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Thu. 8:51 a.m.: Applications for jobless aid fall to still-high 1.48 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers who applied for unemployment benefits declined slightly to 1.48 million last week, the 12th straight drop and a sign that layoffs are slowing but are still at a painfully high level, according to numbers released this morning by the U.S. ...

Thu. 8:33 a.m.: Masks, travel restrictions, testing as virus cases surge

BANGKOK (AP) — Coronavirus case numbers are rising to dire new levels in several U.S. states and around the world, potentially wiping out two months of progress in fighting the pandemic and prompting governments and businesses to impose new restrictions. Indonesia exceeded the 50,000 mark ...

Thu. 8:26 a.m.: Congo announces end to 2nd deadliest Ebola outbreak ever

BENI, Congo (AP) — Eastern Congo marked an official end today to the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which killed 2,280 people over nearly two years, as armed rebels and community mistrust undermined the promise of new vaccines. Today's milestone was overshadowed, though, by the ...

Thu. 8:19 a.m.: Russia opens polls for vote on extending Putin’s rule

MOSCOW (AP) — Polls opened in Russia today for a week-long vote on constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036. The vote on a slew of constitutional amendments, proposed by Putin in January, was initially scheduled for April 22, but was ...

Thu. 8:15 a.m.: Eiffel Tower reopens, ending 104-day coronavirus shutdown

Marking another milestone in France's recovery from coronavirus lockdown, the Eiffel Tower reopened to visitors today after its longest-ever closure in peace time: 104 days. Tourists who are trickling back to Paris were delighted to find the landmark open when some other attractions in the ...

Some states break virus records as US caseload grows anew

HOUSTON (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations and caseloads hit new highs in over a half-dozen states as signs of the virus' resurgence mounted, with newly confirmed infections nationwide back near their peak level of two months ago. After trending downward for six weeks, the U.S. caseload ...

Wed. 9:56 a.m.: North: Kim suspended action against South for Korean impasse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said today its leader, Kim Jong Un, suspended planned military retaliation against South Korea in an apparent slowing of a pressure campaign it has waged against its rival amid stalled nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration. Last week, ...

Wed. 9:32 a.m.: IMF downgrades outlook for global economy in face of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has sharply lowered its forecast for global growth this year because it envisions far more severe economic damage from the coronavirus than it did just two months ago. The IMF predicts that the global economy will shrink 4.9 percent this ...

Wed. 8:09 a.m.: Putin hails Nazi defeat in virus-delayed Red Square parade

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the defeat of Nazi Germany at the traditional massive Red Square military parade in Moscow, which was delayed by more than a month because of the invisible enemy of coronavirus. The parade is usually held May 9 on Victory Day, Russia's ...

Wed. 7:57 a.m.: US citizens likely to be left out as Europe reopens borders

BRUSSELS (AP) — Americans are unlikely to be allowed into Europe when the continent reopens its borders next week, due to how the coronavirus pandemic is flaring in the U.S. and President Donald Trump's ban on Europeans entering the United States. European nations appear on track to reopen ...

Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo prosecutions

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a stunning decision that could test the legal framework of #MeToo cases, Pennsylvania's highest court will review the trial decision to let five other accusers testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in 2018, which ended with his conviction. Cosby, 82, has been ...

Three more COVID-19 deaths reported today in Valley

Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported today in the Mahoning Valley — one each in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Overall, there 340 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Valley — 225 in Mahoning, 56 in Trumbull and 59 in Columbiana counties. There have been 2,735 COVID-19 ...

Powerful earthquake shakes southern, central Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake centered near the resort of Huatulco in southern Mexico swayed buildings today in Mexico City and sent thousands into the streets. Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some ...

Fauci says ‘it will be when not if’ for a COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's top infectious disease expert told a House committee today he believes "it will be when and not if" there will be a COVID-19 vaccine and that he remains "cautiously optimistic" that some will be ready at the end of the year. Dr. Anthony Fauci has returned ...

Tue. 9:28 a.m.: UN evaluates reports of record Arctic heat in Siberia

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. weather agency is investigating media reports suggesting a new record high temperature of over 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Arctic Circle amid a heatwave and prolonged wildfires in eastern Siberia. The World Meteorological Organization said ...

Tue. 9:24 a.m.: After Tulsa, Trump heads to virus hotspot Arizona and border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regrouping after a humbling weekend rally, President Donald Trump faces another test of his ability to draw a crowd during a pandemic today as he visits Arizona and tries to remind voters of one of his key 2016 campaign promises. Trump's weekend rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ...

Tue. 8:46 a.m.: Fauci to testify at a fraught time for US pandemic response

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising in about half the states and political polarization competing for attention with public health recommendations, Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill today at a fraught moment in the nation's pandemic response. The government's top ...

Tue. 8:32 a.m.: German region in new lockdown after slaughterhouse outbreak

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities today slapped new lockdown measures on a western region that has had a surge of coronavirus infections linked to a slaughterhouse, trying to make sure the cluster doesn't fuel a wider contamination in the community. More than 1,550 people have tested ...