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Health workers from Wuhan's Tongji Hospital share an emotional embrace with their peers from a hospital in Jilin province at the Tianhe Airport. Colleagues who worked on the front lines together for the past two months bid farewell as Wuhan lifts the lockdown on Wednesday.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 11:34

The end of the city's 76-day lockdown is a milestone in China's efforts to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus that sickened more than 80,000 across the country and overwhelmed health systems.

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:58

Online sexual abuse is rising as countries close schools and impose various shutdown measures to contain the new coronavirus pandemic, children's rights advocates in Southeast Asia warn.

Despite two failed attempts for the Democratic nomination, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has left a major mark on the party he never formally joined.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:38

The Vermont senator is exiting the 2020 race, bowing to the commanding delegate lead that former Vice President Joe Biden has established.

General Motors and Ventec Life Systems are partnering to produce ventilators at the GM manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Ind.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:18

The ventilators will be delivered to the national stockpile by August. The contract, worth nearly $500 million, is the first ventilator order placed using the Defense Production Act.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday released a list of additional items they believe need to be included in the next emergency relief package to respond to the coronavirus.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 09:34

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants another $250 billion for small businesses. Democrats want that, plus $250 billion for hospitals and state and local governments.

Eric Yuan says Zoom will put security first, as it tries to regain users' trust.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 09:17

Eric Yuan says he is willing to make his video-conferencing software harder to use, if that means it will be safer. Zoom is grappling with a wave of online harassment on its platform.

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 08:30

A new national survey also suggests most teens are following coronavirus news closely — and they're worried.

Doctors say it's not uncommon for the coronavirus to spread quickly through a family. And that's hard on everyone involved.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 08:00

Edgar Urriola got sick around St. Patrick's Day; he's now on a ventilator. Then the kids got ill. Now his family is trying to keep life as normal as possible while hoping for his recovery.

A Roma family rides a cart loaded with scrap metal to be sold as they get out from Pata-Rât city dump in northwestern Romania.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 06:59

Many in Europe's largest ethnic minority group live in poor, marginalized communities where conditions could lead to a swift outbreak, say researchers and activists.

The virtual happy hour has taken on huge importance at a time when life is otherwise in lockdown. Workers are learning a lot more about their colleagues in the process.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 06:37

The virtual happy hour has taken on huge importance at a time when life is otherwise in lockdown. Workers are learning a lot more about their colleagues in the process.

Millions of jobs have been lost as businesses keep their doors closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Working women have been hit hardest, accounting for nearly 60% of the early job cuts.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 04:01

Millions of jobs have been lost as businesses keep their doors closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Working women have been hit hardest, accounting for nearly 60% of the early job cuts.

Because of the coronavirus, mail volume is down, and the U.S. Postal Service says it may run out of money by this summer.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 04:01

Mail volume is way down, and the U.S. Postal Service is running out of cash. Advocates want Congress to provide additional funding in the next rescue package.

Despite a plea from the governor not to, Michigan's lawmakers met Tuesday at the state's Capitol in Lansing amid the coronavirus pandemic. On the Capitol's steps, demonstrators protested the closure of businesses across the state and the ability to travel freely under the state's stay-at-home order.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 04:01

Many state legislative sessions were cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now lawmakers, itching to complete state business, are reconvening despite health warnings.

Batches of 8 million protective masks are unloaded from a Lufthansa airplane at the Franz Josef Strauss airport in Munich on Tuesday after arriving from Shanghai.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 04:00

More countries are imposing export restrictions on essential medical materials, to try to keep domestically produced goods — like masks, gloves and ventilators — available for domestic needs.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, behind in the delegate count, is considering his options and what to do now.
Wed, 04/08/2020 - 04:00

One of the hardest decisions for any candidate to make is whether to drop out of a race. It's even harder for the Vermont senator, who, at 78, likely wouldn't run for president again.

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