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$10 toilet paper? Virus gouging complaints surge

One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores offered $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store touted toilet paper at $10 a roll next to a sign reading: ...

Louisiana: Virus cases may overwhelm health system

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – U.S. governors said Thursday that their states are in dire need of federal help as they struggle to contain the new coronavirus, with Louisiana’s governor saying his state’s health system could be overwhelmed in a week. As New Orleans becomes one of the nation’s ...

Coronavirus gathering bans raise religious freedom questions

NEW YORK (AP) – On the first Sunday after the coronavirus began upending American life, some religious institutions – including two churches whose pastors are close to President Donald Trump – held in-person services amid public health worries over the pandemic. That picture already looks ...

McConnell unveils economic rescue plan

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a sweeping economic rescue plan Thursday to pump $1,200 direct checks to taxpayers, $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to airlines and other industries. It’s the ...

Carlson felt the need to meet with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson says he felt a “moral obligation” to meet with President Donald Trump and warn him personally about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. Carlson told Vanity Fair that “I didn’t feel it was my role” but was convinced by his ...

Sick staff led to Seattle outbreak

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 Care Center in ...

Trump invokes emergency authority; Big 3 automakers closing

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 American factories to protect ...

Virus subdues St. Patty’s Day

BOSTON (AP) - St. Patrick’s Day revelers across the world tried to salvage the holiday with makeshift celebrations after parades and parties were scrapped and residents were urged to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. It was the first St. Patrick’s Day in more ...

Hospitals fear ventilator shortage

U.S. hospitals bracing for a possible onslaught of coronavirus patients with pneumonia and other breathing difficulties could face a critical shortage of mechanical ventilators and health care workers to operate them. The Society of Critical Care Medicine has projected that 960,000 coronavirus ...

Nations try to slow virus, help economies

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 40 miles deep, to Detroit, where bus service came ...

Millions in San Francisco area cope with COVID-19 restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Millions in the San Francisco Bay Area found empty highways, shuttered stores and vacant streets Tuesday as officials began enforcing an order for residents to stay at home and only leave for “essential” reasons in a desperate attempt to slow the spread of the ...

Distance and silence: Biden, Sanders clash without audience

WASHINGTON (AP) — They came together to bump elbows, then retreated by six feet — and stood there in awkward silence. The visual, dictated by the threat of coronavirus, came to define Sunday’s audience-free debate as Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders struggled to step together ...

U.S. moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears

CHICAGO (AP) – Officials across the country curtailed elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with governors closing restaurants, bars, and schools and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown may be needed. At the same time, long airport lines for ...

Hospitals fear any surge of virus cases

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Government and hospital leaders are increasingly sounding the alarm about the hospital system in the U.S. and its readiness to absorb waves of patients in the worst-case scenario involving the new coronavirus outbreak. Authorities nationwide already are taking major ...

Fauci open to a 14-day ‘national shutdown’ to stem virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown that would require Americans to hunker down even more to help slow spread of the coronavirus. Still, Dr. Anthony Fauci said travel ...

How our surveillance state nabs criminals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case against Nassif Sami Daher and Kamel Mohammad Rammal, two Michigan men accused of food stamp fraud, hardly seemed exceptional. But the tool that agents used to investigate them was extraordinary: a secretive surveillance process intended to identify potential spies ...

For environmentalists, a ‘monumental’ legislative session

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam ...

Trump makes declaration; Pelosi announces aid deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Friday declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency in order to free up more money and resources. But he denied any responsibility for delays in making testing available for the new virus, whose spread has roiled markets and disrupted the ...

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Long bridge preservation project to begin in April LITTLETON (AP) – A New Hampshire town’s main road will undergo major construction in this summer in an effort to advance traffic flow. The state Department of Transportation is a month away from a more than four-month phased bridge ...

Census faces challenges as it aims to hire up to 500,000

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau said it has reached its goal of recruiting more than 2.6 million applicants for the once-a-decade head count that launched for most of America this week – but it has been a bumpy road getting there. The nation’s abundance of jobs has ...