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A attendant wearing personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns pulls closed a fence intended to conceal the movement of bodies beside refrigerated trailers serving as makeshift morgues at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New York state posted a record-breaking number of coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day even as a surge of patients in overwhelmed hospitals slowed, while isolation-weary residents were warned Thursday the crisis was far from over. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Even as toll grows, NY hospitals hope fever is breaking

Apr. 9, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve been since the coronavirus crisis hit New York. The volume of 911 calls has fallen. Ventilators remain in supply. Even as the state reeled Thursday from its deadliest day of the pandemic, health professionals and public officials saw signs...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo the USS Nimitz looms in the background as the USS Olympia submarine crew gathers on the pier after the sub arrived for decommissioning at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash. Pentagon leaders anticipate that the coronavirus may strike more Navy ships at sea after an outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific infected more than 400 sailors, a top general said Thursday, April 9, 2020. (Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun via AP)

General says coronavirus may affect more Navy ships

Apr. 9, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders anticipate that the coronavirus may strike more Navy ships at sea after an outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific infected more than 400 sailors, a top general said Thursday. Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said one member of the...

FILE - This Nov. 14, 2017, file photo, provided by the Idaho National Laboratory, shows the Idaho National Laboratory Transient Reactor Test Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The U.S. Department of Defense wants to build a prototype advanced mobile nuclear microreactor at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho. Comments are being taken through April 30, 2020, to determine the scope of an environmental impact statement on the plan aimed at building microreactors the department says are needed to ensure the military's energy supply. (Chris Morgan/Idaho National Laboratory via AP, File)

U.S military wants to build mobile microreactor in Idaho

Apr. 9, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense wants to build a prototype advanced mobile nuclear microreactor at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho, saying they are needed to ensure the military’s energy supply. The microreactor would be capable of producing one to 10 megawatts. A...

Commuters wear masks at a station in Fukuoka, southern Japan Wednesday morning, April 8, 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures including Fukuoka to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. (Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

Apr. 9, 2020 12:43 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 — South Korea’s top central banker expects slow, but...

FILE - In this July 29, 1998 file photo Linda Tripp talks to reporters outside federal court in Washington. Tripp, whose secretly recorded conversations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at age 70. (AP Photo/Khue Bui, File)

Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70

Apr. 8, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Tripp, whose secretly taped conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky provided evidence of an affair with President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment, died Wednesday. She was 70. Tripp’s death was confirmed by attorney Joseph Murtha, but he provided...

In this April 5, 2020 photo, soldiers work at a nursing station in the intensive care section of a military field at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday, April 8, 2020, that the field hospital will be returned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it can be deployed to another state facing more of a crisis from the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Virus: Inslee sending back DOD field hospital

Apr. 8, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday a Department of Defense field hospital that had been set up by the football field where the Seattle Seahawks play due to the coronavirus outbreak will be returned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it can be deployed to another state facing more of a...

Lighter than normal traffic flow in and out downtown Atlanta Monday, April 6, 2020. Gov. Brian Kemp has issued an order to shelter in place in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

The Latest: Japan's Abe: Stay home, obey state of emergency

Apr. 8, 2020 12:42 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 PM Abe urges cooperation with state of emergency in...

A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment pauses after wheeling a body to a refrigerated trailer serving as a makeshift morgue at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Monday, April 6, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

'A lot of pain.' NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths

Apr. 8, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak, dampening some of the cautious optimism officials have expressed about efforts to stop the spread of the virus. The state’s death toll grew to 5,489. The alarming surge in...

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, photo, Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a Women for Trump event at the Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa. McEnany, a top Trump campaign spokeswoman, will take over as Trump’s fourth press secretary, the White House announced Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus

Apr. 7, 2020 8:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press secretary and adding new staffers as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Stephanie Grisham, who had held the titles of press secretary and White House communications director since last June, is...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly testifies during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee about about ongoing reports of substandard housing conditions in Washington, on Capitol Hill. Modly says the captain of the COVID-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week had betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. Officials are confirming that Modly made the comments Sunday, April 5, 2020, to the ship's crew in Guam. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Apr. 7, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he advanced by delivering a profanity-laced upbraiding of the officer he fired as captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt. In announcing the resignation, Defense...