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Police officers check documents to ensure nationwide confinement measures due to coronavirus are upheld, at a highway toll gate in Villefranche our Saone, north of Lyon, central France, Friday, April 3, 2020. Friday marks the first day of springtime school holidays for a large part of France including Paris, when under normal circumstances cars would clog highways as families head on vacation around the country. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

The Latest: France’s coronavirus death count jumps

Apr. 3, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Trudeau warns U.S. not to block 3M from sending respirators...

Judge grants summary judgment in Brookline civil rights suit

Apr. 3, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Massachusetts town in a civil rights lawsuit and granted a request for a summary judgment, court papers indicate. Former Brookline Fire department firefighter Gerald Alston alleged that he was retaliated against and fired for objecting to the promotion...

A pedestrians crosses a mostly empty Sixth Avenue during the coronavirus outbreak, Friday, April 3, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 3, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

With coronavirus deaths climbing rapidly in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday he will use his authority to take ventilators and protective gear from private hospitals and companies that aren’t using them, complaining that states are competing against each other for vital equipment in eBay-like...

Group holding immigrant children settles ex-employee claim

Apr. 3, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says a Texas-based organization that runs facilities to hold immigrant children has settled a retaliation claim from an ex-employee. Southwest Key Programs will pay $68,000 to the employee, the Justice Department said in a Friday news release. DOJ alleged the...

A pedestrian walks by The Family Barbershop, closed due to a Gov. Gretchen Whitmer executive order, in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., Thursday, April 2, 2020. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a stunning collapse in the U.S. workforce with millions of people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up around the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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

Apr. 3, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The job...

Measure to ban discrimination against LGBTQ community fails

Apr. 3, 2020 10:54 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — An ordinance that would have banned discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation has failed in Daviess County, the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports. Commissioners voted 2-2 on the ordinance Thursday during a meeting held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. The...

A carpenter, who declined to be identified, cuts plywood to cover a closed store where artwork in support of people affected by the coronavirus already covers an adjacent panel in downtown Seattle, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in Washington set a new record last week, with tens of thousands more people in the state filing new claims as non-essential businesses remain closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Jobs report Friday is expected to end record hiring streak

Apr. 3, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a record 113 straight months of hiring, the government's monthly jobs report Friday is expected to show that the American jobs machine came to a sudden halt in March as a result of the coronavirus. Economists have forecast that the government will say employers shed about 150,000...

FILE - In this Monday, June 4, 2018, file photo, Glen Wood, a Canadian who has lived in Japan for 30 years, plays with his son at a Tokyo park. A Japanese court has rejected the demand by former brokerage manager Wood to get his job back after he took paternity leave at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama, File)

Brokerage worker loses paternity leave appeal in Japan

Apr. 3, 2020 5:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Friday rejected a request by a former brokerage manager to get his job back after he took paternity leave at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley. The case of Glen Wood, a Canadian who has lived in Japan for three decades, has become a symbol of the fight against what is called...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, a woman holding a child walks away from the expressway gate at the border of Wuhan city in central China's Hubei province. Millions of Chinese workers are streaming back to factories, shops and offices but many still face anti-coronavirus controls that add to their financial losses and aggravation. In Wuhan police require a health check and documents from employers for returning workers. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese struggle to return to work as virus controls ease

Apr. 3, 2020 1:56 AM EDT

WUHAN, China (AP) — After two months in locked-down Wuhan, Wei Lei was eager to get back to work on a railway construction site. Instead, the 22-year-old found himself stranded at an expressway toll plaza where police decided who was allowed in and out of the city where the coronavirus pandemic started....

Nearly 25% of Hawaii's workers apply for unemployment

Apr. 2, 2020 10:09 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of Hawaii’s workers applied for unemployment benefits last month as social distancing measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus socked the economy. The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said 160,929 unemployment claims were filed during...