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President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, walk as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort takes off from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 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: — WHO warns COVID-19 epidemics “far from over”...

In this March 28, 2020 photo provided by Juan Huergo, Laura Gabaroni and her husband Juan Huergo take a selfie on board a tender after they were evacuated from the Zaandam, a Holland American cruise ship, near the Panama Canal. The Orlando- area couple was transferred to the Rotterdam, together with others who were deemed healthy. Four people have died on board the Zaandam and many others have are suffering from flu-like symptoms. (Juan Huergo via AP)

Stranded cruise ship hit by virus begs Florida to dock

Mar. 31, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — As a cruise ship stranded at sea with dozens sick and four dead makes for Florida, passengers who have been confined to their rooms for more than a week are anxious for relief, hoping Gov. Ron DeSantis will change his mind and allow them to disembark despite confirmed coronavirus cases aboard....

Phu Dang, left, the owner of i5 Pho restaurant, gets help from a contractor as he boards up his business, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Seattle's downtown Pioneer Square neighborhood. Dang closed his business to dine-in customers earlier in the month and had tried doing takeout only food in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, but he said his location did not attract enough customers for take out and he decided to fully close for the time being. He said his decision to board up came after a nearby business was broken into over the weekend. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Job cuts pile up, Ford to make ventilators at parts plant

Mar. 30, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. _______ AIR CARE: Britain’s health service is asking airline cabin crew who have been laid off to...

FILE - In this June 15, 2017, file photo, bagged purchases from the Kroger grocery store in Flowood, Miss., sit inside this shopping cart. A group of Instacart workers are organizing a strike across the U.S. starting Monday, March 30, 2020, to demand more pay and protection as they struggle to meet a surge in demand for grocery deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic. It was unclear how many of Instacart's shoppers - most of whom work as independent contractors - would join the strike. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Some Instacart, Amazon workers strike as jobs get riskier

Mar. 30, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders. The one-day strikes had little impact on consumers,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, a man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters. The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital

Mar. 30, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an...

This Monday, March 30, 2020, booking photo provided by the Hernando County Jail shows Rodney Howard-Browne, pastor of The River Church. Florida officials arrested the pastor of the megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself in to authorities Monday, March 30, 2020, in Hernando County, Fla. (Hernando County Jail via AP)

Pastor arrested for violating rules amid virus outbreak

Mar. 30, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself in...

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as the Senate works to pass a coronavirus relief bill. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

ABC's Karl calls Rubio's tweet on media outrageous, hurtful

Mar. 30, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the White House Correspondents' Association on Monday called on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to apologize for a tweet saying some media members “can't contain their delight” at reports of Americans getting the coronavirus. Jonathan Karl, who is ABC News' White...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question about his new daughter, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. DeSantis and his wife Casey announced on Twitter on Monday morning the arrival of their third child, a girl named Mamie. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Gov. DeSantis, wife Casey announce birth of baby Mamie

Mar. 30, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey announced Monday on Twitter the arrival of their third child, a girl named Mamie. And then the governor crossed the state to update Floridians on the coronavirus. DeSantis remained a proud dad in frantic and strange times. He was in the...

Florida officials seek arrest for pastor that violated rules

Mar. 30, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff on Monday sought an arrest warrant for the pastor of a megachurch after officials said he held two services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a...

FILE - In this June 10, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks on Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland. ESPN will air NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday nights during April showcasing key NBA Finals games. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

ESPN to air memorable NBA Finals games on Wednesday nights

Mar. 30, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN will air NBA doubleheaders on Wednesday nights during April showcasing key NBA Finals games. The doubleheaders begin this Wednesday with two games from the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, where the Cavaliers became the first team in...