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Inside shuttered West Virginia hospital is ‘pot of gold’

WHEELING (AP) — West Virginia emergency officials found more than a dozen ventilators and other important equipment in the shuttered Ohio Valley Medical Center this week as they prepare for possible shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lou Vargo is director of the Wheeling-Ohio County ...

West Virginia Attorney General sending warning letters to landlords

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia Attorney General said Thursday he is sending warning letters to landlords who are threatening to evict tenants who can’t pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has ...

California virus death toll surpasses 100

With cases of coronavirus surging and the death toll surpassing 100, lawmakers are pleading with cooped-up Californians to spend a second weekend at home to slow the spread of infection. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday that the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 spiked to more than ...

Rhode Island goes door to door to find fleeing New Yorkers

WESTERLY, RI (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting ...

Former senator Tom Coburn, a conservative maverick, dies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was stubborn as a mule and conservative to his core. But the Oklahoma family doctor, known for railing against federal earmarks, didn’t let political differences dictate whom he called friends — even if it didn’t sit well with some of his ...

Virus hotspots grow in middle America

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days and authorities saying Saturday that an infant who tested positive had died. It pummeled big cities like New York, Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago, and made its way, ...

Dems delayed emergency aid for partisan gain

WASHINGTON — For the first time in history, the U.S. government is intentionally putting the American economy into a recession — requiring businesses to stop operating and workers to stay home, to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus. This has never been done before, and the ...

China’s lies, and ours

This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured live and ...

Marriage is crumbling as communication grows bitter

DEAR ABBY: My husband barely speaks to me. We both work full time and are facing the empty nest very soon. At home, I have to initiate even the smallest of small talk. He’ll never say “Good morning” or ask “How was your day?” Although I work hard to keep the house the way he likes it, ...

DeWine pushes for mask sterilizing system

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state reported more than 1,400 coronavirus cases including 25 deaths, while Gov. Mike DeWine presented manufacturers with a top 10 list of desperately needed medical equipment to be produced. A look at virus-related developments in Ohio on Saturday: CARE DeWine urged ...

SeaWorld furloughs 90 percent of workers because of virus crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments this weekend related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. SEAWORLD FURLOUGHS SeaWorld Entertainment is furloughing 90 ...

West Virginia families create scavenger hunt for children stuck at home

HUNTINGTON (AP) — When Tosha Pelfrey began to adjust to life at home during the novel coronavirus outbreak, she realized that many families are experiencing similar problems — keeping small children entertained while adhering to social distancing practices. This week she thought of ...

$3.5M settlement in Ohio woman’s dog mauling death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The estate of an Ohio woman fatally mauled by her neighbors’ dogs will receive $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit against a county and its dog warden, a newspaper reported. The lawsuit was filed after Klonda Richey, 57, was killed outside her Dayton home by two Cane ...

Charities face growing need in pandemic without volunteers

For more than a week, Elaine Peoples, who cooked for a now-shuttered day care center, has been out of work. At 68, she’s also at a higher risk for catching the new coronavirus. Nonetheless, she’s showing up four days a week for her volunteer shift at an increasingly crowded Brooklyn soup ...

Virus sends nation of restaurant-goers back to the kitchen

Last Tuesday night in Tennessee, bluegrass musicians David and Virginia Blood were busy making sandwiches. In Pittsburgh, real estate agent Michelle Bushee was stirring a pot of homemade black-bean chili in her kitchen instead of shepherding curious buyers through potential dream homes. Marty ...

Canadian prime minister’s wife recovers from coronavirus

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife said Saturday that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus. “I am feeling so much better,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the ...

Airport jobs lost; Marriott furloughs

The rapid worldwide spread of the coronavirus since it was first revealed in China less than three months ago has dealt an unparalleled shock to the global economy. Following are weekend business developments related to the outbreak as governments attempt to stabilize their economies, ...

Rand Paul is first senator to report positive test for virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate and raising fears about the further transmission of the virus among Republicans at the Capitol. Paul, an eye surgeon, went into quarantine Sunday ...

Parents serving as teachers amid coronavirus scare

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After her sixth-grade son’s school in Buffalo, New York, closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Roxanne Ojeda-Valentin returned to campus with shopping bags to take home textbooks and weeks’ worth of assignments prepared by teachers. A single mother with a full-time ...

American Federation of Teachers backs Biden for president

Joe Biden has secured endorsements from both of the nation’s major teacher unions after the American Federation of Teachers on Sunday voted to back his presidential campaign. The AFT’s executive council voted to support Biden after months of town halls and candidate interviews that drew ...