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A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 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: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (right, at podium) speaks to reporters at Memphis International Airport about the state's response to the new coronavirus on Friday, March 27, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz).

Governor: dozens at Tennessee nursing home have virus

Mar. 29, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

An outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Tennessee nursing home has forced the facility to be temporarily closed for cleaning with dozens of residents and staff members sent into quarantine, Gov. Bill Lee's office and a hospital said Sunday night. The hospital said without elaborating that two of the residents...

FILE - In this Friday, March 20, 2020, file photo, as beachgoers are seen in the background, yellow caution tape wrapped across Waikiki in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor has instituted a mandatory 14-day self quarantine starting Thursday, March 27, of all people traveling to the state as part of efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus. The order applies to returning residents, as well as visitors. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

Hawaii to quarantine all arrivals to the state for 14 days

Mar. 22, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's governor has instituted a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine starting Thursday of all people traveling to the state as part of efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus . The order applies to returning residents as well as visitors. It applies to all arrivals at Hawaii airports from...

A trader holds his hand to his head after trading was halted at the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 18, 2020,  in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Asian shares resume decline after latest Wall St tumble

Mar. 18, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia failed to hold onto opening gains on Thursday, skidding further after the latest selloff on Wall Street. Stocks fell in Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong and Seoul in early trading Thursday. Investors are in search of cash as fears of a prolonged coronavirus-induced recession take...

People pose for photos with the Charging Bull statue in New York's Financial District, Sunday, March 15, 2020. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said Saturday that more than 600 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

New York City schools to close Monday to fight coronavirus

Mar. 15, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will close the nation's largest public school system Monday, sending over 1.1 million children home in hopes of curbing the spread of coronavirus, the city's mayor announced Sunday. A somber Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the decision to close schools through at least April 20...

This Feb. 4, 2020 image released by CBS shows host Stephen Colbert, left, greeting the audience during a taping of

Late-night comics adjust to shows without an audience

Mar. 13, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Due to the new coronavirus, late-night comedians — Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Pete Buttigieg — are taking to the stage without the affirmation of adoring audiences. Wait a second. Pete Buttigieg? The former presidential candidate filled in for Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, March 13, 2020. Shares have plunged in Asia, with Japan’s benchmark sinking 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares plunge after Wall Street's worst day since '87

Mar. 13, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares plunged in Asia on Friday, with benchmarks in Japan, Thailand and India sinking as much as 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. Markets worldwide have retreated as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis deepen and the...

Turkey blames Kurdish fighters for Syria blast that killed 4

Mar. 12, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint manned by Turkey-backed opposition fighters in northeast Syria killing at least four people Thursday, local officials and Syrian opposition activists said. The governor's office of Turkey's southern Sanliurfa region said in a statement on its website that...

Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Dr. Monica Bharel addresses reporters on coronavirus preparedness and planning at the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Massachusetts governor enacts state of emergency over virus

Mar. 10, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Here's a rundown of coronavirus-related developments in Massachusetts, as the number of people in the state who have tested positive for the virus stands at 92: STATE OF EMERGENCY Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts as the number of people who have...

In this Monday, March 9, 2020, photo, Afghanistan's Abdullah Abdullah, front left, greets his supporters after being sworn in as president in Kabul, Afghanistan. Washington moved forward Tuesday on its peace deal with the Taliban, launching its troop withdrawal, while praising Afghanistan's newly installed President Ashraf Ghani's promise to proceed with a Taliban prisoner release as well as cobble together a team to start negotiations with the insurgent group. But the dueling presidential inaugurations a day earlier with Ghani's rival, Abdullah Abdullah also being sworn in as president is indicative of the uphill task facing Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad as he tries to get Afghanistan's bickering leadership to come together.  (AP Photo)

US starts troop pullout, seeks end to Afghan leaders' feud

Mar. 10, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States began withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday, taking a step forward on its peace deal with the Taliban while also praising Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's promise to start releasing Taliban prisoners after he had delayed for over a...