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Piles of household debris line Valley Drive in Midland, Michigan, on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Central Michigan city, known for its midcentury modern architecture, was submerged after torrential rains overwhelmed two dams. Architecture enthusiasts worry how extensively the structures were damaged. (AP Photo/Tammy Webber)

Flooded Michigan city is midcentury architecture mecca

May. 30, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Christopher Jue knew he was home the moment he and his wife stepped inside the sprawling 62-year-old ranch with brick floors, a sunken living room and built-in desks, shelves and bureaus — hallmarks of an Alden B. Dow original. “To say it was a no-brainer is an...

In this March 18, 2020 photo, Construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa.,  The housing market has stalled, but homebuilder stocks are up sharply amid signs that sales are starting to improve. Still, the outlook for a housing market recovery remains cloudy, given uncertainty over the pandemic's impact. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Homebuilders climb even as housing outlook remains cloudy

May. 21, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. economy and housing market had set homebuilders up for a strong 2020. That was before the efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic knocked the economy into a skid, dimmed consumer confidence and left a record number of Americans unemployed. The housing market...

FILE - In this Friday, Apr. 26, 2019, file photo, people walk past the National Theater of Albania in Tirana. Albania demolished its crumbling National Theater, which opened during World War II, above which sparked protests by artists, backed by the opposition, who wanted the theater to be renovated and condemned the $32.4 million price tag to build a new facility. (AP Photo/Gent Onuzi, File)

Albanian artists press to have demolished theater rebuilt

May. 20, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian artists on Wednesday defied lockdown restrictions to hold a new, peaceful protest over the demolition of the capital's crumbling National Theater building, demanding the government rebuilds it along the original plans. Artists of the Alliance for the Theater Protection,...

Police guard during the demolition of the national theater building in Tirana, Monday, May 18, 2020. Albanian artists and opposition party supporters gathered for a second day Monday to protest the demolition of the crumbling National Theater building in the capital, which has triggered strong political tension amid a major heritage debate. (AP Photo/Gent Onuzi)

New protest in Albania over National Theater demolition

May. 18, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian artists and opposition party supporters gathered for a second day Monday to protest authorities' demolition of the crumbling National Theater building in the capital, which has triggered strong political tension amid a major heritage debate. Defying a lockdown ban on mass...

Protesters scuffle with police during the demolition of the national theater building in Tirana, Sunday, May 17, 2020. The government's decision to destroy the old National Theater, built by Italians when they occupied Albania during World War II, was opposed by artists and others who wanted it renovated instead. (AP Photo/Gent Onuzi)

Albanian protesters, police clash over theater demolition

May. 17, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian police clashed Sunday with opposition supporters who were protesting the demolition of the country's crumbling National Theater building in the capital. Police pulled a group of artists and some opposition leaders away from the building in Tirana early in the morning before...

In a photo taken Thursday, May 7, 2020, Erika Romero poses for The Associated Press in her home in Hyattsville, Md. Romero joined millions of Americans out of work after she was recently laid off from her job as an office janitor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Job market meltdown hits most vulnerable workers hardest

May. 8, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — As the coronavirus rampaged across the U.S. economy, it slashed a cruel path of job losses, reduced hours and hardships for America's most vulnerable workers. The 20.5 million jobs lost in April fell disproportionately on African Americans, Latinos, low-wage workers and people with no...

Governor: Face covering order 'went too far,' was reversed

May. 3, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An order for people to wear face coverings while in stores was reversed last week because it “went too far," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday. DeWine reversed the order Tuesday, saying many Ohioans saw it as "one government mandate too far” and saying face coverings...

FILE - This Oct. 12, 2019, file photo, shows damage of a partial collapse at the Hard Rock Hotel under construction in New Orleans. Dozens of protesters marched from the site of the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel on the edge of the French Quarter to City Hall on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 demanding that something be done about the hotel and that the two bodies still inside be recovered.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

New Orleans issues permit to demolition collapsed hotel

May. 1, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Plans to demolish the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, which partially collapsed in October, were given the go-ahead Thursday after months of disagreements between the developer and the city. The hotel developer, 1031 Canal Street Development, received a permit to demolish the 18-story...

New York City police officers stand by at the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Police responded to a report of human bodies in vehicles, which they determined were connected to the nearby funeral home. The New York Police Department notified the state Department of Health, which oversees funeral homes. The coronavirus pandemic has overrun most funeral homes and morgues in New York City. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The Latest: India touts gains in curbing virus with lockdown

Apr. 30, 2020 1:04 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: — India touts gains in curbing virus with lockdown, may relax...

In this June 20, 2019 photo, a gambler plays a slot machine at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Casinos in several states are considering safety measures including turning off every second or third slot machine in order to keep gamblers separated once they reopen from shutdowns mandated by the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Masks, separated slots, more cleaning once casinos reopen

Apr. 28, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The coronavirus could be a literal game changer once America's casinos reopen. Many decisions remain to be made. But prepare to have your temperature scanned at the door. Maybe a half or third of slot machines will work. Every other table could be closed, and there could even be...