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  • 2020-04-02 23:54:23Z

Brazil faces a tense period in the coming weeks in its battle against the coronavirus, with supplies of medical and protective equipment running low and fresh shipments from China not expected to arrive in the country for another month. The Health Ministry said on Thursday the federal government'

Reuters US Domestic News Summary
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  • 2020-04-02 23:54:23Z

Uber and Lyft drivers are hitting a wall in their efforts to apply for the coronavirus jobless benefits promised by Congress as state agencies say they are not ready to handle a class of workers who are totally new to the U.S. unemployment system. Gig workers classified as independent contractors by

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian markets look to follow Wall Street rally as oil surges
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  • 2020-04-02 23:38:52Z

Asian markets on Friday looked to latch onto Wall Street's overnight gains after crude prices notched their biggest one-day surge on record, helping offset concerns about the depth of a global recession. Despite the rally in stocks, investors still sought the safety of the U.S. dollar and government

France races to boost supplies of critical medications
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  • 2020-04-02 23:23:13Z

The French government is racing to try to ensure it can produce or procure itself certain medications as stocks run low due to the coronavirus outbreak, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. Philippe told France's TF1 TV that some molecules or drug components were in short supply

Testing issues cloud scope of California
Testing issues cloud scope of California's virus outbreak
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  • 2020-04-02 23:22:06Z

California is ramping up testing for coronavirus even as a backlog of 59,000 pending tests is growing, delaying some people from getting results for up to 12 days and leaving an incomplete picture of how widespread the outbreak is in the state. Testing rolled out slowly in California but is accelerating now. "The backlogs are not necessarily getting better, in real time, but we're hopeful," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

Missing Alabama mother found dead under mattress
Missing Alabama mother found dead under mattress
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  • 2020-04-02 23:19:00Z

Tiffany Smitherman Osborne was found dead under a mattress in Bessemer, Alabama, on April 1, 2020. She was last seen walking to Carson's Convenience store in Midfield, Alabama, around 11 p.m. on February 17, 2020. Her cell phone and wallet were left at the house. She has a newborn and two young children. The Midfield Police Department and the Bessemer Police Department are investigating.

Missing Alabama mother found dead under mattress
Missing Alabama mother found dead under mattress
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  • 2020-04-02 23:19:00Z

Tiffany Smitherman Osborne was found dead under a mattress in Bessemer, Alabama, on April 1, 2020. She was last seen walking to Carson's Convenience store in Midfield, Alabama, around 11 p.m. on February 17, 2020. Her cell phone and wallet were left at the house. She has a newborn and two young children. The Midfield Police Department and the Bessemer Police Department are investigating.

Rikers Island jail officers union sues New York City over coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 23:16:59Z

A union representing about 9,000 corrections officers at New York City's Rikers Island jail sued the city on Thursday, demanding better protections from coronavirus after dozens of infections at the complex. The Correction Officers' Benevolent Association said the city must provide N95 face

Airline industry braces for prolonged recovery from coronavirus crisis
Airline industry braces for prolonged recovery from coronavirus crisis
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  • 2020-04-02 23:15:43Z

A full airline industry recovery from the coronavirus looks prolonged at best, analysts said, as new data showed international seat capacity had fallen to 23% of last year's levels and around half the world's airplane fleet is in storage. Carriers including United Airlines Holdings Inc and Air New Zealand Ltd have warned they are likely to emerge from the crisis smaller, and there are fears others may not survive. ForwardKeys said the number of international airline seats had fallen to 10 million in the week of March 30 to April 5, down from 44.2 million a year ago.

Rikers Island jail officers union sues New York City over coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 23:10:27Z

A union representing about 9,000 corrections officers at New York City's Rikers Island jail sued the city on Thursday, demanding better protections from coronavirus after dozens of infections at the complex. The Correction Officers' Benevolent Association said the city must provide N95 face

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine released early from jail amid coronavirus health concerns
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine released early from jail amid coronavirus health concerns
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  • 2020-04-02 23:04:40Z

The artist, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, suffers from asthma and is vulnerable to the deadly virus.

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine released early from jail amid coronavirus health concerns
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine released early from jail amid coronavirus health concerns
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  • 2020-04-02 23:04:40Z

The artist, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, suffers from asthma and is vulnerable to the deadly virus.

