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A few miles away yet worlds apart, 2 families wait out virus

One week in isolation. Two families. Only a few miles away, yet a world apart. For San Francisco lawyer Rebecca Biernat, a mother of three, “sheltering in place” started out in a panic, but her family is now adjusting. She ...

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Society’s dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare

As more and more U.S. schools and businesses shutter their doors, the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic is helping to expose society’s dependence – good and bad – on the digital world. Entire swaths of society, including classes we teach at ...

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Missouri swamped by unemployment claims as coronavirus cases exceed 350

The state of Missouri will waive some requirements for receiving unemployment benefits as it tries to respond to a steep increase in claims during the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said. In the past week, the number of claims for unemployment ...

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Senate unanimously passes massive coronavirus aid plan

The Senate passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The unanimous vote Wednesday came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far ...

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Trump’s push to open economy could come at cost of lives

The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping, expensive measures to stem the coronavirus saved one life, it would be worth it. President Donald Trump has another ...

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Ford pushes for factory restart, union not so sure

Ford says it wants to reopen five North American assembly plants in April that were closed due to the threat of coronavirus. The three Detroit automakers suspended production at North American factories March 19 under pressure from the United Auto ...

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US hospitals rush to find beds for surge of virus patients

With her due date fast approaching, Kelly McCarty packed a bag with nursing tops, a robe, slippers and granola bars. Last week’s ultrasound, she said, showed “this baby is head down and ready to go.” But the new coronavirus has ...

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Federal judges urged to free thousands of California inmates

Attorneys representing California inmates late Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking federal judges to free thousands of infirm and lower-security prisoners to prevent what they predict will otherwise be the catastrophic spread of coronavirus through a vulnerable population. They want ...

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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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