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Alaska regulators vote to allow to-go sales of beer and wine

Apr. 3, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s Alcohol Control Board approved measures that would relax alcohol laws during the coronavirus pandemic to soften the financial impact on restaurants and bars. The board unanimously approved to-go sales of factory-sealed beer and wine from bars and restaurants...

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, April 2, 2020. Gov. Ricketts defended his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it isn't necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts said he doesn't plan to deviate from his current approach, which includes a statewide, non-enforceable recommendation that residents avoid gatherings with more than 10 people. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ricketts defends not ordering shelter-in-place in Nebraska

Apr. 2, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday defended his refusal to issue a stay-at-home order for residents, arguing that it isn't necessary for Nebraska even though 40 other governors have done so to try to keep the new coronavirus from spreading. Ricketts said he doesn't plan to deviate from his...

Lauren Friel, owner of Rebel Rebel Wine Bar, in Somerville, Mass., stands for a portrait at the wine bar, Thursday, April 2, 2020. An Associated Press review of the small business aid passed by Congress as part of its coronavirus stimulus package shows that larger companies could quickly claim a disproportionate share of the money, squeezing out many small, locally-based businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Stimulus aid for 'small business' will go to some big chains

Apr. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the federal government prepares to launch a $349 billion loan program meant to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, critics have growing concerns that some mom-and-pop shops might get squeezed out. The Paycheck Protection Program — part of the $2 trillion...

Medical staffers at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., screen a patient at a drive-thru COVID-19 screening site outside the emergency department. (Scott Sharpe/The News & Observer via AP)

Legislative cafeteria worker tests positive for COVID-19

Apr. 2, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The COVID-19 outbreak has reached into North Carolina's Legislative Building, where a cafeteria employee tested positive for the virus, the building's manager said. The unidentified worker was sent home March 26 after showing symptoms and received the positive test result Wednesday,...

Dog walker Imaj Royster, wearing a protective mask against the coronavirus outbreak, looks back as her charge Hazard is distracted during a stroll in the rain Monday, March 30, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Study: Social distancing seems to be helping in King County

Mar. 30, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Public health officials and researchers said Monday social distancing appears to be helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Seattle area, where many of the first U.S. deaths occurred, but Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says that the public still needs to be prepared for the state's current...

Workers prepare the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Hall J on Friday, March 27, 2020, in New Orleans after Louisiana state health officials said they are planning to put more than 1,100 beds in the makeshift hospital for patients with the coronavirus. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)

Louisiana 'stay at home' order to be extended through April

Mar. 30, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he will extend Louisiana's “stay at home” order through the end of April, in line with President Donald Trump's most recent guidance, as the number of Louisiana residents who have died from COVID-19 jumped significantly...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee practices as he prepares to speak about additional plans to slow the spread of coronavirus before a televised address from his office Monday, March 23, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee has ordered non-essential businesses to close and the state's more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington state's stay-at-home order at a glance

Mar. 24, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary and for non-essential businesses to close for at least two weeks, expanding previous orders that had already banned...

Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori listens questions from journalist during a press conference Monday, March 23, 2020, in Tokyo. As infections soared in Europe and the United States and the world economy spiraled downward, Japan on Monday hinted at the next possible victim of the globe-spanning coronavirus: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: US officials working on $2 trillion rescue deal

Mar. 24, 2020 12:44 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 381,000 people and killed over 16,500. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 101,000 people have recovered so...

Bicyclists wind through a group gathered along a path at Alki Beach Park Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Seattle, where people are asked to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet apart in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Health officials reported Sunday that there have been at least 95 coronavirus deaths in Washington state and nearly 2,000 confirmed cases. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington governor issues two-week stay-at-home order

Mar. 23, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered nonessential businesses to close and the state’s more than 7 million residents to stay home unless necessary in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. The stay-at-home order is initially in place through April 6, though officials said...

The Latest: Beijing screening overseas flights for virus

Mar. 23, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and killed more than 11,300. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 88,200 people have recovered...