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03/09/2020

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As the rest of the world grapples with a burgeoning virus outbreak, China's ruling Communist Party has turned to its pro...
03/09/2020
China turns to propaganda to right image in virus 'war'

As the rest of the world grapples with a burgeoning virus outbreak, China's ruling Communist Party has turned to its propaganda playbook. It portrays President Xi as firmly in charge, leading an army of health workers in a “people’s war” against the virus.

BEIJING (AP) — As the rest of the world grapples with a burgeoning virus outbreak, China's ruling Communist Party has deployed its propaganda playbook to portray its leader as firmly in charge,...

One of the largest demonstrations occurred in Chile, where crowds estimated at 125,000 flooded the streets of the capita...
03/08/2020
Protests and celebrations mark Women's Day, despite threats

One of the largest demonstrations occurred in Chile, where crowds estimated at 125,000 flooded the streets of the capital with dancing, music and angry demands for gender equality and an end to violence against women.

NEW YORK (AP) — From the streets of Manila to the plazas of Santiago, Chile, people around the world marked International Women’s Day on Sunday with calls to end exploitation and increase...

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are scheduled to fulfill their final royal commitment this week. Monday's appearance ...
03/08/2020
Royal farewell: Harry, Meghan on final duty before new life

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are scheduled to fulfill their final royal commitment this week. Monday's appearance in London comes two months after the couple announced plans to walk away from their royal duties and earn their own living.

LONDON (AP) — It’s definitely a farewell. But will it be fond? Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, will fulfill their final royal commitment when they appear Monday at...

Grand Princess Capt. John Smith, in a recording provided by a passenger, told guests he anticipated arrival at the Port ...
03/08/2020
Cruise ship hit by virus to dock in Oakland, California

Grand Princess Capt. John Smith, in a recording provided by a passenger, told guests he anticipated arrival at the Port of Oakland this afternoon. The ship is carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 countries.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A cruise ship that was hit by the new coronavirus is headed to the port of Oakland, California, the captain told passengers Saturday night. Grand Princess Capt. John...

“McCoy Tyner’s music and legacy will continue to inspire fans and future talent for generations to come.”
03/08/2020
McCoy Tyner, iconic and influential jazz pianist, dies

“McCoy Tyner’s music and legacy will continue to inspire fans and future talent for generations to come.”

NEW YORK (AP) — McCoy Tyner, the groundbreaking and influential jazz pianist and the last surviving member of the John Coltrane Quartet, has died. He was 81. Tyner’s family confirmed the...

“I think it’s pretty clear we’re in a pandemic and I don’t know why WHO is resisting that,” said Michael Osterholm, dire...
03/07/2020
As virus outbreaks multiply, UN declines to declare pandemic

“I think it’s pretty clear we’re in a pandemic and I don’t know why WHO is resisting that,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

LONDON (AP) — As cases of the coronavirus surge in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the U.S. and elsewhere, many scientists say it's plain that the world is in the grips of a pandemic — a serious global...

In declaring war on the coronavirus, Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard is now seeking absolution from a public sti...
03/07/2020
Iran's Revolutionary Guard seeks absolution in virus fight

In declaring war on the coronavirus, Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard is now seeking absolution from a public still angry over it accidentally shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner. The Guard has been increasingly and publicly involved in the fight against the virus outbreak.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Wearing gas masks and waterproof fatigues, members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard now spray down streets and hospitals with disinfectants as the Islamic Republic...

Highlights of some of the most compelling images made or published by the Associated Press in the past week from around ...
03/07/2020
AP Week in Pictures

Highlights of some of the most compelling images made or published by the Associated Press in the past week from around the world.

FEBRUARY 29 - MARCH 6, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press in the past week from around the world.

“We were all eating, drinking, singing and clapping to the music,” said Pat McCauley, who had gone to the Washington sta...
03/07/2020
Nursing home showed few signs it prepared for virus outbreak

“We were all eating, drinking, singing and clapping to the music,” said Pat McCauley, who had gone to the Washington state nursing home visiting a friend. “In hindsight, it was a real germ-fest.”

