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VOL. 44 | NO. 11 | Friday, March 13, 2020

Chicken potpies for storm-scarred souls

Nashville Food Project springs into action in wake of tornadoes

The staff of the Nashville Food Project sat in the darkened conference room at their headquarters in The Nations hours after the March 3 tornado. The power was still out from the horrific tornado that hit North Nashville, Germantown, East Nashville and beyond, cutting a swath of destruction and death that left its victims devastated and Nashville in a state of disbelief.

How to help with tornado recovery

Nashvillians are generous and have poured both time and money into helping tornado relief and recovery efforts.


Brains, eyeballs, gonads? Sure, but I’ll pass on spleen

I’m not sure if it was course 19 or 20 of a recent meal at The Catbird Seat, but there it was, a seemingly innocuous square of fried matter on a plate with other parts and pieces of a fat tail sheep.

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Street Eats. A weekly, Thursday gathering of as many as 20 local food trucks, 11a.m.-2 p.m. along Deaderick Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues north. The lineup can be found online and changes weekly. Information

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Tested once again, Nashville area ‘will recover from this’

The chipper sound announcing an incoming text at 7:54 a.m. Tuesday was pretty much the definition of a rude awakening. “Everything OK with you guys?” my friend Ed was asking. “Just seeing the news about a tornado in East Nashville.”


$2M house finally sells after 3 deals fall through

The number of COVID-19 cases is growing, and the stock market is shrinking. Of those considering home ownership, many have 20% less cash to invest than they had last month.


Mortgage rates mixed this week after hitting all-time lows

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were mixed this week after hitting all-time lows last week amid anxiety over risks to the economy from the deepening coronavirus crisis.


SEC decides remainder of tournament will not be played

How does Nashville find the sweet spot between hoops and health? That was the dilemma this week as the clock ticked down for the start of the SEC Men’s Basketball Championship amid a steady stream of news on the spread of COVID-19.

SEC tourney win was likely UT’s only route to NCAA

There was an outside shot the Tennessee men’s basketball team could have earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament after wins against Florida and Kentucky.


Stites & Harbison elects 3 to management committee

Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently elected three members to the firm’s six-member management committee, replacing three attorneys who completed their terms of service. The new committee members are Erika Barnes of Nashville and Carol Dan Browning and Richard Wehrle of Louisville. The members rotating off the committee include attorneys Janet Craig and Mandy Wilson Decker (Lexington) and Marjorie Farris (Louisville). The new committee members will serve a two-year term.


Bradley honored as top Tennessee litigation firm

Benchmark Litigation has named Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as its 2020 Tennessee Litigation Firm of the Year.


Five sedans worth considering amid the SUV mania

SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the road, and their sales growth has come at the expense of the traditional four-door sedan. Many shoppers are attracted to the greater utility and higher seating positions these vehicles typically provide.


Honestly, your children don’t want your furniture

Estate appraiser Julie Hall advises downsizing clients not to take it personally when their adult children don’t want their furniture and other possessions. But when Hall asked her 23-year-old daughter what she might want from the four-bedroom family home, the younger woman mentioned just three items.


Treat your career as if it were a small business

Loyalty is an interesting concept. Companies expect it. Many demand it. You must be a loyal employee, management says. You must put the company’s best interest first.


What! I owe the IRS money? How to handle, head off tax bill

Tax season can be a windfall or a wipeout for your budget. Which camp you fall into likely depends on whether you get a refund or a tax bill from the IRS.


Tennessee Republican Rep. Holt won't seek reelection

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Andy Holt will not seek reelection this year, the Dresden Republican posted on Facebook on Wednesday.


Judge allows T-shirt lawsuit involving lawmaker to continue

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit to proceed to trial, filed by a student alleging school officials wrongly distributed T-shirts promoting a Republican lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct.


Titans trade 5-time Pro Bowl lineman Casey to Denver

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans kept their starting offense together with only one exception before the start of free agency.


Nissan joining nationwide automaker shutdown Friday

DETROIT (AP) — Concerns about the spreading coronavirus forced most of North America's auto plants to close, at least temporarily.


Country singers to perform from home for ACM special

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Academy of Country Music had to postpone their upcoming awards show because of the spreading coronavirus, but CBS will air a new television special featuring country stars performing from their homes.


How long will Americans be fighting the coronavirus?

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of days, millions of Americans have seen their lives upended by measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn't have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms.

