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Trump says 'toughest' weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 9:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track.

Trump calls fired watchdog in impeachment probe a 'disgrace'
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 9:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized the ousted inspector general who handled an anonymous whistleblower’s complaint that sparked his impeachment as a “disgrace” and suggested that the independent watchdog should have discussed the complaint with him.

New York gets Chinese ventilators; Trump wants more thanks
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 8:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York governor said Saturday the Chinese government was facilitating a shipment of 1,000 donated ventilators to his state, highlighting the extreme measures leaders are taking in what has become a cutthroat scramble to independently secure enough lifesaving devices during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Latest: China reports 30 new coronavirus cases
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 8:15 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.

The week that was: Stories from the coronavirus saga
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 8:45 pm

This past week, New York got worse — far worse. In New York City, as morgue space ran out, people started wondering where the bodies will go and the funeral industry struggled to keep up. On the streets of a city accustomed to the exact opposite of social distancing, New Yorkers found a new, gentler reality.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 7:46 pm

As the number of infections from the new coronavirus has grown to more than 1.1 million worldwide, health care systems are straining under the surge of patients and lack of medical equipment like ventilators, protective masks and gloves. The New York governor said the Chinese government was facilitating a shipment of 1,000 donated ventilators to his state.

New coronavirus limits bring new religious freedom tension
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 6:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite state and local limits on public gatherings, some faith leaders have persisted in holding in-person services -- a matter of religious freedom, they say, as the nation approached its fourth Sunday battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 6:16 pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 7:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Wisconsin struggles to hold its primary on Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Democrats are bickering over how to provide voters with safe and secure access to a ballot as the coronavirus pandemic rages in the U.S. and threatens to extend into the fall, affecting the general election.

Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 4:00 pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour, goods flown in on a private plane.

Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 2:31 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible.

Lives Lost: Detroit woman, mother of 4, loved ballroom dance
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 2:16 pm

DETROIT (AP) — When Laneeka Barksdale got so sick from the coronavirus that she had to be hospitalized, she tried to keep family from driving her there so as not to put them in danger.

Virus alters Holy Week celebration worldwide, not the spirit
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 7:46 pm

For Pope Francis at the Vatican, and for Christians worldwide from churches large and small, this will be an Easter like none other: The joyous message of Christ’s resurrection will be delivered to empty pews.

At funerals in virus outbreak, mourning is from a distance
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 10:16 pm

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — No one stands in line to embrace the widow and share memories of her husband of 50 years. No rows of family and friends file toward the flag-draped coffin to pay their last respects. No symphony of sniffles is heard across the room as the minister gives a final prayer.

A gentler Gotham? NYers anxiously wait out coronavirus
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 8:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — To a casting director, he might have seemed the perfect impatient New Yorker — broad, bald and with a booming voice, tattoos on his neck and hands visible under his construction jacket. Justin Hunter stood in line outside the Park Slope Food Coop, one of several dozen shoppers spaced 6 feet apart in a queue that stretched around the corner.

A mounting casualty of coronavirus crisis: Health care jobs
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 10:01 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning.

Contagious singing as Corona Community Chorus unites voices
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 2:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Casper ter Kuile lights a candle in front of his computer screen. And then the music begins.

AP OPINION: Trump, 'wartime' pandemic leader or 'backup'?
Posted: April 04, 2020 - 8:41 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is he a wartime president or a backup point man? President Donald Trump seems to go back and forth on that, or both ways at once, in responding to the coronavirus pandemic that takes more lives by the hour.

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 2:00 pm

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations.

State unemployment systems tested by surge of applicants
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 5:02 pm

Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief.

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 12:46 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.

Friday 04/03/2020
Military recruiting struggles as enlistment stations close
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 2:00 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Meyer does his best recruiting face-to-face. He can look people in the eye, read their body language and get insight into whether they would make a good Marine.

Trump admin tries to narrow stockpile's role for states
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 5:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has abruptly changed its description of the Strategic National Stockpile and put forward a narrower vision of the role the federal government’s repository of life-saving medicines and equipment should play in supplying states' needs.

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won't wear one
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 12:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, “I'm choosing not to do it."

Russia to the rescue? US, Moscow spar over aid deliveries
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 4:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — An odd new front in the U.S.-Russian rivalry has emerged as a Russian military cargo plane bearing a load of urgently needed medical supplies landed this week at New York’s JFK airport.