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — In the days before the Life Care Center nursing home became ground zero for coronavirus deaths in the U.S., there were few signs it was girding against an illness spreading...

“It’s a day for many people of mourning, just true mourning and grieving." Sen. Elizabeth Warren's exit from the preside...
03/06/2020
A promising 2020 presidential campaign for women falls short

“It’s a day for many people of mourning, just true mourning and grieving." Sen. Elizabeth Warren's exit from the presidential race was a final blow to hopes, once so bright, that a woman would be chosen to face President Trump.

At her home in suburban Detroit, Jill Warren spent Thursday morning glued to her phone, searching for news about the woman she fiercely believed should be the next president of the United States:...

Thousands of miles from their native land, hundreds of China’s Uighurs work for a company that supplies Apple, Lenovo, a...
03/05/2020
China-made phones, tablets tainted by coerced Uighur labor

Thousands of miles from their native land, hundreds of China’s Uighurs work for a company that supplies Apple, Lenovo, and other major tech brands. Sent by the government, they’re not allowed to leave their factory compound without a chaperone or wear headscarves and practice Islam. It's the latest sign that companies outside China are benefiting from Beijing’s coercive labor policies, aimed at assimilating entire ethnicities.

NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech...

Emotion and other psychological factors determine how much people worry about catching the coronavirus. Experts say judg...
03/05/2020
Science Says: How risky is that virus? Your mind may mislead

Emotion and other psychological factors determine how much people worry about catching the coronavirus. Experts say judgment isn't just a rational analysis, and the outbreak presents “hot buttons” that bump up our perceptions of the risk.

NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Alexander, a property manager in Virginia Beach, Virginia, started the day Monday thinking that she might avoid shaking hands because of the coronavirus outbreak. Then...

From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to curb the impact of a new Trump administration rule that could caus...
03/05/2020
Food stamp change fuels anxiety as states try to curb impact

From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to curb the impact of a new Trump administration rule that could cause nearly 700,000 people to lose food stamp benefits.

CHICAGO (AP) — Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for...

“We literally have the potential to take people who are essentially blind and make them see."
03/05/2020
Doctors try 1st CRISPR editing in the body for blindness

“We literally have the potential to take people who are essentially blind and make them see."

Scientists say they have used the gene editing tool CRISPR inside someone's body for the first time, a new frontier for efforts to operate on DNA, the chemical code of life, to treat...

Bloomberg announced his departure from the race after a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday in the slate of states tha...
03/04/2020
Bloomberg quits the 2020 presidential race, endorses Biden

Bloomberg announced his departure from the race after a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday in the slate of states that account for almost one-third of the total delegates available in the Democratic nominating contest. He won only the territory of American Samoa and picked up several dozen delegates elsewhere.

NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the...

The clash between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, each leading coalitions of disparate demographics and political beliefs,...
03/04/2020
Sanders wins top prize, California; Biden surges nationwide

The clash between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, each leading coalitions of disparate demographics and political beliefs, peaked on a day that could determine whether the Democratic battle will stretch all the way to the July convention or be decided much sooner.

Biden and Sanders took aim at each other from dueling victory speeches:

“People are talking about a revolution. We started a movement,” Biden charged.

“You cannot beat Trump with the same-old, same-old kind of politics,” Sanders declared.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders seized Super Tuesday’s biggest prize with a victory in California, while a resurgent Joe Biden scored wins across the country with the backing of a diverse...

Joe Biden has scored Super Tuesday victories in Minnesota and across the South, building on momentum that has revived hi...
03/04/2020
Biden wins Minnesota, surges in South; Sanders wins Colorado

Joe Biden has scored Super Tuesday victories in Minnesota and across the South, building on momentum that has revived his Democratic presidential campaign. Bernie Sanders has wins in Colorado and his home state of Vermont.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden scored key Super Tuesday victories in Minnesota and across the South, building on momentum that has swiftly revived his Democratic presidential campaign in recent days....

