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Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent

March 31, 2020, 12:45pm Nation & World

BELGRADE, Serbia — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade’s graveyards won’t be big enough to bury the dead if people ignore his government’s lockdown orders. Read story

U.S. warship captain seeks crew isolation as virus spreads

March 31, 2020, 12:41pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore, which would take the warship out of duty in an effort to save lives. Read story

Disputed Canada-U.S. oil pipeline work to start in April

March 31, 2020, 12:39pm Business

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Canadian company said Tuesday it plans to start construction of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline through the U.S. Midwest in April, after lining up customers and money for the project that is bitterly opposed by environmentalists and some American Indian tribes. Read story

Ships with people from ill-fated cruise beg Florida to dock

March 31, 2020, 9:27am Nation & World

MIAMI (AP) — Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are eager to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state's health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship's coronavirus caseload. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that the decision would be punted to Washington if authorities can't agree. Read story

NYC reports 1st coronavirus death of a person under 18

March 31, 2020, 9:24am Health

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 300 New Yorkers died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a somber-sounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday as temporary hospital beds were made available to help relieve the stress on city hospitals inundated with virus patients. Read story

Storms leave damage, power outages in Alabama, Mississippi

March 31, 2020, 9:23am Nation & World

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An apparent tornado slammed into an Alabama neighborhood, shattering more than a dozen homes Tuesday while people were hunkered down inside because of the coronavirus outbreak, as storms caused damage from Mississippi to Georgia. Read story

Workers find mortar shell near Greek parliament in Athens

March 31, 2020, 9:17am Nation & World

ATHENS — Police in Greece have cordoned off an area near the country’s parliament after workers found what is believed to be a decades-old mortar shell while doing water line maintenance. Read story

Royal no more: Harry and Meghan start uncertain new chapter

March 31, 2020, 9:12am Nation & World

LONDON — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan officially make the transition Tuesday from senior members of Britain’s royal family to — well, it’s unclear. International celebrities, charity patrons, global influencers? Read story

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters get warmer

March 31, 2020, 6:03am Life

PORTLAND, Maine — Climate change is imperiling the world’s largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Read story

Sesame Workshop enlists Elmo, Cookie Monster on hand-washing

March 30, 2020, 7:49pm Entertainment

NEW YORK — Elmo, Rooster and Cookie Monster are doing their part to help keep kids safe as the coronavirus pandemic grinds on. Read story