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A clerk assists customers at the garden center at a Home Depot store in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. As swaths of Pennsylvania prepare for a limited reopening Friday, some fed-up business owners are jumping the gun and have resumed serving customers in defiance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order. Home Depot said Wednesday that

Cost of spreading virus weighed on Home Depot in early 2020

May. 19, 2020 6:56 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The cost of the spreading coronavirus pandemic dragged on profits early in the year at Home Depot. The world's biggest home improvement chain upped compensation for employees, extended dependent care benefits and waived related co-pays. That set Home Depot back by $850 million in pre-tax...

A security guard, at left, stands in front of a coronavirus-themed mural Monday, May 18, 2020, in the arts district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 18, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Greece, shops in Italy, markets and museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Germany while its leaders discussed how to salvage hallowed summer vacations. New infections and deaths have slowed considerably in...

In this photo issued by 10 Downing Street on Sunday, May 10, 2020, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an address on lifting the country's lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Johnson announced a modest easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown and outlined his government’s road map for further lifting restrictions in the coming months. In a televised address to the nation, Johnson said people in Britain who can’t work from home, such as those in construction or manufacturing jobs, “should be actively encouraged to go to work” this week. (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP)

UK U-turns on masks as lockdown-easing steps spark confusion

May. 11, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government performed an about-face on masks Monday, telling people to cover their mouth and nose in shops, buses and subway trains. The change came as part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the ”first careful measures” to lift a nationwide lockdown imposed...

FILE - In this June 8, 2015, file photo specialist Anthony Rinaldi works adjacent to the post that handles Humana, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Humana will pick up the tab for millions of customers when they are ready to ease COVID-19 social distancing and return to the doctor’s office. The insurer said Tuesday, May 5, 2020  that it is waiving deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for all Medicare Advantage customers who visit their primary care doctor or see a behavioral health specialist. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Humana picks up the tab for Medicare Advantage doctor visits

May. 5, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

The health insurer Humana will cover the whole bill for millions of customers when they are ready to ease COVID-19 social distancing and return to the doctor’s office. The insurer said Tuesday that it is waiving copayments, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for the rest of the year for all Medicare...

Indians line up to buy liquor outside one of the liquor shops which was reopened Monday after six weeks lockdown on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Monday, May 4, 2020. India's six-week coronavirus lockdown, which was supposed to end on Monday, has been extended for another two weeks, with a few relaxations. Locking down the country's 1.3 billion people has slowed down the spread of the virus, but has come at the enormous cost of upending lives and millions of lost jobs. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

AP Explains: India lockdown slows virus, but gaps remain

May. 4, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's six-week coronavirus lockdown, which was supposed to end Monday, has been extended for another two weeks, although some construction has been allowed to resume and self-employed people have been given permission to return to work in New Delhi. A look at the lockdown of India's 1.3...

Claim of unequal pay by US women's players dismissed by judge; claim of unequal travel, medical staff can go to trial

May. 1, 2020 7:13 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Claim of unequal pay by US women's players dismissed by judge; claim of unequal travel, medical staff can go to trial.
A person wearing a mask jogs past an Amazon Go store, Thursday, April 30, 2020, in downtown Seattle. Amazon.com is expected to announce earnings for the first quarter of 2020 at the close of markets Thursday, a report that is expected to be closely watched due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the company. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon profit falls as pandemic-related costs rise

Apr. 30, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s sales soared in the first three months of the year, as more home-bound people shopped online amid the coronavirus pandemic. But getting millions of packages to shopper’s doorsteps is expensive. The rising costs pushed Amazon’s first-quarter profit down 29% and...

A worker disinfects ticket gates next to a poster about precautions against the new coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The signs read

The Latest: South Korea hopes for vigilance during holiday

Apr. 29, 2020 12:08 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: —Putin extends Russia's shutdown to May 11. —China...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses his statement, during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN chief: Extremists using COVID-19 to recruit online youths

Apr. 27, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that extremist groups are taking advantage of COVID-19 lock downs to intensify social media efforts to spread hatred and recruit young people who are spending more time online. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, he said, one of...

Israeli court: Palestinians to pay damages to attack victims

Apr. 27, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has ordered the Palestinian Authority to pay nearly $150 million in damages to the families of people killed in militant attacks. The decision comes following a lawsuit brought by Shurat Hadin, an Israeli legal advocacy group, on behalf of relatives of victims from a...