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Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

Published On: April 9, 2020 09:32 PM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, April 9: With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak.

Stuck at home, Alesso and Liam Payne still film music video

Published On: April 8, 2020 04:42 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The coronavirus has halted many plans in the music industry, from tour cancellations to album pushbacks, but it didn’t stop Grammy-nominated DJ-producer Alesso and former One Direction singer Liam Payne from filming a new music video.

New York’s virus toll tops 9/11, while Wuhan ends lockdown

Published On: April 8, 2020 01:41 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, April 8: As New York City faced one of its darkest days with the death toll from the coronavirus surging past 4,000 — more than the number killed on 9/11 — the Chinese city where the global pandemic began lifted its final restrictions on movement Wednesday as deaths there plummeted.

Japan’s state of emergency is no lockdown. What’s in it?

Published On: April 8, 2020 12:24 PM NPT By: Associated Press

TOKYO, April 8: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown.

Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl

Published On: April 6, 2020 04:18 PM NPT By: Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine, April 6: Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that has raised radiation fears.

The U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic

Published On: April 5, 2020 07:20 PM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, April 5: As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

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

Published On: April 4, 2020 02:52 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The singer Pink had tested positive for COVID-19, she said Friday, also announcing that she is donating $500,000 each to two emergency funds.

100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand to leave as rules ease

Published On: April 3, 2020 10:58 AM NPT By: Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, April 3: About 100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand since it began a lockdown last week were starting to fly to their home countries Friday.

Israel’s health minister has virus, top officials to isolate

Published On: April 2, 2020 05:18 PM NPT By: Associated Press

JERUSALEM, April 2: The new coronavirus is forcing more top Israeli officials into isolation after the country’s health minister, who has had frequent contact with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tested positive, the Health Ministry said Thursday.

'Star Wars' Actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus

Published On: April 1, 2020 03:16 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.

‘I heard the roar’: 6.5 earthquake hits Idaho

Published On: April 1, 2020 12:18 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho, April 1: An earthquake struck north of Boise Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking.

Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

Published On: April 1, 2020 08:24 AM NPT By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, April 1: If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a shortage of masks, the U.S. is sticking with that advice but Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested people who are worried wear a scarf.

World virus infections top 800,000; Spain sees record deaths

Published On: March 31, 2020 06:16 PM NPT By: Associated Press

MADRID, March 31: Spain’s coronavirus deaths jumped by a record number Tuesday as the country’s medical system strained to care for its tens of thousands of infected patients and the world total climbed to more than 800,000 cases.

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed by virus

Published On: March 31, 2020 02:52 PM NPT By: Associated Press

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.

Eilish, Carey, more sing from home to raise funds for virus

Published On: March 31, 2020 02:45 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Dave Grohl opened their doors — literally — as the musicians performed from their homes for an hour-long benefit concert to raise money for those affected by the coronavirus crisis.

China state media reports 19 people killed in forest fire

Published On: March 31, 2020 11:15 AM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING, March 31:  Nineteen people have died while fighting a raging forest fire in southwestern China and hundreds of reinforcements were sent to fight the blaze and evacuate nearby residents, officials and state media reported Tuesday.

Spain passes China in infections; Trump extends US lockdown

Published On: March 30, 2020 05:10 PM NPT By: Associated Press

MADRID, March 30: In an abrupt turnaround, President Donald Trump extended lockdown measures across the United States as deaths in New York from the new coronavirus passed 1,000. Spain on Monday became the third country to surpass China in infections after the United States and Italy.

New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths

Published On: March 30, 2020 09:00 AM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, March 30: New York state’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed Sunday above 1,000, less than a month after the first known infection in the state.

Counties without coronavirus are mostly rural, poor

Published On: March 29, 2020 02:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M., March 29: As the coronavirus rages across the United States, mainly in large urban areas, more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for COVID-19 infections, an analysis by The Associated Press shows.

Longtime soap opera actor John Callahan dies at 66

Published On: March 29, 2020 11:13 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Actor John Callahan, known for playing Edmund Grey on “All My Children” and also starring on other soaps including “Days of Our Lives,” “Santa Barbara” and “Falcon Crest,” has died. He was 66.