 03/13/2020
airstrikes-destroy-weapons-depots Airstrikes destroy weapons depots
icon Posted: 13 March 2020 [08:05 PM]

WASHINGTON - The U.S. retaliatory airstrikes against militants in Iraq destroyed five weapons depots, but the top U.S commander for the Middle…

census-recruits-26-million-applicants Census recruits 2.6 million applicants
icon Posted: 13 March 2020 [07:56 PM]

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau said it has reached its goal of recruiting more than 2.6 million applicants for…

Thursday 03/12/2020
Biden names new campaign chief
icon Posted: 12 March 2020 [08:54 PM]

As he looks ahead to a potential general election matchup with President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden has shaken up his campaign leadership again by naming a veteran of Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s White House bids as…

US strikes at Iran-based group that hit Iraq base
icon Posted: 12 March 2020 [08:52 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. launched airstrikes Thursday in Iraq, American officials said, targeting the Iranian-backed Shia militia members believed responsible for the rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad. Officials…

Wednesday 03/11/2020
Sanders says campaign will continue
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [09:22 PM]

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Bernie Sanders says he’s moving ahead with his Democratic presidential campaign. He told reporters in Burlington on Wednesday that he’s not quitting despite key primary losses to Joe Biden the night before. The Vermont senator’s…