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Booze buying surges; senators push airlines for cash refunds

CONCORD (AP) – The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. INDUSTRY: Less than a week after saying it planned to reopen five ...

Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) – At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don’t land. After several thousand migrating snow geese perished in the Berkeley Pit’s ...

Up to 200K U.S. deaths foreseen as more cities stricken

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as smoldering hot spots in nursing homes and a growing list of stricken cities heightened the sense of dread across the country. Faced with ...

College seniors hurried to squeeze in last school memories

(AP) - It was during Act 1 of the final dress rehearsal for Puccini’s “La Rondine” at the Peabody Conservatory that the school president sent out an email canceling all nonessential gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cast members quickly messaged friends, who streamed into ...

Serial killer Grim Sleeper dies in prison

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who preyed on the women of South Los Angeles for more than two decades, has died in a California prison. He was 67. Corrections officials said Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell ...

New York state nears 1,000 coronavirus deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state’s coronavirus death toll is nearing 1,000. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The state accounts for more than 40% of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. The number of disease-related deaths in the state jumped Sunday to 965 from 728 the day before, Cuomo said. The vast ...

Chaos, inconsistency mark launch of drive-thru virus testing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Drive-thru sites have been opening around the United States to make it quicker and safer to test people for the new coronavirus. But much like the rest of the U.S. response to the pandemic, the system has been marked by inconsistencies, delays, and shortages. Many ...

As crisis deepens, congressional rescue deal teeters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level negotiations between Congress and White House teetered Sunday over a nearly $1.4 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened, the nation shut down and the first U.S. senator tested positive for the disease. President Donald Trump tweeted ...

‘A really big experiment’: Parents turn teachers amid virus

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After her sixth-grade son’s school in Buffalo, New York, closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Roxanne Ojeda-Valentin returned to campus with shopping bags to take home textbooks and weeks’ worth of assignments prepared by teachers. A single mother with a full-time ...

New York quiets as it becomes next virus hot spot

NEW YORK (AP) — An order requiring most New Yorkers to stay home from work and not gather in groups outside their families was set to go into effect Sunday in an attempt to slow a pandemic that has swept across the globe and threatened to make the state one of the world’s biggest ...

Economic rescue balloons past $1T; talks resume

WASHINGTON (AP) – Negotiators from Congress and the White House were resuming top-level talks Saturday on a ballooning $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package, racing to strike a deal after President Donald Trump unleashed fury on those questioning his handling of the coronavirus ...

Virus staffing issues suspend flights to New York City and Philadelphia

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration is temporarily halting flights to New York City-area airports because of coronavirus-related staffing issues at a regional air-traffic control center. In an alert posted online Saturday, the agency advised air traffic controllers to “stop ...

Parents, police struggle to herd the young in virus outbreak

Teen: “I can’t stay here all day. What about my friends!?” Parent: “Are you kidding? This is serious!” The adolescent brain is definitely in play as authorities around the globe struggle to keep young people from gathering, while parents fret at home about what they’re up to as ...

Dow drops more than 900 points, ending week

Wall Street ended the week the same way it began: in full retreat from the coronavirus. Stocks fell sharply and the price of oil sank Friday as federal and state governments moved to shut down bigger and bigger swaths of the nation’s economy in the hope of limiting the spread of the ...

Quarantinis anyone? Happy hours go virtual amid virus

BOSTON (AP) – The hottest new bar’s dress code? Your sweatpants. And you don’t even have to leave your couch. With bars shuttered and stressed-out workers stuck at home, companies and friend groups across the U.S. are holding happy hours over video chat to commiserate and keep spirits ...

Poland’s idle restaurants send free food to medical ‘heroes’

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A popular Warsaw entertainment center looks empty and closed amid a government ordered shutdown from the coronavirus, but inside, cook Bozena Legowska is busy. One hot pizza after another is lifted out of the oven, boxed and whisked to a nearby hospital for a hungry ...

Just get through today: Sheltering in place

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) – A week ago, I was that crazy parent. “Did you tell my friends’ parents I can’t hang out?” my teen protested. Yep, I basically did. Today, we are “sheltering in place,” an order from the mayor in our Chicago suburb, Oak Park, to leave home only for essential ...

Passengers describe chaotic flight home

ATLANTA (AP) — On a chaotic flight home, some passengers who had been stranded for days aboard a cruise ship after being exposed to the coronavirus suffered breathing problems, many coughed and several fainted with no food or medical personnel provided, travelers said Friday. “It was a ...

Trump focuses attention on possible treatments

President Donald Trump focused attention on possible treatments for the new coronavirus on Thursday, citing potential use of a drug long used to treat malaria and some other approaches still in testing. At a White House news conference, Trump and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. ...