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Tuesday 03/31/2020
Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:16 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are eager to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state's health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on ships' coronavirus caseload. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that the decision would be punted to Washington if authorities can't agree.

White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

US warship captain seeks crew isolation as virus spreads
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives.

The Latest: Trump to speak to Florida governor about ships
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:03 pm

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

US death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to NYC
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 6:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,800 Tuesday, eclipsing China's official count, as hard-hit New York City rushed to bring in more medical professionals and ambulances and parked refrigerated morgue trucks on the streets to collect the dead.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 6:32 pm

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count. President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” as public health experts projected 100,000 to 240,000 people could die in the U.S. even if Americans follow social-distancing guidelines.

Virus disrupts pregnancy plans, raises anxiety and questions
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 6:32 pm

Some pregnant women fear giving birth with no loved ones by their side. Others worry about getting sick with COVID-19 and not being able to hold their newborns. The coronavirus pandemic has injected anxiety and uncertainty to an already stressful time and while science about risks is mostly reassuring, doctors want clearer answers too.

Viral virus briefing: Where science meets all things Trump
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 5:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments in the Rose Garden, the coronavirus pandemic is a bucking bronco with President Donald Trump on its back. His arm swings an invisible rope. He seems to be hanging on for dear life.

Hospitals overflowing with bodies in US epicenter of virus
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 5:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — It has become a grim ritual outside New York City’s hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into refrigerated trailers.

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 4:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as the setting for the movie “On Golden Pond," broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports.

Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 5:04 pm

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.

Stocks fall, capping Wall Street's worst quarter since 2008
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 4:36 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Tuesday to close out Wall Street’s worst quarter since the most harrowing days of the 2008 financial crisis.

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 3:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too — more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more expense for drivers at the gas pumps.

CNN's Cuomo says he has coronavirus, has shown symptoms
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 3:17 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the coronavirus but promised Tuesday to stay at work and do his prime-time show from the basement of his home.

'America's Test Kitchen' has the recipe to hit season 20
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 2:46 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There’s an upcoming digital series in which blindfolded chefs get smacked in the face with a dish and compete to identify and make it.

A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 5:47 pm

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misfires on virus death rates, tests
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 5:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a grim reality of surging coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the need for ventilators.

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 6:46 pm

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks.

US outlines plan for Venezuela transition, sanctions relief
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 1:45 pm

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration is prepared to lift crippling sanctions on Venezuela in support of a new proposal to form a transitional government requiring both Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó to step aside in favor of a five-person governing council, U.S. officials said.

Remote learning poses hurdles for students with disabilities
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:16 pm

BOSTON (AP) — At school, Rose Hayes, 8, works with a team of teachers and therapists trained to help with her genetic condition. They set goals for her reading, give her physical therapy to improve her balance and make sure she stays on track. But for the last two weeks, her only connection to school has been through a computer screen.

Feed the soul: In chaotic times, gardening becomes therapy
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 1:45 pm

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Dig. Plant. Breathe.

Almost half of U.S. foreign-born in past decade had college
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 4:01 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Almost half of the foreign-born who moved to the U.S. in the past decade were college-educated, a level of education greatly exceeding immigrants from previous decades, as the arrival of highly skilled workers supplanted workers in fields like construction that shrunk after the Great Recession.

'It is brutal': Hollywood's rank-and-file on the pandemic
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 5:04 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The red carpets are rolled up in storage, the A-listers holed up in mansions, multiplex doors are closed. For now, at least, the coronavirus has shut down much of Hollywood. And for the entertainment industry's many one-gig-at-a-time staff and freelance workers — a quarter-million people in Los Angeles County alone — it's an economic disaster.

US consumer confidence sinks as virus begins having impact
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 12:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month to its lowest level in nearly three years as the impact of the coronavirus on the economy began to be felt.

VIRUS DIARY: The world seemed small and accessible. No more.
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 3:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in years, we’ve put our suitcases away. Flights have been canceled. The shared Google calendar where we tracked each other’s travel schedules is empty for the foreseeable future.

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 11:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — When will the money arrive?

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Small Businesses-Waiting for Aid
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 10:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story March 30, 2020, about small businesses awaiting financial help from the government, The Associated Press misspelled the name of Katie Vlietstra, an executive with the National Association for the self-employed.

In shadow of COVID-19, Army Field Band plays on for America
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 1:02 pm

For members of the U.S. Army Field Band, it has never been merely about the music. Yes, they wanted to please the ear, but they played for the Army. For America.

Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 9:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders.

