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A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The stunning report ...

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY and REBECCA SANTANA undefined NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was ...

With US border work on track, rural towns fear an outbreak

By MATTHEW BROWN, STEPHEN GROVES and CEDAR ATTANASIO Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears that the coronavirus could race through temporary camps and workers could spread it to ...

Joe Biden predicts Democratic convention delay until August

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Prospective Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he thinks his party's nominating convention will have to be pushed back from July into August because of the coronavirus threat. "It's going to depend on what kind of action is taken between now and the ...

Economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, LORI HINNANT and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The economic damage from the coronavirus crisis piled up as an unprecedented 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in a single week, and the competition for masks and other protective gear ...

Coronavirus vaccine test opens as US volunteer gets 1st shot

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and CARLA K. JOHNSON AP Medical Writers SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday -- leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With a careful jab in a ...

5 dead, including officer and gunman, in Missouri shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Five people including a police officer and a gunman have died in a shooting at a Missouri gas station after the gunman went inside and opened fire, police said Monday. The dead also include three citizens, Springfield police Chief Paul Williams announced Monday, and ...

Millions holed up at home as U.S. routines shift profoundly

By TIM SULLIVAN and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of Americans began their work week holed up at home against the coronavirus Monday as the escalating outbreak shifted the nation's daily routines in ways never before seen in U.S. history. With wide swaths of the ...

Stocks lose 6% on Wall Street as more businesses shut doors

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks lost more than 6% on Wall Street Monday as huge swaths of the economy come closer to shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak, from airlines to restaurants. Emergency actions taken by the Federal Reserve late Sunday to prop up the ...

Virus darkens stages, silences orchestras across the US

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The stage at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle is quiet. There is no music coming from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the members of Pearl Jam won't tour. There is no one to admire the treasures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in ...