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  Officials warn against Easter travel amid coronavirus pandemic; 16.8M Americans out of work

World leaders and health officials are fervently warning that hard-won gains in the fight against the scourge must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing during Easter weekend.

  Start of Passover celebrated remotely, as families connect online

  US economy unlikely to recover as rapidly as it collapsed

  Democrats stall Trump’s $250B business virus aid package

  As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame

  Wiped out of toilet paper? Here’s why

  Wall Street climbs after Fed stuns markets again with aid

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  VIDEO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus PSA makes you want to be socially distant

  Georgia bar removes dollar bills stapled on walls to help pay employees during coronavirus outbreak

  States struggle with coronavirus supply shortages

  Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since coronavirus

First lady donates commemorative White House Easter eggs to front line workers

  Texas library employees use 3D printers to make protective gear for health care workers

Fed rolls out $2.3 trillion plan to stabilize economy

The Fed said Thursday that it is activating a Main Street Lending Program authorized by the $2.3 trillion economic relief bill pass by Congress last month.

  Girl who inspired Charlotte’s Web marijuana oil dies

A girl with a rare form of epilepsy whose recovery inspired the name of a medical marijuana oil that drew families of children with similar health problems to Colorado for treatment has died after being hospitalized and treated as a likely coronavirus patient.

  Point of order: Congress weighs how to govern from afar amid coronavirus fight

The virus' continuing spread is raising doubts among lawmakers and aides that the House will reconvene in Washington as scheduled after April 20.

‘Houston, we’ve had a problem’: Remembering Apollo 13 at 50

A half-century later, Apollo 13 is still considered Mission Control's finest hour.

Trump quietly shuts down asylum at US borders amid coronavirus fight

  After mother’s death of coronavirus, two Colo. sisters forced to watch funeral over FaceTime

  Mich. woman with coronavirus asked Amazon’s Alexa for help with pain 40 times in days before her death

  83 residents at Calif. nursing home hit by coronavirus evacuated after staff fails to show for work

Waffle House sells out of waffle mix in 4 hours

Missing 12-year-old girl in Texas has been found; Amber Alert canceled

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

The Department of Health and Human Services told the Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory. A small percentage will be kept in reserve to support federal response efforts, the department said

  Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Even as coronavirus deaths continue to mount across Europe, New York and other hot spots, the U.S. and other governments are slowly beginning to envision an exit strategy.

  Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

In fashioning the recommendations, the Trump administration appeared to be trying to balance political and public health concerns.

  New CDC guidance for essential workers during coronavirus

The guidance is focused on when those workers can return to work after having been exposed to the new coronavirus.

Linda Tripp, whose secret tapes helped impeach Clinton, dies at 70

Former White House and Pentagon employee Linda Tripp, whose secret audio recordings of Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday at 70.

Biden vs. Trump: General election battle is now set

In Biden and Trump, voters will choose between two white septuagenarians with dramatically different prescriptions for health care, climate change, foreign policy and leadership in an era of extreme partisanship.

Coronavirus claims couple just 4 days apart

As the pandemic consumed the world, Joan and Ed Porco fell victim to it. Ed, who was 89, and Joan, who was 90, died four days apart on Long Island.

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

Some small business owners say they can't find a place to get a loan through the federal coronavirus relief package meant to help pay employees, rent and other expenses.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

Some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

  Engineers turn breast pumps into ventilators

The engineering group is consulting with pulmonologists to make sure they’re on the right track.

Dick’s Sporting Goods furloughs most of its 40,000 employees

Dick’s Sporting Goods is finding it impossible to function without any sports, so the big box retailer says it is furloughing most of its 40,000 employees.

‘Full House,’ Broadway producer Thomas Miller dies at 79

The Wisconsin native moved to Los Angeles in 1962 and began his Hollywood career in style, working for Billy Wilder during the four-year period in which the famed director made “The Fortune Cookie” and “Irma la Douce.” Their friendship lasted until Wilder’s death in 2002.

  Quitting smoking now could up your odds against COVID-19

COVID-19 is known to attack a person’s lungs and one of our best defenses against that is to make sure they’re strong and healthy in the first place. For many, that starts by stopping smoking.

  Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on Tuesday.

ADH: Flu claimed 2 lives in past week

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday, April 8, that 2 more people died in the last week due to influenza.

  UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on coronavirus

The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars that had come from its top single donor.

  Stocks up 3.4% on Wall Street as hopes build for virus peak

Markets have been incredibly volatile in recent weeks as investors blindly guess how badly the coronavirus outbreak will hurt corporate profits amid suffocating uncertainty.

  Justice delayed: Coronavirus crisis upends US legal system

The public health crisis could build a legal backlog that overwhelms courts across the country, leaving some defendants behind bars longer, and forcing prosecutors to decide which cases to pursue and which to let slide.