Fed steps in once again to try to smooth out lending markets
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 9:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is intervening once again to try to smooth out the world's lending markets, this time by lending dollars to other central banks in exchange for Treasurys.

Royal no more: Harry and Meghan start uncertain new chapter
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 9:31 am

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan officially make the transition Tuesday from senior members of Britain’s royal family to — well, it’s unclear. International celebrities, charity patrons, global influencers?

Millennial Money: Managing the high cost of infertility
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:02 am

No one plans for infertility. But that doesn’t stop it from being a reality for millions of people.

White House turns to statistical models for virus forecast
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like forecasters tracking a megastorm, White House officials are relying on statistical models to help predict the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and try to protect as many people as possible.

How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 7:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.

10 Things to Know for Today
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 6:00 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 3:16 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade's graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government's lockdown orders.

Extroverts (and introverts, too) face quarantine challenges
Posted: March 31, 2020 - 2:30 am

Within days, Vicktery Zimmerman had figured out how to connect with friends and family even as she and her husband shelter in place at their Chicago home.

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific
Updated: March 31, 2020 - 12:30 am

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

Monday 03/30/2020
Asian stocks rise after Wall Street health-care-led rally
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 11:15 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares surged Tuesday after a rally in U.S. stocks, mostly spurred by health care companies' announcements of developments that could aid in the coronavirus outbreak.

'Please come help us': New York begs for medical workers
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 10:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor urgently appealed for medical volunteers Monday amid a “staggering” number of coronavirus deaths, as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in New York City is just a preview of what other U.S. communities could soon face.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 9:02 pm

The governors of New York and California are moving to rapidly expand the ranks of health care workers, as the death toll from COVID-19 in New York surged past 1,200 while hospitalizations in California doubled in the last four days.

'Strega Nona' author Tomie dePaola is dead at age 85
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 7:46 pm

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85.

Phoenix officer killed, 2 others wounded; gunman killed
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 7:16 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally shot a Phoenix police commander and wounded two other officers as they tried to remove him from a home after his roommates complained he was acting erratically.

Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 7:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Siding with public health experts' dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000.

'Staggering': New York virus death toll rises above 1,200
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 6:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds arrived Monday in New York City as the number of deaths in the state from the coronavirus outbreak climbed quickly. The disease continued to claim the lives of health care workers. Mayor Bill de Blasio said President Donald Trump’s suggestion that thousands of medical masks are disappearing from New York City hospitals is “insulting” to front-line medical workers.

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 6:02 pm

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

FBI reaches out to Sen. Burr over stock sales tied to virus
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has reached out to Sen. Richard Burr about his sale of stocks before the coronavirus caused markets to plummet, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

Macy's, Kohl's, Gap to furlough majority of their workers
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 5:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's, Kohl's and Gap Inc. all said Monday they will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chains temporarily closed their stores and sales collapsed as a result of the pandemic.

Gas is cheap, but for many motorists there's nowhere to go
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 8:16 pm

DALLAS (AP) — U.S. gasoline prices have dropped to their lowest levels in four years, and they are almost sure to go lower as oil prices plunge.

School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 4:02 pm

WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state has rolled out since schools were closed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday 02/02/2009
JOHNSON: The weekend's most important sport event didn't involve a bowl
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I spend a lot of time putting together these weekly columns. Days, sometimes weeks of walking to and from lunch, kicking rocks down the street. Hours scribbling in various notebooks, then a night getting all of them together and typed into a computer file.

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Tuesday 01/27/2009
JOHNSON: Drugs are bad, but they’re good enough
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

There's an interesting debate going on now about the nature of our drug laws.

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Tuesday 01/20/2009
JOHNSON: Two things are constant: Change and the Constitution
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Today president-elect Barack Obama gets to drop the "elect" and become president-proper. Whether he'll make a proper president, no one knows for sure, but everyone except bigots and professional partisans certainly has to be hoping he will, out of self-interest if not patriotism.

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Tuesday 01/13/2009
JOHNSON: Remember, it's only toilet humor if you laugh at it
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

When I was in high school, I played a football game at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. It was a JV match, so very sparsely attended, and other than the fact that it was very cold, and we won, I don't remember much else about the game apart from the halftime.

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Tuesday 01/06/2009
JOHNSON: The Arabs have a proverb: All sunshine makes a desert
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

It's only natural when the New Year comes to start to think of all things new and yet to come.

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Tuesday 12/30/2008
JOHNSON: Should have been a super year for Cowboys
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The Cowboys lost Sunday and didn't make the playoffs.

