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U.S. stay-at-home frustration spreads; coronavirus-battered New York says may be past the worst

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:54pm
Demonstrations to demand an end to stay-at-home measures that have pummelled the U.S. economy spread to Texas on Saturday as the governor at the epicentre of the U.S. coronavirus crisis said his state of New York may finally be past the worst.

Trump warns China could face consequences for virus outbreak

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:38pm
U.S. President Donald Trump warned China on Saturday that it should face consequences if it was "knowingly responsible" for the coronavirus pandemic, as he ratcheted up criticism of Beijing over its handling of the outbreak.

Trump: Some states to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions in coming days

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 5:56pm
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Texas and Vermont will allow certain businesses to reopen on Monday while still observing coronavirus-related precautions and Montana will begin lifting restrictions on Friday.

Canada, U.S. extend border restrictions 30 days to control coronavirus spread

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 5:45pm
Canada and the United States have agreed to extend border restrictions for another 30 days to help control the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.

Deported from U.S., Guatemalans fear infection in mass quarantine

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 5:35pm
More than 230 deported Guatemalans being held in mass quarantine at a sports center in the Central American nation's capital are fearful they may have been exposed to the coronavirus after compatriots flown home from the United States tested positive.

Coronavirus set to usher in big changes at U.S. offices

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 3:11pm
The novel coronavirus may do to U.S. office rentals what e-commerce did to malls, or so goes a line of thinking running through commercial real estate circles.

Exclusive: Amazon deploys thermal cameras at warehouses to scan for fevers faster

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 12:28pm Inc has started to use thermal cameras at its warehouses to speed up screening for feverish workers who could be infected with the coronavirus, employees told Reuters.

New York Governor sounds optimistic note as coronavirus numbers improve

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 12:15pm
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday that a recent drop in hospitalizations and other improving metrics indicated the state may be past the peak of its coronavirus crisis and on a path toward stabilizing its battered healthcare system.

Some U.S. states eye economic reopening; New Yorkers told to wear masks

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 12:04pm
As some U.S. states look to start reopening their coronavirus-battered economies amid protests from supporters of President Donald Trump anxious to get back to work, hardest hit New York state began mandating the wearing of masks or face coverings in public to contain the pathogen's spread.

Canada, U.S. extend border restrictions by 30 days

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 11:41am
Canada and the United States have agreed to extend border restrictions for another 30 days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday.

Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 10:35am
Reported cases of the coronavirus have crossed 2.26 million globally and 154,613 people have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT on Saturday.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Iraq war critic Paul O’Neill dies at 84: WSJ

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 9:36am
Paul O'Neill, the blunt-spoken former head of Alcoa Corp who was fired after two rocky years as U.S. President George W. Bush's Treasury secretary, died on Saturday at the age of 84 at his home in Pittsburgh, the Wall Street Journal reported.

'Nature welcomes the change': with no tourists, wildlife roams California's Yosemite

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:32am
A bear ambles across a forest glade and a herd of deer stroll down a silent road. At Yosemite National Park in Northern California, coronavirus restrictions mean no tourists - and bolder wildlife.

Trump's coronavirus reopening plan has big holes, health experts say

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:29am
The U.S. economy has imploded in the past month amid aggressive measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, with 22 million people filing for unemployment benefits and most factories, stores and other businesses at a virtual standstill.

Adherence to social distancing spurs dip in projected U.S. coronavirus deaths

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:24am
Better-than-expected social distancing practices have led an influential research model to lower its projected U.S. coronavirus death toll by 12%, while predicting some states may be able to safely begin easing restrictions as early as May 4.

Beer may lose its fizz as CO2 supplies go flat during pandemic

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:18am
Dwindling supplies of carbon dioxide from ethanol plants is sparking concern about shortages of beer, soda and seltzer water - essentials for many quarantined Americans.

Safe sex under lockdown: Argentine official has some advice for digital lovers

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 7:11am
An Argentine official has given some on-air sex education for onanistic lovers in the time of the coronavirus, underscoring how the pandemic and lockdown in response to it are shaking up every aspect of people's lives.

Queen Elizabeth cancels birthday plans as coronavirus hits Britain

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 5:54am
Britain's Queen Elizabeth will not celebrate her 94th birthday in any special way and has asked that there be no gun salutes to mark the occasion because it would not be appropriate while the country battles a deadly coronavirus outbreak.

North Korean lecturers say there are confirmed coronavirus cases in the country: RFA

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 5:47am
North Korean authorities told citizens in public lectures that there were confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country as early as the end of March, in contrast to official Pyongyang claims that it has not had any confirmed cases, Radio Free Asia reported on late Friday.

U.S. judge blocks Twitter's bid to reveal government surveillance requests

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 3:23am
Twitter Inc will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the U.S. government after a federal judge accepted government arguments that this was likely to harm national security after a near six-year long legal battle.