Airline industry braces for prolonged recovery from coronavirus crisis
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  • 2020-04-02 23:03:51Z

A full airline industry recovery from the coronavirus looks prolonged at best, analysts said, as new data showed international seat capacity had fallen to 23% of last year's levels and around half the world's airplane fleet is in storage. Carriers including United Airlines Holdings Inc and Air

INSIGHT-The religious retreat that sparked India's major coronavirus manhunt
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  • 2020-04-02 23:03:16Z

It was late on Sunday night when officials in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh received the alert. Federal authorities said they needed to track down more than 1,000 people linked to a large Muslim missionary gathering nearly 2,000 km away in the capital New Delhi. Authorities in Andhra

Coronavirus conman barges in on 83-year-old woman
Coronavirus conman barges in on 83-year-old woman
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  • 2020-04-02 23:01:23Z

Trading standards officers say old-fashioned doorstep crime is rising as virus concern is exploited.

UK police warn of heightened sex threat to children online during virus lockdown
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  • 2020-04-02 23:01:00Z

British police said on Friday there were at least 300,000 people in the country who posed a sex threat to children, warning that there could be a spike in online offences during the coronavirus lockdown. With schools across the country almost entirely closed and children increasingly using web-based

REFILE-Britain to build two further temporary coronavirus hospitals
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  • 2020-04-02 23:01:00Z

Britain will build a further two temporary hospitals to treat coronavirus patients, the National Health Service (NHS) said on Friday as its first field hospital prepares to open in London. Britain is bracing itself for the peak of a virus outbreak which has claimed nearly 3,000 lives domestically and

American Airlines slashes flights but has no plans to halt U.S. service
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  • 2020-04-02 22:57:28Z

American Airlines Co said on Thursday it is cutting additional flights this summer as travel demand has drastically shrunk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Vasu Raja, American Airlines' senior vice president of Network Strategy, told Reuters that the airline is cutting between 70% and 75% of flights

Australia grapples with coronavirus case tracing as state border controls bolstered
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  • 2020-04-02 22:53:23Z

The leader of Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, said on Friday that authorities did not plan to impose further lockdown restrictions, despite concerns more coronavirus cases were emerging without a known source. New South Wales (NSW) remains the epicentre of the disease in Australia

US judge dismisses New Mexico's immigration lawsuit
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  • 2020-04-02 22:47:56Z

A U.S. judge has granting a motion to dismiss claims by New Mexico that immigration officials shirked their duties by quickly releasing thousands of mostly Central American migrants into communities after they crossed into the United States. New Mexico had claimed in a lawsuit filed nearly a year ago

Amazon executive on defense after comments about warehouse protest leader
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  • 2020-04-02 22:36:29Z

Amazon.com Inc's general counsel on Thursday said his emotions clouded his judgment when he wrote meeting notes in which he allegedly outlined a public relations strategy against a protest organizer and questioned the employee's intelligence. Amazon declined to confirm the authenticity of the

GM rolls out safety protocols for ventilator-making workers
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  • 2020-04-02 22:30:00Z

General Motors Co on Thursday rolled out a series of safety measures for workers in Indiana who will make ventilators, outlining what could be a blueprint for opening U.S. auto plants in the coming weeks. More than 1,000 GM workers will make the ventilators at GM's Kokomo, Indiana, plant. The automaker

Disney to furlough some U.S. employees in wake of coronavirus
Disney to furlough some U.S. employees in wake of coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 22:29:59Z

Disney had committed to full pay and benefits for all employees through April 18 despite the closure of theme parks, halting of film and TV production, and the shuttering of movie theaters. "However, with no clear indication of when we can restart our businesses, we're forced to make the difficult decision to take the next step and furlough employees whose jobs aren't necessary at this time," a Disney representative said in a statement. All impacted workers will remain Disney employees through the furlough period and will receive full healthcare benefits.

Chilean police detain 'escaped' coronavirus patient in market
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  • 2020-04-02 22:23:28Z

Police arrested a woman in a food market in a Chilean city on Wednesday who health authorities said had checked herself out of the hospital where she was being treated. According to local press reports, the woman then traveled by public transport to the busy Vega Monumental market, where they reported

Washington, D.C. needs 3,600 hospital beds for coronavirus peak: mayor
Washington, D.C. needs 3,600 hospital beds for coronavirus peak: mayor
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  • 2020-04-02 22:11:58Z

Washington, D.C. needs an estimated 3,600 hospital beds within the next two weeks as it braces for a coronavirus outbreak, the mayor wrote in a letter to hospitals in the U.S. capital. The federal district is asking hospitals to consider repurposing unused clinical spaces, cafeterias and meeting rooms and reopening medical office buildings and medical towers to create room for more hospital beds, Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote. Washington, D.C. has about 700,000 permanent residents, but just one delegate in Congress, instead of two senators, lawmakers and a governor as the states do.

