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Home Depot customers carry their purchases as they leave the store, Friday, April 3, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Virus cost may top $4 trillion; Americans arm up on guns

Apr. 3, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ____________ COSTS MOUNT: The pandemic will cost the global economy as much as $4.1 trillion, or nearly...

Cindy Morris, left, and Swarnamala Ratnayaka don personal protective equipment before preparing RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: US starts releasing some detained migrants

Apr. 3, 2020 5:01 PM 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: —Trudeau warns U.S. not to block 3M from sending respirators...

Mexican economy may contract by 4 to 8% in 2020

Apr. 2, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Treasury predicted Thursday that the country's economy will contract by as much as 3.9% in 2020 the face of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but private analysts are making even more dire predictions: the country's worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That was...

This undated image released by Vintage Español shows Valeria Luiselli, author of “Lost Children Archive

'Lost Children' author: Writers must 'document' pandemic

Apr. 2, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cooped up at her Bronx home with her daughter and a niece because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexican writer Valeria Luiselli says she has lowered the “volume and speed” of her life. She is arranging books in alphabetical order, planting legumes on her balcony and listening...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 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: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

Wearing a mask amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a woman checks her receipt after shopping for groceries in Richardson, Texas, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

12 infected including 1 who died at San Antonio nursing home

Apr. 1, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

At least 12 people at a San Antonio nursing home have been infected with the coronavirus, including one resident who died, and dozens more living at the facility are awaiting test results, authorities said Wednesday. Six residents and six facility staff tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the...

Migrant dies in Mexico detention center riot over virus fear

Apr. 1, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan migrant died during a riot at an immigration detention center in Mexico, where detainees burned mattresses to protest conditions they say could expose them to the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Twenty-seven migrants escaped from the facility in the Gulf coast...

Mexico allows 46 British passengers to leave cruise ship

Apr. 1, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico allowed 46 British citizens to disembark from a cruise ship off its Caribbean coast and fly home, and in exchange the cruise line paid for 141 Mexicans stuck in England by coronavirus travel restrictions to fly home, the Mexican government said Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Mexican...

El Salvador homicides drop; experts point to virus lock-down

Apr. 1, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's once-startling homicide numbers have fallen again, the government reported Wednesday, and some experts said the lock-down for the coronavirus pandemic may be playing a role. Videos and audios have circulated of street gang members enforcing the lock-down,...

Arizona history April 5-11

Apr. 1, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

Sunday, April 5 On this date in 1898, the mining camp of Congress was destroyed by fire, resulting in two deaths and $50,000 worth of property damage. On this date in 1899, the town of Thatcher was incorporated. On this date in 1910, the Territorial Board of Control accepted bids and ordered construction of the...