Sales of hand sanitizer soared due to coronavirus fears. Now many stores are sold out and it's not clear how long it wil...
03/04/2020
Looking for hand sanitizer? Good luck finding it

Sales of hand sanitizer soared due to coronavirus fears. Now many stores are sold out and it's not clear how long it will take retailers to restock. The CDC reminds people that soap and water remains the best way to clean your hands.

NEW YORK (AP) — The hand sanitizers on Amazon were overpriced. A Walmart this weekend was completely sold out. Only on his third try was Ken Smith able to find the clear gel — at a Walgreens,...

AP VoteCast: Surveys of voters in several Super Tuesday contests show that many Democratic voters made last-minute decis...
03/04/2020
AP VoteCast: Many Democratic voters made last-minute picks

AP VoteCast: Surveys of voters in several Super Tuesday contests show that many Democratic voters made last-minute decisions before casting their ballot.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Democratic voters in Super Tuesday's presidential primaries made up their minds just before casting a ballot — a sign of fluidity in a race recently upended by Joe Biden's...

Millions of voters from Maine to California are headed to the polls on Super Tuesday, a day that's rich with delegates i...
03/03/2020
Super Tuesday's Sanders-Biden fight to shape Democratic race

Millions of voters from Maine to California are headed to the polls on Super Tuesday, a day that's rich with delegates in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. Follow our complete coverage: http://apne.ws/oemuGDB

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Millions of voters from Maine to California were casting ballots in a series of high-stakes Super Tuesday primary contests that tested the strength of starkly different visions...

“I can’t go back to my country. I can’t go forward. I’m stuck. I don’t know what to do,” said a 25-year-old Cameroonian ...
03/03/2020
Trump allies in Americas block Africans' path to US asylum

“I can’t go back to my country. I can’t go forward. I’m stuck. I don’t know what to do,” said a 25-year-old Cameroonian who hasn’t been able to make it from southern Mexico to the U.S. to seek asylum.

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't the only world leader making it virtually impossible for many Africans to get asylum in the United States. He's getting plenty of help from...

As a new and frightening virus closes in, North Korea presents itself as a fortress, tightening its borders as cadres st...
03/03/2020
North Korean swagger may conceal brewing virus disaster

As a new and frightening virus closes in, North Korea presents itself as a fortress, tightening its borders as cadres stage a monumental disinfection and monitoring program. That image of world-defying impregnability, however, may belie a brewing disaster.

TOKYO (AP) — In these days of infection and fear, a recent propaganda photo sums up the image North Korea wants to show the world, as well as its people: Soldiers with black surgical masks...

Pete Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy ended far short of its goal. But it will likely still be remembered as proof of ...
03/03/2020
Buttigieg's White House bid ensures place in LGBTQ history

Pete Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy ended far short of its goal. But it will likely still be remembered as proof of the remarkable advances made by LGBTQ Americans in their quest for equality and acceptance.

NEW YORK (AP) — A divisive debate over same-sex marriage animated the 2004 presidential election as voters across the country approved constitutional amendments banning such unions. Sixteen years...

As a field that once featured more than two dozen candidates shrinks to just five, the choice for Democratic primary vot...
03/02/2020
Biden nabs Klobuchar, Buttigieg backing on Super Tuesday eve

As a field that once featured more than two dozen candidates shrinks to just five, the choice for Democratic primary voters is becoming clearer. On one side stands Joe Biden, a 77-year-old lifelong politician who represents a pragmatic approach to governing that emphasizes bipartisanship and more modest change. On the other stands Bernie Sanders, a 78-year-old democratic socialist who has for decades demanded aggressive liberal shifts that seek to transform the nation’s political and economic systems.

HOUSTON (AP) — Rivals no more, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg united behind Joe Biden's presidential bid on Monday as the Democratic Party's moderate wing scrambled to boost the former vice...