JPMorgan Chase probably unable to accept small business loan applications Friday: memo
JPMorgan Chase probably unable to accept small business loan applications Friday: memo
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  • 2020-04-02 22:10:35Z

JPMorgan Chase & Co emailed many small business customers on Thursday to tell them it is still awaiting federal guidance on the small business loans program Congress approved last week, and it may not be ready to accept applications when the program launches on Friday.

Fed balance sheet increases to record $5.86 trillion
Fed balance sheet increases to record $5.86 trillion
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  • 2020-04-02 22:07:34Z

In the three weeks since the Fed's effort to limit the economic damage from the outbreak kicked into overdrive, the central bank's balance sheet has mushroomed by roughly $1.5 trillion. It is now the equivalent of a quarter or more of the size of the U.S. economy before the crisis struck, and will certainly grow larger in the weeks ahead as the Fed keeps piling on assets and the economy likely shrinks. The Fed's holdings of mortgage-backed securities increased to $1.46 trillion from $1.38 trillion.

Golden Guardians donating April merch sales to relief fund
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  • 2020-04-02 22:05:56Z

The Golden Guardians will donate all proceeds from their online merchandise sales in April to an emergency relief fund for restaurant workers. The Golden State Warriors' esports affiliate made the announcement Thursday as a way to help out during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "During this

Tekashi 6ix9ine will serve the rest of prison sentence at home due to coronavirus threat
Tekashi 6ix9ine will serve the rest of prison sentence at home due to coronavirus threat
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  • 2020-04-02 22:01:53Z

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will serve the balance of his federal sentence in home confinement, a judge ordered, due to coronavirus-related conditions in prison.

U.S. gig workers seeking coronavirus jobless benefits hit bureaucratic wall
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  • 2020-04-02 21:54:17Z

Uber and Lyft drivers are hitting a wall in their efforts to apply for the coronavirus jobless benefits promised by Congress as state agencies say they are not ready to handle a class of workers who are totally new to the U.S. unemployment system. Gig workers classified as independent contractors by

Washington, D.C. needs 3,600 hospital beds for coronavirus peak -mayor
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  • 2020-04-02 21:47:30Z

Washington, D.C. needs an estimated 3,600 hospital beds within the next two weeks as it braces for a coronavirus outbreak, the mayor wrote in a letter to hospitals in the U.S. capital. The federal district is asking hospitals to consider repurposing unused clinical spaces, cafeterias and meeting rooms

WRAPUP 3-Global coronavirus cases surpass one million
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  • 2020-04-02 21:43:34Z

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally of official data. Italy had the most deaths, more than 13,900, followed by Spain. The

Trump negative for coronavirus again, orders military to New York
Trump negative for coronavirus again, orders military to New York
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  • 2020-04-02 21:42:47Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said he underwent a second coronavirus test on Thursday, using a rapid diagnostic that produced a result in less than 15 minutes, and it determined that he has not been infected. "I think I took it really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked," said Trump, who also tested negative last month after coming into contact with a Brazilian official who later tested positive for the coronavirus. At his daily White House news briefing, Trump announced plans for the U.S. military and federal personnel to operate a makeshift hospital set up in the Javits Center convention center in New York to help the city grapple with a flood of patients.

Astralis Group staff reduce salaries by up to 30 percent
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  • 2020-04-02 21:42:21Z

Astralis Group announced salary reductions of up to 30 percent on Thursday to help deal with the global coronavirus crisis. The parent company for Astralis, Origen and Future FC said management, employees and most players voluntarily agreed to the reductions, which are based on salary size. The highest-paid

At Brazil's biggest cemetery, grave diggers take own measure of coronavirus toll
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  • 2020-04-02 21:41:21Z

As Oswaldo dos Santos watched several men in protective suits dig a hasty grave for his 36-year-old son, his grief was mixed with fear: What if he had the coronavirus? Dos Santos lived with his son until Sunday, when he was suddenly hospitalized with severe respiratory problems. Like so many now filling

Uruguay postpones gubernatorial elections due to coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 21:41:12Z

Uruguay's Congress voted on Thursday to delay gubernatorial and legislative elections that had been scheduled for May 10, due to the health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A new date for voting will be set by the South American country's Electoral Court, although political parties

Window for containing coronavirus in Mideast closing -WHO
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  • 2020-04-02 21:38:58Z

Governments in the Middle East need to act fast to limit the spread of the coronavirus after cases rose to nearly 60,000, almost double their level a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. "New cases have been reported in some of the most vulnerable countries with fragile

Test maker disputes claim of would-be U.S. seller of 'two-minute' coronavirus diagnostic
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  • 2020-04-02 21:36:56Z

BodySphere announced in a press release published on Business Wire on Tuesday that it was authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to distribute a two-minute diagnostic test for coronavirus that identifies through a small blood sample whether a person has produced antibodies to the coronavirus

