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People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 2020. 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/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

Apr. 7, 2020 12:42 AM 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: — Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners indefinitely...

The quarantined Italian cruise ship Aidadiva that is hit by coronavirus and is docked in Skagen harbour at the most northern point in Denmark, Monday April 6, 2020.  Authorities have said that the ship is set to stay for a month at the port, and the hundreds of crew members are kept isolated and cannot disembark from the ship. (Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

US weighs 'war bonds'; Facebook launches virus survey

Apr. 6, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. _____________ CENTRAL BANKS AND GOVERNMENT: The White House is considering coronavirus “war...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a news conference regarding COVID-19 at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa, Monday, April 6, 2020. (Oliva Sun/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Iowa governor says police will enforce ban on gatherings

Apr. 6, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday expanded business closures to include malls, bowling alleys and playgrounds and instructed police to enforce her order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people as the coronavirus pandemic intensified across the state. Outbreaks of the virus were...

Tyson Foods suspends Iowa pork plant after virus outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods said Monday that it has suspended operations at a large pork processing plant in southeastern Iowa where more than two dozen workers have tested positive for the coronavirus. Spokesman Gary Mickelson said the suspension went into effect on Monday at the plant in...

Xcel selling Mankato plant to Southwest Generation

Apr. 6, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy said Monday it will sell its natural gas-fired power plant in southern Minnesota to Southwest Generation for $680 million and use the funds, in part, to support the coronavirus recovery efforts. Southwest is based in Denver, Colorado. The 760-megawatt Mankato Energy Center...

FILE - In this Monday, March 23, 2020, file photo, a worker walks near a mural of a Boeing 747-8 airplane at the company's manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash., north of Seattle. In an email to Washington employees on Sunday, April 5, 2020, the company says due to coronavirus concerns, it is extending a planned two-week shutdown rather than reopening Wednesday, April 8. The decision affects about 30,000 of Boeing's 70,000 employees in the state. Employees are receiving their regular salaries during the two-week shutdown, but will have to transition to vacation or sick leave after that. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Boeing to continue production shutdown due to coronavirus

Apr. 5, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing said Sunday it will continue its shutdown of production indefinitely at its Seattle area facilities due to the spread of the coronavirus. The company in an email to Washington employees said it is extending the planned two-week shutdown rather than reopening Wednesday. The decision...

Elsa Sasla, right, and Samantha Soto package soap at Vanguard Soap on Friday, March 27, 2020. Vanguard manufactures soaps for private labels sold in every big-name pharmacy, grocery and big-box chain in the nation. Besides those names, which it doesn’t reveal, it produces Costco’s signature Kirkland soaps and millions of units of liquid soaps, also for private labels. As a critical industry, Vanguard is required to maintain normal production in the midst of a virus surge now threatening every industry in the nation. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian via AP)

Deemed ‘critical,’ soap manufacturer ramps up production

Apr. 5, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Vanguard Soap was founded in 1943 at the height of World War II and was immediately part of the national wartime infrastructure. For only the second time in the company’s history, it’s being called on to maintain production, both as a critical piece of the defense...

Furniture maker lays off 40 Dubuque workers for 3 months

Apr. 4, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based furniture manufacturer has laid off 40 workers at its Dubuque corporate location. A letter recently sent to Dubuque city officials from Flexsteel Industries says the temporary layoff was effective March 23 and is expected to last three months, the Telegraph Herald...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 AM 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: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

Hikers take advantage of the nice weather as they walk down the Tower Trail at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Conn., on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.( Aaron Flaum/Record-Journal via AP)

Lamont plan for COVID-19 nursing homes includes extra cash

Apr. 3, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday publicly announced financial incentives for Connecticut nursing homes that agree to house only COVID-19 positive residents, a move aimed at preventing the system from being overwhelmed by the outbreak. The details of the additional funds — $600...