US service sector contracts for second month in May

The U.S. services sector shrank for a second month in May as the coronavirus pandemic triggered shutdowns and layoffs around the country By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer June 3, 2020, 3:01 PM 1 min read 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — The U.S. services sector shrank for a […]

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How Crowdsourcing Aided a Push to Preserve the Histories of Nazi Victims

While the coronavirus pandemic has painfully upended lives and businesses around the world, the lockdowns it caused are providing a unique boost for one group’s effort to help heal a generations-old wound: Nazi atrocities. As the virus prompted lockdowns across Europe, the director of the Arolsen Archives — the world’s largest devoted to the victims of […]

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The Latest: Germany to lift EU travel warning on June 15

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ BERLIN — Germany’s government says it plans to lift a travel warning for European countries on June 15 — but […]

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The Latest: Wuhan finishes mass testing effort, isolates 300

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ BEIJING — The central Chinese city of Wuhan has tested nearly every one of its 11 million people for the […]

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Argentina debt deal in sight as serial defaulter looks to avoid ‘zombie land’

© Reuters. Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires By Marc Jones, Tom Arnold and Adam Jourdan LONDON/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina, in default since last month, is tantalizingly close to pulling off a $65 billion debt restructuring deal with creditors but still faces a complex set of hurdles to avoid falling into […]

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India’s services sector slump stretched into May: PMI

© Reuters. Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in in Mumbai By Vivek Mishra BENGALURU (Reuters) – India’s enormous services industry endured another month of devastating contraction in May as the coronavirus brought activity to a near halt, causing steep job losses and cementing fears of a deep recession, a survey showed on Wednesday. Although the […]

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South Korea announces $29 billion third stimulus budget to fight virus misery

© Reuters. Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Seoul, South Korea By Cynthia Kim SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea unveiled on Wednesday a 35.3 trln won ($28.8 billion) supplementary budget, to raise the total stimulus to 270 trillion won for an economy facing its worst growth since the 1998 Asian financial crisis due to […]

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Pandemic, Protests and Police: An Election Like No Other

WASHINGTON — On the biggest day of voting since the coronavirus disrupted public life, Americans cast ballots in extraordinary circumstances on Tuesday, heading to the polls during a national health and economic crisis and amid the widespread protests and police deployments that have disrupted communities across the nation. It made for some unusual scenes in […]

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Primaries return amid coronavirus and unrest after George Floyd death

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and with some cities nationwide under curfews in the wake of protests following the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia are holding primaries on Tuesday. In what’s being dubbed a second Super Tuesday, three states — Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota — as well as Washington, D.C., are holding regularly […]

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LA pizza shop weathers pandemic, takes beating from vandals

After his Los Angeles pizza shop was crippled by the coronavirus pandemic, Bobby Alt was excited to finally dish out slices to customers in person on Saturday By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press June 2, 2020, 10:39 PM 4 min read 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LOS ANGELES — After his […]

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LA County reports 60 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday, June 1; total now 2,443

Health officials confirmed another 60 deaths in LA County related to the coronavirus on Tuesday, June 1, and once again urged those protesting over the death of George Floyd to maintain social distance and wear face coverings — in order to prevent spreading the highly contagious virus. The county also reported 1,202 new cases of […]

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Who’s Wearing a Mask? Women, Democrats and City Dwellers

As states continue to lift restrictions that were put in place to curb the coronavirus outbreak and as Americans start going out in public again, recent surveys suggest that gender, political affiliation and education level are factors that have a bearing on who is wearing a mask, and who isn’t. Public health officials have recommended […]

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Box office could see 50 percent drop in ticket sales this year, analyst finds

The coronavirus will slash box office revenues in half this year, and the pandemic is now poised to weaken the longtime status of movie theaters as destinations for first-run movies, according to an influential media analyst. Revenue from ticket sales will plunge to $5.5 billion this year, down more than 50 percent from $11.4 billion […]

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Global airport group says pandemic safety rules to lengthen pre-departure waits

© Reuters. Spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul MONTREAL (Reuters) – New global guidelines featuring physical distancing to restart aviation safely during the coronavirus pandemic could add up to two hours of pre-departure time for passengers at some airports during peak hours, the head of an international airports’ group said on Tuesday. “A […]

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Feds expect coronavirus to drain trillions from US economy

The feds expect the coronavirus crisis to drain trillions of dollars from the US economy over the next decade, in the latest sign of the pandemic’s economic devastation. The crisis will lead to a $15.7 trillion reduction in the nation’s gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services produced here — from […]

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Scientists Question Medical Data Used in Second Coronavirus Study

Scientists who raised questions about a study in The Lancet on the use of antimalarial drugs in coronavirus patients have objected to another paper about blood pressure medicines in the New England Journal of Medicine, which was published by some of the same authors and relied on the same data. Moments after their open letter […]

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Joe Biden to Address Floyd Killing and Protests in Philadelphia Speech

When the coronavirus outbreak shuttered the presidential campaign trail this spring, Joseph R. Biden Jr. fell out of the national spotlight for weeks, struggling to drive a proactive message of his own from his home in Wilmington, Del. Now, as the nation plunges into crisis over issues of racism and police brutality, Mr. Biden’s team […]

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Coronavirus mask rules could spur spike in bank robberies: regulator

The coronavirus crisis could make America’s banks an easy target for bandits, a federal regulator warns. Requiring people to wear face masks in public amid the pandemic creates a “very real risk” of a spike in bank robberies, according to Brian P. Brooks, the US Treasury’s acting comptroller of the currency. Brooks issued the warning […]

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The Latest: Singapore has reopened 75% of its economy

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Singapore has reopened 75% of economy as part of end to virus lockdown — South Korea […]

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Workers return to Mexico’s border factories as auto sector reopens

2/2 © Reuters. Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez 2/2 By Jose Luis Gonzalez CIUDAD JUAREZ (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of workers lined up before dawn to return to work at automotive factories along Mexico’s northern border on Monday, the first day that industries joined the country’s list of essential activities […]

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The Latest: California prisons have first known staff death

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — California prisons have first known staff death from coronavirus — Michigan lifts nearly 10-week coronavirus coronavirus […]

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Coronavirus to Shave Trillions From the Economy Over 10 Years

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office projected on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic would inflict a serious long-term blow to the United States economy, taking 3 percent off the gross domestic product 10 years from now. Without adjusting for inflation, the budget agency said, the pandemic would cost nearly $16 trillion over the next 10 […]

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Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen Square crackdown anniversary vigil, citing coronavirus fears

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Hong Kong police on Monday blocked a candlelit vigil marking the anniversary of China’s deadly military 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The police said it rejected the organizers’ request for a candlelight vigil because it […]

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How Hollywood is gearing up to get back to work post-coronavirus

Lots of testing, protective gear, social distancing and coronavirus safety officers are at the heart of recommendations today from Disney, Netflix, CBS and other top studios, Hollywood’s leading guilds and producers to get the industry restarted from the pandemic that shut down production back in March. “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task […]

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifts state’s stay-at-home order

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she is lifting her state’s stay-at-home order effective next week, easing restrictions placed on businesses and public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the new guidelines, stores will be able to […]

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