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

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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With isolation, abuse activists fear an ‘explosive cocktail’

“Safer at Home.” It’s a slogan of choice for the mandatory confinement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But it’s not true for everyone. As the world’s families hunker down, there’s another danger, less obvious but just ...

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Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months

As cases of coronavirus rise, President Donald Trump said that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the pandemic itself. “We can’t ...

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Texas’ lieutenant governor says US should get ‘back to work’

Texas’ lieutenant governor said Monday night the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70, who the Centers for Disease Control says are at higher risk for ...

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Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread

A series of missteps at the nation’s top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the nation. President Donald Trump assured Americans early this ...

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Congress closing in on nearly $2 trillion virus aid package

Top congressional and White House officials expected to reach a deal Tuesday on a nearly $2 trillion measure aimed at easing the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said ...

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Olympic torch relay: No torch, no torchbearers, no public

The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture — but with no torch, no torchbearers, no public and little ceremony. There will be an Olympic flame — that arrived on March 12 from Greece ...

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Volunteers sew masks for health workers facing shortages

Bill Purdue waterproofs basements for a living, but he has spent the past few days in his buddy’s Washington, Indiana, auto trim and upholstery shop cutting rectangles of cotton fabric that his friend sews into face masks. Fashion designer Briana ...

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