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Renault seeking 4-5 billion euros in state-backed loans

Apr. 10, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Renault says it is seeking billions in state-backed loans, cancelling its dividend for 2019 and its chairman is taking a pay cut, as the French automaker tries to weather the coronavirus crisis. Jean-Dominique Senard’s pay will be cut by 25% for the second quarter of 2020. But...

In this photo provided by Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda speaks during a video meeting at his office in Nagoya, central Japan, Friday, April 10, 2020. Toyoda promised Friday the Japanese auto industry would protect jobs, as it braces to overcome the unfolding crisis set off by the coronavirus pandemic. Toyoda, speaking as head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said he was worried the Japanese economy might be destroyed before the world can win the fight against the sickness caused by COVID-19. (Toyota Motor Corp. via AP)

Japan auto industry vows to protect jobs amid virus crisis

Apr. 10, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda promised Friday that the Japanese auto industry would seek to protect jobs worldwide as it endures the coronavirus pandemic. Toyoda, speaking as head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said he was worried the Japanese economy might be...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 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 — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

The Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., is seen Wednesday, April 8, 2020, where health officials reported more than 80 employees have confirmed cases of the coronavirus (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Smithfield temporarily shuts pork plant due to coronavirus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota will temporarily close for cleaning after more than 80 employees were confirmed to have the coronavirus, the company announced Thursday. Smithfield Foods plans to suspend operations in a large section of the Sioux Falls plant...

Mega Bloks, by Mattel, are displayed at Toy Fair New York, in the Javits Convention Center, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. From Baby Yoda to eco-friendly stacking rings, toymakers displayed an array of goods that they hope will be on kids' wish lists for the holiday 2020 season. The four-day Toy Fair comes as the U.S. toy industry has been whipsawed by a number of obstacles.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Toy manufacturers look to reduce carbon footprint

Apr. 9, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking a toy out of the box can make a mess. Hardly eco-friendly, the process can yield more clutter from plastic and cardboard than the actual toy. But there are moves to change that as some toy manufacturers say they’re going green with a series of environmentally friendly...

Carnival's Holland America cruise ship Rotterdam, left, arrives at Port Everglades as the Zaandam, right, is docked during the new coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Those passengers that are fit for travel in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will be permitted to disembark. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Crew member of cruise ship with virus cases dies in Florida

Apr. 9, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A crew member who was hospitalized for days after two ill-fated cruise ships with coronavirus patients were finally allowed to dock in Florida has died, officials said. Broward County Medical Examiner Craig Mallak on Thursday confirmed the death of Wiwit Widarto, 50, of Indonesia. Widarto had...

The Copacabana Palace hotel stands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 9, 2020.Rio de Janeiro's stately Copacabana Palace hotel will close its doors on Friday for the first time since its inauguration 96 years ago as a result of the ongoing new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Virus closes Rio's Copacabana Palace for first time ever

Apr. 9, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro's stately Copacabana Palace hotel will close its doors Friday for the first time since its inauguration 96 years ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The huge building facing the storied Copacabana Beach is among the Brazilian city's few five-star hotels. Rio...

This April 9, 2020 photo from Atlantic City NJ shows casino workers and union officials from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans and Mississippi participating in a video conference at which they called on the casino industry to pay them through the duration of the coronavirus shutdown. Many casino companies gave workers two weeks pay upon closing but workers say that's not nearly enough. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

US casino workers: Pay us through the shutdown

Apr. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino workers across the country are calling on the gambling industry to pay its laid-off workers their full salary and benefits for the duration of coronavirus shutdowns. In an online conference Thursday, casino workers and their union leaders from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New...

This undated photo provided by Georgia-Pacific shows the production line at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Atlanta.  NCSolutions, a data and consulting firm, said online and in-store U.S. toilet paper sales rose 51% between Feb. 24, 2020 and March 10, as buyers started getting uneasy about the growing number of coronavirus cases. (Georgia-Pacific via AP)

Wiped out of toilet paper? Here's why

Apr. 9, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

What does toilet paper have to do with the global coronavirus pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Store shelves have been emptied. Amazon is often out of stock. And social media is bursting with jokes and pleas for a roll or two. The good news: Things are...

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photo provided by the New South Wales Police, investigators in protective gear prepare to board the Ruby Princess cruise ship at Wollongong, Australia. Police boarded the cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members after the vessel was linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and more than a dozen deaths across Australia. (Nathan Patterson/NSW Police via AP)

Ship at center of virus outbreak raided by Australian police

Apr. 9, 2020 3:37 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Police wearing protective gear boarded a cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members of the vessel linked to hundreds of coronavirus infections and 15 deaths across Australia. About 2,700 passengers disembarked from the ship on March 19 in Sydney and it has since...