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FILE - This Jan. 31, 2017, file photo, shows the entrance to SeaWorld, in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld Entertainment is furloughing 90% of its workers because the novel coronavirus had forced the company to close its 12 theme parks. The employees will be paid through the beginning of next week. After next week, the workers will be off without pay for an uncertain time, the Orlando-based company said Friday, March 27, 2020, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

SeaWorld furloughs 90% of workers because of virus crisis

Mar. 28, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments this weekend related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ______ SEAWORLD FURLOUGHS: SeaWorld Entertainment is furloughing 90% of its...

Medical staff members arrive for a duty shift at Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Friday, March 27, 2020. 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.(Lee Yong-hwan/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: UN says 86 staffers around world reported cases

Mar. 28, 2020 1:40 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: — U.N. says 86 staffers around world have reported cases of...

Zebra, porcupine recently born at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mar. 27, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World Resort is temporarily closed to humans, but Animal Kingdom staff have recently welcomed a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine and a baby zebra to the Florida theme park. A female Hartmann’s Zebra foal was born early Saturday morning to first-time-mom Heidi,...

A sign is shown outside the closed Mango's Tropical Cafe along the normally bustling streets of the Art Deco district, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida's famed South Beach. 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/Wilfredo Lee)

74,000 Floridians seek benefits, critics demand reform

Mar. 26, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 74,000 Floridians applied for unemployment benefits last week, a tenfold increase from the previous week, as the spread of the novel coronavirus shut down the state's theme parks and visitors stayed away from its hotels and airports, officials said Thursday. The extraordinary...

Owner: Indiana Beach amusement park could reopen this year

Mar. 22, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a popular Indiana resort that’s been shuttered because of financial issues says it could reopen this year under new ownership. California-based Apex Parks Group, which owns Indiana Beach Amusement & Water Park Resort in Monticello, said in a statement that...

Military personnel move equipment as they set up a virus testing facility at the Orange County Convention Center Friday, March 20, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Testing will begin Monday at the center. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida bans all restaurant dining; tribe closes casinos

Mar. 20, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis banned all onsite dining at restaurants statewide Friday and the Seminole Tribe closed its casinos, the latest virus -related closures affecting a state that is heavily dependent on tourism to pay its bills. The governor's order allows restaurants to still...

A UPS driver returns to his truck after making a delivery, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Ohio now says it has received 139,468 unemployment insurance benefit applications online this week. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved Ohio's application for access to low-interest loans of up to $2 million for businesses and nonprofits affected by the coronavirus' impact on the economy. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

1st Ohio coronavirus death; 11 nursing home cases suspected

Mar. 20, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed the state's first death from the coronavirus was a 76-year-old attorney from the Toledo area who recently traveled to California. Near Dayton, 11 residents of a nursing home have tested positive for the virus. A look at coronavirus-related developments...

Empty chairs sit on the beach, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.  Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Mayor Carlos Gimenez's order Thursday allows several businesses to remain open, including health care providers, grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and banks.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida's largest county closes beaches, most businesses

Mar. 19, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's largest county inched closer to economic shutdown Thursday as Miami-Dade County's mayor ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses closed because of the new coronavirus pandemic. "We must all act as if we are infected...

Pedestrians walk past the closed Laugh Factory comedy club, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Sunday ordered all of the city's bars, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues to close in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Virus-shocked Hollywood gets break with streaming services

Mar. 19, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sports are on hold, theaters are closed and so are amusement parks, a disaster-movie scenario that has stunned Hollywood. But Americans held captive at home by the coronavirus can turn to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming services, outliers in an entertainment industry brought to...

A family gathers pre-bagged food donations at City Harvest's Bed-Stuy Mobile Market operating in the Tomkins Houses area, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York City residents should be prepared for the possibility of a

Some New Yorkers with COVID-19 improve; new business limits

Mar. 18, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

A look at developments Wednesday in the coronavirus outbreak in New York: RECOVERY AND IMPROVEMENT A hospitalized lawyer from a New York City suburb connected to one of the earliest U.S. coronavirus clusters is improving and talking to his family via FaceTime. Adina Lewis Garbuz posted on Facebook that her...