April 2020

April 30, 2020
Mexican protest signer Oscar Chávez dies of COVID-19 at 85

One of Mexico's best-known protest singers, Oscar Chávez, has died at age 85, Mexico's culture secretary confirmed Thursday. Local media said he died Thursday of complications from COVID-19, but Mexico's...

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April 30, 2020
Queen and Adam Lambert honor global COVID-19 ‘Champions’

Queen and singer Adam Lambert have a message for workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight: “You Are the Champions.” Brian May, Roger Taylor and Lambert recently gathered virtually...

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April 30, 2020
Slowed COVID-19 spread leaves 1,000s of makeshift beds empty

Illinois has spent tens of millions of dollars building makeshift field hospitals to prepare for an anticipated flood of coronavirus cases, but so far hasn't had to use the thousands...

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April 30, 2020
Health official: Public pools shouldn’t open due to virus

Kentucky's top public health official splashed cold water on the prospect of opening public pools amid the coronavirus outbreak. Public pools should stay closed at least through early summer, Dr....

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April 30, 2020
The United Nations’ own experts slam its treatment of Haiti’s cholera victims

More than a dozen United Nations independent rights experts are slamming the world agency on its response to the cholera epidemic in Haiti that has left more than 10,000 dead...

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April 30, 2020
Apple got stung by coronavirus, but just how badly?

Apple has already warned that earnings will be affected by coronavirus, but that was in February, before COVID-19 had shut down much of the USA.

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April 30, 2020
What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The world's economic pain was on full display Thursday with new bleak evidence from Europe and the United States of the mounting devastation wrought on jobs and economies by coronavirus...

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April 30, 2020
Wisconsin shipyard wins contract to build Navy frigates

The Navy awarded a contract for up to 10 frigates to a Wisconsin shipbuilder on Thursday as the Navy seeks to build smaller, lethal multi-mission warships during a time of...

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April 30, 2020
R.D. Hubbard, horse racing breeder, executive, dies at 84

R.D. Hubbard, who bred, owned and raced thoroughbred and quarter horses and was an influential executive in the racing industry, has died. He was 84. Hubbard died Wednesday at home...

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April 30, 2020
Texas’ virus deaths hit single-day high on eve of reopening

Texas' coronavirus death toll hit a single-day high of 50 on Thursday, just as the state was preparing for a slow reboot of one of the world's largest economies by...

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April 30, 2020
Apple stung by coronavirus, but not as badly as expected

Overall sales higher, after February/March tumble, as consumers began to realize crisis would last longer and they would need work at home gear

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April 30, 2020
Visa 2Q profits up 3.6%, helped by more spending on network

Visa said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter profits increased 3.6% from a year earlier, helped by growth in payments being processed over the company's namesake network. The San Francisco-based company...

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April 30, 2020
A coronavirus drug seems to work. What’s next?

News that an experimental drug seems to be the first effective treatment for the new coronavirus has unleashed a flurry of interest – and a clamor to know how soon...

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April 30, 2020
Site work begins for Everglades water treatment project

Site work has started on a project meant to purify water in the Florida Everglades, state officials announced Thursday. The Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project recently received the required federal...

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April 30, 2020
‘And then, boom’: Outbreak shows shaky ground as Texas opens

Barely a week ago, rural Lamar County could make a pretty good argument for Texas' reopening on Friday. Only a handful of the 50,000 residents here, right on the border...

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April 30, 2020
US officials say virus not man-made, but still considering Chinese lab theory

US intelligence agencies are debunking a conspiracy theory, saying they have concluded that coronavirus was “not man-made or genetically modified”.

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April 30, 2020
Boeing cuts compound virus’s threat to Seattle-area economy

In normal times, news that Boeing is cutting 10 percent of its workforce would be dire in the Seattle area, a region synonymous with aerospace decades before Microsoft and Amazon...

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April 30, 2020
NASA goes private for 1st astronaut lunar landers in decades

NASA is turning to private industry for the first lunar landers for astronauts in a half-century, with three competing, quite contrasting versions. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday the three...

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April 30, 2020
Amazon expects to plow $4B second-quarter profit into improving safety, delivery and wages

Increased demand for groceries and products drove Amazon revenue higher than expected. But costs of hiring and improved safety reduced profits.

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April 30, 2020
Norwegian Cruise Line announces furloughs for 20% of staff as COVID-19 pandemic continues

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced furloughs Thursday in an email to staff from the company's chairman Frank Del Rio. Del Rio said the company took initial measures to cut costs...