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Tuesday 12/23/2008
JOHNSON: Some light reflections on the Christmas season
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I hate Christmas lights.

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Tuesday 12/16/2008
JOHNSON: Sometimes delaying the inevitable makes the pain worse
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I saw an article the other day about tapes from the Lyndon Johnson presidency being released. 

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Tuesday 12/09/2008
JOHNSON: The reason why Bill & Ted's adventure was excellent
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I've heard it said that the essence of music is to make people enjoy patterns without realizing it. As far as I can tell, this is true. I can't grasp music, whether I hear it, see a sheet of notes or play Guitar Hero. It's beyond me, but I like to listen.

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Tuesday 12/02/2008
JOHNSON: I experienced my first Black Friday last week
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Actually, until my sister got a job selling cell phones (down in the Sam's store), I was pretty ignorant about the whole idea.

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Tuesday 11/25/2008
JOHNSON: I think I need a new obsession
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I apologize in advance for my column this week. I had a very bad weekend, and the worst thing about it is nothing bad actually happened to me.

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Tuesday 11/18/2008
JOHNSON: The American Dream is alive, oh well
Updated: August 31, 2012 - 5:44 am

I once read that in a single year, California changed the nature of America more than any state ever has, maybe more than all the rest put together.

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Tuesday 11/11/2008
JOHNSON: The story of Robin Hood and his merriment
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The other day I sat down to watch all of the old Disney films I have on VHS.

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Tuesday 11/04/2008
JOHNSON: Christians remember: WWJVF - Who would Jesus vote for?
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

If anything I say here offends you, I wasn't trying to. There are two things you don't talk about over dinner, but if that extended to newspaper columns, I wouldn't have much to write. Religion and politics offend easily, and taken together the problem is even worse. Actually, this is my point, that under no circumstances should we put either at risk by mixing them.

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Tuesday 10/28/2008
JOHNSON: Everyone is permitted to vote, but it isn’t always beneficial
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

By the time Nov. 4 comes and goes, the 2008 election may prove to be the most popular in American history. Even in Texas where the national races should be safely checked off for the Republicans, there's more excitement than usual.

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Tuesday 10/21/2008
JOHNSON: Westboro Baptist Church, and what’s best about America
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

According to the Rev. Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, God hates gays, 9/11 was the result of America's tolerance toward homosexuality, and every dead U.S. soldier is a sign of the Lord's judgment on our depraved national character.

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Tuesday 10/14/2008
JOHNSON: Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

My friend once told me a story of an ant farm of his. For a while they went around digging, eating and digging some more. You know, typical ant stuff. Then they started to die, one after another. Bacteria in the dirt of a closed container - or some such.

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Tuesday 10/07/2008
JOHNSON: You know, ‘plethora’ actually means ‘too much,’ not ‘a lot’
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Because I didn't know that until someone told me to look it up. It has nothing to do with anything, but some people only read headlines, and I wanted to share.

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Tuesday 09/30/2008
JOHNSON: You can learn a lot by watching C-SPAN
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

If you have a basic cable package, you probably have C-SPAN and C-SPAN2. And you probably watch them about as much as if you didn't own TV. But you should watch them more (and by that I mean "some") because when you complain that "nothing is on," C-SPAN is, and you can learn a lot.

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Tuesday 09/23/2008
JOHNSON: So much depends upon a balding tennis ball
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I've recently rediscovered bouncing. Tennis balls, rubber balls, golf balls, toy balls - whatever bounces and fits in my hand, I bounce it, oh how I do.

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Tuesday 09/16/2008
JOHNSON: Speak up! When you ought to be talking, make yourself heard
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I don’t know if you noticed (or remember), but the other day the OA published its weekly poll on the subject of offshore oil drilling. Something like 87 percent of our respondents were in favor of doing it while just 13 percent were against. Not a surprising result for this area, really.

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Tuesday 09/09/2008
JOHNSON: Here's a tip when it comes to customer service
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

Another OA writer had a recent column mourning the death of Customer Service. In response, readers offered explanations why we’d reached this sad state where employees are apathetic, have a poor work ethic, are all-around incompetent or some mixture of the above.

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Tuesday 09/02/2008
JOHNSON: A short time spent channeling Yogi Berra
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

I was talking to someone the other day about the Odessa American’s online discussion forum. You may not have been aware the OA had any forums, and that’s what we were talking about.

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Tuesday 08/26/2008
JOHNSON: It’s not about gold, it’s about sending a message
Updated: August 29, 2012 - 6:23 am

The Olympics have finished, and we finally have a chance for retrospection. The Olympics have finished, and we have lost.

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