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Hundreds at Louisiana church flout COVID-19 gatherings ban

Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 11:51am

Hundreds of people flouted Louisiana's COVID-19 ban on gatherings, coming on buses and in personal vehicles to the first of three Sunday services at their church a day after New Orleans police broke up a funeral gathering of about 100 people.

Virus forces Europeans to ask: How united do we want to be?

Joseph Wilson and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 10:25am

Europe’s fractured union came under new pressure this weekend, as Italy and Spain pleaded for urgent European help to withstand the virus ordeal but Germany showed reluctance to plunge into any radical new solutions.

Detroit auto show canceled, center to be used as hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 9:50am

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments this weekend related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

Nevada distilleries turning hooch into hand sanitizer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 9:40am

Several alcohol distilleries in Nevada unable to make liquor under current coronavirus shutdowns are turning their attention to another product to help soothe customers.

States scramble to arrange child care for essential workers

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 9:27am

A nurse and a single mother, Becca Rosselli had a choice to make when her daughter's school and care programs closed for the coronavirus outbreak. She could take a leave of absence from the hospital, or leave her 6-year-old with her mother, who has a condition that could make her vulnerable to the disease.

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 9:20am

California's second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 9:18am

The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

Legislatures meet remotely, limit public as virus spreads

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 8:53am

Members of the Arkansas House met in a college basketball arena, spaced out among 5,600 seats, as they voted on ways to cover a budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus punch to the economy.

Death of German finance official linked to virus crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 6:47am

The state finance minister of Germany’s Hesse region, which includes Frankfurt, has been found dead. Authorities said he appears to have killed himself and the state's governor suggested Sunday that he was in despair over the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

Relief package billions can't buy hospitals out of shortages

Martha Mendoza and Juliet Linderman, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 6:20am

work that had already been underway, AP reported.

Coronavirus makes it harder for campaigns to ask for money

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 5:38am

White House candidates aren't usually bashful about asking supporters for money.

Iran defends virus response as Syria reports first death

Amir Vahdat and Albert Aji, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 3:36am

Iran's president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of authorities' lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, saying the government has to weigh economic concerns as it takes measures to contain the pandemic.

Germany's Merkel shines in virus crisis even as power wanes

David Rising and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 1:18am

In her first address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calmly appealed to citizens' reason and discipline to slow the spread of the virus, acknowledging as a woman who grew up in communist East Germany how difficult it is to give up freedoms, yet as a trained scientist emphasizing that the facts don't lie.

The Latest: Brazil's Bolsonaro gathers crowds in Brasilia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 11:10pm

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to defy calls from health officials looking to prevent gatherings that might spread the new coronavirus, posting videos of himself gathering small crowds in several neighborhoods in the capital of Brasilia.

US agency includes gun sellers as 'critical' infrastructure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 9:45pm

A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration's designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation's critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency.

Knicks owner, MSG chairman James Dolan has coronavirus

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 8:44pm

one of the Knicks' best-known fans — criticized Dolan after getting into a disagreement with MSG personnel about which entrance to the arena he could use. Dolan has also publicly clashed in recent years with former Knicks forward Charles Oakley, and frustrated fans chanted “sell the team" at some games this season.

SeaWorld furloughs 90% of workers because of virus crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 3:11pm

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments this weekend related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.

The week that was: Stories from the coronavirus saga

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 1:12pm

yet again, just as it did the week before, as the coronavirus marched across the world. No corner of the planet was safe, it seemed: If the virus itself wasn't upending lives, it was the isolation that spread as the world locked down or the economic repercussions of the fight.

Rosneft hands Venezuelan oil business to Russian state firm

Vladimir Isachenkov and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 12:18pm

Russia's Rosneft has transferred its assets in Venezuela to a company fully owned by Vladimir Putin's government, a move apparently intended to shield Russia's largest oil producer from U.S. sanctions while Moscow continues showing support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the wake of a U.S. narcotics indictment.