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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian gas monopoly Gazprom Head, Alexei Miller during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 27, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Putin: Prepare for virus to quickly spread

Mar. 30, 2020 10:07 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: — Spain surpasses China in coronavirus infections tally....

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2020, file photo, surrounded primarily by family, Nicky Kohen, the daughter of Josef Neumann who was critically injured in an attack on a Hanukkah celebration, speaks to reporters in front of her home in New City, N.Y. An Orthodox Jewish organization said Neumann died Sunday, March 29, 2020, from his injuries three months after the attacks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Man, 72, wounded in Hanukkah stabbings dies from injuries

Mar. 30, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man who was among the five people stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City has died three months after the attack, according to an Orthodox Jewish organization and community liaison with a local police department. Josef Neumann, 72, died Sunday night, the Orthodox...

Earth Day video challenge encourages doing 1 good thing

Mar. 29, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services is encouraging people to record videos or take photos of themselves doing one thing that's good for the earth in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The department says people who accept the challenge should post videos and...

A car drives past the entrance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 28, 2020. Roger Penske, at 83 and considered high risk to the coronavirus as a 2017 kidney transplant recipient, still makes the daily three-minute commute to his Bloomfield Hills, Mich, office. He works 12 or more hours a day from his conference room at Penske Corp., which has a skeleton crew all practicing social distancing. Penske also had the small matter of planning his first Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

AP Interview: Roger Penske talks postponing Indianapolis 500

Mar. 28, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

Roger Penske, at 83 and considered high risk for the coronavirus as a 2017 kidney transplant recipient, still makes the daily three-minute commute to his Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, office. He works 12 or more hours a day from his conference room at Penske Corp., which has a skeleton crew practicing social...

Service and entertainment industry employees who have been laid off due to the new coronavirus pandemic, exercise social distancing as they line up for meals cooked by chef Isaac Toups at his restaurant Toups Meatery in New Orleans, Friday, March 27, 2020. While rich in history and culture, New Orleans is economically poor, and the people here are not necessarily well-positioned to weather this latest storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Essence festival rescheduled amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar. 28, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Another major event for New Orleans has postponed bringing thousands of people to the city and New Orleans has launched a drive to get personal protective equipment into the hands of first responders as the nation continues to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic. The 2020 Essence...

Pope Francis arrives to deliver an Urbi et orbi prayer from the empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Friday, March 27, 2020. Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead finds

Pope prays for 'fragile' humanity needing help in pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other's help and comfort....

FILE - In this May 30, 1969, file photo, Mario Andretti waves from the winner's circle after his victory in the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Organizers announced Thursday, March 26, that the 500 would move from its traditional Memorial Day weekend slot to Aug. 23. “It's a lot better than the word canceling,

Racing community lines up behind decision to delay Indy 500

Mar. 26, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Mario Andretti got the text asking if he would be willing to drive the two-seater at Indianapolis this August, he responded immediately. Absolutely, he wrote while putting his vacation plans on hold. Andretti hopes it is the last time he is forced to reschedule after organizers...

FILE - In this May 26, 2019, file photo, Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field through the first turn on the start of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. 
The race will instead be held Aug. 23. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Indianapolis 500 postponed until August because of COVID-19

Mar. 26, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. The race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date. “The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

FILE - In this April 2, 2003 file photo, boxes of Marshmallow Peeps are lined up at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa.  The Bethlehem, Pa.,-based Just Born confections company said its production facilities there and in Philadelphia closed Wednesday, March 25, 2020, through April 7.  The company says it had already produced and shipped the Easter supply of its signature marshmallow confection to outlets.(AP Photo/Rick Smith, File)

Sweet: Peeps production stops, but Easter is taken care of

Mar. 26, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn't affect Easter baskets. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Just Born confections company said its production facilities there and in Philadelphia closed Wednesday through April 7. But the company...

In this Monday, March 23, 3030 photo, a policeman urges residents not to come out of their homes as residents stand behind a gate, hours after the second death from COVID-19 was confirmed from the area, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Soldiers enforce 10-day shutdown in Bangladesh to slow virus

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh deployed soldiers and police on Thursday to enforce the start of a nationwide 10-day shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the densely populated country. The government also canceled all state programs, including parades, to celebrate the country's...