Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

FILE - A woman wearing a mask walks her dog past the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 6,  after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street's rally stalls; indexes hold near record highs

Aug. 6, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. The S&P 500 was little changed after the first 30 minutes of trading. It’s cooling off following a...

Kristina Ellis prepares to load prepared meals into a vehicle as United Way of Broward County partners with the Miami Dolphins football team to distribute backpacks and meals to military families in need during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

With fewer layoffs, Florida jobless claims dropped last week

Aug. 6, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The number of Floridians filing new jobless claims dropped last week by more than 17,500 from the previous week, according to figures released Thursday. There were 73,955 new claims for unemployment benefits filed last week in Florida, a drop from the previous week's 91,462 claims. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump points as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally, in Toledo, Ohio. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Playing electoral defense, Trump to promote recovery in Ohio

Aug. 6, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forced to play defense in states he led comfortably months ago, President Donald Trump set his sights on Ohio on Thursday in an attempt to reframe the centerpiece of his reelection pitch. During his visit, Trump planned to promote the economic prosperity that much of the nation enjoyed...

In this photo posted on Twitter, students crowd a hallway, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga. The 30,000-student suburban Paulding County school district in suburban Atlanta resumed classes Monday with 70% of students returning for in-person classes five days a week, days after the principal at North Paulding announced some members of the football team had tested positive for COVID-19. The district says it is encouraging mask use, but isn't requiring it. (Twitter via AP)

Georgia district to begin year online amid staff virus cases

Aug. 6, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

WINDER, Ga. (AP) — More than 90 staff members in one Georgia school district have been quarantined due to coronavirus exposure or infection, prompting the district to plan to begin the year entirely online. Barrow County Schools officials announced Wednesday that the district about 50 miles (80 kilometers)...

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Alaska Airlines planes are parked at a gate area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Airlines said over 300 employees among the company's workforce in Anchorage may lose their jobs on Oct. 1, 2020. The company said the Anchorage layoffs are part of company-wide job cuts because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday, Aug. 4. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Aug. 6, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The government's report Thursday did offer a smidgen of hopeful...

FILE-In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, a man walks away after changing currency at a currency exchange shop in Istanbul. Turkey's currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020, as the global recession created by the coronavirus pandemic brings to the fore weaknesses in the country's economy. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Turkish currency hits all-time law amid market jitters

Aug. 6, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Turkey’s currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Thursday as the global recession created by the pandemic brings to the fore weaknesses in the country's economy. The Turkish lira fell to 7.2775 against the dollar before recovering slightly to around 7.24, compared...

Mayflower II cancels scheduled stop in Rhode Island

Aug. 6, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Mayflower II, a replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World 400 years ago, has canceled a scheduled stop in Rhode Island because of new travel restrictions required of people who visit the state. The 64-year-old reproduction is sailing from Mystic, Connecticut to...

Poet Tammi Truax looks over her recent work, as her pug

Weekly poems elevate New Hampshire city's virus newsletters

Aug. 6, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Valerie Rochon is eager to read her email every Monday morning, even when it makes her cry. In addition to the endless Zoom meeting invitations, each week brings a new poem tucked into otherwise matter-of-fact messages about the coronavirus pandemic from the Portsmouth city manager....

Noem uses COVID-19 restrictions elsewhere to lure business

Aug. 6, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem is using COVID-19 restrictions in other states to lure businesses to relocate to South Dakota. In an online ad, Noem tells business owners to “grow their company” in South Dakota where government will stay out of their way. "When it comes to supporting...

Official: 19 dead due to virus at Texas nursing home

Aug. 6, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (AP) — Nineteen people at a Texas nursing home have died due to the coronavirus and 24 employees have been infected, officials said. Missouri City said it received notification Wednesday about the deaths and infections at Paradigm at First Colony Nursing Home after Yolanda Ford, the...