Some states receive masks with dry rot, broken ventilators
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 12:03 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some states and cities that have been shipped masks, gloves, ventilators and other essential equipment from the nation's medical stockpile to fight the coronavirus have gotten an unwelcome surprise: the material is unusable.

US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 11:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration urged Americans to cover their faces in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York’s governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus — vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies.

'Recovery' search for Kennedy Townsend's daughter, grandson
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 10:16 pm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Authorities were conducting a “recovery" search for the daughter and a grandson of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, after a canoe they were paddling in the Chesapeake Bay didn’t return to shore, the family said Friday.

Some states receive masks with dry rot, broken ventilators
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 10:46 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some states and cities that have been shipped masks, gloves, ventilators and other essential equipment from the nation's medical stockpile to fight the coronavirus have gotten an unwelcome surprise: the material is unusable.

Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 2:01 am

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attempt to conduct an election in the midst of a coronavirus crisis lurched forward Friday, with a Democratic governor pushing for an all-mail election to replace in-person voting and Republican leaders refusing to budge.

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 8:32 pm

The Trump administration urged Americans to wear face coverings in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York’s governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus by vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies. The new federal guidelines call for Americans, especially in hard-hit areas, to wear makeshift masks like bandanas or T-shirts over their faces.

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 8:16 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.

Cuomo orders shift in ventilators to overwhelmed hospitals
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 7:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would order the redistribution of critically needed ventilators. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses. And the coronavirus outbreak picked up speed with more deaths and more hospitalizations.

California homeless advocate: 'We're moving way too slowly'
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 9:31 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Since the beginning of an international pandemic, experts have known one population is particularly vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus: the homeless.

In time of crisis, Trump-Pelosi relationship remains broken
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the most powerful people in Washington haven't spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century, one that has already killed more than 6,000 Americans and put 10 million others out of work.

Walmart limits store access; US airlines sign up for grants
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 7:31 pm

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Florida finally takes cruise passengers, some on stretchers
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 6:45 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Passengers from an ill-fated cruise were carefully freed from their cabins and allowed to touch dry land Friday for the first time in weeks, after the removal of 14 critically ill people who were wheeled off to Florida hospitals bracing for an onslaught of coronavirus patients.

Insurance marketplaces offer help with coronavirus job cuts
Updated: April 04, 2020 - 6:00 am

More than a million people could swamp the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces in the coming months as employers lay off staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

NOT REAL NEWS: False coronavirus claims and phony remedies
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 7:31 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 5:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a shift, the top leaders in Congress made it clear Friday there will be another coronavirus rescue package amid the stark need for federal resources to fight the pandemic and economic crisis.

Democrats elevate health care as virus-era campaign argument
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 5:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election-year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus.

Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer, dies at 51
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 7:31 pm

He ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica — 83 of them in all, many followed by a visit to an obscure craft brewery. Last year, he watched 365 movies — most of them in theaters. And Anick Jesdanun made sure — always — that when millions of people read his coverage of the internet and its ripples, they got all the facts and the context they needed.

A bleak US jobs report likely portends even deeper losses
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 4:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A grim snapshot of the U.S. job market's sudden collapse emerged Friday with a report that employers shed hundreds of thousands of jobs last month because of the viral outbreak that's brought the economy to a near-standstill.

Stocks drop as coronavirus crunches the job market, economy
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market’s first reaction to Friday’s stunningly bad jobs report was to take it in stride. But Wall Street slid through the day as investors looked ahead to the likelihood that even worse numbers are on the way.

Feeding the front lines, one duck confit at a time
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 2:46 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On a break from the front lines, nurse practitioner Gabe Westhemier tucked into a plate of duck confit, the work of one of the city's celebrity chefs. ("It was wonderful.")

Mormons hold signature conference virtually due to pandemic
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 5:01 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the first time in more than 70 years, top leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will deliver speeches at the faith's signature conference this weekend without an in-person audience in the latest illustration of how the coronavirus pandemic is altering worship practices around the world.

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 12:46 pm

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean on Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

'Modern Family' promises satisfying end to its 11-season run
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 12:02 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-producers Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd were mulling ideas for the 2009 TV season when they landed on an intriguing sitcom approach, one revolving around an extended family and done in the “mockumentary” style made popular by “The Office.”

Dr. Fauci's face will soon be on a bobblehead
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 9:16 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The United States' top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead.

White House moves toward promoting face masks to fight virus
Updated: April 03, 2020 - 8:45 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the president defends his response to the crisis.

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