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Virus prevention measures turn violent in parts of Africa

March 28, 2020, 6:20pm Nation & World

JOHANNESBURG — Police fired tear gas at a crowd of Kenyan ferry commuters as the country’s first day of a coronavirus curfew slid into chaos. Elsewhere, officers were captured in mobile phone footage whacking people with batons. Read story

‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America

March 28, 2020, 2:56pm Nation & World

DETROIT (AP) — As the United States led the world with confirmed coronavirus cases, cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans grew as hotspots Saturday, while the virus continued to pummel New York City and made its way into rural America. Read story

New York delays presidential primary; Trump eyes a quarantine

March 28, 2020, 2:55pm Nation & World

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus cases kept rising in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump said Saturday he is considering a quarantine affecting residents of the state and neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday he wasn’t sure what the president meant but didn’t “like the sound of it.” Meanwhile, Cuomo postponed New York’s presidential primary from April to June, and… Read story

In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

March 27, 2020, 7:37pm Nation & World

TEHRAN, Iran — Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. Read story

Pope prays for ‘fragile’ humanity needing help

March 27, 2020, 7:35pm Nation & World

VATICAN CITY — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other’s help and comfort. Read story

Cruise stocks sink as industry left out of relief bill

March 27, 2020, 6:22pm Nation & World

Shares of cruise lines have taken on more water after the industry’s major players were shut out from government assistance as part of the major economic-recovery bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday Read story

Judge rejects appeal from man with life sentence in al-Qaida plot

March 27, 2020, 6:21pm Nation & World

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge again rejected a request from a northern Virginia man who sought to overturn his life sentence for joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate then-President George W. Bush. Read story

Federal prisons struggle to combat growing COVID-19 fears

March 27, 2020, 4:30pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON — When a federal correction officer geared up for duty recently at a Florida prison complex, he added an N95 mask amid coronavirus fears. He has a sister who had an organ transplant and an elderly mother at home. Read story

Not all or nothing: Anti-virus lockdowns could lift slowly

March 27, 2020, 2:45pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON — For the millions of Americans living under some form of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, not knowing when the restrictions will end is a major source of anxiety. Will life events — weddings, funerals, even just simple nights out with friends — be delayed for a few weeks, a few months or much longer? Read story

‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ actor Mark Blum, 69, dies from COVID-19 complications

March 27, 2020, 12:48pm Entertainment

Mark Blum, the actor known for roles in “Crocodile Dundee” and “Desperately Seeking Susan,” has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 69. Read story