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White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

By ANDREW TAYLOR, LISA MASCARO and JONATHAN LEMIRE WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush…
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India’s prime minister decrees 21-day lockdown to curb virus

By EMILY SCHMALL and SHEIKH SAALIQ NEW DELHI (AP) — India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk…
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Monday: Big layoffs, bigger hirings, massive markets swings

The Associated Press The rapid spread of the coronavirus since it was first reported in China has dealt an unprecedented shock to the global economy. Following are business developments Monday related to the outbreak as…
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What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

AP - The death toll from the global pandemic surpassed 10,000 people worldwide and the effects of a global economy grinding to a halt because of the pandemic were beginning to show, from millions of unsold…
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Jobless claims jump by 70,000 as virus starts to take hold

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000, indicating that the impact of the coronavirus was starting to be felt in rising…
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Trump invokes emergency authority; Big 3 automakers closing

By TIM SULLIVAN and DAVID RISING MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday moved to invoke emergency authority to marshal industry to fight the coronavirus, as the economic fallout from the crisis mounted with…
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World hunkers down at home, stranded travellers scramble

By CHRIS BLAKE and FRANK JORDANS BERLIN (AP) — Tens of millions of people hunkered down in government-ordered isolation Tuesday as borders slammed shut, schools and businesses closed and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement took…
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Americans adjust to new life, hunker down amid coronavirus

By MICHELLE R. SMITH and GILLIAN FLACCUS AP - Workers lost their jobs, parents came up with impromptu home lesson plans for children kept home from shuttered schools. Families fretted over dwindling retirement accounts, the…
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The mighty bull market falls victim to a tiny virus

By STAN CHOE NEW YORK (AP) — In the end, the mighty bull was slayed by a tiny virus. The longest bull market in U.S. history can now be said to have lasted almost 11…
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WHO declares virus crisis a pandemic, U.S. stocks plunge

By JAMEY KEATEN, MARIA CHENG and JOHN LEICESTER GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic as U.S. stocks plunged into bear market territory and…
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