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David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

COVID-19 cases at La. nursing homes

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

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Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

251 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

272 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported five new cases and no new deaths from the virus.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

439 new COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

  New Orleans says it may lag behind the State when entering into Phase 2

New Orleans could wait a little longer to enter phase 2 of recovery. The City's Health Department Director, Jennifer Avegno,M.D., says even if the Governor gives the go-ahead for the rest of the state in the next few weeks that could be premature for New Orleans.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

418 new COVID-19 cases, 17 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

South Mississippi reported five new cases and no new deaths from the virus.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

Children’s health specialist discusses rare condition in children linked to COVID-19

Health officials are learning more about a condition found in children linked to COVID-19. Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, is a rare condition that affects those under 21-years-old.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

Gov. Edwards: 13 cases of MIS-C, 1 death in La.

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  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  COVID-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter

The Covid-19 pandemic may lead to changes in the French Quarter.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

  LSU Health releases findings of COVID-19 death autopsies on local patients; small vessels in lungs found to have blood clots

The majority of the autopsies reported on in the study were on African American COVID-19 victims.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play.

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma have been informed that the Justice Department has closed investigations into their stock trades.

  Locals see signs that rats are acting more violently as they seek food during the pandemic

Discarded food rats relied on from commercial establishments diminished significantly because of closures during the pandemic.

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

  Civil Service Commission denies essential workers request for emergency pay during pandemic

The Civil Service Commission denies a request from New Orleans essential workers. They requested emergency pay during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Delirium, confusion and agitation may be common for people while hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections.

  Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags this year, you will need to know about the new policies the company has put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

The industry has historically relied on foreign-born workers — from people in the country illegally to refugees — for some of America's most dangerous jobs.

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

If you haven’t flown since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, things at the airport are definitely different.

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

At least 79 veterans at the hard-hit New Jersey facility have died from COVID-19.

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social-distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million people worldwide and killed over 345,000, including nearly 100,000 Americans, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

President Donald Trump honored America’s fallen service members on Monday as he commemorated Memorial Day in back-to-back appearances in the midst of the pandemic.

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

The 57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA, announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.