Special Section: Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic updates

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Special Section: Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic updates

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In this Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020, file photo, mobile network phone masts are visible in front of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London. Dozens of European cell towers have been destroyed in recent arson attacks that officials and wireless companies say are fueled by groundless conspiracy theories linking new 5G mobile networks and the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)


Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers claiming link to coronavirus

By Kelvin Chan, Beatrice Dupuy and Arijeta Lajka – Associated Press

The CCTV footage from a Dutch business park shows a man in a black cap pouring the contents of a white container at the base of a cellular radio tower. Flames burst out as the man jogs back to his Toyota to flee into the evening.


Muslims try to keep Ramadan spirit amid virus restrictions

By Samy Magdy and Lee Keathy – Associated Press

Every year during Ramadan, the Light of Muhammad Mosque sets up long tables on the street and dishes up free meals at sunset for the poor to break their daily fast. It’s a charity that many rely on in this impoverished district on the edge of the Egyptian capital.

A medic waits outside a tent for her turn to be tested for COVID-19 at Queens Hospital Center, Monday, April 20, 2020, in the Jamaica neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)


U.N. urges world to quickly scale up medicines, vaccines

By Cara Anna, Elena Becatoros and Chris Blake – Associated Press

The U.N. General Assembly has demanded global action to quickly scale up the development of and access to medicines, vaccines and equipment to battle the pandemic, while the World Health Organization warned Tuesday that rushing to ease coronavirus lockdowns could lead to a resurgence of the outbreak.

Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


Pandemic squeezes finances of Democratic grassroots donors

By Brian Slodysko and Bill Barrow – Associated Press

Well-to-do donors gathered last August at the sprawling Charlotte, North Carolina, home of Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, where they nibbled finger food, sipped wine and listened to Joe Biden.

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) FILE


Oshie wants season to resume, but ‘safety needs to be No. 1’

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, like most pro athletes staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, is itching to get back to competition. But in order to resume and complete the 2019-20 NHL season, Oshie said the safety of everyone involved must be atop the list of considerations.

In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a man wears a mask while walking in front of a closed building in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)


Losing face: The rise of the mask, and what’s lost behind it

By Ted Anthony – Associated Press

On Saturday afternoons, the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh becomes a jam-packed hub of old-fashioned shopping. People stride along Penn Avenue, hopping from greengrocer to butcher to fishmonger to Italian market, smiling and gesturing and jabbering as they go.

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind an idle pump jack near Karnes City, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


Oil price goes negative as demand collapses; stocks dip

By Stan Choe, Damian J. Troise and Alex Veiga – Associated Press

Oil prices plunged below zero on Monday as demand for energy collapses amid the coronavirus pandemic and traders don’t want to get stuck owning crude with nowhere to store it.

Emergency medical workers arrive at Cobble Hill Health Center, Friday, April 17, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The despair wrought on nursing homes by the coronavirus was laid bare Friday in a state survey identifying numerous New York facilities where multiple patients have died. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


‘Under siege’: Overwhelmed Brooklyn care home tolls 55 dead

By Bernard Condon, Matt Sedensky and Jennifer Peltz – Associated Press

As residents at a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, began dying in late February from a coronavirus outbreak that would eventually take 43 lives, there was little sign of trouble at the Cobble Hill Health Center, a 360-bed facility in an upscale section of Brooklyn.

In this Thursday, April 16, 2020, photo, wearing a protective mask and gloves, budtenders prepare orders for customers to pick-up at The Higher Path cannabis dispensary in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. Monday is April 20, or 4/20. Thats the code for marijuanas high holiday, which is usually marked with outdoor festivals and communal smoking sessions. But this year, stay-at-home orders have moved the party online as the marijuana market braces for an economic blow from the coronavirus crisis. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)


4/20 fizzle: Marijuana industry tested as virus slams economy

By Michael R. Blood – Associated Press

The unofficial holiday celebrating all things cannabis arrives Monday as the nation’s emerging legal marijuana market braces for an economic blow from the coronavirus crisis, with many consumers reducing spending or going underground for deals.

In this March 17, 2020, file photo voters walk into a polling station for the Florida presidential primary in Bonita Springs, Fla. Scrambling to address voting concerns amid a pandemic, election officials from Nevada to Florida are scaling back or eliminating opportunities for people to cast ballots in person. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)


As mail voting pushed, some fear loss of in-person option

By Christina A. Cassidy and Nicholas Riccardi – Associated Press

Scrambling to address voting concerns during a pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back opportunities for people to cast ballots in person – a move raising concerns among voting rights groups and some Democrats who say some voters could be disenfranchised.

FILE - In this March 28, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles police officers patrol a sparsely populated Venice Beach boardwalk in Los Angeles. At least three police officers in California have died so far from COVID-19 and officers have been urged to wear masks when they are interacting with the public. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)


Los Angeles forces city workers to take 26 furlough days

By Associated Press

Thousands of Los Angeles city workers must take 26 furlough days – the equivalent of a 10% pay cut – over the course of the next fiscal year as the nation’s second-largest city deals with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis.

MSC Anna, the largest active cargo ship in North America, is aided by tugboats as she prepares to dock at the Port of Oakland on Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. MSC Anna, which is 1,312 feet long, is transporting a backlog of empty containers and will be unloading imports. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Trump issues order deferring of some tariffs

President Trump issued an executive order Sunday night giving the Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin the authority to defer certain tariff payments due to the coronavirus crisis.

Vice President Mike Pence, right, and President Donald Trump watch a video of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Sunday, April 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


‘Great partner’: Trump plays short clip of Cuomo praising feds

As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 40,000, President Trump on Sunday played a video clip of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo praising the federal government as a “great partner” in treating the coronavirus and ensuring his hard-hit state had enough capacity to handle a surge in hospital needs.

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Trump’s reelection hopes likely hinge on coronavirus rebound

President Trump’s plan to run for reelection on a strong economy evaporated in just a month as 22 million Americans lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic, and now his prospects rest on economic comebacks in some battleground states with Democratic governors.

People keep social distancing amid concerns over the country's coronavirus outbreak, during a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 19, 2020. More than 2,000 people took to the streets on Sunday, demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attempts to form an


Israelis accuse Netanyahu of endangering democracy

By Obed Balilty – Associated Press

More than 2,000 Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Sunday, demonstrating against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to form an “emergency” government with his chief rival and accusing him of using the coronavirus crisis to escape prosecution on corruption charges.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference Monday, April 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, along with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, announced Monday that they will work together to re-open their economies while continuing to control the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rips Trump for encouraging ‘insubordination’

By Associated Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee again blasted President Donald Trump’s call to “liberate” parts of the country from state stay-at-home and other orders designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, saying Sunday that Trump is fomenting a potentially deadly “insubordination” before the pandemic is contained.

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