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In this March 26, 2020 photo provided by Maureen Morin and Federico's Pizza, staff members of the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center give a thumbs-up in Neptune City, N.J., as they eat a donated meal from the Belmar, New Jersey pizzeria. With restaurants closed for all but takeout orders during the coronavirus outbreak, the owners of the pizzeria could have shut down and laid off their 20 employees. Instead, the business's owners took out a $50,000 line of credit and guaranteed their workers they'll stay on the payroll for at least two months. (Courtesy of Maureen Morin via AP)

Pizzeria borrows to keep workers on job, spurs donations

Mar. 29, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — This is a story about bosses and their workers, in the dark days of COVID-19. It’s also a story about how one good turn deserves another and yet another. And this being New Jersey, it’s also a story about pizza. Bryan Morin and his brother Michael operate Federico’s...

Pope Francis arrives to deliver an Urbi et orbi prayer from the empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Friday, March 27, 2020. Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead finds

Pope prays for 'fragile' humanity needing help in pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other's help and comfort....

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery speaks at an event in Atlanta announcing state lawmakers from around the county have formed an alliance they say will combat restrictive voting laws, Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, a family statement said. He was 98. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98

Mar. 28, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America. For more than four decades after the death...

Part of the steeple falls from the Urban Bible Fellowship Church in East Baltimore during a four-alarm fire on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Baltimore firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at the nearly 200-year-old church. The department said no injuries were reported.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Blaze engulfs historic Baltimore church, topples its steeple

Mar. 28, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that sent flames shooting through the steeple of a church that traces its origins back more than 150 years. Photos of the fire posted by the Baltimore City Fire Department on Twitter showed orange flames coming from the top of the steeple...

In this Monday, March 23, 2020, photo, Karen Haley cuts cotton fabric for masks to be given to caregivers during the coronavirus outbreak, at the North Sails shop in Freeport, Maine. The sail-maintenance business has converted part of its operation towards stitching masks instead of sails. Owner Eric Baldwin stitches masks in background. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine sail-maintenance shop turns to sewing medical masks

Mar. 27, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — On the coast of Maine, Eric Baldwin and his staff of two usually spend their days selling, repairing and washing sails for boats. They transform their surplus sailcloth into tote bags to bring in extra money. But when the coronavirus outbreak slowed business, they turned their industrial...

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A deer crosses through the fog as a Carroll County Sheriff officer and a Maryland State Trooper guard the driveway to the Pleasant View Nursing Home, in Mount Airy, Md., Sunday, March 29, 2020. Maryland's governor said Saturday night that the nursing home had been struck by an outbreak of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Latest: Maryland nursing home hit by virus outbreak

Mar. 29, 2020 2:37 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: — New York state nearing 1,000 coronavirus deaths....

In this March 26, 2020 photo provided by Maureen Morin and Federico's Pizza, staff members of the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center give a thumbs-up in Neptune City, N.J., as they eat a donated meal from the Belmar, New Jersey pizzeria. With restaurants closed for all but takeout orders during the coronavirus outbreak, the owners of the pizzeria could have shut down and laid off their 20 employees. Instead, the business's owners took out a $50,000 line of credit and guaranteed their workers they'll stay on the payroll for at least two months. (Courtesy of Maureen Morin via AP)

Pizzeria borrows to keep workers on job, spurs donations

Mar. 29, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — This is a story about bosses and their workers, in the dark days of COVID-19. It’s also a story about how one good turn deserves another and yet another. And this being New Jersey, it’s also a story about pizza. Bryan Morin and his brother Michael operate Federico’s...

Virginia students create virtual graduation in Minecraft

Mar. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — When Gov. Ralph Northam announced on March 23 that schools would remain closed amid the pandemic, Trey Powers and his friends were doing what teenagers do: hanging out online. Powers, at 17 the group’s elder and only senior, could only listen as the governor announced the...

In this Oct. 28, 2019 photo, Egyptian transgender woman and activist Malak el-Kashif smokes a cigarette in the balcony of her apartment in Cairo, Egypt. She has been ostracized by her family and scorned by some who accuse her of tampering with God's creation. She has been attacked by others scandalized by her activism for LGBTQ rights. Legally, she still holds a male's identity card. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

In Egypt, transgender activist fights battle on many fronts

Mar. 29, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Malak el-Kashif left home on her birthday seven years ago. Walking into an uncertain future, she was underdressed for the weather and armed with little— except for some makeup, a few women’s accessories and 50 Egyptian pounds (at the time about six American dollars). “I...

The Latest: Michigan executive order restores water service

Mar. 29, 2020 12:33 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: —Spain's deadliest day has over 800 deaths, over 8,000 news...

A medical worker sticks her head outside a COVID-19 testing tent set up outside Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The hospital is caring for a high number of coronavirus patients in the city, and New York leads the nation in the number of cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is keeping a running tally. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NY delays presidential primary; Trump nixes quarantine idea

Mar. 28, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus cases rose in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump surprised governors of the state and neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut by saying Saturday that he might impose a quarantine on their residents before tweeting later in the day that a travel advisory...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery speaks at an event in Atlanta announcing state lawmakers from around the county have formed an alliance they say will combat restrictive voting laws, Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, a family statement said. He was 98. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98

Mar. 28, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery fought to end segregation, lived to see the election of the country’s first black president and echoed the call for “justice to roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” in America. For more than four decades after the death...

FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama presents a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery n the East Room of the the White House in Washington. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, a family statement said. He was 98. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Civil rights leader, MLK aide Joseph Lowery dies at 98

Mar. 28, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, a family statement said. He was 98. A charismatic and fiery preacher, Lowery led the...

Part of the steeple falls from the Urban Bible Fellowship Church in East Baltimore during a four-alarm fire on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Baltimore firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze at the nearly 200-year-old church. The department said no injuries were reported.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Blaze engulfs historic Baltimore church, topples its steeple

Mar. 28, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that sent flames shooting through the steeple of a church that traces its origins back more than 150 years. Photos of the fire posted by the Baltimore City Fire Department on Twitter showed orange flames coming from the top of the steeple...

Previously obscured mural makes return in South Portland

Mar. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pine tree that partially obstructed the view of a Maine church mural referred to as "Googley-Eyed Jesus," has been removed. The section of the mural on Holy Cross Church in South Portland that was obstructed depicted Christ looking towards the heavens with his eyes rolled...