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FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday, May 29, 2020, they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool,File)

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

May. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it was the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet...

A traveler passes a sign recommending practicing social distancing, to limit spread of the coronavirus outbreak, at the nearly passenger-less JetBlue terminal at Logan Airport in Boston, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

May. 29, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive federal study to date of when the virus began spreading. That means anyone in the U.S....

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 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: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

May. 28, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims amid the COVID-19 crisis, officials said Thursday. Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine said that she could not yet...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., wears a face mask used to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he attends a press conference after meeting with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 28, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees. About 41 million people have applied for aid since the virus outbreak intensified in March....

Seahawks add another RB option by signing Carlos Hyde

May. 28, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year deal Thursday. Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign. ...

Sales associate Alex Guralnik, of Newton, Mass., right, hands a bag containing recreational cannabis product to a customer outside New England Treatment Access medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Brookline, Mass. Sales of recreational cannabis products to the public was allowed to open Monday, May 25 in Massachusetts after being closed for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

May. 28, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much. Recreational shops reopened this week in Massachusetts with strict regulations after being ordered shut down the past two months. Now, some worry that state officials could...

A medical worker collects a swab sample from a journalist for a COVID-19 test before the National People's Congress closing session and the Chinese Premier press conference in Beijing, on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: South Korea's central bank lowers rate to 0.5%

May. 27, 2020 10:26 PM 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: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, pallbearers, who were among only 10 allowed mourners, walk the casket for internment at the funeral for Larry Hammond, who died from the coronavirus, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in New Orleans. Hammond was Mardi Gras royalty, and would have had hundreds of people marching behind his casket in second-line parades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars...

A worker leaves Boeing's Renton plant Wednesday morning, May 27, 2020. Boeing announced to employees Wednesday a first batch of almost 7,000 involuntary layoffs in the U. S., which added to more than 5,500 voluntary layoffs. It will cut almost 12,300 jobs company-wide.  (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP)

Boeing cuts 12,000 jobs, resumes production of grounded jet

May. 27, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 U.S. jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming. Shortly after disclosing the job cuts, Boeing announced Wednesday that it has resumed production of the grounded 737 Max jetliner. Two...