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School’s out…well…for the rest of the year

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Schools across Ohio will stay closed for the remainder of the school year while classes continue remotely, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday. DeWine, who was the first governor in the nation to shutter schools ...

Hospital doctor’s murder trial in 25 deaths delayed to ’21

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital doctor accused of ordering excessive painkiller doses for dozens of patients who died won't face trial on murder charges until next year. William Husel was scheduled for trial in Columbus this June, but it was delayed by a ban on mass gatherings ...

Police: At least 13 killed in shooting rampage in Canada

By Rob Gillies The Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — A man wearing a police uniform went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, killing 13 people, in the deadliest such attack in the country in 30 years. Officials said the suspected shooter was also dead. ...

Video tribute honors Oklahoma bombing victims amid outbreak

By Sean Murphy and Ken Miller The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Survivors and loved ones of the 168 people who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing were not able to gather Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the attack, but that did not stop them from ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely blames governors for virus test

By Hope Yen The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is wrongly casting blame on governors and the Obama administration for shortages in coronavirus testing and declaring victory over what he calls relatively low death rates in the U.S. That's too soon to tell. A ...

Ohio governor calls for federal help with testing materials

COLUMBUS (AP) — The governor of Ohio called on the federal government to help provide crucial materials that would allow a dramatic increase in testing for coronavirus in his state — and later reported a “very positive” response from the agency concerned. Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday ...

Official: Police kill gunman who hijacked Dallas-area bus

ROWLETT, Texas (AP) — A man opened fire on a Dallas-area public bus on Sunday, hijacking it with two people aboard and leading officers on a chase that ended in a shootout in which the man was killed and three officers were wounded, according to police officials. A man got on the Dallas ...

Belgian bluebells are too beautiful to see during pandemic

By Raf Casert The Associated Press HALLE, Belgium (AP) — When nature is at its brightest this year, it needs to be hidden from sight. Parks and woods in Belgium, like in much of Europe, are a riot of color and scents in springtime, many so magnificent they would draw far too thick a ...

Pentagon: $10B cloud contract that snubbed Amazon was legal

By Robert Burns AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's process for awarding a highly lucrative cloud computing contract to Microsoft instead of Amazon was in line with legal and government purchasing standards, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The ...

Stocks rise as traders see hopeful signs in fighting virus

By Alex Veiga AP Business Writer Stocks moved broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as the White House and a number of state governors weigh how to gradually reopen the economy following some signs that the coronavirus pandemic may be leveling off in some of the hardest-hit areas. ...

IMF: Global economy will suffer worst year since Great Depression

By Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Beaten down by the coronavirus outbreak, the world economy in 2020 will suffer its worst year since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast. The IMF said ...

Voters reject Trump’s pick in chaotic Wisconsin court race

By Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A liberal challenger on Monday ousted a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice endorsed by President Donald Trump, overcoming a successful push by Republicans to forge ahead with last week's election even ...

North Korea fires barrage of missiles from ground and air

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A barrage of North Korean missiles fired from both the ground and fighter jets splashed down on the waters off the country’s east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, a show of force on the eve of a key state anniversary in the North and parliamentary ...

Workers sue McDonald’s over harassment at Florida stores

By Dee-Ann Durbin The Associated Press Two McDonald’s workers in Florida are filing a $500 million class action lawsuit against the company, claiming a “systemic sexual harassment problem” at company-owned stores. The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Illinois, where ...

OPEC, oil nations agree to nearly 10M barrel cut amid virus

By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations on Sunday finalized an unprecedented production cut of nearly 10 million barrels, or a tenth of global supply, in hopes of boosting crashing prices amid the coronavirus ...

Stores try to stay relevant while their doors are closed

By Anne D’Innocenzio AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Long before there was a global coronavirus pandemic, brick-and-mortar retailers struggled to get people to walk through their doors instead of shopping online. Now those retailers are faced with an even more Herculean task: how to ...

Seeking answers

By John Flesher and Seth Borenstein The Associated Press An invisible enemy is killing thousands and forcing people worldwide to cower behind closed doors. Unfounded conspiracy theories and miracle "cures" abound on social media. Politicians and pundits send mixed messages about how to ...

Unemployed Ohioans wait, & wait, for checks from state

By John Seewer and Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Ohio fields record unemployment claims, many workers out of a job find themselves scrambling to make ends meet as they wait days or weeks for their claim to be processed and checks to be issued. Nearly ...

Older states grapple with fear, isolation and medical care

By David Sharp The Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — This isn't the way Betsy Steen and her husband wanted to spend their golden years: Hunkered down at home, living with fear and isolation. Steen, 76, and her husband David, 75, both take immuno-suppressant medications, placing ...

Easter storms sweep South, killing at least 6 in Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Strong storms pounded the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least six people in south Mississippi and damaging up to 300 homes and other buildings in northern Louisiana. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel said one person killed was in Walthall ...