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Half billion more people face poverty due to virus - report

Pan Pylas, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 5:21am

Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic unless richer countries take “urgent action” to help developing nations, a leading aid organization warned Thursday.

Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach birth control

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 2:19am

The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return?

Hurry up and wait? Why relief to small businesses has lagged

Joyce M. Rosenberg and Ken Sweet, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 1:31am

Speed is of the essence if a federal relief program for small businesses is going to be effective in combating the damage wrought by the coronavirus lockdowns.

Stocks rise ahead of US labor report, oil up on output talks

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 12:44am

Stock markets pushed higher in Europe and Asia on Thursday on hopes that the pandemic was reaching a peak in some economies, while the price of oil rose as major crude-producing countries prepared to discuss output cuts.

As outbreaks flatten in places, Japan, India see more cases

Nick Perry and Marina Villenueve, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 12:42am

Coronavirus infections are spiking in Japan and creating hot spots in India's congested cities just as the U.S. and some of the hardest-hit European countries are considering when to start easing restrictions that have helped curb their outbreaks of the disease.

Ship at center of virus outbreak raided by Australian police

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 9th - 12:30am

Police wearing protective gear boarded a cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members of the vessel linked to hundreds of coronavirus infections and 15 deaths across Australia.

The Latest: Tokyo reports daily record 181 coronavirus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 11:18pm

Tokyo reported 181 new coronavirus cases Thursday, setting another record daily increase.

Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

Zeke Miller, Deb Riechmann and Mike Stobbe, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 10:34pm

In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to get back to work if they do not have symptoms of the coronavirus.

Virus casts a dark cloud over once-thriving home market

Michael Casey and Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 10:01pm

When Rebeka McBride and her husband put their home in Washington state on the market in early March, the coronavirus outbreak was just taking hold in the United States. They managed to hold two open houses and a smattering of private viewings before accepting an offer.

Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 10:01pm

almost the same as a year earlier. The one-way roller coaster ride — a sheer downward scream — began in the second week of March and slowed only in the last several days, when there wasn’t much more room to drop.

Rural Indiana virus worry: ‘What more could I have done?'

Tom Davies and Darron Cummings, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 9:44pm

The coronavirus pandemic surged into Sean Durbin’s farm-speckled Indiana county much faster than most other parts of rural America, contributing to at least 10 deaths and dozens of serious illnesses.

Mexico loses almost 350,000 jobs because of coronavirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 4:02pm

Mexico’s Labor Department said Wednesday the country has lost 346,748 jobs since mid-March due to the economic impact of the new coronavirus and distancing measures imposed to fights its spread.

Jobless claims report Thursday could hit 7 million or higher

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 3:46pm

The government is set to report another shocking level of unemployment claims Thursday even after nearly 10 million people applied for benefits in the previous two weeks because of business shutdowns from the coronavirus. The number will likely keep increasing, in part because many states are still clearing out backlogs of applications for unemployment aid. And with more companies running through their cash cushions as the virus-related shutdowns persist, they are resorting to layoffs to save money.

Union outraged after Ohio paper cuts staff, limits coverage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 3:41pm

Owners of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland laid off 22 more journalists and told the remaining 14 staffers they can no longer cover a large swath of the state.

California to buy 200 million masks a month amid outbreak

Kathleen Ronayne and Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 3:33pm

California plans to spend nearly $1 billion to buy up to 200 million masks each month to boost its stockpile of protective gear during the coronavirus outbreak, an eye-popping figure meant to turn the state into a distributor of medical equipment for other Western states struggling with supply shortages.

AP Interview: 'Lula' says Bolsonaro a disaster amid pandemic

Mauricio Savarese and David Biller, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 3:27pm

In home isolation just months after his release from jail, Brazil’s former leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said Wednesday that President Jair Bolsonaro needs to change his dismissive approach to the new coronavirus or risk being forced from office before the end of his term in December 2022.

Editorial Roundup: US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 2:27pm

many are being compelled to do so by their schools, family or work. Just as a swath of manufacturers are switching their production lines to ventilator and mask production for the greater good, corporations that normally view every new registered user as a data point to exploit need to take a pause on profiting from online data harvesting.

Stocks close 3.4% higher on Wall Street as investors focus on hopeful signs that coronavirus peak may be approaching

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 2:02pm

Stocks close 3.4% higher on Wall Street as investors focus on hopeful signs that coronavirus peak may be approaching.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump skews truth on lending aid, virus risk

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 8th - 2:01pm

President Donald Trump offered a rosy portrait of a smoothly running federal emergency lending program for small businesses that doesn't match reality and revised history yet again on how seriously he took the coronavirus threat, suggesting he likened it to a pandemic flu. He never did.