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FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington. After two months of frantic response to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is planning to shift President Trump’s public focus to the burgeoning efforts aimed at easing the economic devastation. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Associated Press
April 28, 2020 - 4:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Businesses should close break rooms. Restaurants should consider disposable menus and plates. Schools should have students eat lunch in their classrooms. These are some of the recommendations offered in new federal plans designed to help restaurants, schools, churches and...
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Waffle House's Tiffany, right, get To Go orders ready as a seated guest enjoys his meal on Monday, April 27, 2020, at The Waffle House in Brookhaven, Ga. Restaurants around metro Atlanta began to reopen dining rooms as restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic are lifted. (John Spink/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Associated Press
April 27, 2020 - 7:30 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — With staff wearing masks, checking customers' temperatures and using disposable paper place mats, some of the nation's restaurants reopened for dine-in service Monday as states loosened more coronavirus restrictions. But many eateries remained closed amid safety concerns and...
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Bartender Antonio is on his way to deliver coffee in Naples, Monday, April 27, 2020. Region Campania allowed cafes and pizzerias to reopen for delivery Monday, as Italy it is starting to ease its lockdown after a long precautionary closure due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Associated Press
April 27, 2020 - 9:47 am
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ GOVERNMENTS & CENTRAL BANKS: National economies hammered by the...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2020 file photo, "For Sale By Owner" and "Closed Due to Virus" signs are displayed in the window of a store in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. Business filings under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law rose sharply in March, and attorneys who work with struggling companies are seeing signs that more owners are contemplating the possibility of bankruptcy. Government aid my simply be too little too late. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
AP News
April 26, 2020 - 12:24 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The billions of dollars in coronavirus relief targeted at small businesses may not prevent many of them from ending up in bankruptcy court. Business filings under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law rose sharply in March, and attorneys who work with struggling companies are...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, moored gondolas are reflected on the water of the Gran Canal, in Venice. The European Union on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 says its vaunted tourism industry is facing decline due to the coronavirus crisis while Internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton says it should be the prime sector to receive over a fifth of all recovery funds. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
AP News
April 21, 2020 - 11:26 am
HALLE, Belgium (AP) — The European Union says its vaunted tourist industry is facing “staggering” figures of decline because of the coronavirus crisis and the bloc's internal market commissioner wants the sector to be first in line when it comes to recovery funds. Thierry Breton mentioned figures...
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In this Thursday, March 19, 2020, photo, a pedestrian walks past a storefront for rent on Madison Avenue, in New York. Long before there was a global pandemic, brick-and-mortar retailers struggled to resonate as shoppers increasingly made their purchases online. Now, they're faced with an even more daunting task of staying on people's minds and pocketbooks in the midst of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Associated Press
April 15, 2020 - 8:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7% in March, a record drop as the viral outbreak closed down thousands of stores and shoppers stayed home. Sales fell sharply across many categories: Auto sales dropped 25.6%, while clothing store sales collapsed, sliding 50.5%. U.S. consumer...
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AP News
April 13, 2020 - 12:37 pm
DENVER (AP) — Colorado has made online sales of recreational marijuana legal during the coronavirus epidemic, fulfilling one of the pot industry's biggest wishes and fueling its argument for more concessions that could be made permanent when the crisis eases. It's one of several signs emerging from...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a flock of geese fly over vines at the Trump Vineyard in Charlottesville, Va. President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Associated Press
April 11, 2020 - 12:08 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Virginia vineyard could be eligible for a federal bailout under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus he signed into law last month, despite provisions in the bill that Democrats said were intended to prevent him and his family from personally benefiting...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Garrett Ward sprays disinfectant on a conveyor belt between checking out shoppers behind a plexiglass panel at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Overland Park, Kan. From South Africa to Italy to the U.S., grocery workers — many in low-wage jobs — are manning the front lines amid worldwide lockdowns, their work deemed essential to keep food and critical goods flowing. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Associated Press
April 06, 2020 - 12:01 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the items fly off the shelves. They disinfect keypads, freezer handles and checkout counters as hundreds of people weave around them, sometimes standing too close for comfort amid...
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People look out from the Coral Princess cruise ship as it is docked at PortMiami during the new coronavirus outbreak, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Miami. According to Princess Cruises, disembarkation of guests is expected to take several days due to limited flight availability. Guests requiring shoreside medical care will be prioritized to disembark first. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
AP News
April 05, 2020 - 11:17 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Fourteen people from a cruise ship that docked in Florida over the weekend with coronavirus victims aboard were hospitalized and one of them later died, authorities said Sunday. Two fatalities had been reported previously aboard the Coral Princess. The Princess Cruises ship, which...
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