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German Chancellor Angela Merkel brief the media about measures of the German government to avoid further spread of the coronavirus at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, April 6, 2020. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. 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/Markus Schreiber,Pool)

The Latest: Merkel: Too early to end restrictive measures

Apr. 6, 2020 11:47 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: — Merkel says too early to consider ending restrictive...

Hawaii commissioner urges health insurance during outbreak

Apr. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's insurance commissioner encouraged businesses to keep providing health insurance for employees as many companies close or limit operations in response to the COVID-19 virus. State Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida urged insurers to offer continuing coverage during the pandemic,...

Alaska's RavnAir Group announces halt to operations, layoffs

Apr. 5, 2020 10:10 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — RavnAir Group plans to halt operations and temporarily lay off all remaining staff as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the company said. Alaska’s largest regional carrier said it has lost 90% of passenger revenue due to the pandemic, KTUU-TV reports. The decision to ground 72...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 31, 2020 file photo, medical technicians handle a vial containing a nasal swab at a drive-thru testing site in Wheat Ridge, Colo., as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Home testing for coronavirus may sound like a good idea, but As of early April 2020, U.S. regulators say it's still too risky. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

No COVID-19 testing at home yet but quicker options coming

Apr. 5, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home testing for the new coronavirus may sound like a good idea, but U.S. regulators say it's still too risky. They've stopped companies that quickly launched home-testing kits until they can show their products can accurately detect the virus. For now, the only way Americans can get...

Some people wearing face masks wait in line to shop Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. Honeywell announced that it is adding manufacturing capabilities in Phoenix to produce N95 face masks in support of the government's response to the novel coronavirus The company's Phoenix expansion will allow Honeywell to produce more than 20 million N95 disposable masks monthly to combat COVID-19 in the U.S. 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/Matt York)

Arizona coronavirus cases exceed 2,000 as deaths top 50

Apr. 4, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has a total of over 2,000 cases of the new coronavirus, and the state's death toll from the disease has topped 50, state health officials reported Saturday as President Donald Trump approved Gov. Doug Ducey's request for a major disaster declaration . The Department of Health...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, the Grand Canyon National Park is covered in the morning sunlight as seen from a helicopter near Tusayan, Ariz. Edward Keable, a veteran lawyer for the U.S. Interior Department, has been appointed as the new superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, a crown jewel of the park system. The National Park Service announced Friday, April 3, 2020, that Keable will assume his new post in northern Arizona within 60 days.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Government lawyer named as new Grand Canyon park leader

Apr. 3, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A veteran lawyer for the federal government has been selected to oversee Grand Canyon National Park — a rare appointment of someone who did not move up through the ranks of the National Park Service. Edward Keable currently serves as the assistant solicitor...

Navy hopes to build major development near Pearl Harbor base

Apr. 3, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans for a major housing and commercial development near its Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii. The Navy envisions a public-private partnership near a future rail station, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The project would include 2.3 million square...

Alaska utility raises electric rates, will not cut service

Apr. 2, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska electric utility has announced a rate increase, but does not plan to cut service to residents facing financial hardship who do not pay their bills. The Homer Electric Association said the rate hike took effect on April 1, The Peninsula Clarion reported Tuesday. The cost of...

People take a walk down their neighborhood street, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Harmony, Pa. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf expanded the stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wednesday's order raised the area from the previous 33 counties to include all 67 counties. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

All of Pennsylvania now under orders to stay home

Apr. 1, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

All Pennsylvania residents must stay home as much as possible over the coming month to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday as he expanded the footprint of the quarantine to include the entire state. The Democratic governor added 34 counties to his existing stay-at-home order,...

FILE - This March 16, 2020, file photo shows the Oculus at the World Trade Center's transportation hub in New York. Census Day, the April 1 reference day for the once-a-decade effort to count everyone in the U.S., arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus, but census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

Apr. 1, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Census Day — the date used to determine where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline. The virus's spread...