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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he walks to the Senate chamber after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GOP weighs jobless aid cuts as layoffs surpass 38 million

May. 22, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reconsideration of jobless aid is fast becoming the focus of congressional debate over the next virus aid package Republicans are staking out plans to phase out coronavirus-related unemployment benefits to encourage Americans to go back to work, although it's not clear when there will be...

A woman walks past a store advertising sales at 70 percent off, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Cleveland. More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

May. 21, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work....

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he walks to the Senate chamber after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

May. 21, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell huddled Thursday at the White House as Republicans stake out new plans to phase out coronavirus-related unemployment benefits to encourage Americans to go back to work. Revamping jobless aid is fast becoming the focus of...

In this May 18, 2020, photo, medical courier Ben Gee, who works for The Doctors Laboratory, cycles away after picking up a coronavirus test sample in London. Gee, who says he fears possible exposure to the virus and wants better protective equipment, also worries about whether he will have a job after the outbreak is over because his company has said it will be laying off workers due to a falloff in business. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

These coronavirus 'carriers' take test samples around London

May. 21, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ben Gee carries the coronavirus all over London. A bicycle courier, Gee zips from the city's hospitals and clinics with medical samples of the virus, taking them to laboratories for processing. Gee faces a two-fold fear: exposure to the coronavirus and whether he will have a job after the...

The Latest: Japan ending state of emergency in 3 prefectures

May. 21, 2020 1:30 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: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...

FILE - In this May 13, 2020, file photo, tour guide Barbara Western waves a flag in support of bus and motor coach operators circling National Mall in Washington during a rally to raise awareness of the industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. America's private buses are ground to a halt, and members of the industry say they need federal assistance to help the country get back to work and play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Virus-sapped bus lines see road to ruin without federal help

May. 20, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The nation's 3,000 or so private bus lines — and the millions of people who rely on them for cheap, basic travel — fret that they'll go under without the same kind of federal help trains and planes are enjoying as a pandemic-immobilized America tries to get back to work...

Manager Rob Lambert wears a face mask as he cuts Justin Ludwig's hair at Crows Nest Barbershop, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. British Columbia began phase two of the reopening of its economy Tuesday, allowing certain businesses that were ordered closed due to COVID-19 to open their doors to customers if new health and safety regulations are followed. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kroger says isn't pulling back bonuses; airlines see uptick

May. 19, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ SLOW TURNAROUND: United Airlines said it is seeing a...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, Texas hairstylist Shelley Luther hugs barber Karl Manke as she speaks during a news conference outside of Karl Manke's Barber and Beauty in Owosso, Mich. His license was suspended last week by Michigan regulators for cutting hair in his shop. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Barbers to offer free haircuts to protest Michigan lockdown

May. 19, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Barbers plan to offer free haircuts on the Michigan Capitol lawn to protest the state's stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the pandemic began. Third-generation...

In this March 3, 2020 file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. Powell is pledging to reveal the names and other details of the entities that borrow from the emergency programs the central bank has set up to offset the economic hit from the viral outbreak. In prepared testimony for a Tuesday, May 19, 2020 congressional hearing, Powell says the central bank will disclose the amounts borrowed and the interest rates it levies under its programs to provide credit for large corporations, state and local governments, and medium-sized businesses. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

Mnuchin and Powell push differing priorities to aid economy

May. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the gravest U.S. economic crisis in decades, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell offered Congress contrasting views Tuesday of what the government's most urgent priority should be. Striking a theme frequently pushed by President Donald Trump,...

A cyclist rides his bike along Waterloo Bridge, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to allow people to walk and cycle safely as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, including Waterloo Bridge and London Bridge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK jobless claims surge by record amount as pandemic hits

May. 19, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Unemployment claims in Britain jumped by a record amount in April to their highest level since the 1990s, underscoring the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economy despite government programs to keep workers on payrolls. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak downplayed the chances of a...