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  • Apple, Google to harness phones for virus infection tracking: ‘We have to save lives’

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Apple and Google launched a major joint effort to leverage smartphone technology to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. New software the companies plan to add to phones would make it easier to use Bluetooth wireless technology to track down people for who may have been infected by coronavirus carriers. The idea is to help national governments roll out apps for so-called “contact tracing” that will run on iPhones and Android phones alike. The technology works by harnessing […]

  • UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

    LONDON — A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container that had been hauled to England pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday. Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, entered the plea at Central London Criminal Court. Robinson appeared in court via video link alongside four co-defendants. The bodies of the 39 people were found in the container at the back of the truck on Oct. 23.. Police investigating […]

  • Assembly plans virtual session for Tuesday, convening for 1st time since COVID-19 outbreak

    MADISON — The state Assembly plans to convene next week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began in Wisconsin. Assembly leaders notified members Friday they they plan to call an extraordinary session beginning Tuesday morning. The session would be a virtual meeting. It’s unclear what legislation the chamber may consider. Republican leaders in the Assembly and Senate have been negotiating for days with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on a pandemic aid bill. They appeared to reach a sticking […]

  • Worldwide deaths from the coronavirus hit 100,000

    NEW YORK — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus hit 100,000 as Christians around the globe marked a Good Friday unlike any other — in front of computer screens instead of in church pews — and some countries tiptoed toward reopening segments of their battered economies. Around the world, public health officials and religious leaders alike warned people against violating the lockdowns and social distancing rules over Easter and allowing the virus to come storming back. Authorities resorted to […]

  • Lives Lost: At 97, World War II veteran takes a final road

    SEATTLE — In his final months, Bill Chambers couldn’t walk, but he found peace in motion. Three times a week, his oldest daughter, Patty Cooper, would meet him at the adult family home where he lived with four other World War II veterans. The caretakers would load him into her Volvo SUV, and she would drive him through the forests, farmlands and suburbs east of Seattle. He knew the roads well, because he helped build most of them. In the […]

  • Thailand bans sale of alcoholic drinks in war on COVID-19

    BANGKOK — Thailand is trying a new tactic in its battle against the new coronavirus: banning the sale of alcoholic beverages to try to curb irresponsible socializing. With bars already ordered closed, a number of provinces, as well as the capital Bangkok, have taken things a step further and temporarily outlawed the sale of beer, wine and spirits. Bangkok’s ban, which started Friday and runs until April 20, had the unintended effect of creating crowds and long lines at stores […]

  • Mercury-bound spacecraft buzzes Earth, beams back pictures

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Mercury-bound spacecraft swooped past Earth on Friday, tweaking its round-about path to the solar system’s smallest and innermost planet. Launched 1 1/2 years ago, Europe and Japan’s Bepi-Colombo spacecraft passed within 8,000 miles (12,700 kilometers) of Earth. The closest approach occurred over the South Atlantic, with telescopes in Chile catching a glimpse of the speeding spacecraft. The gravity tug from Earth slowed Bepi-Colombo and put it on a course closer to the sun. 👀 @ESA_Bepi […]

  • American football player abroad flew home to US with virus

    ORLANDO — The coronavirus pandemic ended Dylan Reda’s plans to play and coach American football in the Czech Republic, and that was only the start of his problems. Days after feeling too ill to practice, the 28-year-old Reda took flights through London, Dallas and Orlando to reunite with his family in Florida. He later tested positive for coronavirus and now owes more than $20,000 in hospital bills. The former Southern Miss linebacker went public to warn fellow millennials, but the […]

  • Tokyo Olympic CEO hints games could be in doubt even in 2021

    TOKYO — As the coronavirus spreads in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Games said Friday he can’t guarantee the postponed Olympics will be staged next year — even with the long delay. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued an emergency declaration this week to battle the virus, putting the country under restrictions after it seemed it had avoided the spread. “I don’t think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get […]

  • Mexico reaches deal freeing up way for OPEC output cuts

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Mexico says it has reached an agreement with the United States that will allow it to agree to a deal on production cuts with OPEC, Russia and other countries. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Friday that he agreed with the U.S. President Donald Trump that the U.S. will compensate what Mexico cannot add to the proposed cut during OPEC conversations. López Obrador said that he spoke with President Trump on Thursday and […]

  • Risen Savior Lutheran Church hosts sports summer camp

    Summer camps facing rocky start, uncertain future amid coronavirus concerns

    NEW YORK — Some summer camps have already notified families that they won’t open due to the coronavirus crisis. But most are in wait-and-see mode as parents who rely on camp for child care and child fun try not to panic. Summer camps are monitoring the pandemic’s progress as they crunch the numbers on potential mass refunds. Some parents have held off putting money down. And many camps have extended deadlines for enrollment. But even if camps are allowed to […]

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    Joe Biden’s next big decision: Choosing a running mate

    WASHINGTON — Joe Biden faces the most important decision of his five-decade political career: choosing a vice president. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expects to name a committee to vet potential running mates next week, according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. Biden, a former vice president himself, has committed to picking a woman and told donors this week that his team has discussed naming a choice well ahead of the Democratic […]

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