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April 30, 2020
Wells Fargo no longer accepting home-equity loan applications - at least for now

Wells Fargo, one of the nation's largest home lenders, has suspended issuing home equity loans, according to news reports. The bank halted issuing new home equity loans amid the economic...

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April 30, 2020
Virus-related delays for Universal parks in Florida, Japan

The company that owns Universal theme parks around the world said it's delaying construction on a fourth theme park in Florida and that the opening of a Nintendo-themed park in...

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April 30, 2020
Nasa goes private for first astronaut lunar landers in decades

Nasa is turning to private industry for the first lunar landers for astronauts in half a century – with three competing, quite contrasting versions.

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April 30, 2020
Oregon aims to include brewpubs, wineries in reopening

Oregon is planning to allow its famed microbreweries and wine tasting rooms to reopen when it starts loosening stay-home orders, rejecting a federal recommendation that bars remain closed. Oregonians will...

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April 30, 2020
Consolidated flights leave planes full and passengers uneasy

Many flights are nearly empty these days, but the high number of cancellations by airlines trying to save money occasionally lead to a flight like the one that Vince Warburton...

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April 30, 2020
FIFA probe: First banks admit money laundering role

An Israeli bank and its Swiss subsidiary agreed to pay over $30 million for their role in conspiring to launder more than $20 million in kickbacks to soccer officials, the...

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April 30, 2020
Georgia Senate signals June likely for legislative restart

Leaders of the Georgia General Assembly are signaling that lawmakers won't return to the Capitol until June, despite Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan continuing to say he would like to...

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April 30, 2020
Visa 2Q profits up 3.6%, helped by more spending on network

Visa said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter profits increased 3.6% from a year earlier, helped by growth in payments being processed over the company's namesake network. The San Francisco-based company...

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April 30, 2020
Brazilians start defying isolation, egged on by Bolsonaro

Divina Baldomero awoke, looked out the window at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach under a cloudless sky, and decided to take her first stroll in 40 days. The 75-year-old restaurant...

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April 30, 2020
Georgia beer named after virus expert Fauci enjoys a 2nd run

The thirst for the beer named after Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to grow. Atlanta-area brewery Wild Heaven Beer has begun to produce a second, larger batch of Fauci Spring, a...

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April 30, 2020
Marco Polo video chat app launches new subscription service

The free Marco Polo video chat app has exploded during the coronavirus pandemic. The app is launching new features for a monthly fee.

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April 30, 2020
Amazon profit falls as pandemic-related costs rise

Amazon's profit fell 29% in the first quarter as its costs for shipping millions of packages to home-bound customers rose. But the online retail behemoth said its sales soared as...

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April 30, 2020
Twitter stock slips amid pandemic-caused revenue uncertainty

Twitter's stock tumbled Thursday after the company failed to show that it's weathering the pandemic-borne digital advertising slump the same way its bigger rivals Facebook and Google are. The San...

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April 30, 2020
Iconic Miami Beach hotel Eden Roc lays off 458

The Eden Roc Miami Beach hotel has said it would lay off a total of 458 workers as a result of dead stop in its operations sparked by the coronavirus...

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April 30, 2020
Who needs woke butter wars? Dairy company removes ‘racist’ depiction of Native American woman… but Native artist says it was fine

Social justice types cheered when Minnesota dairy firm Land O'Lakes removed a “racist” image of a Native American girl from its packaging. But on the bizarre battlefields of the culture...

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April 30, 2020
Marco Polo video chat app to introduce premium features

Premium features for Marco Polo app include the ability to watch video messages speeded up, and a scratchpad to take notes with.

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April 30, 2020
NFLPA president calls for relook at portion of labor deal

NFL Players Association President JC Tretter is calling for a re-examination of a portion of the labor agreement with the league affecting disability coverage for former players. Tretter, a center...

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April 30, 2020
Coronavirus fallout: If you can't pay your bills this month, help is available online

If you are struggling to pay rent and utilities and you can't afford food, a number of online services are ready to spring into action.

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April 30, 2020
As Florida tourism falters, public employees fret about jobs

As one of Florida's tourist meccas, the city of Miami Beach is usually bustling, its restaurants and bars overflowing and its streets pulsing with traffic. Out-of-town money kept the city's...

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April 30, 2020
Northern California county 1st to ease stay-home orders

Sparsely populated Modoc County, in California's northeast corner, plans to reopen its schools, hair salons, churches, restaurants and the county's only movie theater Friday, becoming the first county in the...

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