Joe Biden is trying to cast himself as the clear moderate alternative to progressive Bernie Sanders ahead of Super Tuesd...
03/02/2020
Biden fights for momentum in Democrats' shifting primary

Joe Biden is trying to cast himself as the clear moderate alternative to progressive Bernie Sanders ahead of Super Tuesday. Biden made a swipe at one of Sanders' signature lines: “The people aren't looking for revolution. They're looking for results." Sanders in turn attacked Biden's record on foreign policy and other issues: “My point here is to ask you, ‘What campaign is going to beat Donald Trump?"

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — An emboldened Joe Biden is trying to cast himself as the clear moderate alternative to progressive Bernie Sanders as the Democrats' shrinking presidential field races toward...

“The truth is the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause.”
03/02/2020
Buttigieg ends historic presidential campaign, urges unity

“The truth is the path has narrowed to a close for our candidacy if not for our cause.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg, who rose from being an Indiana mayor to a barrier-breaking, top-tier candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, ended his campaign on...

Joe Biden hopes his decisive victory in the South Carolina primary will be enough to establish him as the clear alternat...
03/01/2020
Biden wins South Carolina, hopes for Super Tuesday momentum

Joe Biden hopes his decisive victory in the South Carolina primary will be enough to establish him as the clear alternative to Bernie Sanders as the Democratic presidential race moves into a new phase. Sanders is betting he can amass an insurmountable delegate lead in next week’s Super Tuesday voting, when voters in 14 states award one third of the total number of presidential delegates.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden scored a convincing victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Saturday, riding a wave of African American support and ending progressive rival Bernie...

“By being able to see it with your own two eyes and feel like you’re standing there, you not only get the message of the...
02/29/2020
High-tech Chicago exhibit puts visitors eye-to-eye with MLK

“By being able to see it with your own two eyes and feel like you’re standing there, you not only get the message of the words, but the message of the energy that he put behind those words.”

CHICAGO (AP) — Imagine being so close to Martin Luther King Jr. as he gives one of the world's most famous speeches that you notice the creases in his face and then realize the late civil rights...

The benchmark Dow Jones index has lost 13% since hitting a record high 10 days ago.
02/28/2020
Another slump delivers worst week for Wall Street since 2008

The benchmark Dow Jones index has lost 13% since hitting a record high 10 days ago.

Stocks sank again after another wild day, extending a rout that left Wall Street with its worst week since October 2008. The market clawed back much of its intraday losses in the last 15 minutes...

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02/28/2020

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Workers helping with the census in remote Alaska not only face bitter cold and sometimes have to sleep on the floor of g...
02/28/2020
Census hiccups in Alaska may offer preview for rest of US

Workers helping with the census in remote Alaska not only face bitter cold and sometimes have to sleep on the floor of government buildings, they say their technology is unreliable and they never know when they will get their next assignment.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than a month into the start of the 2020 census in rural Alaska, some workers going door to door have grown frustrated by not knowing when they will get their next...

Many businesses are sold out, while others are limiting how many masks a customer can buy. Amazon is policing its site, ...
02/28/2020
Coronavirus fear touches off a global run on face masks

Many businesses are sold out, while others are limiting how many masks a customer can buy. Amazon is policing its site, trying to make sure sellers don’t gouge panicked buyers.

Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite medical experts' advice that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them. Many businesses are...

Many businesses all over the world are sold out, while others are limiting how many masks a customer can buy. Amazon is ...
02/28/2020
Coronavirus fear touches off a global run on face masks

Many businesses all over the world are sold out, while others are limiting how many masks a customer can buy. Amazon is policing its site, trying to make sure sellers don’t gouge panicked buyers.

Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite medical experts' advice that most people who aren't sick don't need to wear them. Many businesses are...

The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube...
02/27/2020
Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over virus; Iran says 22 dead

The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world's 1.8 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move...

Bernie Sanders has moved to the front of the Democratic presidential race thanks in part to a policy platform that inclu...
02/27/2020
On education, Sanders lauded for substance, knocked for cost

Bernie Sanders has moved to the front of the Democratic presidential race thanks in part to a policy platform that includes proposals for free college and support for public schools.

During the 2016 Democratic presidential race, when Bernie Sanders pushed making college free, it was seen as a radical idea from a fringe candidate. The Vermont senator returned with the...

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