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Tuesday 04/07/2020
5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 pm

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

NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 3,200 Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lay in intensive care, believed to be the first major world leader hospitalized with the virus.

The Latest: European Union science official resigns
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 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.

Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, including removing the inspector general tasked with overseeing the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that passed Congress with bipartisan support.

Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press secretary and adding new staffers as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

Wisconsin voters wait hours at the few open polling stations
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday, ignoring federal health recommendations so they could participate in a presidential primary election that tested the limits of electoral politics in the midst of a pandemic.

Virus crisis cuts off billions sent to poor around the world
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:32 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Until a month ago, Diana Leticia Hernández sold face cream door to door in Miami. Her husband painted houses. The money fed their family and at least six relatives in Honduras.

Modeling coronavirus: 'Uncertainty is the only certainty'
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:16 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators.

Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:16 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The criminal case against a Mexican megachurch leader on charges of child rape and human trafficking was dismissed Tuesday by a California appeals court on procedural grounds.

Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 6:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump myths on new jobs, airport virus tests
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 5:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending his administration’s response to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump falsely asserted that travelers at U.S. airports are being routinely tested for COVID-19, made groundless accusations against a government watchdog and wrongly claimed the Obama administration did nothing during a flu pandemic.

A stock rally fizzles out on Wall Street; oil prices plunge
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 5:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A big rally on Wall Street suddenly vanished Tuesday, the latest twist for a market dominated by sharp swings amid the coronavirus outbreak.

'A lot of pain.' NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 5:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 4:39 pm

With its biggest one-day jump yet, New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus officially eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Coronavirus pandemic breeds Washington lobbying boom
Posted: April 07, 2020 - 2:49 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has gut-punched global markets, put 6.6 million Americans out of work and raised the likelihood of a recession. But in the Washington lobbying world, business is booming.

Trump removes watchdog tapped for $2T virus rescue oversight
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 3:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has removed the inspector general tapped to chair a special oversight board for the $2.2 trillion economic relief package on the coronavirus, the latest in a series of steps Trump has taken to confront government watchdogs tasked with oversight of the executive branch.

Holdout governors: Some states don't need stay-at-home order
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 5:03 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as most Americans are under orders from their governor to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to take that action, arguing it's unneeded and could be harmful.

UK's Johnson in ICU, was given oxygen in battling virus
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 1:03 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in stable condition with the coronavirus Tuesday in a hospital intensive care unit, where he was given oxygen but was breathing on his own without a ventilator, officials said.

With prime minister in ICU, Britain asks: Who's in charge?
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 1:17 pm

LONDON (AP) — As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights the coronavirus in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, the people of his country are wishing him well — and asking who’s in charge.

Sex. Drugs. Virus. Venezuela elites still party in pandemic
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 12:17 pm

MIAMI (AP) — They whiled away the week on a sex- and drug-fueled romp: dancing on white-sand beaches and frolicking on a Caribbean island with prostitutes from Europe, some snapping selfies with famous reggaeton artists.

Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 11:32 am

Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions.

Split families make pacts, duel over custody amid virus
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 12:46 pm

As the country hunkered down to fend off the coronavirus, Carolina McAuley expected her middle school-age kids would continue to shuffle between her house and her ex-husband's — until she got sick.

Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 3:02 pm

Since her daughters' school closed for the coronavirus outbreak, Mariana Luna has been thrust into the role of their primary educator, like millions of parents across the U.S. But each day, before she can go over their schoolwork, her 9-year-old first has to help her understand what the assignments say.

Millennial Money: 8 ways to switch up the new at-home normal
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 8:33 am

As COVID-19 sparks closures, cancellations and stay-at-home orders, household stressors are piling up. On top of health concerns, lost incomes and lack of child care amid the pandemic, there’s also coping with isolation, whether individually or as a couple or family.

Winfrey chooses "Hidden Valley Road" for book club
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 11:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey's new book club pick is Robert Kolker's “Hidden Valley Road,” an in-depth account of a 1950s family in which six of 12 children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Winfrey says she will continue picking books during the coronavirus outbreak, and will seek new ways to engage readers.

White House pushes unproven drug for virus, but doctors wary
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 7:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his administration are promoting an anti-malaria drug not officially approved for fighting the new coronavirus, even though scientists say more testing is needed before it’s proven safe and effective against COVID-19.

John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 8:47 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy.

AP PHOTOS: Virus haunts the destitute living on the margins
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 11:15 am

In a housing complex in the Moroccan city of Sale, over 900 people live in crowded rooms without running water or an income to support them. While the North African country entered total lockdown in mid-March, self-isolation and social distancing are a luxury that families in this complex cannot afford.

Hackers' new target during pandemic: video conference calls
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 3:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ceri Weber had just begun to defend her dissertation when the chaos began: Echoes and voices interrupted her. Someone parroted her words. Then Britney Spears music came on, and someone told Weber to shut up. Someone threatened to rape her.

Lives Lost: A mismatched pair's love story ends with virus
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 1:17 pm

He was a by-the-book, buttoned-up conservative whose opinions could be quick and blunt. She was a free-thinking, authority-snubbing liberal who would draw stories out in meandering conversation.

Monday 04/06/2020
The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 12:04 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.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 12:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are jolting ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump indicated that Americans will need more aid during the stark pandemic and economic shutdown.

Asian shares rise, echoing Wall St optimism on virus battle
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 11:16 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Tuesday, echoing the rally on Wall Street, amid a few glimmers of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing.

Body of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's daughter recovered
Updated: April 07, 2020 - 12:31 am

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The body of the daughter of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was located in about 25 feet of water and recovered, authorities said Monday, and they will keep searching for her son, after the two went missing following a canoeing accident last week.

Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 10:17 pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus deaths slow in places, but British premier gets worse
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 10:17 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The steep rise in coronavirus deaths appeared to be leveling off Monday in hard-hit New York, echoing a trend underway in Italy and Spain, while the crisis escalated alarmingly in Britain, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to intensive care after his condition deteriorated.

Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 9:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he had a “really wonderful, warm conversation” with Joe Biden on Monday about the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump slams watchdog report on hospitals engulfed by virus
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 9:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday disputed the veracity of a federal survey that found hospitals faced severe shortages of coronavirus test supplies, questioning whether its conclusions were skewed by politics.

California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 8:02 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The White House said Monday that 500 ventilators on loan from California will be shipped to Nevada, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam as the nation faces a crush of coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 7:47 pm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened Monday. In New York, there are faint glimmers of hope as deaths from the new coronavirus appear to be leveling off.

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 7:18 pm

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that are being talked about today

'Modern Family' cast shares memories as series finale nears
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 7:32 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The group crying began after the final scene of the last episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” was taped — with the notable exception of Ed O’Neill, who plays patriarch Jay Pritchett.

Coronavirus patients rush to join studies of Gilead drug
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 6:00 pm

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit.

Rate of deaths, illness among black residents alarms cities
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 7:18 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor pledged an aggressive public health campaign aimed at the city's black and brown communities Monday amid alarm that an overwhelming number of African American residents were among the people to die of COVID-19 in early data.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 7:32 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms dramatically worsened Monday, just a day after he was admitted for what were said to be routine tests.

New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 3:15 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more.

'Old school' technique helps expert ID remains from 1969
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 6:32 pm

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thanks to an old-fashioned fingerprint-matching technique, the remains of a shooting victim found alongside a New Hampshire highway 50 years ago have been identified as a Vermont man who had been released from prison three months earlier, authorities said Monday.

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:17 pm

President Donald Trump said Friday his administration will try to stop “profiteers” from exporting medical protective gear, shortly after picking a fight with manufacturing giant 3M, a major producer and exporter of face masks used to protect health care workers from the coronavirus.

Honor Blackman, who played Bond's Pussy Galore, dies at 94
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:17 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Honor Blackman, the potent British actress who took James Bond's breath away as Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger" and who starred as the leather-clad, judo-flipping Cathy Gale in “The Avengers,” has died. She was 94.

Hopeful birdsong, foreboding sirens: A pandemic in sound
Updated: April 06, 2020 - 2:17 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns.

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