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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Senate Democrats on Thursday stalled President Donald Trump's request for $250 billion to supplement a

Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'

Apr. 10, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has twisted itself into knots over President Donald Trump’s new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care...

Bishop William Joensen proceeds down the main aisle at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass in a near empty St. Ambrose Cathedral, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. COVID-19 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/Charlie Neibergall)

US job losses surge as world leaders urge Easter distancing

Apr. 9, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks, a measure of how fast the coronavirus has brought world economies to their knees. Meanwhile, religious leaders worldwide Thursday urged people to celebrate Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes. In...

Members of the media wait in line to receive a test for COVID-19 by the White House Medical Unit before attending a news conference with President Donald Trump in the press briefing room at the White House, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

White House tests journalists for COVID-19

Apr. 9, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House tested journalists for COVID-19 before Thursday’s press briefing, marking the latest effort by the White House and the White House Correspondents’ Association to keep the new coronavirus off the campus. The testing followed a report that a member of the White...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, speaks with a reporter outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Senate Democrats on Thursday stalled President Donald Trump's request for $250 billion to supplement a

Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'

Apr. 9, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate twisted itself into knots Thursday over President Donald Trump’s new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 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 — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks as charts are displayed during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

Apr. 8, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines Wednesday to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to get back to work if they do not have symptoms of the coronavirus. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of...

A stay-at-home order in response to the new coronavirus has meant little traffic on Pittsburgh's busiest streets, as seen with this sparse assortment of cars on the Parkway North during rush hour on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Pennsylvania to seize medical supplies for COVID-19 fight

Apr. 8, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

Pennsylvania emergency management officials will be permitted to commandeer N95 face masks, ventilators and other crucial medical equipment for use in the fight against COVID-19 under an order signed Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf. The order requires private and public health care facilities, manufacturers and other...

People buy flowers from a sidewalk flower stand on the first day of Passover, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in the Williamsburg neighborhood of New York during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Jews prep for a pandemic Passover: Smaller but no less vital

Apr. 8, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

Passover and its epic story — how the Jewish people escaped to freedom after plagues struck their oppressors — are uniquely resonant this year, as Jews find ways to honor the holiday amid the outbreak of what feels like a real-life plague. The coronavirus has forced Jewish families to limit the...

A man wears a protective mask while waiting for a bus in Detroit, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Detroit buses will have surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus COVID-19. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

Apr. 8, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge. “To end the confinement, we’re...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump listen to a question during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, at the White House, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congress in standoff on virus aid, but first checks coming

Apr. 8, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing headlong into a conflict over the next coronavirus aid package as the White House wants to pump $250 billion into a small business fund but opposes Democrats' proposal to tack on billions for protective gear, food stamps and support to state and local governments. An...