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New York gets ventilators in China; Trump wants more thanks

The number of people infected in the U.S. exceeded a quarter-million, and the death toll climbed past 7,000, with New York state alone accounting for more than 2,900 dead, an increase of over 560 in just one day.

Jonesboro remains under curfew as utility crews, police work to provide help

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

  ‘Don’t take chances:’ Wash. nursing home patient back home after defeating coronavirus

Kobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame class

  Another cruise ship with virus victims docking in Florida

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

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  2 kids hospitalized after eating THC-laced candy from Utah food bank

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

  Kentucky family holds drive-by funeral to honor loved one

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

Search shifts to ‘recovery’ for Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, great grandson

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

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.

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

"If they want to sue me for borrowing their excess ventilators to save lives, let them sue me," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

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.

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths.

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

  Trump administration changes national stockpile definition amid coronavirus response

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin tests positive for COVID-19

Baldwin posted the news on her Instagram page Friday. She said symptoms came on suddenly on Thursday and says she is experiencing chills, a fever and aches.

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

  Stocks drop as coronavirus crunches the job market, economy

The losses came after the government reported that U.S. employers cut 701,000 jobs last month, the first drop in nearly a decade.

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.

UN: 11 countries considering global cease-fire

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on all governments, groups and people with influence “to urge and pressure combatants around the world to put down their arms.”

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said.

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde to perform Saturday at Grand Ole Opry. Here’s how you can watch.

It will be an all-female lineup as the Grand Ole Opry continues to broadcast live performances during the coronavirus pandemic at its empty venue.

  Disney Plus releases 2 new nature films on Friday

Disney released two new nature films on its streaming platform Friday, “Elephant” and “Dolphin Reef.”

  Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

Doctors want to use blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat the sick, giving them a dose of the immune system antibodies that fight the virus.

  After financial hit from coronavirus response, dairy farmers are adapting

Of all the commodities impacted, milk has been one of the hardest hit.

  Outbreak’s global cost may top $4T; auto insurers get break

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

  Prince Charles to officially open new hospital for coronavirus patients

The National Health Service hospital at ExCel London will within days be able to provide intensive care treatment for 4,000 people suffering from the COVID-19 disease.

Jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli dies from coronavirus

His family tells The New York Times they believes the cause of death was the coronavirus. And the Bergen Record reports that Pizzarelli tested positive for the virus on Sunday.

  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

  Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

  VIDEO: New York firefighters support, thank hospital workers

Health care workers getting off a shift change at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, got a special tribute Thursday night.

  Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Cruise ships carrying dozens of passengers and crew displaying symptoms of the coronavirus awaited final word Thursday on when they would be able to dock at a Florida port after officials gave their tentative approval and the state’s governor dropped his previously firm opposition.

  Kentucky college student makes coronavirus masks for deaf community

The senior studying Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Eastern Kentucky University said she saw a chance to help the community with masks that uniquely address their needs.

  Stocks end another whipsaw day solidly higher, led by energy

Stocks are closing solidly higher after another whipsaw day, giving the market its first gain in three days. Major U.S. indexes rose more than 2% Thursday.

  Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

  Democrats delay nominating convention amid coronavirus concerns

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold a normal convention in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

The Food and Drug Administration's new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give blood, including gay and bisexual men and people with recent tattoos and piercings.

  AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

About half of all working Americans say they or a member of their household have lost some kind of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job.

  Feds propose $611,000 fine at Seattle-area nursing home

Authorities said Life Care had at least partially fixed the most serious problems by the time they conducted follow-up inspection in last weekend.

  Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

A wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough.

  SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

It'll be bring-your-own popcorn and the barbecue won’t be as good, but Austin's SXSW Film Festival is partnering with Amazon to move online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Oregon veteran celebrates 104th birthday after coronavirus recovery

An Oregon veteran has overcome his latest battle, and he was able to celebrate his 104th birthday as a result.

Menards bans children, pets in stores due to COVID-19 outbreak

You must be 16 or older to enter the store and have the ID to prove it.

Nissan recalls over 250K vehicles to replace Takata air bags

The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel.

  What to know if you’re pregnant during the coronavirus pandemic

Pregnant women should follow the same safety rules the rest of us should be following during the outbreak.

Forecast predicts above-normal Atlantic hurricane season in 2020

Scientists with Colorado State University are predicting above-normal activity for 2020.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft helps Mass. receive N95 masks with team plane

The New England Patriots are helping Massachusetts receive much-needed N95 masks to keep frontline workers safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Study: Audiences will be slow to return after pandemic

Many Americans will be a little leery of going back to large concerts and sporting events following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Howard Stern announces free access to SiriusXM

The popular SiriusXM host has announced that the service will be free for North American listeners through May 15.

  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.

Company offering year’s worth of Disney Plus in ‘dream job’ giveaway

Reviews.org is offering people a year's worth of Disney Plus and a $200 Visa gift card for what they’re calling the “Disney Plus dream job.”

Billy Joel donates $500K to support NY health care workers

The recording artist says the Joel Foundation will donate $500,000 to purchase personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

  Hobby Lobby in Colo. remains open despite stay-at-home order

One Hobby Lobby employee quit his job of seven years after his store remained open.

  Sled dog driver delivers groceries, medical supplies in Maine

"I don’t think I would have seen myself doing this, but things are changing really fast, and I just want to be able to help mitigate, make things a little easier for people."

  Q&A: How to get aid for a small business hit by coronavirus crisis

Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought coronavirus

Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, has died. He was 85.

  Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

Trump said Wednesday he wants to give governors' "flexibility" on whether a stay-at-home policy is the best option for their constituents but acknowledged that he's looking at limiting air and rail travel between hot spots within the United States.

Man accused of killing Nev. trooper was paranoid over coronavirus, court documents say

Police say the suspect fatally shot a Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant, who believed he was helping a motorist with a broken down car, then stole his uniform and squad car.

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

A Pakistani court has overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man who spent 18 years on death row for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl.

  Couple replaces wedding guests with cardboard cutouts due to coronavirus

Thanks to the cardboard cutouts, all the family and friends that aren’t able to attend the wedding in person because of COVID-19 can still fill the pews.

  Mo. doctor buys camper to live in to protect family from coronavirus

The doctor and her husband used money designated for a home extension to instead buy a camper to protect their family from COVID-19.

Emmy-winning musician Adam Schlesinger dies from coronavirus

Emmy and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, known for his work with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus, his attorney said.

Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there amid the coronovirus crisis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  ‘A battlefield behind your home’: Deaths mount in New York

Even as the virus has slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals in Spain and France are reaching their breaking points and the U.S. and Britain are bracing for incoming waves of desperately ill people.