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Taxi driver Nicolae Hent, wearing a protective mask, poses for a photograph before before starting work in New York, Monday, April 6, 2020. A taxi driver's job was already tougher in recent years with the arrival of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The empty streets during the coronavirus pandemic have made things more difficult. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A city under siege: 24 hours in the fight to save New York

Apr. 9, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn is dark except for the streetlamps when Carla Brown’s alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. -- much too early for an average Monday. But with the coronavirus laying siege to New York, today looms as anything but ordinary. Brown runs a meals-on-wheels program for elderly shut-ins and...

A woman looks to get information about job application in front of IDES (Illinois Department of Employment Security) WorkNet center in Arlington Heights, Ill., Thursday, April 9, 2020. Another 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the US Department of Labor, as American workers continue to suffer from devastating job losses, furloughs and reduced hours during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

US gig workers and self-employed face delays in jobless aid

Apr. 9, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After Rich Cruse saw about $3,000 in income for his photography business quickly disappear to the coronavirus, he tried to apply for unemployment benefits in California. But like many states, his isn't yet accepting claims from the self-employed like him. That's left Cruse, 58, earning...

FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco.   Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together. Airbnb, which just weeks ago was planning for a bombshell initial public offering, is reportedly shedding millions of dollars and facing harsh blowback from hosts who relied on its platform for income.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Virus outbreak delivers tech darlings a harsh reality check

Apr. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

Just as the coronavirus outbreak has boxed in society, it’s also squeezed high-flying tech companies reliant on people’s freedom to move around and get together. Since the beginning of March, for instance, Uber shares have lost a quarter of their value. Rival Lyft is down 28 percent. Over the same...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns in New York. Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak. The figures collectively constitute the largest and...

Taxi driver Nicolae Hent cleans and disinfects his cab before starting work in New York, April 6, 2020. A taxi driver's job was already tougher in recent years with the arrival of ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The empty streets during the coronavirus pandemic have made things more difficult. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Docs, nurses give taxi driver rare fares during pandemic

Apr. 9, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nicolae Hent often would begin his day at JFK Airport, where he could clean his taxi while awaiting what might be a $70 fare before driving into Manhattan. No reason to go to the airport now. Nor does he see any point in heading to Manhattan earlier, instead. “No one wakes up before...

In this March 31, 2020 photo made available by World Central Kitchen, Chef Jose Andres, right, and Nate Mook discuss meal distribution to first responders in Washington, DC. Andres, whose 30-plus restaurants in the US include The Bazaar, Jaleo and the two Michelin-starred Somni, founded World Central Kitchen in 2010, serving over 15 million meals worldwide after hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. Since the Coronavirus pandemic, his organization has served more than 750,000 meals. (Mike Jett/World Central Kitchen via AP)

Celeb chefs unite to feed hungry, help bleeding restaurants

Apr. 8, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When Jose Andres first came to New York City, the wide-eyed sailor in the Spanish navy docked on West 30th Street full of ambition. Decades later, the award-winning chef has an upscale food hall on that very street and will serve 40,000 meals this week across the city where he...

Millennial Money: 8 ways to switch up the new at-home normal

Apr. 7, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

As COVID-19 sparks closures, cancellations and stay-at-home orders, household stressors are piling up. On top of health concerns, lost incomes and lack of child care amid the pandemic, there’s also coping with isolation, whether individually or as a couple or family. Kate Nelson, a school administrator...

Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, walks through a viewing room set up to respect social distancing, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He and other funeral directors are seeing a surge of clients because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'We need help': Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

Apr. 2, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and the public health crisis deepened in New York City, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 185 bodies...

Relatives watch as the remains of a coronavirus victim, which authorities wrap in plastic, arrive to the Jardines de la Esperanza cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Ecuador has one of the highest numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in the region, combined with a lack of ventilators, hospital beds and experienced crisis management. (AP Photo/Andrea Aguilar)

In Ecuador, families wait with their dead as bodies pile up

Apr. 2, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Daniel Larrea died Monday after a week of high fever, struggling to breathe and steadily turning blue. Then a new nightmare began for his family. No one in their city on Ecuador's Pacific coast would pick up his body. “We wrapped him up in black plastic,” Larrea's wife,...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The Arizona Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the Phoenix airport can raise fees for Uber and Lyft to pick up and drop off customers. The ride-hailing companies have threatened to stop serving the airport over the $4 pickup and drop-off fees. The court on Thursday, April 2, 2020 rejected a complaint filed by Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who said the fee hikes are

Arizona justices uphold Phoenix airport's Uber, Lyft fees

Apr. 2, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's high court on Thursday upheld a $4 pickup and drop-off fee that led Uber and Lyft to threaten to stop serving the Phoenix airport, one of the busiest in the nation. The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by the state's attorney general who said the fees were...