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  • Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak. The figures collectively constitute the largest and fastest string of job losses in […]
  • Oil-producing nations seek global deal to stabilize market

    MOSCOW (AP) — Oil-producing countries including those of the OPEC cartel and Russia are trying to strike a global deal to pump less crude in a bid to limit a crash in prices that, while welcome for consumers, has been straining government budgets and pushed energy companies toward bankruptcy. Late Thursday OPEC and Russia reportedly […]
  • Storms packing high winds cause damage in Indiana, Arkansas

    MOORESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Severe storms with high winds, hail and tornadoes swept across the Midwest and caused damage to dozens of homes and businesses in parts of Indiana and Arkansas, authorities said. A few injuries were reported following Wednesday night’s storms and the threat of more severe weather was forecast for the coming days […]
  • Brady: It was ‘just time’ to leave Pats for new challenge

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady entered his final season in New England with a strong inkling that it would be his last with the Patriots. The six-time Super Bowl champion who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency last month said Wednesday on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” it was “just time” […]
  • AP Was There: Nicklaus wins epic battle for 5th green jacket

    A survey of 15 golf writers voted on the top best Masters. They are being republished this week because the Masters has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 1975 Masters was voted No. 4. The following story moved on April 13, 1975. ___ By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — […]
  • Nation’s only doctor governor offers sober voice on virus

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his top aides were having a meeting about the coronavirus when the discussion turned to neckties. The governor said he had read a study in a medical journal showing that ties worn by doctors at hospitals can host harmful germs and help spread disease. So Northam […]
  • Apollo 13’s most famous quotes originated in Hollywood

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 13´s best known quotes originated not in space or Mission Control, but in Hollywood. Their moon-bound spacecraft wrecked by an oxygen tank explosion on April 13, 1970, the astronauts urgently radioed, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” Screenwriters for the 1995 film “Apollo 13´´ wanted to punch that up. […]
  • ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 13´s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13. Jim Lovell and Fred Haise insist they’re not superstitious. They even use 13 in their email […]
  • US expels thousands to Mexico after largely halting asylum

    A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn’t let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter fled Honduras and needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus. It was just days after the Trump administration essentially shut down the nation’s asylum system. “The agent told us about the virus and that we couldn’t go further, but she […]
  • Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to get back to work if they do not have symptoms of the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the the Centers for Disease […]
  • DC community volunteers provide food for locked-down needy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A line begins forming as a van pulls into the parking lot of a senior living center in southeast Washington. By the time the half-dozen masked volunteers set up the folding table and start pulling out plastic bags filled with fruits, vegetables and canned goods, about 15 people stretch down the block. […]
  • Point of order: Congress weighs how to govern from afar

    WASHINGTON (AP) — “Congress” literally means to gather together. But the coronavirus pandemic and election year politics are forcing lawmakers to consider ways of governing from afar, some for the first time in U.S. history. The virus’ continuing spread is raising doubts among lawmakers and aides that Congress will reconvene in Washington as scheduled the […]
  • As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame

    NEW YORK (AP) — First, it was the media that was at fault. Then, Democratic governors came under fire. China, President Barack Obama and federal watchdogs have all had a turn in the crosshairs. And now it’s the World Health Organization that’s to blame. President Donald Trump is falling back on a familiar political strategy […]
  • Virus casts a dark cloud over once-thriving home market

    BOSTON (AP) — When Rebeka McBride and her husband put their home in Washington state on the market in early March, the coronavirus outbreak was just taking hold in the United States. They managed to hold two open houses and a smattering of private viewings before accepting an offer. But with the U.S. economy now […]
  • Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades

    The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus. The Transportation Security Administration screened 94,931 people on Wednesday, a drop of 96% from a year ago and the second straight day […]
  • Rural Indiana virus worry: ‘What more could I have done?’

    GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic surged into Sean Durbin’s farm-speckled Indiana county much faster than most other parts of rural America, contributing to at least 10 deaths and dozens of serious illnesses. Decatur County and two other counties in southeast Indiana have among the highest per-capita infection rates in the country, topping the […]
  • Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

    NEW YORK (AP) — As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can. The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some doctors worry that the machines could […]
  • Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Tripp, whose secretly taped conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky provided evidence of an affair with President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment, died Wednesday. She was 70. Tripp’s death was confirmed by attorney Joseph Murtha, but he provided no details. She had been treated for breast cancer […]
  • Ex-Ranger Hamilton indicted, accused of beating daughter, 14

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her. A Tarrant County grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on Monday. He remains free on $30,000 bond after he turned himself in to […]
  • Trump to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving Americans more recreational access on public lands. The plan earned applause from several hunting and […]

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