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IKEA manager charged for firing Pole over anti-gay remarks

May. 28, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish prosecutor has charged an IKEA manager with violating the religious rights of an employee sacked for voicing strong objections, within the company, to a corporate event supporting tolerance for LGBT people last year. The Catholic employee at a Polish branch of the Swedish...

A woman walks with a child at SouthPark Mall, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Strongsville, Ohio. Ohio retail businesses reopened Tuesday following a nearly two-month-long shutdown ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

US retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as virus hit

May. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail...

President Donald Trump gestures during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

May. 8, 2020 2:05 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: — Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate closely in COVID-19 fight....

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2020 file photo, Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman arrives for a a situation assessment meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others regarding the Coronavirus, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Litzman said Sunday, April 26, 2020, that he is stepping down following a public uproar over his handling of the coronavirus crisis and his own COVID-19 infection. He said that he will take over as Construction Minister once a new government is formed. (Jack Guez/Pool via AP, File)

Israeli court takes step to halt phone tracking amid virus

Apr. 26, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Sunday ordered the Shin Bet security agency to halt its use of phone-surveillance technology in the battle against the coronavirus, unless parliament begins legislating guidelines for the controversial practice. In its decision, the court said parliament must...

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wears a face mask as he visits a production site on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., where the school is manufacturing personal protection equipment for hospitals in response to the coronavirus pandemic Friday, April 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hopes in Louisiana for more nonemergency care by May 1

Apr. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is working to make more clinic and hospital space available again for elective surgeries and other nonemergency medical care before May 1, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday. Elective surgeries and other procedures were largely put on hold as state hospitals converted space and...

A passer-by, left, descends a stairway into a subway station, Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in Boston. The Boston area transit system is projecting a huge budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends June 30 caused in large part by a near non-existent ridership during the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Virus news: Police officer dies; daily death toll passes 100

Apr. 14, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police officer has died from complications of the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh identified the officer Tuesday as Jose Fontanez, 53, a 29-year member of the force. Sixty-seven members of the Boston Police Department have tested positive for the...