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US jobless claims hit 3.3 million, quadruple previous record

Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — more than quadruple the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. The surge in weekly applications was a stunning reflection of ...

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Missouri reports more than 350 confirmed coronavirus cases

Missouri health officials said the state now has confirmed 356 cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 101 since Tuesday, as Gov. Mike Parson announced more steps to help the fight the spread of the virus. The youngest of the ...

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Fed chair Powell says will provide nearly unlimited lending

Jerome Powell says the Federal Reserve would provide essentially unlimited lending to support the economy as long as it is damaged by the viral outbreak. In an interview Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, the Fed chair said the bank’s ...

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2 more residents of Springfield assisted-living center die

Two more residents of a southwest Missouri assisted-living center have died from the coronavirus, bringing the number of deaths in the state to eight. The deaths of the two women, one in her 70s and one in her 90s, were ...

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Tokyo’s delayed Olympics: Who pays bills for another year?

With the Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021, now comes the multi-billion-dollar question: Who pays the bills for the delay, and how large will they be? The most likely answer is — primarily Japanese taxpayers. “Of course there will be costs,” ...

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Number of Missouri coronavirus cases tops 250, with 8 deaths

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Missouri has increased to more than 250 and state health officials said the rise is due partly to better access to testing. Eight deaths from the virus have been reported, including three women ...

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Illinois could need 38K more beds if virus isn’t contained

Illinois would have to double the number of available hospital beds in the next two weeks to treat COVID-19 patients if the coronavirus is not contained amid a pandemic that has claimed at least 16 lives in the state, Gov. ...

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Too big to infect? Some US leaders defy virus guidelines

The State Department has advised against all international travel because of the coronavirus, but that didn’t stop Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from flying to Afghanistan this week. Gyms across the nation’s capital are shuttered, but Sen. Rand Paul, an ...

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White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

President Donald Trump speaks during a Fox News virtual town hall as from left, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and Vice President Mike Pence listen, in the Rose Garden at the White House on Tuesday in Washington. AP Photo by Evan Vucci

The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

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