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Dan Stastny, a pilot of a small sport plane, displays a snorkeling mask, modified to be a protection respirator for medical staff, that he will transport from a small Prague airport to a hospital in Ostrava some 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) east of Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Over 300 pilots in the Czech Republic have joined forces in a group of volunteers who use their private planes to distribute medical equipment all across the country. The

The Latest: 300 pilots form help group in Czech Republic

Apr. 5, 2020 7:07 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: — More than 300 pilots in the Czech Republic to use their...

A man walks by Bernini's colonnade in St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis' weekly general audience, streamed by the Vatican television due to restrictions to contain the Covid-19 virus, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 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/Andrew Medichini)

PALM SUNDAY: Pope celebrates without public in St. Peter's

Apr. 5, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is celebrating Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter’s Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds...

A man pushing a shopping cart with food on the street as South African National Defence Forces drive through a densely populated Alexandra township east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, March 28, 2020. South Africa went into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days in an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. 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/Themba Hadebe)

'Complete collapse of economies' ahead as Africa faces virus

Apr. 5, 2020 5:57 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Some of Uganda’s poorest people used to work here, on the streets of Kampala, as fruit sellers sitting on the pavement or as peddlers of everything from handkerchiefs to roasted peanuts. Now they're gone and no one knows when they will return, victims of a global economic...

A combo of images showing the Red Arrows flying over Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London on Saturday, June 8, 2019 and the the empty scene taken from the same angle on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. When Associated Press photographer Frank Augstein moved to London in 2015, what struck him most was the crowds. Augstein, who grew up in a small town in western Germany, thought Britain's capital of almost 9 million people was the busiest place he had ever seen. In years of covering political dramas, moments of celebration and tragedy and major sporting events, Augstein's photographs have captured the city's ceaseless movement: Pedestrians swarming over the Millennium footbridge spanning the River Thames. Travelers from the U.K. and continental Europe thronging St. Pancras railway station. Commuters following London transit etiquette by carefully ignoring one another on a crowded Tube train, or waiting patiently in a snaking bus queue.

AP PHOTOS: Bustling London life stilled by COVID-19 lockdown

Apr. 5, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Associated Press photographer Frank Augstein moved to London in 2015, what struck him most was the crowds. Augstein, who grew up in a small town in western Germany, thought Britain’s capital of almost 9 million people was the busiest place he had ever seen. In years of covering...

Medical staff embark a patient infected with the COVID-19 virus in a train at the Gare d'Austerlitz train station Wednesday April 1, 2020 in Paris. France is evacuating 36 patients infected with the coronavirus from the Paris region onboard two medicalized high-speed TGV trains. The patients, all treated in intensive care units (ICU), are being transferred to several hospitals in Britany, as western France is less impacted by the epidemic. 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. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP)

France turns to speedy trains to catch up in virus response

Apr. 5, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The high-speed train whooshing past historic World War I battle sites and through the chateau-speckled Loire Valley carried a delicate cargo: 20 critically ill COVID-19 patients and the breathing machines helping keep them alive. The TGV-turned-mobile-intensive-care-unit is just one piece of...

Company led by Idaho native avoids layoffs as revenue halved

Apr. 5, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gravity Payments, the tech company founded by an Idahoan that gained worldwide attention after offering employees a minimum salary of $70,000, has taken a huge financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. The company, based in Seattle with a branch office in Boise, has seen its $4...

Man killed in plane crash flew to see his new grandchild

Apr. 5, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Andy Meyer refused to let a pandemic stop him from seeing his first grandchild. An avid pilot, Meyer considered taking a commercial flight to Philadelphia last week to visit his daughter and her new baby, Aria. But with the coronavirus spreading rapidly, he didn’t want to risk the...

Early yet, but domestic violence on rise

Apr. 5, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As elected leaders issue orders for residents to stay inside, data from local law enforcement shows a simultaneous uptick in domestic violence. To date, the Gainesville Police Department has reported 21 more domestic violence/battery cases than it saw at the same time last year,...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. From left, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump says 'toughest' weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads

Apr. 5, 2020 1:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012, file photo, inmates walk around a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. A three-judge federal panel refused on procedural grounds Saturday, April 4, 2020, to order California to free thousands of prisoners to ease crowded conditions that attorneys representing inmates say could ignite a rapid spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Judges deny California inmate release request, cite US law

Apr. 5, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges on Saturday refused on procedural grounds to order California to free thousands of prisoners to ease crowded conditions that attorneys representing inmates likened to a “tinderbox” ready to ignite with the rapid spread of the coronavirus. But the three...