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Civil rights leader, MLK aide Joseph Lowery dies

March 28, 2020, 8:55pm Nation & World

ATLANTA — The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, a family statement said. He was 98. Read story

North Korea fires missiles into sea

March 28, 2020, 8:47pm Nation & World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea said, calling it “very inappropriate” at a time when the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

Three more national parks close

March 28, 2020, 8:24pm Nation & World

SALT LAKE CITY — Three more of America’s most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks. Read story

Tornado tears through shopping area in Arkansas

March 28, 2020, 7:54pm Nation & World

JONESBORO, Ark. — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving three people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. Read story

States grapple with gun restrictions, background checks amid outbreak

March 28, 2020, 7:51pm Nation & World

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren’t essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on gun sales. Read story

Australia to fly 800 cruise passengers to Germany

March 28, 2020, 7:15pm Nation & World

SYDNEY — Australian authorities pressed ahead Saturday with plans to fly 800 cruise ship passengers to Germany this weekend after a downward revision in the number of people on board who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. Read story

Amid virus, cherished traditions halted in Middle East

March 28, 2020, 7:11pm Nation & World

BAGHDAD — Under the sign “Take out only” and a tall bottle of antiseptic by his side, Mazin Hashim, 54, rearranged the coals heating a water pipe outside his famed cafe in Baghdad. Read story

Farmworkers key to U.S. food supply wary of virus

March 28, 2020, 6:40pm Nation & World

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Salvador Calzadillas isn’t worried about catching the coronavirus when he’s picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California. But he said the mere act of getting to the groves each day puts him and his wife, also a farmworker, at risk, and there’s nothing they can do to change that. Read story

Restaurants revamp menus, operations to stay afloat

March 28, 2020, 6:38pm Nation & World

CINCINNATI — In the battle to keep their New York City restaurant going despite sharp restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak, the owners of Il Posto Accanto tried something Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta would have considered sacrilege in normal times. Read story

Virus roils every segment of child welfare system

March 28, 2020, 6:36pm Nation & World

NEW YORK — Child welfare agencies across the U.S., often beleaguered in the best of times, are scrambling to confront new challenges that the coronavirus is posing for caseworkers, kids and parents. Read story