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As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually communal moment.

By TED ANTHONY, AP National Writer March 29, 2020
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Bracing the nation for a grim death toll, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the voluntary national shutdown for a month, bowing to public-health experts who told him the coronavirus pandemic could claim over 100,000 lives in the U.S., perhaps significantly more, if not enough is done to fight it.

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press March 29, 2020
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North Korea on Sunday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea and Japan said, continuing a streak of weapons launches that suggests leader Kim Jong Un is trying to strengthen domestic support amid worries about a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country.

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press March 28, 2020
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A new federal appellate court ruling could give the public a better idea how the Food and Drug Administration decides how and when dying people can get access to unapproved medicines.

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President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a “strong Travel Advisory” be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.

By ZEKE MILLER and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press March 28, 2020
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President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the deepening coronavirus epidemic.

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ALAN FRAM and LAURIE KELLMAN AP March 27, 2020
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The White House and Senate leaders announced agreement Wednesday on an unparalleled, $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press March 25, 2020
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The U.S. and Mexico will stop all “nonessential” border crossings after midnight Friday in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, but goods and essential workers will still be allowed to cross, the White House announced Friday.

By Joshua Gerard Gargiulo, Cronkite News March 23, 2020
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Tensions flared Monday as Washington strained to respond to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, with Congress arguing over a nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package and an impatient President Donald Trump musing openly about letting the 15-day shutdown expire.

By LISA MASCARO, ANDREW TAYLOR and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press March 23, 2020
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No more play dates, no more picnics in the park with friends, no more pickup games of basketball.

By JIM MUSTIAN and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press March 22, 2020
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Top-level negotiations between Congress and White House teetered Sunday over a nearly $1.4 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened, the nation shut down and the first U.S. senator tested positive for the disease.

By ANDREW TAYLOR, JONATHAN LEMIRE and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press March 22, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic took an increasingly bleak toll Saturday, March 21, in the U.S. and in Europe, producing staggering caseloads in New York and Italy and setting off a desperate scramble to set up thousands of additional hospital beds as the disease notched another grim advance.

By Associated Press March 21, 2020
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Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House pushed toward resolution late Saturday on a ballooning $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package, as President Donald Trump urged a deal to steady a nation shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic.

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press March 21, 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic took an increasingly bleak toll Saturday in the U.S. and Europe, producing staggering caseloads in New York and Italy and setting off a desperate scramble to set up thousands of additional hospital beds as the disease notched another grim advance.

By AMY FORLITI and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press March 21, 2020
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Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on records and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81.

By KRISTIN M. HALL, AP Entertainment Writer March 21, 2020
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On the first Sunday after the coronavirus began upending American life, some religious institutions – including two churches whose pastors are close to President Donald Trump – held in-person services amid public health worries over the pandemic.

By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press March 20, 2020
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First, some of the coronavirus tests didn't work. Then there weren't enough to go around. Now, just as the federal government tries to ramp up nationwide screening, laboratory workers are warning of a new roadblock: dire shortages of testing supplies.

By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer March 20, 2020
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President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak and the private sector mobilized against it.

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press March 20, 2020
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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 flowers rotting in piles in Kenya to the slow emptying of the world’s skies.

March 20, 2020
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California's 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, warning that the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the state's medical system.

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and DON THOMPSON AP March 20, 2020
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One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores were accused of selling $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store offered toilet paper at $10 a roll next to a sign reading: “This is not a joke.”

By REESE DUNKLIN and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press March 19, 2020
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Stocks are see-sawing between gains and losses in midday trading on Wall Street Thursday, but the moves are more subdued than the wild jabs that have dominated recent weeks. At least for now.

By STAN CHOE and DAMIAN J. TROISE, AP Business Writers March 19, 2020
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A moderate earthquake Wednesday near Salt Lake City shut down a major air traffic hub, damaged a spire atop a temple and frightened millions of people already on edge from the coronavirus pandemic.

By Associated Press March 18, 2020
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Desperate travelers choked European border crossings Wednesday after countries across the Continent began shutting the doors against the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 200,000 people worldwide and killed over 8,000.

By DAVID RISING and CHRIS BLAKE, Associated Press March 18, 2020
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A 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Salt Lake City and its suburbs early Wednesday, sending spooked residents fleeing their homes, knocking out power for tens of thousands and closing the city's airport.

By BRADY McCOMBS and LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press March 18, 2020

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