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A woman cries as she watches a building burn after a protest over the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Protests, mayhem continue, lead to more California curfews

Jun. 1, 2020 1:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed National Guard soldiers lined the steps of Los Angeles City Hall and cities across California declared curfews Sunday to head off more violence after unruly demonstrators at earlier protests burned police cars, broke into stores and skirmished with officers. In more than 20...

Average US gas price up 8 cents over 2 weeks to $2.05

May. 31, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline rose 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.05 per gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that the jump comes as crude oil costs rise and gasoline demand increases amid widespread easing of...

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Pop-up bar scene, tanning salon test shutdown rules in NYC

May. 30, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What passes for a pandemic-era speakeasy these days in New York City isn’t secret at all. On the sidewalks throughout the city, restaurants and bars that have only been allowed to offer takeout orders since March have been bending the rules by setting up outdoor tables and allowing...

Hardik Kalra stocks meat in a cooler at a local super market, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. As if trips to the grocery store weren't nerve-racking enough, shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

May. 30, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home...

A passenger waits to check his luggage at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Serbia's national carrier Air Serbia has resumed commercial flights as the government eased the lockdown against the new coronavirus. Crisis authorities have said the situation in the country has stabilized despite virus clusters in the southern area. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Nations ease more restrictions, air travel opening up more

May. 29, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ BY LAND AND BY SEA: Passenger traffic has resumed at the main...

In this Thursday, May 28,2020 photo Virginia Binkerhoff stands outside the Just Dandy women's clothing store she owns in downtown Cheyenne, Wyo. The cancellation of this summer's Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and cowboy festival due to the coronavirus portends more hard times ahead for businesses struggling in Wyoming's capital city. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)

No rodeo festival dashes Wyoming city's hopes amid COVID-19

May. 29, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Just Dandy women's clothing store in downtown Cheyenne has endured fire, flooding, recessions and so far the coronavirus pandemic, but will this year's cancellation of the city's famous cowboy-and-rodeo festival, Cheyenne Frontier Days, be the daddy-of-'em-all disaster? “I...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 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: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

Shoppers walks past a Nordstrom window display at The Grove shopping center Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Los Angeles. California moved to further relax its coronavirus restrictions and help the battered economy. Retail stores, including those at shopping malls, can open at 50% capacity. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Nordstrom's 1Q sales fell 40% as pandemic shuttered stores

May. 28, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Upscale department store retailer Nordstrom reported Thursday that its sales plunged nearly 40% in its fiscal first quarter when the pandemic forced a temporary shutdown of its stores. The Seattle-based company, however, said it has improved its financial flexibility by reducing inventory...

Suits accuse retail chains of flooding Ohio with painkillers

May. 28, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Five retail chains flooded two Ohio counties with tens of millions of prescription painkillers through their pharmacies while taking few if any steps to stop drugs from being illegally diverted, according to updated lawsuits unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. The counties are...

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41 million jobs lost; homebound gear up to get out, way out

May. 28, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ IMMOBILIZED: Job cuts in the transportation industry have arrived...