  Here’s why cats potentially exposed to coronavirus should stay inside

Some veterinarians are recommending cat owners to keep their furry felines inside if their home has potentially been exposed to coronavirus.

Allen Garfield, elite ’70s character actor, dies at 80

Garfield's sister, Lois Goorwitz, said he died Tuesday in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19.

  Starbucks antes up $10M for employees impacted by coronavirus

The money can be used for things like housing and utilities, the sudden loss of home, the death of a family member or partner, and related funeral expenses.

  Bernie Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

Sen. Bernie Sanders has ended his presidential campaign after disappointing primary results, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden as the likely Democratic nominee.

NerdWallet: 7 kinds of COVID-19 relief for college students

All students with federal loans qualify to delay payments, interest-free, through September. Some private lenders are offering forbearance as well.

  10 dead at Georgia nursing home as coronavirus hits facility

The coronavirus outbreak has hit a Georgia nursing home hard, as 10 people have died inside the facility.

UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese

Police were investigating after the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were found inside a refrigerated container in England.

  100 American Airlines flight attendants test positive for coronavirus

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants says the airline has agreed to start providing face masks for frontline team members.

  Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

  Baltimore police investigating after video shows sergeant coughing near residents

The Baltimore Police Department is investigating after a sergeant was caught on camera coughing near residents of a Southeast Baltimore housing project without covering his mouth.

Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man again

The Amazon founder and CEO has held the top spot for three straight years.

  Insulin maker to cap out-of-pocket costs amid coronavirus pandemic

The co-pay cap will cover most of the pharmaceutical company's insulin, including the Humalog injection.

Tenn. assisted living facility connects community with residents through pen pal program

For many residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the strict stay-at-home orders have caused loneliness as they attempt to stay in touch with family barred from visiting them.

A-State student shot, lockdown lifted, investigation continues

The Arkansas State University was placed on lockdown early Wednesday morning after a student was shot.

  Credit rating agency says AMC Theaters is in big trouble

S&P Global downgraded AMC Theaters from B to CCC- and said it expects the company to remain closed beyond June because of the coronavirus.

  Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to be counted because requested absentee ballots never arrived.

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven't yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.

  Girl, 5, killed in shooting, sister injured after felons argue over $180, Fla. police say

Deputies say four people got into a fight over $180 in the parking lot of a convenience store when gunfire broke out, catching two young sisters in the crossfire.

  ‘It broke my heart’: Neb. couple finds hours-old baby abandoned on porch

Police are searching for the woman who was seen leaving the large plastic bag in which the baby was found on the couple's porch.

Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader

A California appeals court has dismissed the criminal case against a Mexican megachurch leader facing charges of child rape and human trafficking.

  Texas woman, 18, arrested after threatening to spread coronavirus, police say

Police charged the suspect with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, after she surrendered.

  NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that if Americans continue to practice social distancing for the rest of April, "we will be able to get back to some sense of normalcy."

  Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid coronavirus

Democrats in and out of Wisconsin screamed for the low-profile contest to be postponed, yet Republicans — and the conservative-majority state Supreme Court — would not give in.

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been selected by peers last month for the oversight position.

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Americana legend, John Prine, has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the New York Times. He was 73.

  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

Dr. Anthony Fauci is now a familiar face to Americans as he gives daily updates at the White House. Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro talked to him Tuesday about what communities across the country are facing.

Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine, dies

Graves launched his magazine, Black Enterprise, in 1970. He later said his aim was to educate, inspire and uplift his readers.

Hal Willner, longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ staple, has died

Willner had selected music for skits on “Saturday Night Live” since 1980. He produced albums for Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed and Marianne Faithfull, who is currently being treated for the coronavirus in a London hospital.

  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus

Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany will be joining the administration as press secretary, while Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah will be moving to the White House in a strategic communications role.

Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said more money is needed for the popular new $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

  Death toll up to 9 from outbreak at Tennessee nursing home

State health officials said more than 70 residents and more than 30 staffers tested positive at the facility, which was temporarily evacuated.

  Trader Joe’s, others will close on Easter

Trader Joe’s is joining other stores like Lowe’s, Target and Costco in giving their employees a break during the pandemic.

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Texas in allowing it to ban most abortions while the state is under an emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Thomas Modly issued a written apology Monday hours after President Donald Trump, at a White House news conference, described his comments about Capt. Brett E. Crozier as "rough."

  Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

The SBA’s loan processing system stopped working Monday, making it impossible for loans to be approved and funds distributed, according to a trade group for community bankers and the CEO of an online lending marketplace.

  Allergies, flu, coronavirus: What your symptoms mean

How to tell the symptoms of allergies, the flu and coronavirus apart.

  Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli connect with music

Hoping to raise moods, Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music — The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance.

Athletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spots

The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021, and entry lists are due a week later. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures.

Logan’s Roadhouse fires employees, closes 261 locations

The company that owns Logan's had already declared bankruptcy before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy.