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Vice President Mike Pence holds his notes as he departs after speaking about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington, as Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, watches. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: US Surgeon General Adams touts social distancing

Apr. 7, 2020 9:59 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: — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive...

Man who broke into cars at national parks gets prison

Apr. 7, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — A man who broke into dozens of vehicles at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after he serves a more than two-year state prison term. Michael Pickering, 41, broke into at least four dozen cars belonging to hikers...

People wearing face masks walk at a downtown street in Hong Kong Monday, April 6, 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. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

Apr. 7, 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: — Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners indefinitely...

In this Monday, April 6, 2020, photo, a report delivered to the city of Austin, Texas, on COVID-19 health care demand is photographed in Frederick, Md. The latest statistical models forecast fewer deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic before August. But there’s huge uncertainty in these models because health officials are still trying to get a handle on how the virus acts, how carefully people stick with social distancing and other restrictions, and treatment of the disease. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Modeling coronavirus: 'Uncertainty is the only certainty'

Apr. 7, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators....

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, speaks at a news conference Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. as state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal looks on at left. Inslee announced Monday that schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, and that public and private school students will continue distance learning through June. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Officials opt to keep schools closed in Washington state

Apr. 6, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Schools in Washington state will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year while more than 1.2 million public and private K-12 students continue distance learning at least until mid-June due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Monday. Schools have been...

REI: Stores stay shut, workers furloughed, no pay for CEO

Apr. 6, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — REI said Monday it would keep its 162 retail locations closed and furlough some of its roughly 14,000 employees without pay for 90 days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to halt much of the retail industry. CEO Eric Artz, who announced the decision in a blog post, said he and the Kent-based...

FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, Bloom Energy CEO KR Sridhar, right, watches as California Gov. Gavin Newsom writes down a note during a tour with Sridhar of the Bloom Energy Sunnyvale, Calif., campus. Bloom Energy is a fuel cell generator company that has switched over to refurbishing ventilators as an increasing number of patients experience respiratory issues as a result of COVID-19. Gov. Newsom announced Monday, April 6, 2020, the state would loan 500 ventilators to the national stockpile for use by New York and other states experiencing a crush of coronavirus-related hospitalizations. (Beth LaBerge/Pool Photo via AP, File)

California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

Apr. 6, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The White House said Monday that 500 ventilators on loan from California will be shipped to Nevada, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam as the nation faces a crush of coronavirus-related hospitalizations. California Gov. Gavin...

Rows of patient beds are shown at a military field hospital, Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Officials said the facility, which will be used for people with medical issues that are not related to the new coronavirus outbreak, has more than 200 beds and is ready now to receive patients. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Tribal casinos in WA closing due to coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments in Washington: SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED Schools in Washington state will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year due to the coronavirus and the state’s more than 1.2 million public and private K-12 students will continue...

Gov. Jay Inslee: WA schools to remain closed for rest of school year due to coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee: WA schools to remain closed for rest of school year due to coronavirus.
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Tyler Pitlick, left, tries to jump past Pittsburgh Penguins' Jack Johnson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. The latest chapter of The Battle of Alberta is on hold. So's the potential renewal of the Pennsylvania rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers. It's unclear when or if the coronvirus pandemic-delayed NHL playoffs -- which were supposed to begin Wednesday -- will be played or what form they'll resemble. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, FIle)

What Stanley Cup Playoffs could look like if NHL resumes

Apr. 6, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

If the NHL goes directly to playoff hockey in the warmer months, it could leave some contenders out in the cold. The league may skip most if not all of the final 189 regular-season games that were put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The format of such an unprecedented tournament is unclear. Teams had...