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FILE - In this March 24 , 2020, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The university, led by Jerry Falwell Jr., is pushing for criminal trespassing charges to be lodged against two journalists who pursued stories about why the evangelical college has remained partially open during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Liberty University pressing charges against journalists

Apr. 9, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty University has pushed for criminal trespassing charges against two journalists who pursued stories about why the evangelical college in Virginia has remained partially open during the coronavirus outbreak. The college, in Lynchburg, Virginia, is led by Jerry Falwell Jr., a supporter...

Mississippi newspaper closing after long loss of ad revenue

Apr. 9, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A newspaper in the Mississippi Delta is closing at the end of April because of economic difficulties exacerbated by the loss of advertising income to social media sites, its owner says. The Bolivar Commercial has been in business for 104 years in Cleveland, Mississippi. It currently...

Prescott Daily Courier to cease Saturday, Monday printings

Apr. 9, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Prescott Daily Courier is cutting back on its print editions due to a lack of resources brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Prescott Newspapers, Inc. announced this week it will temporarily halt publishing of The Daily Courier on Saturdays and Mondays, the newspaper reported....

Union outraged after Ohio paper cuts staff, limits coverage

Apr. 8, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Owners of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland laid off 22 more journalists and told the remaining 14 staffers they can no longer cover a large swath of the state. Those duties are being shifted instead to, a nonunion website owned by the same parent company, recently...

In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Florida's attorney general Ashley Moody speaks at a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla. Moody filed 50 investigative subpoenas to identify sellers as part of price-gouging investigation. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Florida cracks down on price gouging, virus-related fraud

Apr. 8, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hand sanitizer for thousands of dollars? Law enforcement officials in Florida are cracking down on alleged price gougers during the pandemic emergency, shutting down online sales or auctions, and pursuing virus-related frauds. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody filed 59 investigative...

After 165 years, Rockford's paper to be printed out of town

Apr. 5, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — After Monday, residents in the northern Illinois community of Rockford will for the first time since before the Civil War will be reading their local paper that's printed outside the city. The Rockford Register Star reported that Gannett, which owns the paper, is moving printing...

North Dakota's 2 largest newspapers make moves to trim costs

Apr. 4, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s two largest newspapers are taking steps to trim costs amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Bismarck Tribune, along with all other newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises Inc., announced Saturday it will furlough employees or cut pay in response to a drop in advertising...

A pedestrians crosses a mostly empty Sixth Avenue during the coronavirus outbreak, Friday, April 3, 2020, in 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/Frank Franklin II)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 3, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

The Trump administration urged Americans to wear face coverings in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York’s governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus by vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies. The new federal guidelines call...

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. On Friday, April 3, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that eating alkaline foods will stave off the novel coronavirus, which has a pH level of 5.5 to 8.5. Donald Schaffner, extension specialist in food science at Rutgers University, told the AP. “The human body is designed to be really good at maintaining its pH. … the best way to keep from getting a virus is to stay away from people.” (NIAID-RML via AP)

NOT REAL NEWS: False coronavirus claims and phony remedies

Apr. 3, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Eating alkaline foods will stave off the novel coronavirus, which has a...

In this April 1, 2020, photo, a news crew wearing personal protective equipment due to COVID-19 concerns reports outside the Chase Center that will become a makeshift hospital at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York. People desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S.  But newspapers, magazines and digital publishers are feeling the pressure as advertising craters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Local newspapers are facing their own coronavirus crisis

Apr. 3, 2020 5:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Just when Americans need it most, a U.S. newspaper industry already under stress is facing an unprecedented new challenge. Readers desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. They want to know about cases in their area,...