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A woman looks at signs at a store closed due to COVID-19 in Niles, Ill., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 21, 2020 - 8:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed...
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A foreign reporter who was selected to cover the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) walks by medical workers after receiving a coronavirus test, at a hotel in Beijing, Thursday, May 21, 2020. This year's version of China's biggest political meeting of the year will be unlike any other. Delayed from March because of the then-spiraling coronavirus outbreak, the decision to go ahead with the gathering signals a partial return to normalcy in the country where the pandemic first broke out. "Partial" being the operative word: The congress will be far from normal. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
May 20, 2020 - 11:08 pm
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 existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan approves lifting state of emergency in three...
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A dog walks over a sign printed on the pavement, in London, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
May 19, 2020 - 1:31 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ SLOW TURNAROUND: United Airlines said it is seeing a “...
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A woman relaxes in a park with her dog near a large sign, in London, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, after the introduction of measures to bring the country out of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
May 19, 2020 - 1:06 pm
LONDON (AP) — An influential group of British lawmakers on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government of failing to conduct enough tests for the new coronavirus, saying the lapse helped COVID-19 cut a deadly swath through U.K. nursing homes. As official statistics revealed more than...
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A cyclist rides his bike along Waterloo Bridge, in London, Monday, May 18, 2020. Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to allow people to walk and cycle safely as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, including Waterloo Bridge and London Bridge. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
May 19, 2020 - 9:36 am
LONDON (AP) — Unemployment claims in Britain jumped by a record amount in April to their highest level since the 1990s, underscoring the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economy despite government programs to keep workers on payrolls. Jobless claims surged by 856,000 in April, to 2.1...
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A construction crew loads dirt on a building site, Monday, May 18, 2020 in East Greenwich, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
May 19, 2020 - 9:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home building plunged in April to the lowest level in five years, taken down by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that ground breakings plummeted 30.2% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 891,000. That is...
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University of California at Berkeley graduate Tyler Lyson stands in front of Sather Gate on the closed Cal campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, May 11, 2020. For the Class of 2020, the future looks grim. The pandemic has shattered the economy and the high hopes of graduates who, until recently, seemed all but assured of success. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 17, 2020 - 10:40 pm
Tyler Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 27-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley and, on Monday, will become the first in his...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Jeep vehicles are parked outside the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. Defying a wave of layoffs that has sent the U.S. job market into its worst catastrophe on record, at least one major industry is making a comeback: Tens of thousands of auto workers are returning to factories that have been shuttered since mid-March due to fears of spreading the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
May 15, 2020 - 10:37 am
DETROIT (AP) — Defying a wave of layoffs that has sent the U.S. job market into its worst catastrophe on record, at least one major industry is making a comeback: Tens of thousands of auto workers are returning to factories that have been shuttered since mid-March due to fears of spreading the...
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A woman looks at signs at a store closed due to COVID-19 in Niles, Ill., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 14, 2020 - 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as the viral outbreak forced more companies to slash jobs even though most states have begun to let some businesses reopen. Roughly 36 million people have now sought jobless aid in just the two...
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This April 16, 2020 photo shows a real estate company sign marking a home for sale in Harmony, Pa. Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mixed this week, continuing to hover near all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan edged up to 3.26% from 3.23% last week, which was the lowest level since Freddie started tracking rates in 1971. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
May 14, 2020 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were mostly steady this week, hovering near all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan edged up to 3.28% from 3.26% last week. A year ago, the rate stood at 4.07%. The average...
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