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Court drops rape, other charges against megachurch leader

A California appeals court has dismissed the criminal case against a Mexican megachurch leader facing charges of child rape and human trafficking.

  Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid coronavirus

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

Earl Graves Sr., founder of Black Enterprise magazine, dies

Hal Willner, longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ staple, has died

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  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus

Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls

  Trader Joe’s, others will close on Easter

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

  Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

The SBA’s loan processing system stopped working Monday, making it impossible for loans to be approved and funds distributed, according to a trade group for community bankers and the CEO of an online lending marketplace.

  Allergies, flu, coronavirus: What your symptoms mean

How to tell the symptoms of allergies, the flu and coronavirus apart.

  Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli connect with music

Hoping to raise moods, Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music — The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance.

Athletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spots

The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021, and entry lists are due a week later. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures.

Logan’s Roadhouse fires employees, closes 261 locations

  Additional $250 billion sought for small businesses, Mnuchin says

  Wall Street’s rally fizzles as oil prices suddenly plunge

Ex-MLB player finishes medical school, primes to fight virus

  Fourth grader’s Zoom class conference interrupted by pornographic video, Fla. mom says

  Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo match for senior citizens

Federal judge denies R Kelly’s release request

The judge rejected his argument that social distancing protocols had inhibited his ability to prepare for his upcoming trial.

Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to give employees a day off during the coronavirus pandemic.

  4 dead including suspect, 1 hurt in Tenn. truck stop stabbing

Four people are dead after a stabbing and an officer-involved shooting at a Knox County truck stop.

  When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

The hospitalization of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first head of government to be stricken by the coronavirus, has pushed this matter to the fore.

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown.

  VIDEO: Dancing WWII vet rocks his quarantine jam

Chuck jams on his front porch to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

  U.N. estimates loss of 195M full-time jobs

The agency says full or partial lockdown measures now affect nearly 2.7 billion workers or about 81% of the global workforce.

AP sources: MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona

Ideas are still in the early stage, and the Arizona option would have many obstacles to overcome, the people said.

  Little Caesars donating 1 million pizzas to first responders, hospitals

Restaurant chain Little Caesars has announced it will donate 1 million pizzas to first responders and medical workers in the next few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  Boy, 5, dies after hit by stray bullet while playing on Houston balcony with family

The shooter, who fled the scene, has not been identified. The investigation is ongoing.

  Pregnancy not linked to severe forms of coronavirus, study says

The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  Social media platforms try to limit spread of false 5G coronavirus claims

YouTube and other social media platforms are trying to limit the spread of false 5G coronavirus claims after cellphone towers in the United Kingdom were attacked.

  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny ‘essential workers,’ New Zealand leader says

New Zealand has decided there is some magic in the world after officially declaring children’s favorites the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are essential workers.

  Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’

As leaders try to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak, they are turning to numerous mathematical models to help them figure out what might — key word, might — happen next and what they should try to do now to contain and prepare for the spread.

  John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president

A 17-term Atlanta congressman, John Lewis is battling pancreatic cancer but said he'd "travel around America" for Biden if social distancing guidelines are eased amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions.

Cardinal Pell welcomes court’s dismissal of abuse conviction

Australia's highest court has dismissed the convictions of the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

  Mich. woman recreates cruise at home after it was canceled due to coronavirus

On Facebook, the woman posted pictures of herself “enjoying the water” and drinking tropical drinks – made from apples instead of coconuts.

Beloved Detroit Tigers star, Hall of Famer Al Kaline dies at 85

Affectionately known as "Mr. Tiger," Al Kaline, the Hall of Fame outfielder who played his entire 22-season career for Detroit, died at age 85.

Body of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter recovered

The search started Thursday after authorities responded to a report of two people on a canoe in the Chesapeake Bay who appeared to be overtaken by strong winds.

  Virus deaths slow in some places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York seems to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday — a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

  Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly prompt a court challenge and inject new uncertainty about whether the election will move forward.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort.

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

The company said Monday that the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the United States.

  California loans 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

The loan comes after California's hospitals added more than 3,000 ventilators to their supplies through refurbishing old or broken ones and buying some new.

  Navy leader calls fired carrier captain ‘naive’ or ‘stupid’

In a public address to the ship’s crew Monday morning, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said Crozier was either stupid or naïve, or betrayed the Navy, according to a transcript provided by Navy officials.

Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak

The two people familiar with the call spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversation.

  WATCH: No birthday party, no problem: Police lead drive-by parade for 5-year-old

The family contacted police to see if an officer would be willing to participate. When it was time for the party, four officers showed up to lead the parade.

Los Angeles has the lowest pollution in the world

The most likely explanation is with so many people sheltering in place, fewer cars are on the road.

  Kittens take over Georgia Aquarium

The Atlanta Humane Society took a group of adorable kittens to check out all the fish at the Georgia Aquarium.

NFL going virtual for upcoming draft

The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes.

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of the hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

  Virus is mostly mild and rarely fatal for US kids, data show

The first national data on COVID-19 in U.S. children suggest that while the illness usually isn’t severe in kids, some do get sick enough to require hospital treatment.

  Kroger to limit number of customers inside stores to help reduce spread of coronavirus

Kroger is the latest grocery chain to reduce the maximum number of customers allowed in its supermarkets.

In a first, US slaps sanctions on Russian white supremacists

The Trump administration on Monday designated a Russian white supremacist group a terrorist organization and hit its members with sanctions.

  Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

The multi-hour TV special, which will also stream live on YouTube, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more platforms.

  Super pink moon to light night sky

The pink moon moniker is just another name for April’s full moon.

  Wall Street leaps 7%, markets rally worldwide on virus hopes

Stocks around the world jumped Monday after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon.

  Mass. man accused of spitting, coughing in grocery store during coronavirus outbreak

A wild scene erupted Saturday morning at a Massachusetts grocery store after shoppers claimed a man was spitting in the produce aisle.

Supreme Court justices rule for federal employee over age discrimination

The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for federal employees 40 and older to sue for age discrimination.

Baby born prematurely dies after mother infected with COVID-19; test results for baby pending

The infant’s mother was admitted to a Baton Rouge hospital days before the baby's death.

Elton John launches $1 million coronavirus emergency fund to help people with HIV/AIDS

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is looking for solutions to help people already living with or at severe risk of HIV/AIDS during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Marvel remakes release calendar; ‘Mulan’ moves to late July

Disney isn't abandoning the summer completely. “Mulan,” which had been scheduled for March and already had its red carpet premiere, will now open July 24.

  As cases surge, 3 in 4 US hospitals already facing COVID-19

Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.

  Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic

Buying groceries online — which many Americans are doing to drastically reduce how often they leave their homes — is only open to SNAP recipients in six U.S. states, and Pennsylvania is not one of them.

  Walmart workers die from coronavirus in Ill.

Phillip Thomas had worked at the Walmart store for nine years, and Wando Evans had been an overnight maintenance worker since 2006.

  Man creates device to help illustrate social distancing

A Michigan man created a device to show how far people should stay away for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Police: 7-year-old boy shot in face dies in Pennsylvania

A statement from Chester police says officers found Sinsir Parker lying in the middle of the street Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  Daughter pleads for rescue of sick mom on cruise ship in Fla. after father dies of coronavirus

The couple’s daughter is desperate to get her mom off the ship. Her father died at a Miami hospital after waiting four hours to be transferred off the ship.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

  Duran Duran bassist John Taylor reveals coronavirus diagnosis, recovery

The bass player for iconic 1980s band Duran Duran described his illness as a “turbo-charged flu” and that he came out of it “feeling OK.”

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Health officials stress they don't want people rushing to get medical or surgical masks. Instead, one option is to make your own.

  Family separated due to coronavirus reunited with newborn son after 10 days

The baby was kept in quarantine for 10 days while he was tested for COVID-19, with nurses snapping photos of him to keep up his parents' spirits.

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

The Taliban warned of more violence if the U.S. and the Afghan government continue alleged violations of the deal.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84

Bobby Mitchell, the speedy late 1950s and ’60s NFL offensive star for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, has died. He was 84.

  Oldest female Marine in Calif. celebrates 104th birthday with drive-by party due to coronavirus

Sexism didn’t stop her from joining the Marines in the 1940s, and coronavirus didn't stop her from celebrating her 104th birthday.

Tiger at NYC’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the new coronavirus. It's believed to be the first infection in an animal in the U.S. and the first known in a tiger anywhere.

  Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives; Europe hopes crisis peaking

Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hotspot in Europe.