Good Friday observed at home as Japan virus divide surfaces

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People around the world began observing Good Friday from the safety of their homes, as rare divisions surfaced in Japan over how to tackle the growing coronavirus outbreak there.

The howling: Americans let it out from depths of pandemic

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It starts with a few people letting loose with some tentative yelps. Then neighbors emerge from their homes and join, forming a roiling chorus of howls and screams that pierces the twilight to end another day's monotonous forced isolation.
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The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with…
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For McConnell, virus carries echo of his boyhood polio

Mitch McConnell's earliest childhood memory is the day he left the polio treatment center at Warm Springs, Ga., for the last time.
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As Trump rails against mail voting, some allies embrace it

President Donald Trump is warning without evidence that expanding mail-in voting will increase voter fraud. But several GOP state officials are forging ahead to do…
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April 9

Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'

The Senate has twisted itself into knots over President Donald Trump's new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care providers and states. Republicans wouldn't go along.
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April 9

Biden's next big decision: Choosing a running mate

Joe Biden faces the most important decision of his five-decade political career: choosing a vice president.The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expects to name a committee…
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April 9

Democrats renew vote-by-mail push as virus upends elections

Democrats want to bolster mail-in voting and take other steps to make balloting easier this November in the next round of congressional efforts to revive the economy and battle the coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
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April 9

Schools struggle to safely get free meals to needy students

When schools started closing across the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, they scrambled to keep feeding millions of students from poor families who depend on free and reduced-price meals every day.
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April 9
Attorney General William Barr attends the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 4, 2020.

Barr says Russia probe was started 'without basis'

Attorney General William Barr believes the Russia investigation that shadowed President Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to "sabotage the presidency," he said in an interview with Fox News Channel that aired Thursday.
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April 9

U.S. states share, get creative in hunt for medical supplies

With the federal stockpile drained of protective gear, states are turning to each other, private industries and anyone who can donate in a desperate bid…
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April 9

White House says no 'surprise' bills for COVID-19 patients

Hospitals taking money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send "surprise" medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19, the White House said Thursday.
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April 9

US job losses surge as world leaders urge Easter distancing

A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks, a measure of how fast the coronavirus has brought world economies to their knees. Meanwhile, religious leaders worldwide Thursday urged people to celebrate Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes.
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April 9

Judge blocks ban on some Texas abortions during outbreak

A federal judge has ordered that Texas abortion clinics may continue to perform abortions in some cases, either those using medication or those involving patients for whom delays would pose an essential ban.
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April 9

California governor encouraged by drop in ICU placements

California saw its first daily decrease in intensive care hospitalizations during the coronavirus outbreak, a key indicator of how many health care workers and medical supplies the state needs, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.
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City of Hialeah employees distribute printed unemployment forms to Miami-Dade County residents outside of the John F. Kennedy Library on Tuesday, Apri

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. On Th

As virus kills, NYC shortens deadline for claiming dead

As New York City deals with a mounting coronavirus death toll and dwindling morgue space, the city has shortened the amount of time it will hold unclaimed remains before they are buried in the city's public cemetery.
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April 9
Playground equipment in Williams Park, Hudson, Wis., closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No halt to culture wars during coronavirus outbreak

A partisan fight over voting in Wisconsin was the first issue linked to the coronavirus to make it to the Supreme Court. Efforts to limit abortion during the pandemic could eventually land in the justices' hands. Disputes over guns and religious freedom also are popping up around the country.
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April 9

Biden woos skeptical Sanders backers on health, college debt

Joe Biden attempted to lure progressives to his presidential campaign on Thursday with promises to expand Medicare and forgive college debt.
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April 9
A Border Patrol agent talked with a group suspected of having entered the U.S. illegally near McAllen, Texas, in March 2019.

US expels thousands to Mexico after largely halting asylum

A U.S. Border Patrol agent wouldn't let Jackeline Reyes explain why she and her 15-year-old daughter fled Honduras and needed asylum, pointing to the coronavirus.…
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April 9

Biden joins growing call for release of racial data on virus

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is joining a growing call for the release of comprehensive racial data on the coronavirus pandemic, which he says has put a spotlight on inequity and the impact of "structural racism."
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April 9

Partisan tempers flare over Minnesota's COVID-19 response

Partisan tempers flared over Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday as Republicans expressed frustration with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz for extending his stay-at-home order through May 4 and questioned the modeling behind his decision.