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With no theaters, film fans find ways to gather virtually

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 5:52pm

There are 44 people in the Social Distance Movie Club's Slack channel, where co-workers at Crooked Media have had discussions about everything from a Dwayne Johnson earthquake film to Faye Dunaway’s turn as Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest.”

Trump allies put unproven virus drug to work in Texas

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 4:40pm

When a coronavirus outbreak hit a Texas nursing home, Dr. Robin Armstrong reached for an unproven treatment: the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.

Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Eric Tucker, Matthew Daly and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 3:06pm

President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, including removing the inspector general tasked with overseeing the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package that passed Congress with bipartisan support.

Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

Ken Sweet and Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 3:00pm

Small business owners hoping for quick help from the government’s emergency $349 billion lending program were still waiting Tuesday amid reports of computer problems at the Small Business Administration.

Wall Street rally evaporates after a sudden drop in price of oil deflates energy stocks; Dow and S&P 500 drop slightly

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 2:05pm

Wall Street rally evaporates after a sudden drop in price of oil deflates energy stocks; Dow and S&P 500 drop slightly.

Prominent Ohio Democrat Brown endorses Biden for president

Dan Sewell, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 2:03pm

Ohio’s most prominent Democrat on Tuesday endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president, with his state’s extended primary three weeks away.

Coronavirus pandemic breeds Washington lobbying boom

Richard Lardner and Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 1:49pm

The coronavirus pandemic has gut-punched global markets, put 6.6 million Americans out of work and raised the likelihood of a recession. But in the Washington lobbying world, business is booming.

Wildlife group: Gulf oil spill still affecting wildlife

Tamara Lush, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 1:42pm

A decade after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, dolphins, turtles and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still seriously at risk, according to a report released Tuesday.

Europe's nursing homes in spotlight for uncounted virus dead

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 1:42pm

Italian authorities said Tuesday they were investigating the country’s biggest nursing home where 70 residents died last month, in a stark reminder of the difficulties Europe faces in accurately counting its pandemic victims, particularly among the elderly

Mexico urges end to harassment of health workers in pandemic

Carlos RodrÍguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 1:11pm

They are the first line of defense against the COVID-19 pandemic, but in parts of Mexico, doctors, nurses and other health workers are being harassed to the point that federal authorities have pleaded for Mexicans to show solidarity.

Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 12:50pm

Earl Graves Sr., who championed black businesses as the founder of the first African American-owned magazine focusing on black entrepreneurs, has died. He was 85.

Epidemiologist's COVID-19 death raises concern in Bosnia

Sabina Niksic, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 11:55am

Less than three weeks ago, respected Bosnian epidemiologist Sefik Pasagic was fielding calls from journalists on how to prepare for the approaching coronavirus pandemic in the Balkan country.

With prime minister in ICU, Britain asks: Who's in charge?

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 11:27am

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson fights the coronavirus in the intensive care unit of a London hospital, the people of his country are wishing him well — and asking who’s in charge.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 11:11am

Stocks are higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street, as markets around the world pile on even more gains following their huge rally a day earlier.

ECB takes action to keep banks lending during virus crisis

David McHugh, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 11:00am

The European Central Bank took more emergency action Tuesday to keep credit flowing to companies in the 19 countries that use the euro by easing its rules for lending to banks that serve those businesses.

'Pharma Bro' wants out of prison to research coronavirus

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 10:38am

Convicted former drug company CEO Martin Shkreli, known as “Pharma Bro,” wants to get out of prison so he can help research a treatment for the coronavirus, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Trump seeks $250 billion for payrolls in virus aid showdown

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 10:11am

As Congress races to craft the next coronavirus rescue package, President Donald Trump's sudden request Tuesday to pump $250 billion more into a just-launched small businesses payroll program sets up a new showdown over aid.

Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus

Guillermo Garat, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 10:05am

Nearly 60 percent of 217 people — many from Australia, Europe and the United States — on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the ship's operator said Tuesday.

Lufthansa retires big jets, says rebound could take years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 7th - 10:00am

German airline group Lufthansa said it was permanently removing some of its large aircraft from service and reducing capacity for the long term, saying it will take years for demand for air travel to return to levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic.