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Bipartisan Deal Reached On $484 Billion More Coronavirus Aid

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 15:16

Both Republicans and Democrats agreed that a small business program that ran out of money needed a major infusion. Negotiators also added resources for hospitals and testing.

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DOJ Would Support Legal Action If Governors' Restrictions Go 'Too Far,' Barr Says

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 14:58

Attorney General Barr said the Justice Department would consider legal consequences against states that continue to impose strict coronavirus restrictions.

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A 'Bitter Pill': Oktoberfest Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 13:59

"You can't host a folk festival in a time like this," said Munich's mayor. Officials said it was a tough decision but they saw no other choice. Some 6 million people attend the festival every year.

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PHOTOS: Lockdown In The World's Most Unequal Country

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 13:31

since South Africa went into lockdown in late March, the country's social divisions have been brought into sharper focus than ever.

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'No Unusual Signs' That Kim Jong Un's Health Is In Danger, South Korea Says

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 13:12

The North Korean leader's public absence and reports of a recent surgery have prompted a flurry of rumors about his health. But South Korean officials said Tuesday "there is nothing we can confirm."

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Amazon Workers Stage New Protests Over Warehouse Coronavirus Safety

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 13:03

Organizers say more than 350 workers pledged to call off work. They criticize Amazon's measures to protect them during the coronavirus pandemic. Amazon says it has taken steps to keep workers safe.

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Some Not-So-Small Companies Are Getting Small Business Loans Under PPP

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 13:02

The government's $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program had to be thrown together quickly and the criteria for who benefits were kept loose.

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New Report Notes Rise In Coronavirus-Linked Anti-Semitic Hate Speech

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 13:02

The report, released Monday by researchers at Tel Aviv University, notes an 18% increase in anti-Semitic violence in 2019 and recent accusations blaming Jews for causing and spreading the coronavirus.

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Maryland Buys 500,000 Test Kits From South Korea, Drawing Criticism From Trump

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 12:42

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced his state paid $9 million for coronavirus test kits from a South Korean company. "If there were an easier way, we certainly would have taken it," Hogan said.

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Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals Are Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 12:39

Organizers say they considered several ways to hold the national finals in a "virtual" environment, before deciding it wasn't feasible.

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Milwaukee Claims 7 Coronavirus Cases Tied To Controversial Election

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 12:38

Approximately 400,000 people voted in person in Wisconsin after courts and GOP lawmakers rebuffed proposals to postpone the election or conduct it by mail.

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Airlines Offer Vouchers, Credits For Canceled Flights. Customers Want Cash

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 11:57

Nearly 60 million people lost money on canceled trips, but only 30% will get full refunds. Airlines, hurting for cash, try to offer credits and vouchers instead. Customers want their money.

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Record Oil Price Drops Send Stock Markets Diving Too

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 11:29

A severe oversupply continued to hammer oil prices a day after they turned negative for the first time ever. That sign of crashing demand in the global economy sent stocks indexes down again.

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What Happens If U.S. Reopens Too Fast? Federal Documents Show Coronavirus Projections

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 10:35

As some states move to lift social distancing restrictions, government documents reveal how much more lethal the pandemic could still be without careful mitigation efforts.

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Italy Finally Sees Its 1st Drop In Active Coronavirus Cases

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:52

Other key metrics also improved: Italy had 127 fewer COVID-19 patients in hospitals as of Monday, and 62 fewer people were in intensive care units.

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Germany Is Conducting Nationwide COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:50

The country has been testing for the new coronavirus on a larger scale than most other nations. Studying antibodies in the blood can show if someone has fought off the virus.

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Cal State Fullerton Announces Plans For A Virtual Fall. Will Other Colleges Follow?

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 09:37

Colleges are grappling with how long the coronavirus disruptions will last, and what the fall semester will look like. The big question: With so many changes, will students still enroll?

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Trump Says He'll 'Temporarily Suspend Immigration' Over Coronavirus Fears

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 08:37

Details of the president's plan, including who it would apply to, how long it would last, and when it would go into effect, are unclear.

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Opinion: U.S. Must Avoid Building Racial Bias Into COVID-19 Emergency Guidance

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 07:00

States are releasing "Crisis Standards of Care" guidelines, aimed at helping desperate hospitals discern how to allocate scarce resources. But the guidance doesn't factor in health care inequalities.

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Supreme Court Guarantees Right To Unanimous Verdict In Serious Criminal Trials

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 05:38

The justices struck down laws in two states that allowed convictions for serious crimes without unanimous jury verdicts.

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