If you’re in the city of Baltimore and get the feeling you’re being watched from above, it may be more than just paranoia. The city has approved a program to use surveillance planes to record anything that can be seen on the streets below. City officials signed off on a deal with a private company in Ohio to set up the surveillance system. Approval comes despite opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union, which says the eye-in-the-sky monitoring could violate people’s rights. The six-month pilot program will use three planes to collect images aimed at helping police investigate murders, non-fatal shootings, armed robberies and carjackings.
Joe McDonald, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 11:56pm
Global stocks declined Friday after soaring U.S. job losses tempered enthusiasm about a possible deal to stabilize oil prices amid anxiety over the global economic decline due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Han Guan and Joe McDonald, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 11:56pm
After two months in locked-down Wuhan, Wei Lei was eager to get back to work on a railway construction site. Instead, the 22-year-old found himself stranded at an expressway toll plaza where police decided who was allowed in and out of the city where the coronavirus pandemic started.
Michael R. Sisak, Lori Hinnant and Mark Sherman, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 11:41pm
Coronavirus deaths mounted with alarming speed in Spain, Italy and New York, the most lethal hot spot in the United States, while the outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks and by Friday had sickened more than a million people.
It may be an odd gesture at a time of social distancing, but President Donald Trump is leaning into his plea to Congress to restore full tax benefits prized by business for fine dining and schmoozing. Trump is seizing on the pandemic crisis to push for an item on his economic wish list: full tax deductions for business meals in restaurants and for other entertainment expenses.
Jonathan Lemire and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 10:37pm
Two of the most powerful people in Washington have not spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century, one that has already killed more than 6,000 Americans and put 10 million others out of work.
Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 10:01pm
After a record 113 straight months of hiring, the government's monthly jobs report Friday is expected to show that the American jobs machine came to a sudden halt in March as a result of the coronavirus.
Michael Liedtke, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 4:06pm
Tesla's sales of its increasingly popular electric cars got off to fast start this year, even though the company had to slam the brakes along with other major automakers last month because of worldwide efforts to contain the worst pandemic in a century.
Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 3:49pm
The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.
Mexico's Treasury predicted Thursday that the country's economy will contract by as much as 3.9% in 2020 the face of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but private analysts are making even more dire predictions: the country's worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Alexandra Jaffe and Bill Barrow, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 3:35pm
Joe Biden said Thursday that he wants to speak with President Donald Trump in the hope that the president can “learn some lessons” from the Obama administration on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press | PostedApr 2nd - 3:22pm
There is a coronavirus ward in tents in Central Park. A makeshift hospital has been set up in a Manhattan convention center. Over the next few weeks, spaces including pro tennis courts, college dorms and a cruise ship terminal are supposed to start housing patients as New York state races to roughly triple its hospital capacity.