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Northwest cherry crops facing disease and decreased harvest

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 2:21pm

Cherry industry officials in Oregon and Washington state estimate a tree infection has substantially depleted the fruit for this year's harvest.

California issues guidelines for church reopenings

Robert Jablon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:34pm

California churches can resume in-person services but worshippers will be limited to 100 people and they should wear masks, avoid sharing prayer books and skip the collection plate under state guidelines released Monday.

French nursing homes employees protest pay, conditions

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:30pm

Employees of a major group of French nursing homes on Monday took part in protests across France to call for better pay amid the coronavirus crisis.

Gucci, Saint Laurent seek radical redo of fashion calendars

Colleen Barry and Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 12:45pm

Gucci and Saint Laurent are two of the highest profile luxury fashion houses to announce they will leave the fashion calendar behind, with its relentless four-times-a-year rhythm, shuttling cadres of fashionistas between global capitals where they squeeze shoulder-to-shoulder around runways for 15 breathless minutes.

Turkey records 29 deaths, 987 new COVID-19 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:54am

Turkey’s health minister announced 29 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 4,369.

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

Maria Cheng and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:20am

The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date.

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 10:40am

The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners.

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:42am

Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home.

Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

Curt Anderson and Brian Mahoney, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:36am

Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the cornavirus pandemic

Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

Amy Forliti and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:29am

Americans settled for small processions and online tributes instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with modest, more subdued ceremonies that also remembered those lost to the coronavirus.

Germany approves 9 billion euro aid package for Lufthansa

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:19am

Germany on Monday approved a 9 billion-euro ($9.8 billion) aid package for stricken airline Lufthansa to keep a major employer going through the turbulence of the coronavirus pandemic. But officials said Berlin was still in talks with the European Union's executive commission about possible conditions.

Efforts underway to get food from US farms to the needy

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 9:03am

As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs.

US communities face tough choices on opening public pools

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 8:21am

Public pools will look very different this summer if they open at all with the coronavirus threat still looming, as teenage lifeguards will be tasked with maintaining social distancing and spotting COVID-19 symptoms in addition to their primary responsibility of preventing drownings.

States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies

David A. Lieb, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 7:58am

States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies such as masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. But more than two months into the buying binge, many aren't sharing details about how much they’re spending, what they’re getting for their money or which companies they’re paying.

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

Christoph Noelting and David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 5:39am

A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price.

In race for tourism, Greece reopens cafes, island ferries

Derek Gatopoulos, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:20am

Greece restarted regular ferry services to its islands Monday, and cafes and restaurants were also back open for business as the country accelerated efforts to salvage its tourism season.

German activity picks up, can't escape official recession

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:00am

A key indicator of German business outlooks bounced upward in May as more businesses and activities re-opened — but the index remained far below normal readings as Germany faced a long journey toward full recovery from the coronavirus downturn.

Japan lifts coronavirus emergency in all remaining areas

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 4:00am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, ending the restrictions nationwide as businesses begin to reopen.

Germany divided over plans to nix rules despite outbreaks

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:34am

Germany's federal government and state governors squared up Monday for a battle over plans to end pandemic-related restrictions despite fresh clusters of cases across the country.