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New York City Parks officials work at an empty Orchard Beach Saturday, May 23, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given New Yorkers an unexpected reprieve from cabin fever by easing the state’s ban on gatherings due to coronavirus concerns, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. New York City beaches are open this weekend. But no swimming is allowed, and masks must be worn. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
May 23, 2020 - 2:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers experiencing cabin fever after two months of coronavirus quarantine received an unexpected reprieve when Gov. Andrew Cuomo eased the state's ban on gatherings in time for the Memorial Day weekend. But beachgoers faced inclement weather Saturday that dampened crowds. A...
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The statue of Public Broadcasting Service's Fred Rogers, the host of children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," is visible behind the fencing in the closed-off park area where the statue is located, during this year's "1-4-3 Day," Friday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2020, in Pittsburgh. In 2019, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared May 23, 2019, the first "1-4-3 Day," as a day of kindness in honor of Public Broadcasting Service's Fred Rogers, the host of children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Rogers, a Pennsylvania native who died in 2003, used 143 as his special code for "I Love You," based on the number of letters in each word. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
May 23, 2020 - 1:11 pm
Mister Rogers would have liked it: a day to be extra kind to your neighbors. The day was Friday -- Pennsylvania’s second annual 1-4-3 Day, an occasion when state officials encourage people to share their acts of kindness and gratitude. This year, a focus was first responders and essential workers...
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People wave Spanish flags during a drive-in protest organised by Spain's far-right party Vox against the Spanish government's handling of the nation's coronavirus outbreak in Madrid, Spain Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
May 23, 2020 - 11:53 am
Several thousand followers of Spain’s far-right Vox party gathered Saturday in their cars and on motorbikes in the center of Madrid and other Spanish cities to protest the Spanish government’s handling of the nation’s coronavirus crisis. The party accuses the government of Socialist Prime Minister...
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In this image provided by NASA, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A during a brief static fire test ahead of NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission, Friday, May 22, 2020, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
May 23, 2020 - 10:53 am
STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in more than a decade. It will be the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011 that U.S. astronauts...
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A face mask is discarded on a sidewalk during the coronavirus outbreak in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Thursday, May 21, 2020. While most of California took another step forward to partly reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend, Los Angeles County didn't join the party because the number of coronavirus cases has grown at a pace that leaves it unable to meet even the new, relaxed state standards for allowing additional businesses and recreational activities. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 23, 2020 - 10:12 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While most of California welcomed more places to eat, shop and play this holiday weekend, Los Angeles did not join the party. The nation’s most populous county is not planning to reopen more widely until the next summer holiday, July 4th, because it has a disproportionately large...
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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, May 8, 2020. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
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May 23, 2020 - 8:55 am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With Alabama's coronavirus caseload worsening while casinos, churches and more reopen, the state's most recognizable person had some stern words about bringing COVID-19 under control. “You need to be staying 6 feet away from me, and haven't I told you you have to wear a mask...
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In this Friday, May 8, 2020 photo, Christa Schall poses outside her cosmetology school, Casal Avedo Institute, in Austintown, Ohio. More than 8 million students in the U.S. are enrolled in technical colleges, seeking certification in skilled trades like welding, phlebotomy and cosmetology. But unlike students at traditional colleges, their learning can't easily translate into Zoom courses, they learn through hands-on demonstrations. Now, many are eager to get back into the classroom, and some are reeling because they won't get to graduate on time. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
May 23, 2020 - 7:29 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Like students across the U.S., Christa Schall was working toward graduation when the coronavirus closed her school. But unlike many, she can’t finish her classes online — her cosmetology program, like the coursework at many technical and trade schools, requires hands-on training...
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FILE - In this May 6, 2020, file photo, a Hertz car rental is closed during the coronavirus pandemic in Paramus, N.J. Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, May 22, 2020, unable to withstand the pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company's business. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
May 22, 2020 - 10:31 pm
Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company's business. The Estero, Florida-based company's lenders were unwilling to grant it another extension on its...
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Rectangles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center on Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
May 22, 2020 - 10:05 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is joining other U.S. cities in authorizing homeless tent encampments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move officials have long resisted but are now reluctantly embracing to safeguard homeless people. About 80 tents are now neatly spaced out on a wide...
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A man wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus takes a rest on the grass at Seoul Plaza in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
May 22, 2020 - 9:22 pm
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —South Korea reports 23 new coronavirus cases, mostly...
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