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Cashier Baby San wears a face shield and gloves as she scans items at grocery store Super Cao Nguyen, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Oklahoma City, due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Tulsa, Oklahoma City order residents to shelter in place

Mar. 28, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mayors of Tulsa and Oklahoma City on Saturday issued shelter-in-place orders for residents amid the coronavirus outbreak. “We want to leave no doubt with our residents that the safest course of action during this public health crisis is to stay home, unless you are engaged...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks outside her office on Capitol Hill, Monday, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

House considers voting options as members fall ill

Mar. 23, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With at least two members of the House testing positive for coronavirus, Democrats are recommending that they pass a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue passage by unanimous consent, meaning no lawmakers would have to be present for the vote. If that doesn't work — only one member...

US Rep. Sharice Davids reflects on life in quarantine

Mar. 23, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ROELAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Even before Rep. Sharice Davids quarantined herself in her Roeland Park home for possible COVID-19 exposure, she had largely switched her congressional office from physical to digital. And, like many of her constituents in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, she’s...

A view of the corridor outside the intensive care unit of the hospital of Brescia, Italy, Thursday, March 19, 2020. Italy has become the country with the most coronavirus-related deaths, surpassing China by registering 3,405 dead. Italy reached the gruesome milestone on the same day the epicenter of the pandemic, Wuhan, China, recorded no new infections. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Coronavirus extends across West, Californians must stay home

Mar. 19, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's deaths from the coronavirus pandemic eclipsed China’s on Thursday as the scourge extended its march across the West, where the United States and other countries increasingly enlisted the military to prepare for an onslaught of patients and California's governor ordered people in...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walk to attend a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

McConnell unveils economic rescue plan amid virus shutdown

Mar. 19, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a sweeping economic rescue plan Thursday to pump $1,200 direct checks to taxpayers, $300 billion for small businesses to keep idled workers on payroll and $208 billion in loans to airlines and other industries. It's the initial Republican...

Empty chairs sit on the beach, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.  Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Mayor Carlos Gimenez's order Thursday allows several businesses to remain open, including health care providers, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and banks.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida's largest county closes beaches, most businesses

Mar. 19, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown Thursday as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the new coronavirus pandemic. "We must all act as if we are infected...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018, file photo, Rep.-elect Kendra Horn, D-Okla., walks through the basement of the Capitol in Washington. Oklahoma U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn and Tom Cole said Thursday, March 19, 2020 that they will self-quarantine for two weeks after a two other members of congress tested positive for the illness linked to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

2 Congress members from Oklahoma self-quarantine for 14 days

Mar. 19, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn and Tom Cole said Thursday that they will self-quarantine for two weeks after two other members of Congress tested positive for COVID-19. Horn, a Democrat, and Tom Cole, a Republican, each said they are not experiencing any symptoms of illness, but will...

Medics and paramedics from China arrive at the Malpensa airport of Milan, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Some 37 between doctors and paramedics were sent along with some 20 tons of equipment, and will be deployed to different hospitals in Italy's most affected area. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems.  (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

The Latest: Ships going to Honolulu won't let off passengers

Mar. 18, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 218,000 people and killed more than 8,800. 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 84,000 people have recovered...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber as lawmakers negotiate on the emergency coronavirus response legislation, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April

Mar. 18, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — By a sweeping bipartisan tally, the Senate on Wednesday approved a $100 billion-plus bill to boost testing for the coronavirus and guarantee paid sick leave for millions of workers hit by it — and President Donald Trump quickly signed it. But lawmakers and the White House had...

The twin spans of the Blue Water Bridge loom over the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Mich., looking to Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Canada-U.S. border will be closed to non-essential traffic in both directions

Trump invokes emergency authority, no new cases in Wuhan

Mar. 18, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump invoked emergency authority to marshal industry to fight the coronavirus, as the economic fallout from the pandemic mounted Wednesday with major U.S. auto manufacturers saying they are shutting down their North American factories. The announcements came hours...