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A man stands in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index as a track goes by at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, May 22, 2020. Shares are slipping in Asia as tensions flare between the U.S. and China and as more job losses add to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Wall Street ends a choppy day mostly higher; crude oil falls

May. 22, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

Stock indexes finished mostly higher Friday as Wall Street shook off an early slide, closing out a solid week of gains for the market. The S&P 500 index inched up 0.2% after having been down 0.5%. It ended the week with a 3.2% gain, largely due to a big rally on Monday that offset all of the benchmark...

A woman walks past a store advertising sales at 70 percent off, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Cleveland. More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

May. 21, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work....

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)

'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

May. 21, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington to fraudulently receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits, the head of the state’s Employment Security Department said Thursday. Commissioner Suzi LeVine said the...

Two women, wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, walk on a sidewalk adjacent to an empty Hampton Beach in Hampton, N.H., Thursday, May 21, 2020. Beaches in New Hampshire have been closed since March by state order due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

New Hampshire could differ from neighbors on lodging rules

May. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is considering a different approach than its neighbors when it comes to allowing out-of-state residents back in its hotels and other lodging establishments. In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such accommodations would be limited to New Hampshire...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Maryland residents will no longer be required to stay at home, but they will be strongly advised to continue to do so, especially if they are older and more vulnerable to the coronavirus, Hogan said Wednesday as he announced a statewide order that will take effect later this week. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

More than 51K file for unemployment in Maryland

May. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is widely expanding access to coronavirus testing, to people without appointments or symptoms — a step that epidemiologists say is key to containing the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Larry Hogan announced 17 new COVID-19 test sites at CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations...

Kentucky unemployment rate surged to 15.4% in April

May. 21, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's unemployment rate surged to 15.4% in April, a double-digit increase from the prior month as the coronavirus outbreak shuttered broad segments of the economy. Staggering job losses tied to efforts to contain the virus caused the preliminary April jobless rate to jump 10.2...

New jobless claims in Florida stabilize week to week

May. 21, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The number of Floridians who filed new unemployment claims last week remained almost unchanged from the previous week, suggesting some stabilization in job losses as Florida businesses have started reopening after being closed to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, according to...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, workers leave the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Ind. Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees' lives at risk. Major meatpackers JBS, Smithfield and Tyson have said worker safety is their highest priority. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Meatpacking safety recommendations are largely unenforceable

May. 21, 2020 9:38 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees' lives at risk. Extensive guidance issued last month by...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

May. 20, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ May 20 The Savannah Morning News on the appointment of a local judge to preside over the Ahmaud Arbery case: Overnight, Chatham County Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley has gone from relative obscurity to the most closely watched jurist in America this side of...

Labor will stop giving reporters early look at economic data

May. 19, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Labor Department says it is ending its long-standing system of allowing news reporters to review government economic data, including high-profile reports on unemployment, retail sales and inflation, before the data is publicly released. The department for decades has given news...