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  • Union outraged after Ohio paper cuts staff, limits coverage

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Owners of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland laid off 22 more journalists and told the remaining 14 staffers they can no longer cover a large swath of the state. Those duties are being shifted instead to cleveland.com, a nonunion website owned by the same parent company, recently appointed Plain Dealer editor […]
  • California to buy 200 million masks a month amid outbreak

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California plans to spend nearly $1 billion to buy up to 200 million masks each month to boost its stockpile of protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak, an eye-popping figure meant to turn the state into a distributor of medical equipment for other Western states struggling with supply shortages. Gov. Gavin […]
  • Loretta Lynn’s bond with Patsy Cline remains strong

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn only knew each other a short time before Cline’s death at the age of 30, but the friendship formed between two trailblazers of country music is enough to fill a book. Lynn’s new memoir, “Me and Patsy: Kicking Up Dust,” which was released Tuesday, chronicles their […]
  • Second US study for COVID-19 vaccine uses skin-deep shots

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers have opened another safety test of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, this one using a skin-deep shot instead of the usual deeper jab. The pinch should feel like a simple skin test, a researcher told the volunteer lying on an exam table in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday. “It’s the most […]
  • Enbridge seeks permits to build Great Lakes oil tunnel

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company wants to build a roughly 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometer-long) tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. It would replace the underwater segment of Line […]
  • New Jersey, Virginia push back primaries amid outbreak

    New Jersey and Virginia on Wednesday joined at least 15 other states in delaying their primaries amid the coronavirus pandemic so election officials can make preparations to address public health concerns and deal with a poll worker shortage brought on by the outbreak. The two states were the first to postpone their elections since Wisconsin […]
  • Jobless claims report Thursday could hit 7 million or higher

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is set to report another shocking level of unemployment claims Thursday even after nearly 10 million people applied for benefits in the previous two weeks because of business shutdowns from the coronavirus. The number will likely keep increasing, in part because many states are still clearing out backlogs of applications […]
  • US charges 2 with terror crimes over threats to spread virus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department charged two people with federal terrorism offenses on Wednesday for allegedly claiming they were intentionally trying to spread the coronavirus. The charges, in cases in Texas and Florida, come about two weeks after Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen instructed federal prosecutors across the U.S. that they could charge people […]
  • Irene Hirano Inouye, widow of US senator from Hawaii, dies

    HONOLULU (AP) — Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii and the founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, has died. She was 71. Hirano Inouye had most recently served as president of the U.S.-Japan Council, which aims to develop and connect leaders […]
  • Police: Body of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s grandson found

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Authorities recovered the body of a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on Wednesday, two days after the body of the boy’s mother was found in the water after a canoeing accident. The body of 8-year-old Gideon McKean was found in roughly 25 feet (8 meters) of water […]
  • Wisconsin worried about spike in virus cases due to election

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The decision to forge ahead with Wisconsin’s election amid a pandemic has stirred fears about a possible spike in the state’s coronavirus cases in the face of stay-at-home orders and efforts to limit contact with others. Public health experts, elected officials, poll workers and many voters pushed to delay the election. […]
  • 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 Wednesday 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 […]
  • Editorial Roundup: US

    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 8 The Mercury News on the Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary not being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic: We must not only save our nation’s residents from the pandemic, we must also save our democracy from it. The Wisconsin primary debacle on Tuesday […]
  • Wisconsin’s pandemic election puts focus on state’s court

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Anyone needing proof of the power and significance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court can look no further than the lines of mask-wearing voters that stretched for hours in Milwaukee during an election held despite a stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus pandemic. An election-eve decision by the court overturning the governor’s […]
  • VP talk could intensify with Harris fundraising moves

    California Sen. Kamala Harris made two notable fundraising moves Wednesday that are sure to fuel speculation about her prospects to be Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Harris, who dropped out of the White House race in December, set up a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee, an arrangement that […]
  • Doctor’s death highlights limits of coronavirus death count

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus bore down on New York, Dr. Doug Bass’ family begged him to work from home. He refused, pointing to his patients at Phoenix House, a drug and alcohol treatment center where he served as medical director. “He said he was on the front lines and they needed him,” […]
  • Doctor’s death highlights limits of coronavirus death count

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus bore down on New York, Dr. Doug Bass’ family begged him to work from home. He refused, pointing to his patients at Phoenix House, a drug and alcohol treatment center where he served as medical director. “He said he was on the front lines and they needed him,” […]
  • Working at home tests family atmosphere of TV morning shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — For all the planning that went into “CBS This Morning” putting on a broadcast with its anchors working remotely, no one thought about the pillow. It sat — slightly crookedly — on a chair behind Gayle King in the makeshift studio set up in her family room. And that pillow, every […]
  • Working at home tests family atmosphere of TV morning shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — For all the planning that went into “CBS This Morning” putting on a broadcast with its anchors working remotely, no one thought about the pillow. It sat — slightly crookedly — on a chair behind Gayle King in the makeshift studio set up in her family room. And that pillow, every […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews truth on lending aid, virus risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered a rosy portrait of a smoothly running federal emergency lending program for small businesses that doesn’t match reality and revised history yet again on how seriously he took the coronavirus threat, suggesting he likened it to a pandemic flu. He never did. A look at his claims, also […]

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