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Instacart said it would distribute supplies, including hand sanitizer, to more workers and that it would change some tipping settings. But it didn't address paid sick leave for its contractors.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 08:03

Amazon workers in New York and Instacart workers nationwide plan to walk off their jobs Monday. They want more access to paid sick leave as well as protective gear and other safety measures.

The International Olympic Committee has set firm dates for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which will now start in July of 2021. Here, a man walks past a banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Sunday, after a late-season snow in Tokyo. Millions of Tokyo residents were asked to stay home this weekend, due to the new coronavirus.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 07:46

Despite the rescheduling, the next Olympics will still be known as the Tokyo 2020 games, the International Olympic Committee says.

Facebook says it's dedicating $100 million to prop up news organizations pummeled by the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 05:00

Facebook says it will give $25 million to help smaller U.S. newsrooms cover the coronavirus. It's pledging $75 million to buy ads in publications in the U.S. and pandemic hot spots in Europe.

As a large number of companies opt to work from home, cybersecurity experts say it's a hacker's paradise.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:36

Many companies' employees are working from home during the coronavirus. Alexander Urbelis, hacker-turned-information-security attorney, says the remote working environment is a hacker's paradise.

Chief Justice John Roberts prepares to speak at the University of Kentucky College of Law's judicial conference and speaker series in Lexington, Ky, on Feb. 1, 2017.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:00

Supreme Court justices make a big effort to visit public universities. State public records shine a light on these visits, and what they cost the public.

President Trump on Sunday described models showing U.S. coronavirus cases could peak in two weeks — at Easter — a time when he had hoped things would be back to normal for parts of the country.
Mon, 03/30/2020 - 04:00

After two weeks of wavering on guidelines that put normal American life on hold, President Trump extended until April 30 measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

President Trump listens as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sunday.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 23:57

The president repeated his claim that the U.S. is surpassing all other countries in coronavirus testing. But measured on a per capita basis, the U.S. is far behind other countries.

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 15:55

Evelyn Sides, who goes by Vadie, wandered off into the woods near Loachapoka, Ala., Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of people searched and found her, unharmed, not far from where she was last seen.

President Trump speaks in the Rose Garden for the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on Sunday.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 15:07

Trump had initially announced 15-day guidelines and said they would be reevaluated. The 15-day period was set to end Monday.

Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, at the opening of a music center named after him in southeastern Poland in 2013.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 14:42

Known early on for his avant-garde works, the composer's challenging music nevertheless found fans far beyond traditional classical music circles.

N95 masks are seen during a donation drive this week.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 13:46

Sunday's planeload comes as the Trump administration faces criticism over its distribution of medical supplies that are in short supply across the country.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Sunday that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 13:32

Fauci's comments underscore just how far away we might be from the projected peak of the outbreak. As of early Sunday afternoon, there were 125,000 cases in America and nearly 2,200 deaths.

A screen grab from a social media video shows a tornado tearing through Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 13:09

The tornado injured at least 22 people and caused extensive damage to many properties. Officials attribute the relatively low number of casualties in part to social distancing and business shutdowns.

In Manhattan, a makeshift morgue is set up next to Lenox Health Greenwich Village.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 12:37

In just two days, the number of coronavirus deaths in the country has doubled from 1,000 fatalities over the course of a month to more than 2,000. Over 135,000 people in the U.S. have been infected.

Universities across the U.S. are gearing up to run coronavirus tests, much like the virology lab at UW Medicine, which includes the University of Washington's medical school and hospitals, started doing early on in the outbreak.
Sun, 03/29/2020 - 10:51

Universities around the country are revamping research labs to help process the backlog of coronavirus tests, thanks to help from student volunteers.

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