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Ill-fated cruise ships given approval to dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Passengers aboard two cruise ships that have had coronavirus cases and deaths have been given the green light to disembark at a Florida port, an official said Thursday. An agreement was reached between local, state and...

 

Patriots use team plane to help Mass., fly N95 in from China

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker found himself in need of an assist to help the state fight the coronavirus pandemic. He called on the New England Patriots. The team's private plane was on schedule to return to Boston from China on...

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber shares musicals online; actor diagnosed

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness...

 

US urges masks as dramatic steps to combat virus roll out

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...

 

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Trump administration urged Americans to wear face coverings in public and limited exports of medical supplies Friday as New York's governor took his own dramatic step to fight the coronavirus by vowing to seize unused ventilators from private...

 

Lives Lost: Virus struck Wuhan family, took its patriarch

WUHAN, China (AP) — For more than a month, Wu Di did not know his father was dead. Before a virus outbreak devastated Wuhan, 68-year-old Wu Chuanyong, who had worked as part of a mandatory rural labor program, had been enjoying a peaceful...

 

At Madrid field hospital, staff seeks to provide human touch

MADRID (AP) — There's a bookshelf filled with donated novels. Hotel toiletries rest on cardboard boxes turned into bedside tables. Meals are served with personalized notes from the staff. And an army of volunteers do their best to keep up an air...

 

Russia detains activists trying to help hospital amid virus

MOSCOW (AP) — An activist doctor who had criticized Russia's response to the coronavirus outbreak was forcibly detained as she and some of her colleagues tried to deliver protective gear to a hospital in need. Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva of the...

 

'Lean On Me,' 'Lovely Day' singer Bill Withers dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including " Lean on Me, " "Lovely Day" and "Ain't No Sunshine," has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The...

 

Cuban docs fighting coronavirus around world, defying US

HAVANA (AP) — For two years the Trump administration has been trying to stamp out one of Cuba's signature programs __ state-employed medical workers treating patients around the globe in a show of soft power that also earns billions in badly needed...

 

COVID-19 deaths climb in NY; Chris Cuomo tests positive

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 300 new deaths in New York from the coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours, a somber-sounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday as temporary hospital beds were made available in a city where some hospitals are...

 

Actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus at 76 in Britain

SYDNEY (AP) — Star Wars actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76. The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack's agent Jill...

 

Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon fired a worker who organized a walkout at a New York warehouse to demand greater protection against the new coronavirus, saying the employee himself flouted distancing rules and put others at risk. New York City Mayor Bill...

 

Hustle, hard choices for Houston restaurant amid pandemic

HOUSTON (AP) — Running a restaurant is difficult under normal circumstances. During a pandemic, it's almost impossible. For Houston chef Chris Shepherd, it's been "an all-out hustle" to survive after local officials limited restaurants to takeout...

 

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and...

 

A missing boy and a freezing swamp test tracker's instinct

EDGERTON, Wis. (AP) — Austin Schumacher parked his unmarked squad truck and watched pheasant hunters work their way into the woods under the overcast, late-fall sky. The rookie Department of Natural Resources warden had just popped the lid of his...

 

Earth Day video challenge encourages doing 1 good thing

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services is encouraging people to record videos or take photos of themselves doing one thing that's good for the earth in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The department sa...

 

Mercedes F1 team helps to develop breathing aid in pandemic

Formula One team Mercedes has helped to develop a breathing aid that could keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care and ease some pressure on Britain's strained health service. As part of a combined effort involving seven Britain-based teams,...

 

The Latest: Magic forward Wes Iwundu donates to feed kids

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Orlando Magic forward Wes Iwundu not only decided to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, he chose to help out a teammate as well. The Magic announced...

 

Doctor: State advises using diapers to protect from virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is advising doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to protect their faces if they cannot obtain personal protective equipment due to shortages related to the COVID-19 outbreak, a Tennessee...

 

Taylor Swift surprises some of her fans with money donations

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness...

 

Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. Disney announced Thursday that the duchess, who is married to Britain's Prince Harry, is lending her voice to "Elephant," to...

 

US eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 590,000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rushed to build a makeshift hospital in its convention center Friday as troubling new outbreaks bubbled in the United States, deaths surged in Italy and Spain and the world warily trudged through the pandemic that...

 

States impose new restrictions on travelers from New York

BOSTON (AP) — States are pulling back the welcome mat for travelers from the New York area, which is the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak, but some say at least one state's measures are unconstitutional. Governors in Texas, Florida,...

 

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

America's coronavirus infections have surged to the most in the world, reaching 100,000 cases Friday with New York still the worst hit in the country. Troubling new outbreaks are bubbling in other cities including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans, wh...

 

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