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FILE - This Feb. 12, 2020, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency shows a part of a temporary hospital with 1,100 beds converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Citizens have been ordered to stay in their homes for weeks in the coronavirus outbreak's epicenter of Wuhan. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP, File)

Health officials worry as untraceable virus clusters emerge

Feb. 21, 2020 11:27 PM EST

In South Korea, Singapore and Iran, clusters of infections are leading to a jump in cases of the new viral illness outside China. But it’s not the numbers that are worrying experts: It's that increasingly they can't trace where the clusters started. World Health Organization officials said China's...

A worker wearing protective gears sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. South Korea on Friday declared a

New virus has infected more than 77,000 people globally

Feb. 21, 2020 11:16 PM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 77,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Saturday in Beijing:...

Medical workers wearing protective gears carry a patient suspected of contracting the new coronavirus toward an ambulance at Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. South Korea reported 100 new virus cases Friday, bringing the country's total to 204, many of them clustered around a southeastern city, and raising fears that the outbreak is getting out of control. (Lee Moo-ryul/Newsis via AP)

Virus cases jump in S Korea to 346, China daily count drops

Feb. 21, 2020 11:01 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday reported a six-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 346, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the fourth-largest city where schools were closed and worshipers and others told to avoid mass gatherings. Initial infections...

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Feb. 21, 2020. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Outbreak, economic ills dim luster of Japan's Olympic year

Feb. 21, 2020 9:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be basking in the limelight this year in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Instead, the virus outbreak that has spread from China to even remote parts of Japan has Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party playing defense. Abe has skated through numerous...

Personnel carry new beds inside the hospital of Codogno, near Lodi in Northern Italy, Friday, Feb. 21,2020. Health officials reported the country's first cases of contagion of COVID-19 in people who had not been in China. The hospital in Codogno is one of the hospitals - along with specialized Sacco Hospital in Milan - which is hosting the infected persons and the people that were in contact with them and are being isolated. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple

Feb. 21, 2020 7:19 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — Italy reported its first death from the new virus from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close. State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old...

Larry Krampe of Rome, Ky, left, talks with Bill Brey of Whitesville, Ky while the two stand next to a John Deere model 8345 R tractor on display inside the Owensboro Convention Center during the 46th annual Ag Expo, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Owensboro, Ky. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

Deere sees some stability on farms in bruising trade fight

Feb. 21, 2020 6:01 PM EST

Deere & Co. had a surprisingly strong first quarter after an extended period in which the tractor and construction equipment maker was bruised by the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. “Farmer confidence, though still subdued, has improved due in part to hopes for a relaxation of...

Trump signals he's prepared to give farmers more federal aid

Feb. 21, 2020 5:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he’s prepared to tap federal coffers again to help farmers suffering from the tariff fights that he initiated. The Trump administration over the past two years has committed to providing farmers with $27 billion in assistance....

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 file photo, U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, attends a news conference during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, The Associated Press reported on a misleadingly compiled video circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pelosi lashed out at CNN host Christiane Amanpour during an interview about U.S. President Donald Trump’s acquittal after being impeached. The video relies heavily on a February interview in Munich. A number of altered videos have targeted Pelosi in the past year. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Feb. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

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 real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashing out at CNN host...

Workers wearing protective gears help clean each other's suits after disinfecting as a precaution against the coronavirus at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. South Korea on Friday declared a

South Korea becomes newest front in shifting virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centered in China and now reverberating elsewhere. South Korea said two people have died and 204 have been infected with the virus, quadruple the number of cases...

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, during a hearing on the Monetary Policy Report. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Fed officials downplay virus even as markets see rate cuts

Feb. 21, 2020 4:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Wall Street expects the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates, should that influence the Fed's decisions? Two Fed officials diverged on that issue in remarks Friday at a monetary policy conference in New York. The disagreement occurred just as the scenario is playing out in real...