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Brazil lacks coronavirus tests, other equipment, report says

Diane Jeantet, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 2:06pm

Brazilian health officials grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak have issued a stark warning about a lack of hospital beds, masks, testing devices and trained staff across Latin America's largest nation.

Another cruise ship with virus victims docks in Florida

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 9:04am

Another cruise ship with coronavirus victims on board, including two fatalities, docked in Florida on Saturday.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, 'wartime' pandemic leader or 'backup'?

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 7:41am

Is he a wartime president or a backup point man? President Donald Trump seems to go back and forth on that, or both ways at once, in responding to the coronavirus pandemic that takes more lives by the hour.

Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows

Claudia Lauer and Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 7:25am

There are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible.

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

Margery A. Beck and Scott McFetridge, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 7:06am

The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations.

State unemployment systems tested by surge of applicants

Sarah Skidmore Sell, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 6:00am

causing sites to crash, phone lines to ring busy and much-needed payments to be delayed. While many states are doing their best to respond — adding staff, updating technology and streamlining the process — it’s tough to keep up with the pace of demand.

At funerals in virus outbreak, mourning is from a distance

Sarah Blake Morgan, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 5:43am

No one stands in line to embrace the widow and share memories of her husband of 50 years. No rows of family and friends file toward the flag-draped coffin to pay their last respects. No symphony of sniffles is heard across the room as the minister gives a final prayer.

The Latest: China reports 30 new coronavirus cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 4th - 3:07am

Chinese health authorities reported 30 new coronavirus cases Sunday, including 25 people who had arrived from overseas. The other five cases were in southern China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong.

New York gets Chinese ventilators; Trump wants more thanks

Jennifer Peltz, Amy Forliti and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 11:08pm

The New York governor said Saturday the Chinese government was facilitating a shipment of 1,000 donated ventilators to his state, highlighting the extreme measures leaders are taking in what has become a cutthroat scramble to independently secure enough lifesaving devices during the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia sharply rebukes Russia over oil price collapse

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 10:38pm

Saudi Arabia sharply criticized Russia on Saturday over what it described as Moscow blaming the kingdom for the collapse in global energy prices, showing the tensions ahead of an emergency meeting of OPEC and other oil producers.

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

David Koenig and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 6:37pm

nothing is further from the truth,” he told CNBC.

Another member of fire panel resigns, criticizes PG&E plan

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 6:12pm

The former chief financial officer for a Northern California city destroyed in a 2018 wildfire caused by Pacific Gas & Electric equipment is trying to upend the utility's plan for getting out of bankruptcy because she believes the company is shortchanging the people devastated by its misconduct.

Pinched by shutdown orders, Hobby Lobby closes stores

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 5:42pm

The threat of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Hobby Lobby to close its stores until further notice, the arts and craft retail chain announced Friday.

Mega Millions change means jackpots will be big, not massive

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 5:15pm

Winning a Mega Millions lottery prize worth hundreds of millions of dollars was always a long, long shot, but soon it will be nearly impossible.

OSHA cites companies in deadly New Orleans hotel collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 5:08pm

A federal agency has issued citations against a dozen companies in connection with last fall’s deadly partial collapse of a hotel under construction in New Orleans.

New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 5:06pm

Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of “60 Minutes”? There’s an app for that, and more.

'Disaster' feared if sick moved to California nursing homes

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 4:59pm

A California directive that could open the way for some patients sickened with COVID-19 to be sent from overburdened hospitals to nursing homes is being criticized by industry officials who fear vulnerable, elderly residents would be placed at risk.

McGrath offers quick response to McConnell virus-related ad

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 3:36pm

Democrat Amy McGrath has punched back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of seeking a political windfall from an economic aid package while the coronavirus crisis worsens.

White House convenes oil CEOs as bust threatens US boom

Ellen Knickmeyer and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 3rd - 3:32pm

President Donald Trump offered assurances of better times and coronavirus tests to oil CEOs at a White House summit Friday, but no firm proposals for easing the industry's way as the coronavirus pandemic and plunging petroleum prices threaten America's yearslong fracking boom.