Test maker disputes claim of would-be U.S. seller of 'two-minute' coronavirus diagnostic
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  • 2020-04-02 21:32:51Z

BodySphere, which describes itself as a distributor of medical products needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic, has falsely claimed that it has access to a rapid diagnostic test made by Safecare Biotech in China for sale in the United States, the test manufacturer told Reuters. BodySphere announced

Trump tested again for coronavirus, result was negative -White House
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  • 2020-04-02 21:31:57Z

President Donald Trump on Thursday was tested again to determine whether he had been infected by the coronavirus, and the test came back negative, the White House said. A letter from Trump's physician, Sean Conley, said Trump had undergone what was a second test for coronavirus. Conley said in

UK plugs loan gap for firms teetering under coronavirus strain
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  • 2020-04-02 21:30:01Z

British finance minister Rishi Sunak will on Friday address a gap in its support for businesses trying to survive the seismic economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak, by allowing medium-sized companies access to government-backed loans. The move comes on the back of warnings that many businesses

Ecuador builds 'special camp' for coronavirus victims as bodies lie in homes
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  • 2020-04-02 21:27:59Z

Ecuador's government said on Thursday it was building a "special camp" for coronavirus victims in the country's largest city of Guayaquil, where an outbreak has killed over 80 people, with many bodies left at home for days. President Lenin Moreno said the official total of 120 deaths

White House likely to advise people in coronavirus hot spots to wear masks
White House likely to advise people in coronavirus hot spots to wear masks
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  • 2020-04-02 21:22:32Z

The White House is expected to issue guidance for people in areas hard hit by the coronavirus to wear face coverings to help stop the spread of the disease, an administration official said on Thursday. The administration has gone back and forth on whether to advise Americans to wear face masks.

Astronomers spot
Astronomers spot 'missing link' black hole - not too big and not too small
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  • 2020-04-02 21:20:56Z

Scientists have detected a mid-size black hole - considered the "missing link" in the understanding of these celestial brutes - eviscerating an unfortunate star that strayed too close. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and two X-ray observatories, the researchers determined that this black hole is more than 50,000 times the mass of our sun and located 740 million light years from Earth in a dwarf galaxy, one containing far fewer stars than our Milky Way. Black holes are extraordinarily dense objects possessing gravitational pulls so powerful that not even light can escape.

EU executive clears Swedish 9.1 bln euros coronavirus aid
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  • 2020-04-02 21:17:35Z

The European Union's state aid regulators approved on Thursday a Swedish scheme to grant 9.1 billion euros worth of support to small- and medium-sized companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Brussels-based EU executive said in a statement it cleared the "scheme on new loans granted by

Video shows the moment a getaway car hits tree, bursts apart during 100-mph police chase through the desolate streets of Detroit
Video shows the moment a getaway car hits tree, bursts apart during 100-mph police chase through the desolate streets of Detroit
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  • 2020-04-02 21:16:42Z

The chase, which took multiple police departments through three counties, ended when suspects barreled into a tree - obliterating their getaway car.

Astronomers spot 'missing link' black hole - not too big and not too small
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  • 2020-04-02 21:11:56Z

Scientists have detected a mid-size black hole - considered the "missing link" in the understanding of these celestial brutes - eviscerating an unfortunate star that strayed too close. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and two X-ray observatories, the researchers determined that this

Chilean telescopes that explore galaxies brought down to earth by coronavirus
Chilean telescopes that explore galaxies brought down to earth by coronavirus
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  • 2020-04-02 21:04:11Z

Chilean telescopes that comb the skies seeking answers about some of the universe´s most fundamental questions have confirmed they, too, have fallen victim to the mass disruption brought about by the new coronavirus. Observatories dotted above the coastal city of La Serena and in the Latin nation´s dry northern deserts have closed for the first time since some opened several decades ago, citing the risk of potential contagion among international visitors and scientific staff. Research teams who often work in shifts traveling to the observatories from their homes in nearby cities and the capital Santiago were also hampered by flights cancellations and quarantines and curfews around the...

Navigator Holdings: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
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  • 2020-04-02 20:43:09Z

LONDON (AP) _ Navigator Holdings Ltd. (NVGS) on Thursday reported a loss of $2.8 million in its fourth quarter. The London-based company said it had a loss of 5 cents per share. The transportaion company for the natural gas and and chemical industry posted revenue of $76.1 million in the period.

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. Navy expected to relieve commander of coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier
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  • 2020-04-02 20:37:18Z

The U.S. Navy is expected to relieve the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking the Navy for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. The officials, speaking on condition


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