Furloughs at Macy's, Kohl's, Gannett and Gap signal mounting economic distress

A Macy's storefront on Monday, March 30, 2020, in San Francisco. Macy's says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic. The majority of its 130,000, including stock people and sales clerks, will still collect health benefits but the company said that it is transitioning to an

Major companies signaled a new wave of economic distress Monday, sending hundreds of thousands of workers home without pay, as the Trump administration scrambled to get stimulus money to Americans already feeling the weight of unpaid bills.

New York governor calls for help amid 'staggering' death toll

The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort passes lower Manhattan on its way to docking in New York, Monday, March 30, 2020. The ship has 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms that could be up and running within 24 hours of its arrival on Monday morning. It's expected to bolster a besieged health care system by treating non-coronavirus patients while hospitals treat people with COVID-19. AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York's governor has put out an urgent plea for medical volunteers as coronavirus deaths in New York City mount and hospitals are overwhelmed

Submariners likely unaware of pandemic

In this July 12, 2019, file photo, French navy commander Axel Roch poses in the navigation and operations center in the new nuclear-powered submarine Suffren in Cherbourg, northwestern France. Stealthily cruising the ocean depths, deliberately hiding from the world now in turmoil, the crews of nuclear-armed submarines may be among the last pockets of people anywhere who are still blissfully unaware of how the coronavirus pandemic is turning life upside down. 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. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP, File)

Of a world in coronavirus turmoil, they may know little or nothing

FDA authorizes use of unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, saying possible benefit outweighs risk

The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a Trump administration plan to distribute millions of doses of anti-malarial drugs to hospitals across the country, saying it is worth the risk of trying unproven treatments to slow...


How will we vote? Outbreak revives debate on mail-in ballots

FILE - In this May 17, 2016, file photo, ballots are prepared for counting at Multnomah County election headquarters in Portland, Ore. The coronavirus has knocked presidential primaries back several weeks as officials worry about voters crowding into polling places. If the disease remains a hazard in November, Democrats say there's only one solution to preserve the November election, national voting by mail. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Democrats have long argued that elections should be conducted by mail to make them easier for voters, and the coronavirus outbreak is giving new momentum to their cause

How would overwhelmed hospitals decide who to treat first?

This Monday, March 23, 2020, file photo shows medical supplies and a stretcher displayed before a news conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Health care workers are dreading the prospect of deciding which patients would get a ventilator that could save their lives. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Fle)

Health care workers are dreading the prospect of having to decide who to treat first as U.S. hospitals brace for a surge in coronavirus patients who need ventilators and other resources that could soon be in critically short supply

Phoenix police officer killed, 2 others wounded in shooting

A Phoenix Police officer arrives on the scene of a shooting in Phoenix, Ariz., Sunday, March 29, 2020. At least three Phoenix police officers were shot Sunday night on the city's north side, authorities said. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix police say one of their commanders was killed and two other officers were wounded as they responded to a domestic dispute

In Zimbabwe, 'you win coronavirus or you win starvation'

A young boy sits in a queue for cooking gas in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday, March, 29, 2020. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, starting March 30, in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus causes less serious symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause severe illness and even death. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

As Zimbabwe enters lockdown, people in the economically shattered country are forced to choose between daily survival and measures to protect themselves from the coronavirus

Prisoners riot in Iran, region's worst virus outbreak

A member of the Iranian Army works at a temporary hospital in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The Iranian Army set up a 2,000 bed temporary hospital for the new coronavirus patients at the Iran International Exhibition Center in northern Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iranian state-run media say prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot

It's all still happening at the zoo: Gates locked, but staff caring for animals

Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo stand in their habitat. Zoos across the country have closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the animals still need care. (Tammy Spratt/San Diego Zoo)

Ginger Sturgeon was walking along the pathways of Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium recently when she heard a chorus of what sounded like honking, out-of-tune violins. With around half of the zoo's employees working remotely and the public barred from...

Trump to Meghan, Harry: Pay for your own bodyguards

In this Saturday March 7, 2020, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. Disney announced Thursday, March 26, that the duchess is lending her voice to “Elephant,” released April 3 on the Disney+ streaming service. (Simon Dawson/Pool via AP, file)

U.S. President Donald Trump has offered his opinion on the future of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, insisting the United States government won’t pay for the couple’s security if they live in the United States

Fauci predicts 100K-200K US deaths; Spain, Italy demand help

The daughter and husband, center left, no names available, of an elderly victim of the COVID-19 stand as undertakers place the coffin in the grave at the Almudena cemetery in Madrid, Spain, Saturday March 28, 2020. In Spain, where stay-at-home restrictions have been in place for nearly two weeks, the official number of deaths is increasing daily. 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/Olmo Calvo)

The top infectious disease expert in the American government is making a dire prediction of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths in the U.S. and millions of cases of coronavirus infections

Trump issues order allowing recall of retired troops to help fight coronavirus

President Donald Trump issued an order Friday night that permits the Pentagon to bring back to active duty some veterans and reserve members of the military to augment forces already involved in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, senior U.S.

Virus hot spots grow in middle America; U.S. deaths pass 2,000

Emergency room nurses transport buckets of donated flowers up a ramp outside Elmhurst Hospital Center's emergency room, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in New York. The hospital has been heavily taxed by treating an influx of coronavirus patients during the viral pandemic. Currently, New York leads the nation in the number of cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, which is keeping a running tally. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Coronavirus-related fatalities in the United States have doubled in two days, topping 2,000, and authorities say an infant who tested positive has died

Have coronavirus and can’t smell? Harvard scientists explain why

The coronavirus is capable of attacking key cells in the nose, which may explain the unusual finding that some COVID-19 sufferers lose their ability to smell and taste, Harvard Medical School researchers found.

'Choppy waters' await Navy as virus strikes aircraft carrier

In this April 10, 2018, file photo, a U.S. Navy crewman monitors the deck of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in international waters in the South China Sea.   (AP Photo/Jim Gomez, File)

The Navy is the military service hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis

U.S. bid to blame China over coronavirus stalls at U.N.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington. Pompeo said Wednesday that the Group of Seven members were all aware of China's

A Trump administration effort to blame China for spawning the coronavirus has stalled for now at the United Nations Security Council, with other countries focused exclusively on urging joint global action to fight the pandemic.

U.S. cities have acute shortages of masks, test kits, ventilators as they face coronavirus threat

Nearly 90% of U.S. mayors who responded to a national survey on coronavirus preparedness said they lack sufficient tests kits, face masks and other protective equipment for their emergency responders and medical workers, while 85% said they do not...



Gov. Raimondo's Rhode Island roadblock bad policy

The governor's order to stop cars with New York plates has been called unconstitutional by the ACLU...


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