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Gas is cheap, but for many motorists there's nowhere to go

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 2:51pm

U.S. gasoline prices have dropped to their lowest levels in four years, and they are almost sure to go lower as oil prices plunge.

How a chance reunion led to Nipsey Hussle’s death

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 2:27pm

Ermias Asghedom and Eric Holder both grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, were both part of the gang known as the Rollin' 60s, and were both aspiring rappers. Asghedom, who went by the name Nipsey Hussle, would go on to become a hip-hop star, neighborhood legend and local hero. Holder's music never caught on. He went by the name Fly Mac, but everyone in his neighborhood knew him by his nickname, a profane moniker for excrement. On March 31, 2019, after Hussle calmly told Holder he was gaining a reputation as a “snitch,” the 29-year-old Holder shot and killed the 33-year-old Hussle, according to police, prosecutors and witnesses. Holder has pleaded not guilty.

Stocks rise again on Wall Street, bringing its gain over the past week to 17%, as hopes build for coronavirus response

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 2:03pm

Stocks rise again on Wall Street, bringing its gain over the past week to 17%, as hopes build for coronavirus response.

Judge halts lawsuits against local Boy Scout councils

Randall Chase, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 1:30pm

A Delaware bankruptcy judge has granted a request by the Boy Scouts of America to halt lawsuits against local Scout councils as the BSA works on its bankruptcy plan to set up a compensation fund for thousands of men who were molested as boys by Scout leaders.

Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:49pm

When will the money arrive?

New Trump mileage standards to gut Obama climate effort

Ellen Knickmeyer and Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:29pm

President Donald Trump is poised to roll back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change.

Job cuts pile up, Ford to make ventilators at parts plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:14pm

the parent company of Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons — said it’s expanding delivery in the U.S. and Canada and adding curbside pickup to its mobile app for truckers or walk-up customers who can’t use the drive-thru windows. The Toronto-based company also said it’s mailing 15,000 thermometers to its restaurants so employees can be checked before they begin their shifts.

Yellowstone slaughters wild bison to shrink park's herds

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:10pm

Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said.

Lufthansa puts 27,000 workers on short hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:51am

German airline Lufthansa is putting 27,000 of its 35,000 employees on short hours under a government support program that will ensure they get most of their pay while the virus outbreak reduces air traffic.

With more infections than China, Spain tightens lockdown

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:31am

Spain enforced even tighter stay-at-home rules Monday for its 47 million people, as the country overtook China as the nation with the third-highest number of reported infections in the world, after the United States and Italy.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:28am

Stocks are higher on Wall Street Monday, led by health care companies. The S&P 500 was up more than 2% in midday trading.

Grains mostly lower, livestock lower.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:17am

Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery declined 17.40 cents at $5.66 a bushel; May corn fell 4.40 cents at $3.4120 a bushel; May oats was off 1.60 cents at $2.63 a bushel; while May soybeans was up 5.80 cents at 8.82 a bushel.

Conditions for companies that get virus aid: Room for abuse?

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:15am

A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the taxpayer money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent the kinds of abuses that have marked some corporate bailouts of the past.

Rent strike idea gaining steam during coronavirus crisis

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 11:03am

With millions of people suddenly out of work and rent due at the first of the month, some tenants are vowing to go on a rent strike until the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Long-standing UK restaurant chain goes bust as sector reels

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 10:19am

Well-known food and retail chains in Britain are calling in bankruptcy administrators and struggling to pay bills after the government ordered shops and restaurants closed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Macy's, Kohl's, Gap to furlough majority of their workers

Anne D'Innocenzio, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 10:03am

Macy's, Kohl's and Gap Inc. all said Monday they will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chains temporarily closed their stores and sales collapsed as a result of the pandemic.

Macy's, stores dark, will furlough 130,000 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:42am

Macy's, stores dark, will furlough 130,000 people.

Gray hair, don't care: Cuts and color lead to home haircut experiments

Leanne Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:18am

Sister love playing out in a living-room hair trim. A botched home dye job with a silver lining. Stylists shipping out kits of personalized color with promises to talk their regulars through the process via FaceTime.

Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues

Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 8:37am

Siding with public health experts' dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000.