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This combination photo shows Jennifer Salgado, 42, of Bloomfield, N.J., with a pack of macarons, left, and a bag of peas she ordered during coronavirus lockdown. Millions of people have helped online retail sales surge as consumer spending fell off rapidly when businesses shut down. Salgado snapped up 96 macarons from a bulk-buying store, along with 24 pounds of frozen peas. (Jennifer Salgado via AP)

Worry, haste, retail therapy: What have we bought and why?

May. 26, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Between technical glitches and food worries, retail therapy and sheer amnesia, something has happened to shopping during the pandemic that can be summed up thusly: rubber chickens. Melissa Jean Footlick bought some while sheltering at home in San Diego with her husband and three dogs. She's...

Hilda Trejo, left, and Sara Vargas Lopez wear face masks as they sell tlacoyos and sopes in a partially-open public market in the Xochimilco district of Mexico City, Friday, May 15, 2020. As Mexico moves toward a gradual reactivation of its economy Monday, the number of new coronavirus infections grows higher every day, raising fears of a new wave of infections that other countries have seen after loosening restrictions. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Latest: Probe suggests more virus deaths in Mexico City

May. 19, 2020 2:04 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: — Probe suggests many more virus-related deaths in Mexico...

FILE - In this April 29, 2020 photo, a couple walks by a row of closed motels,  in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The coronavirus pandemic has affected the financial lives of most Americans as businesses shutter or cut salaries to adjust to the new economic uncertainty. But roughly a quarter of Americans have not yet been financially affected. Those fortunate enough to have financial security can use this time at home to improve their fiscal health so they are better prepared when the next economic crisis hits. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Millennial Money: Still employed? Focus on savings and debt

May. 5, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown tens of millions of people into financial turmoil. But not everyone is feeling the pinch. Not yet, at least. Roughly a quarter of Americans (24%) said the coronavirus crisis has not impacted their financial situation, according to a survey conducted April 10-12 by J.D. Power....

People gather inside Rome's Villa Pamphili park as it reopened after several weeks of closure, part of nationwide limited easing of some lockdown restrictions, on Monday, May 4, 2020. Italy began stirring again Monday after a two-month coronavirus shutdown, with 4.4 million Italians able to return to work and restrictions on movement eased in the first European country to lock down in a bid to stem COVID-19 infections.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italy eases virus lockdown, and gets first reckoning of toll

May. 4, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-out cappuccinos and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead Monday as the European epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent’s first and longest lockdown. Greece, Portugal and Belgium also eased...

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Working at home tests family atmosphere of TV morning shows

Apr. 8, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For all the planning that went into “CBS This Morning” putting on a broadcast with its anchors working remotely, no one thought about the pillow. It sat — slightly crookedly — on a chair behind Gayle King in the makeshift studio set up in her family room. And...