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Poll: Most in US back curbing in-person worship amid virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the White House looks ahead to reopening houses of worship, most Americans think in-person religious services should be barred or allowed only with limits during the coronavirus pandemic — and only about a third say that p...

 

Virus tracing app raises privacy concerns in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — As India enters an extended coronavirus lockdown, the government is actively pursuing contact tracing to help control infections. At the heart of the effort in the country of 1.3 billion people is a government-run smartphone app th...

 

VIRUS DIARY: Searching for sanity in tiny moments of joy

CHICAGO (AP) — We meet for a memorial service by video conference because that's how it must be done these days. It feels strange, but there also is comfort as I scan the faces of the many colleagues who've come to celebrate the life of an editor a...

 

5 things new graduates should do to plan their careers

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Rebecca Cook, Indiana University and Eric D. Johnson, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) Today's graduates start their job search...

 

US pulls permission for Chinese masks found defective

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials have revoked U.S. authorization for masks made by more than 60 Chinese manufacturers after they failed to meet standards needed to protect health care workers. The Food and Drug Administration had allowed...

 

UN: Live animal markets shouldn't be closed despite virus

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said Friday that although a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan selling live animals likely played a significant role in the emergence of the new coronavirus, it does not recommend that such markets be...

 

Space agency: Human urine could help make concrete on moon

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency said Friday that human urine could one day become a useful ingredient in making concrete to build on the moon. The agency said researchers in a recent study it sponsored found that urea, the main organic...

 

What needs to go right to get a coronavirus vaccine in 12-18 months

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) I, like many Americans, miss the pre-pandemic world of hugging family and friends, going to work and having dinner...

 

Cops: McDonald's mask scofflaw breaks window, steals panties

BROOKLYN, Conn. (AP) — A man who had been kicked out of a McDonald's restaurant for having no face mask threw a rock through the window, stole some underwear from a Walmart and surrendered when police threatened to set a dog on him, authorities...

 

VP Pence's press secretary tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary has the coronavirus, the White House said Friday, making her the second person who works at the White House complex known to test positive for the virus this week. President Donald...

 

US unemployment surges to a Depression-era level of 14.7%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus crisis has sent U.S. unemployment surging to 14.7%, a level last seen when the country was in the throes of the Depression and President Franklin D. Roosevelt was assuring Americans that the only thing to fear was...

 

White father, son charged with murder in Ahmaud Arbery case

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The white father and son stood quietly Friday as the judge read murder and aggravated assault charges against them in the fatal shooting of a black man who was running through their Georgia neighborhood. In just a few...

 

10 takeaways from the worst jobs report in US history

BALTIMORE (AP) — Brutal. Horrific. Tragic. Choose your description. The April jobs report showed, in harrowing detail, just how terribly the coronavirus outbreak has pummeled the U.S. economy. Most obviously, there's the 14.7% unemployment rate,...

 

Flynn dismissal a surprise? AG Barr in sync with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he didn't know the Justice Department was planning to drop its case against his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. But it didn't really matter. The extraordinary action underscored the...

 

Lawyers: Investigators recommend whistleblower is reinstated

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have found "reasonable grounds" that a government whistleblower was punished for speaking out against widespread use of an unproven drug that President Donald Trump touted as a remedy for COVID-19, his...

 
 By Eddie Pells    Sports    May 8, 2020

AP Exclusive: 70% of US Olympic sports applied for PPP funds

DENVER (AP) — At least 70 percent of U.S. Olympic sports organizations have applied for government funds during the coronavirus pandemic, a stark financial reality that underscores the frailties within the world's most dominant Olympic sports...

 

Lost your job? Here's what you need to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 33.5 million Americans have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits in the past 7 weeks — a stunning record high that reflects the near-complete shutdown of the U.S. economy. On Friday, the government said...

 

Program that collects devices for COVID-19 patients expands

NORTHFIELD, N.H. (AP) — It's one of the many cruelties of the pandemic: Many people hospitalized with COVID-19 are cut off from loved ones who are not allowed to visit them, for fear of the disease spreading. Kaya Suner came up with a solution....

 

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