Variety
April 8

The pandemic ruined one musical's debut plans. Not for long

Huge waves couldn't stop Tori Murden McClure from becoming the first American to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo in 1999. So it's only fitting that a global pandemic couldn't stop a musical about her feat from making it to audiences — just not the way it was originally intended.
World
April 8

Tokyo asks government to allow it to take virus measures

Tokyo has asked Japan's central government for permission to implement emergency measures to curb a surge in a rapidly spreading and more contagious coronavirus variant, just over three months before the start of the Olympics.
Business
April 8

Mortgage rates dip for first time since January

Mortgage rates fell for the first time in more than two months as buyers continue to be stifled by high prices and limited supply.
Nation
April 8

A city wrestled down an addiction crisis. Then came COVID-19

Larrecsa Cox steered past the used tire shop, where a young man had collapsed a few days before, the syringe he'd used to shoot heroin still clenched in his fist.
Business
April 8

'Essential' flights resume at Tirana Airport after strike

Albania's infrastructure minister on Thursday said that "essential" flights have resumed at the country's only international airport following a strike by air traffic controllers.
World
April 8

Germany mulls possible order of Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Germany's health minister said Thursday that the European Union doesn't plan to order Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine but his country will hold talks with Russia on whether an individual order makes sense.
Business
April 8

Paul Andrew steps down as Ferragamo creative director

Designer Paul Andrew is stepping down as creative director of Salvatore Ferragamo, effective in May, the fashion house said Thursday.
Business
April 8

US jobless claims up to 744K as virus still forces layoffs

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 744,000, signaling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, consumers gain confidence and the government distributes aid throughout the economy.
Business
April 8

Pandemic-weary chefs, cooks enjoy serving from home

When COVID-19 shutdowns hit in March 2020, Mike Winneker, a hotel executive sous chef, found himself without work for the first time in years. Between caring for a 6-year-old son and waiting for unemployment benefits, days now spent at home in Scottsdale were stressful.
World
April 8

Tunisia strengthens virus restrictions ahead of Ramadan

Tunisia is extending its nighttime curfew by three hours and tightening other restrictions ahead of Ramadan following an uptick of COVID-19 infections.
Business
April 8

UK infections drop about 60% amid vaccinations, lockdown

The U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England.
World
April 8

Spain's Sánchez tries to contain migration with Africa visit

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is on a mini-tour to two African nations that are key in the European country's new push to bolster ties with the neighboring continent and mitigate the migration flows that many fear could increase as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Business
April 8

Australia halts AstraZeneca vaccine for most people under 50

Australia on Thursday become the latest country to restrict use of the AstraZeneca vaccine by recommending that it not be given to people under age 50.
World
April 8

Dutch police detain man in plot to attack vaccination center

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of plotting a crime with "terrorist intent" for allegedly planning to set off what they described as a "firework bomb" at a coronavirus vaccination center, prosecutors said Thursday.
Business
April 8

Asia Today: Modi gets 2nd vaccine dose as India hits record

India's prime minister received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Nation
April 8

New film follows 2 zombie moviemakers with Down syndrome

Two best friends with Down syndrome who caused a sensation four years ago when they created their own gory zombie movie are back, this time in a documentary championed by a Hollywood luminary.
Business
April 8

Holocaust survivors use social media to fight anti-Semitism

Alarmed by a rise in online anti-Semitism during the pandemic, coupled with studies indicating younger generations lack even basic knowledge of the Nazi genocide, Holocaust survivors are taking to social media to share their experiences of how hate speech paved the way for mass murder.
Local
April 8
Imam Sharif Mohamed consulted with Dr. Thomas Wyatt, who used a GPS compass app to find the location to place a qibla sticker in HCMC’s Emergency De

New prayer stickers in Hennepin Healthcare are a welcome message for Muslim patients

Hospital leaders and faith groups said the signs are about giving Muslims a space that's more inclusive and improves their health.
World
April 8

Iran sets coronavirus infection record for 3rd straight day

Iran hit a new coronavirus infection record on Thursday for the third straight day, reporting 22,586 new cases as the country grapples with a severe spike following the Persian New Year holiday.
Sports
April 8

French Open postponed by 1 week because of pandemic

For the second year in a row, the traditional French Open schedule is being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.