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Protesters and National Guardsmen face off on East Lake Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.  The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have elevated fears of a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. Images showing thousands of screaming, unmasked protesters have sent shudders through the health community, who worry their calls for social distancing during the demonstrations are unlikely to be heard.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

May. 30, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive protests sweeping across U.S. cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus. Some leaders appealing for calm in...

John Price and Bijan Black have lunch with their son Parker Price, 2, all of Seat Pleasant, Md., at the Wharf area in Washington, Friday, May 29, 2020. This was their first time venturing out since the coronavirus pandemic started. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlook worsens

May. 29, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With new U.S. economic numbers highlighting the rough road ahead for a hoped-for rebound, President Donald Trump on Friday took aim at the World Health Organization and China, blaming both for their roles in the pandemic's devastation. Trump announced that the United States will end its...

NJ tallies $200M in expenses responding to COVID-19

May. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

New Jersey's state government has racked up about $200 million in expenses responding to the COVID-19 crisis over the roughly two months since the first case became know, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The receipts obtained through the state's public records law show $197 million in...

In this May 27, 2020, photo, health care worker Tonya Wilkes adjusts her mask while working at a Lowndes County coronavirus testing site in Hayneville, Ala. Experts say Lowndes County and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama are now facing a “perfect storm” as infections tick up: a lack of access to medical care combined with poverty and the attendant health problems that can worsen the outcomes for those who become sick. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

May. 29, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in...

Wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Thiago do Nascimento, right, and Keilla de Almeida kiss during their drive-thru wedding at the registry office in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Couples have begun turning to this unconventional union at a notary in Santa Cruz since the COVID-19 started battering Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 29, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into deep recession. Europe’s extensive social welfare net is showing signs of fraying under economic strain from the coronavirus. The Spanish...

A woman walks into a closing Gordmans store, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in St. Charles, Mo. Stage Stores, which owns Gordmans, is closing all its stores and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

May. 29, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession. Last month's spending decline was far worse than the revised 6.9% drop in March, which itself had set a...

Restaurant worker Madelyn Figgers stands in front of her porch Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Figgers lost her job doing the coronavirus shutdown and is hoping to go to work when the city starts reopening next week. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

May. 29, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed looks sure to intensify with the number of people receiving the aid now topping 30 million — one in five workers. The money, included in a government relief package enacted in...

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 29, 2020. Shares fell Friday in Asia after Wall Street’s rally petered out amid worries about flaring U.S.-China tensions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asia shares fall as US-China tensions douse rally on Wall St

May. 28, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Friday in Asia after Wall Street’s rally petered out amid worries about flaring U.S.-China tensions. Benchmarks declined in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney but rose in Shanghai. Investors are nervously awaiting a news conference about China by President Donald Trump later in...

A woman walks past a boarded up business, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in East Cleveland, Ohio. The state says about 1.3 million Ohioans have filed unemployment claims in the past 10 weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order depressed the economy and led to widespread layoffs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says about 42,000 people filed claims for the week ending May 23. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage

May. 28, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Despite a few glimmers of hope,...

A young visitor to the Franklin Park Zoo wears a mask out of concern for the coronavirus while walking near a male ostrich named

COVID-19-related deaths top 6,600; jobless claims still high

May. 28, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 6,640 on Thursday as another 93 deaths were reported. The number of individuals in Massachusetts diagnosed with confirmed cases of COVID-19 closed in on 95,000 with 675 new cases...