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Economic figures show grim toll in Europe and US from virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Bleak new figures Thursday underscored the worldwide economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has climbed past a staggering 30 million, while Europe's economies have gone...

 

A 1st: US study finds Gilead drug works against coronavirus

For the first time, a major study suggests that an experimental drug works against the new coronavirus, and U.S. government officials said Wednesday that they would work to make it available to appropriate patients as quickly as possible. In a study...

 

'Goonies' cast, 'Flintstones' rescue TV viewers in pandemic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Gad had a notion about what might soothe the kid in him during a scary time and maybe do the same for others. The actor got to work organizing an online reunion of the cast and creators of the 1985 movie "The Goonies,"...

 

New Orleans musicians find way to soothe the city with music

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — On Saturday afternoons, pianist Harry Mayronne wheels a piano onto the front porch of the home of jazz singer Anais St. John for their weekly performance. The duo – spaced 6-feet apart – serenades a handful of friends and...

 

Reward offered after pets, wildlife poisoned in Wisconsin

CRANDON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of someone who is poisoning pets and wildlife in northern Wisconsin. Four dogs have died in the past month in Forest...

 

Man admits fatally shooting neighbor's therapy dog

MAPLE SHADE, N.J. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his neighbor's therapy dog last year has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, authorities said. William Stroemel, 64, of Maple Shade, also pleaded guilty Wednesday to a weapons possession count as part...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 1, 2020

Oklahoma businesses set to reopen amid virus pandemic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans were allowed to return to restaurants, malls and other stores on Friday as stay-at-home orders expired in the state's biggest cities, bringing local governments in line with Gov. Kevin Stitt's plans for reopening...

 

Oklahoma energy company to pay $650K to resolve lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma-based oil and gas drilling company will pay $650,000 to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of a fired worker and hundreds of unsuccessful job applicants who claimed they were victims of age discrimination. The U.S....

 

Situation update: COVID-19

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), the number of cases remains the same in the following area counties: Woods 3, Major 3, Alfalfa 1, Harper 1 and Woodward 1. Garfield County’s case numbers increased by two, now totaling... Full story

 
 By BRIAN GRIMMETT    Regional    May 1, 2020

Kansas counties that relied on oil struggle amid COVID-19

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The coronavirus shutdown killed oil prices. That could be a killer for local governments in large swaths of Kansas, places long addicted to the tax money that's been lost as companies stop pumping crude from the ground. In...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 1, 2020

Kansas business owners upset by governor's reopening plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas business owners were frustrated Friday by Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to gradually reopen the state's coronavirus-battered economy because they won't be able to open their doors again Monday while others can. Kelly is...

 

Third arrest made in April shooting death in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita have made a third arrest in the April shooting death of a man. Police arrested a 28-year-old Wichita man Thursday night who was wanted in the death of 30-year-old Blake Mayes, television station KSNW...

 

Kansas City area graduations postponed amid COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The spread of COVID-19 closed schools, ended sport seasons, canceled proms and all but rendered senior year celebrations kaput for the class of 2020. But one way or another, Kansas City area districts say they will save grad...

 

N. Carolina court: Middle finger didn't warrant traffic stop

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A state trooper's decision to stop a driver who flashed an obscene hand gesture wasn't justified, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday, overturning lower court decisions. The justices ruled unanimously that the...

 

Key West to skip Hemingway Look-Alike Contest this year

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 40th annual Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Contest in Key West, organizers announced Thursday. The three-night competition, which had been scheduled for July 23-25,...

 

NKorea's Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending an absence that had triggered global...

 

US allows use of 1st drug shown to help virus recovery

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of the first drug that appears to help some COVID-19 patients recover faster, a milestone in the global search for effective therapies against the coronavirus. The Food and Drug...

 

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

U.S. regulators say they will allow emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster. President Donald Trump announced the news Friday alongside the head of the Food and Drug Administration. As...

 

`Like I just got out of jail!': States ease their lockdowns

GRETNA, La. (AP) — More than a dozen states let restaurants, stores or other businesses reopen Friday in the biggest one-day push yet to get their economies up and running again, acting at their own speed and with their own quirks and restrictions...

 

Biden declares sexual assault 'never, never happened'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday emphatically denied all egations from a former Senate staffer that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, declaring flatly "this never happened." Biden's first public...

 

Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro

MIAMI (AP) — The plan was simple, but perilous. Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular...

 

Make-A-Wish trying to make dreams come true during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Three-year-old Audrey, who is fighting cancer, had a big wish — to visit Disney World. And thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation, her dream was set to come true in April. But then the coronavirus pandemic hit, travel came to a stan...

 

Trump's new press secretary pledges not to lie from podium

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, vowed on Friday not to lie to reporters from the podium as she made her debut at the first White House briefing by a press secretary in more than a year. "I will never...

 
 By Tim Reynolds    Sports    May 1, 2020

For sports, coronavirus testing remains a major hurdle

MIAMI (AP) — Politicians, players and owners are trying to figure out a way to get baseball, basketball and hockey going again, not only for economic reasons but as a welcome diversion for a social distancing nation facing uncertain times. But to...

 

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. BIDEN DENIES EX-STAFFER'S SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION - In his first public comment on the allegation, Biden said the accusation isn't true. "This never happened." 2. 'EVERYONE'S WATCHING' To see who...

 

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