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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...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 file photo a sign explains the closure of a shop in the Pike Place Market in Seattle. As the coronavirus outbreak has caused record number of people to seek unemployment benefits Washington state officials said Thursday that impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

May. 29, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed looks sure to intensify with the number of people receiving the aid now topping 30 million — one in five workers. The money, included in a government relief package enacted in...

A woman walks past a boarded up business, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in East Cleveland, Ohio. The state says about 1.3 million Ohioans have filed unemployment claims in the past 10 weeks as Ohio's stay-at-home order depressed the economy and led to widespread layoffs. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says about 42,000 people filed claims for the week ending May 23. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Rising US job losses stir fears of lasting economic damage

May. 28, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the U.S. economy. Despite a few glimmers of hope,...

Governor forcefully defends his virus-related actions

May. 28, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear forcefully defended his coronavirus-related restrictions Thursday, saying they spared Kentucky from a more devastating outbreak and now have the state primed to move ahead with business reopenings. The Democratic governor said his “drastic and...

As viewed through a fisheye lens, a lone pedestrian walks along Sixth Street pat shuttered shops closed to help in the effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Georgetown, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Nearly 500,000 people in Colorado have sought unemployment

May. 28, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nearly half a million people in Colorado have filed for state and federal unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic hit in mid-March, double the number seen during the Great Recession, state labor officials said Thursday. Colorado has distributed roughly $1.65 billion in...

House Education and Labor Committee Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., wears a face mask during a House Committee on Education and Labor Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing examining the federal government's actions to protect workers from COVID-19, Thursday, May 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

Democrats charge OSHA isn't protecting front-line workers

May. 28, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000, Democrats are slamming the Trump administration for failing to protect front-line workers, including those at meatpacking plants and health care facilities where outbreaks of the disease are spiking. At a House hearing Thursday, Democrats charged...

Meatpacking union: 44 COVID-19 deaths among workers

May. 28, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — At least 44 meatpacking workers in the U.S. have died from the new coronavirus and another 3,000 have tested positive, according to an estimate released Thursday by the largest union representing workers. Meat processing plants have become hot spots for infections in communities...

Officer will keep job despite racist email about virus masks

May. 28, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer will keep his job after being disciplined for responding to an email about department-issued coronavirus protective masks by sending racist images of people with white bags over their faces carrying torches, reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan preparing to lynch...

Idaho unemployment claims still high but slowing down

May. 28, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fewer people are filing initial unemployment insurance claims or requesting payments under continued claims, officials said Thursday, but Idaho’s overall jobless numbers remain bleak. The Idaho Department of Labor said that 4,700 people filed claims last week, a drop of about...

Almost 5K West Virginians file for unemployment aid

May. 28, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — About 4,800 West Virginians filed for unemployment aid last week as the state's economy continues to reel during the coronavirus pandemic, federal officials said Thursday. The new applications are slightly down from the previous week's filings and come as Republican Gov. Jim...