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View from a condominium at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Fans aren't allowed to watch NASCAR races live yet due to the coronavirus restrictions -- unless you happen to own a condominium at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The condos at the track create a unique loophole in the rules where owners who live there -- and four of their friends or family -- will be able to watch the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday from the comfort of their trackside condos. (AP Photo/Steve Reed)

Best seats at the track: Race viewing from comfort of condo

May. 22, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Robin Trivette is a popular person this week with the Coca-Cola 600 approaching and it has nothing to do with her bubbly personality. It’s all about her connections. Trivette lives in a condominium built on Charlotte Motor Speedway property, which makes her one of the first...

Anna Wines, 3, of Bath, Maine, helps carry American flags while her family places new flags next to the gravestone of each veteran at Riverside Cemetery in Lewiston, Maine, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Volunteers will place nearly 7,500 new flags near veterans' graves at the 13 cemeteries across Lewiston, Maine, by Memorial Day. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine governor calls for courage in fighting 'unseen' killer

May. 22, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills ordered flags lowered to half-staff Friday as she expressed appreciation for the state’s military veterans — and invoked their courage in the state’s current battle against an unseen enemy. The governor spoke about Mainers who served in past...

Coronavirus fears shrink jackpot for Alaska's guessing game

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

NENANA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s favorite guessing game has taken a hit because of the coronavirus. There were five entries that correctly guessed that a tripod set up on the frozen Tanana River in Nenana, Alaska, would tip over at 12: 56 p.m. on Monday, April 27, as ice broke up in the spring thaw....

In this March 18, 2020 photo, Construction continues at a housing plan in Zelienople, Pa.,  The housing market has stalled, but homebuilder stocks are up sharply amid signs that sales are starting to improve. Still, the outlook for a housing market recovery remains cloudy, given uncertainty over the pandemic's impact. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Homebuilders climb even as housing outlook remains cloudy

May. 21, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. economy and housing market had set homebuilders up for a strong 2020. That was before the efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic knocked the economy into a skid, dimmed consumer confidence and left a record number of Americans unemployed. The housing market...

This April 16, 2020 photo shows a real estate company sign that marks a home for sale in Harmony, Pa.  U.S. new home sales plunged 15.4% in March as the lockdowns that began in the middle of the month began to rattle the housing market.
The Commerce Department reported Thursday, April 23,  that sales of new single-family homes dropped to a seasonally ajdjusted annual rate of 627,000 last month after sales had fallen 4.6% in February.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

US existing home sales plunge 17.8% in April

May. 21, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of existing homes plunged 17.8% in April with the real estate market still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that last month's decline pushed sales down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.33 million units, the slowest...

A pallet of food awaits processing as volunteers work in the background to label cans of beans for redistribution at Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Demand at food pantries has escalated as the number of New Mexicans applying for unemployment benefits increased for the week ending May 2. New Mexico has processed more than 133,000 claims since mid-March. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

New Mexico likely to reopen restaurants, gyms, malls June 1

May. 20, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham set a June 1 target date to restart dine-in service at restaurants and reopen gyms, hair salons and shopping malls at limited capacity. Those businesses have been shuttered since March to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The first-term...

Jan Damm, a performer at New England Center for Circus Arts, in Brattleboro, Vt., uses the diabolo as Rebecca McKenny, a resident at Thompson House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Brattleboro, claps during a performance on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Governor proposes $400M in economic relief amid pandemic

May. 20, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday proposed a $400 million economic relief and recovery package funded by the federal economic rescue law known as the Cares Act to help employers and small businesses, including dairy farmers, struggling from the pandemic-induced shutdown. “I...

Anne Arundel County, Md. residents receive free breakfast, lunch and dinner, at a mobil stop in Annapolis, Monday, March 16, 2020. Anne Arundel County is providing free meals for students while schools are closed for two weeks due to coronavirus concerns. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan closed all public schools in the state from March 16 to March 27. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Maryland lawmakers question response to food stamp requests

May. 14, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A record number of Maryland residents are applying for food stamps, and state lawmakers want to know if enough is being done to meet the demand. In April alone, nearly 70,000 Maryland residents applied for food stamps, well more than double the number of applications in a typical month,...

This April 16, 2020 photo shows a real estate company sign marking a home for sale in Harmony, Pa.  Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, continuing to hover near all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan edged up to 3.26% from 3.23% last week, which was the lowest level since Freddie started tracking rates in 1971. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

US mortgage rates hover near all-time lows; 30-year at 3.28%

May. 14, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mostly steady this week, hovering near all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan edged up to 3.28% from 3.26% last week. A year ago, the rate stood at 4.07%. The average rate on...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 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: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...