WASHINGTON -- More than 6.64 million workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance in the week ending March 28, exceeding the 3.3 million who filed claims a week earlier, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
The record-setting filings in the most recent two weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic forces the shutdown of many businesses may ...Read more
SINGAPORE -- When it comes to social distancing, some authorities are resorting to unprecedented tactics to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.
In India, baton-wielding police have beaten those who flout the curfew-like restrictions or fail to maintain physical distancing, while others have publicly shamed violators by forcing them do squats, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Michael Pompeo once warned that international organizations like the United Nations must be "reformed or eliminated." With the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the U.S. and the world, he's now embracing them.
At a briefing this week, Pompeo heaped praise on what he called "these important institutions" such as the ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- Asked why Italy had a high rate of deaths due to the coronavirus, government officials there said it was because they were using a broader definition for such deaths than other countries, counting any victims who had tested positive even if other illnesses were at fault.
In Illinois, officials announced last weekend that an ...Read more
SINGAPORE -- In a few awkward seconds, Bruce Aylward, a senior official at the World Health Organization, laid bare the flaws and pressures faced by the global health agency charged with leading the response to the worst pandemic in over a century.
A video that's since gone viral shows the distinguished Canadian epidemiologist dodging a ...Read more
By March 5, Andrew Cencini, a computer science professor at Vermont's Bennington College, had been having bouts of fever, malaise and a bit of difficulty breathing for a couple of weeks. Just before falling ill, he had traveled to New York City, helped with computers at a local prison and gone out on multiple calls as a volunteer firefighter.
SAN DIEGO -- Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego was found last month, federal officials said Tuesday.
The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the entrance in Tijuana.
Agents searched the San ...Read more
MIAMI -- As the beleaguered Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships steam toward Port Everglades, more than 1,200 passengers on board still don't know what will happen to them when they arrive early Thursday.
Carnival Corp.'s Holland America Line said in a statement late Wednesday that the company is still waiting on the go-ahead from local ...Read more
ATLANTA -- For weeks, Gov. Brian Kemp stood firm. Repeatedly, he said the coronavirus pandemic in Georgia didn't warrant the extreme social distancing measures that most other states were imposing.
Kemp publicly supported a patchwork of stay-at-home orders by Georgia cities and counties, even as his top aide chastised those local governments ...Read more
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The death of a 6-week-old from Hartford has been linked to COVID-19, Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday, making the baby one of the youngest known people to die from the disease.
The baby arrived at the hospital unresponsive and tested positive for the coronavirus postmortem, officials said.
"It's just a reminder that nobody is ...Read more
QUITO, Ecuador -- The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full. ...Read more
A Haiti judge has issued more than a dozen arrest warrants for individuals accused of looting and torching a million dollar beach resort in northern Haiti owned by a Haitian-American engineer and his wife.
"It was a hired mob of at least 30 to 40 people," said Jude Jean-Gilles, the owner of the Joupana Beach Resort, which was set ablaze ...Read more
Younger adults in New York City are being hospitalized with COVID-19 infections at surprisingly high rates, said doctors and other health-care workers treating them, undermining earlier assumptions about who's most at risk from the new coronavirus.
New York has more confirmed cases than anywhere else in the U.S., and one in five hospitalization...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge has effectively turned down a request by Los Angeles lawyer Michael Avenatti to be released from a New York jail where three inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Avenatti's attorney.
Judge James V. Selna of U.S. District Court in Santa Ana said Avenatti, a former lawyer for adult film ...Read more
ROME -- Italy's record death toll from the novel coronavirus grew by more than 700 on Wednesday, as a top official said social restrictions were getting harder to bear for the population.
The nationwide lockdown had been due to expire on April 3, but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced it would now be extended to April 13 -- Easter Monday. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Department is deploying an additional 540 troops to the U.S. border with Mexico to keep migrants potentially infected with the coronavirus from entering the country, the head of U.S. Northern Command said Wednesday.
The additional military forces were requested by the Department of Homeland Security to help "seal off" ...Read more
The U.S. is expanding its military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug cartels wanting to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis and to deny funds going to the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela, the Trump administration announced late Wednesday.
"Today the U.S. is launching an enhanced counternarcotics operation in the Western Hemisphere...Read more
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency stay-home order didn't deem firearms dealers essential -- like grocery stores and pharmacies -- and necessary to stay open as much of society closes down to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
But that isn't stopping Tiffany Teasdale, owner of Lynnwood Gun, from keeping her doors open...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Even with the country largely at a standstill amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, election year politics are intensifying as the general election matchup has come into clearer focus.
The main super PAC backing President Donald Trump's reelection bid Wednesday announced a $10 million ad buy that will target former Vice ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- Federal prosecutors charged a locomotive driver at the Port of Los Angeles with intentionally derailing a train near the U.S. Navy's hospital ship Mercy because he suspected it was not there to help with the coronavirus crisis.
Eduardo Moreno, 44, of the Los Angeles port community of San Pedro, was charged with deliberately ...Read more
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