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In this image provided by the U.S. Army, recent Army basic combat training graduates have their temperatures taken as they arrive at Fort Lee, Va, on March 31, 2020, after being transported using sterilized buses from Fort Jackson, S.C. (U.S. Army via AP)

Military recruiting struggles as enlistment stations close

Apr. 4, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Kevin Meyer does his best recruiting face-to-face. He can look people in the eye, read their body language and get insight into whether they would make a good Marine. But coronavirus quarantines have shut down most recruiting stations. So Meyer and other recruiters...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Pakistan receives $200 million from World Bank

Apr. 4, 2020 12:35 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: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

A couple in protective masks during the coronavirus outbreak walk past the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Friday, April 3, 2020. The museum has temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out

Apr. 3, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration urged Americans to cover their faces in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York’s governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus — vowing to seize unused ventilators from private hospitals and companies....

FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the USTA Indoor Training Center where a 350-bed temporary hospital will be built  in New York.  De Blasio is calling for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses, on Friday, April 3,  to handle an expected surge in coronavirus cases in New York and other places around the country. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Cuomo orders shift in ventilators to overwhelmed hospitals

Apr. 3, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would order the redistribution of critically needed ventilators. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses. And the coronavirus outbreak picked up speed with more deaths and more hospitalizations....

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2018, file photo, members of the Nevada National Guard stand at a roadblock on a road leading to the Las Vegas Strip during a New Year's celebration in Las Vegas. State and federal officials are finalizing details of the role Nevada's National Guard will play in the statewide response to the coronavirus, but they're emphasizing the mission won't include enforcing martial law. The governor has activated the National Guard each New Year's Eve since the 9/11 terrorist attacks to help patrol the Las Vegas Strip. Nevada's Guard regularly is deployed overseas, but the most recent non-New Year's activation within the state was March 2017 when 140 troops responded to flooding north of Reno and President Trump approved federal disaster funding, similar to what's expected to occur now, said 1st Lt. Emerson Marcus, the Nevada Guard's historian. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada Guard emphasizes activation is not `martial law'

Apr. 3, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — State and federal officials are finalizing details of Nevada National Guard role in the statewide response to the coronavirus, but they’re emphasizing the mission won’t include martial law. Brig. Gen. Mike Hanifan, the guard commander, used social media to dispel a rumor...

Workers rub their hands with hand sanitizer as they leave Bath Iron Works, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Bath, Maine. At least two workers at the defense contractor have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine governor places quarantine restrictions on travelers

Apr. 3, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor issued an executive order on Friday requiring travelers to the state to self quarantine for 14 days to lessen the chance of transmitting coronavirus. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said the order applies to all travelers to Maine regardless of their state of residency....

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 3, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Stop National Guard funds from going to the Southern wall The Stamford Advocate April 1 The Connecticut National Guard is performing potentially life-saving service to residents as the peak of the coronavirus pandemic approaches. Members helped erect field...

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Judge demands FBI provide new details about its surveillance

Apr. 3, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief judge of a secretive national security court demanded Friday that the FBI provide him with details about some of its investigations after the Justice Department inspector general identified problems with more than two dozen wiretap applications. The order from Judge James...

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier, is docked along Kilo Wharf of Naval Base Guam in Sumay,  Friday, April 3, 2020. The aircraft carrier, with a crew of nearly 5,000, is docked in Guam, and the Navy has said as many as 3,000 will be taken off the ship and quarantined by Friday. More than 100 sailors on the ship have tested positive for the virus, but none is hospitalized.  (Rick Cruz/The Pacific Daily via AP)

Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him

Apr. 3, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense leaders are backing the Navy's decision to fire the ship captain who sought help for his cornonavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, even as videos showed sailors cheering him as he walked off the vessel. Videos went viral on social media Friday, showing hundreds of sailors...

Navy hopes to build major development near Pearl Harbor base

Apr. 3, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy has announced plans for a major housing and commercial development near its Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii. The Navy envisions a public-private partnership near a future rail station, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday. The project would include 2.3 million square...