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Vermont coronavirus deaths up to 8, with 123 confirmed cases

Mar. 25, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments related to the coronavirus in Vermont: ___ THE NUMBERS The death toll from the new coronavirus in Vermont rose by one to eight on Wednesday, with six of the deaths linked to an outbreak at a Burlington nursing home and rehabilitation facility, the state Health...

Healthcare workers screen a person seeking a coronavirus test at a COVID-19 drive-through testing site at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan virus cases jump to 334, including 3 deaths

Mar. 19, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan signed off on $20 million in grants and loans to more than 1,000 small businesses harmed by the coronavirus while the number of reported cases rose dramatically Thursday to 334 in the state, including three deaths. The Michigan Strategic Fund board took steps to help bars, movie...

A sign indicating that Independence Hall is temporarily closed for cleaning is posted outside the historic building in Philadelphia, Monday, March 16, 2020.  In a new front to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in facilities in five heavily populated counties starting Monday. According to the World  Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

State to open virus testing sites; job losses spike

Mar. 17, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Department of Health is working on a plan to open public testing sites for the coronavirus, as more services shut down and the state sees a spike in people filing for unemployment compensation. The Department of Labor and Industry said unemployment compensation claims...

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page provides an update on local coronavirus cases during a news conference at the Office of Emergency Management in Baldwin, Mo., Monday, March 9, 2020. Page spoke Monday that county health officials used the same protocol they have used for years when working with people with communicable diseases. He said he was

Missouri virus case shows 1 exposure can mean major response

Mar. 10, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 20-something college student didn’t know she had the new coronavirus as she flew home from a study abroad program in Italy, landing at one of the nation’s busiest airports. She took a train to a St. Louis station shared by Amtrak and the Greyhound bus service. Her...

Missouri virus case shows 1 exposure can mean major response

Mar. 10, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — The 20-something college student didn’t know she had the new coronavirus as she flew home from a study abroad program in Italy, landing at one of the nation’s busiest airports. She took a train to a St. Louis station shared by Amtrak and the Greyhound bus service. Her...

Facebook says it will ban ads for medical face masks

Mar. 7, 2020 2:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for medical face masks as part of an effort to prevent use of its platform to exploit people's concerns about the new coronavirus. The ban covers advertisements on the social media platform as well as commercial listings on Facebook...

FILE - In this March 17, 2015 file photo, William J. Flynn, President and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., speaks at the 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington. Flynn was named CEO of Amtrak Monday, March 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Amtrak names former air cargo executive as new CEO

Mar. 2, 2020 4:25 PM EST

Amtrak named a former air cargo executive as its new president and chief operating officer Monday. William Flynn will take over in mid-April. He will replace Richard Anderson, who has served as CEO since July 2017 and will stay on until the end of the year. Flynn, 66, has served as president and CEO of the...

Judge acquits Amtrak officer in fatal Chicago shooting

Feb. 28, 2020 2:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday acquitted an Amtrak police officer of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Minnesota man at a major train station in Chicago. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter said LaRoyce Tankson reasonably believed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Chad...

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2018 file photo shows damage to the Hudson River rail tunnel in New York. The news that Amtrak is working with federal officials to do extensive repairs to its Hudson River rail tunnel while a plan to build a new tunnel languishes raises the specter of more delays for already beleaguered commuters.  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told a House subcommittee Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020,  that the work needs to happen now instead of waiting for a new tunnel to be built, (Pool Photo/Victor J. Blue/The New York Times via AP)

New York rail tunnel repairs could mean more rider headaches

Feb. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The news that Amtrak will ramp up repairs to its century-old Hudson River rail tunnel while a project to build a new tunnel languishes likely will translate into more headaches for already beleaguered commuters. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told a House subcommittee Thursday...

$10M verdict for man injured in Amtrak derailment

Feb. 13, 2020 10:31 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $10 million to a man who was seriously hurt when an Amtrak train derailed between Tacoma and Olympia in 2017. Donnell Linton, 47 of Renton, is one of many passengers of Amtrak Cascades 501 who sued Amtrak after the train left the tracks and some of its cars...