Trump calls himself 'wartime president' as he battles virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Describing himself as a "wartime president" fighting an invisible enemy, President Donald Trump invoked rarely used emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also signed an aid package — which the Senate approved earlier Wednesday — that will guarantee sick leave to workers who fall ill.

Surgeon general's TV praise of Trump earns his 'star' label

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general caught the eye of Donald Trump in a tried-and-true way: praising the 45th president on television.


Mnuchin: Family of 4 could get $3K under virus relief plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first federal checks to families could be $3,000 for a family of four under the White House proposal to unleash $1 trillion to shore up households and the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Jobless claims jump by 70,000 as virus starts to take hold

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits surged last week by 70,000 to the highest level in more than two years, indicating that the effect of the coronavirus was starting to be felt in rising layoffs in the job market.

U.S. Fed establishes currency swaps with 9 central banks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has set up a program to exchange dollars for foreign currency with nine central banks to support dollar lending in global markets that are under pressure from the impact of the viral outbreak.

Central banks deploy trillions to keep economy running

It was less than 11 weeks ago that the first cases of pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, China. The speed at which what would soon be named COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, knocked the global economy askew is unparalleled in our lifetimes.

Federal Reserve launches 3rd emergency lending program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve announced that it will establish an emergency lending facility to help unclog a short-term credit market that has been disrupted by the viral outbreak.

Next up: Trump's $1T plan to stabilize economy hit by virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — By a sweeping bipartisan tally, the Senate approved a $100 billion-plus bill to boost testing for the coronavirus and guarantee paid sick leave for millions of workers hit by it — and President Donald Trump quickly signed it.

Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April

WASHINGTON (AP) — By a sweeping bipartisan tally, the Senate on Wednesday approved a $100 billion-plus bill to boost testing for the coronavirus and guarantee paid sick leave for millions of workers hit by it — and President Donald Trump quickly signed it. But lawmakers and the White House had already turned their focus to the administration's far bigger $1 trillion plan to stabilize the economy as the pandemic threatens financial ruin for individuals and businesses.

Freddie, Fannie suspend some evictions and foreclosures

Mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said Wednesday that they will suspend all foreclosure sales and evictions of borrowers in single family homes owned by their companies.


Virus poses a test: Can fractured Washington still 'go big'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fast-moving coronavirus upending every facet of American life is testing whether Washington, a capital city fractured by years of bitter partisanship and inaction, can still do big things.

AP Explains: What exactly is the Defense Production Act?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked a Korean War-era law as part of his response to the coronavirus pandemic, aiming to boost private industry production of supplies needed for the health crisis.


Mayor declares state of emergency throughout Davidson County

Mayor John Cooper signed Executive Order #6, which declares an immediate state of emergency throughout Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County and enhances Metro Government’s ability to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as provided under Tennessee state law and Metro code.


Gov. Lee scales back Tennessee spending amid virus outbreak

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Wednesday proposed funneling money into relief for tornado and health crises, scaling back planned teacher raises, and socking more cash away into reserves, as the state reacted to the global impact of the coronavirus on everyday life.

Lawmakers seek to lift testing requirements as schools close

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are working quickly on a proposal to drop state testing this spring in response to Gov. Bill Lee's latest effort to contain the new coronavirus by asking all schools to close by the end of the week.

Tennessee Republican Rep. Daniel will not seek reelection

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Rep. Martin Daniel says he will not run for reelection this year.


Bonnaroo pushed back to Sept. 24-27

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-27 “out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff and our community.”


Titans send Casey to Broncos for 7th-round pick

The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans for a seventh-round draft pick.


Computer-graphics pioneers win tech's Turing prize

The technology that animated movies like "Toy Story" and enabled a variety of special effects is the focus of this year's Turing Award, the technology industry's version of the Nobel Prize.


China to expel American reporters after US curbs its media

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will revoke the media credentials of all American journalists at three major U.S. news organizations, in effect expelling them from the country, in response to U.S. restrictions on Chinese state-controlled media.


Ford, GM, Fiat, Honda, Toyota stop production in US due to virus

DETROIT (AP) — Concerns about the spreading coronavirus forced most of North America's auto plants to close, at least temporarily.

Tesla factory could be shut under California health order

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — The Tesla factory that employs thousands of people could be forced to close after Alameda County on Tuesday night declared it a "nonessential business" under the county's shelter-in-place order.


US nursing homes warn of looming shortage of masks and gowns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many nursing homes risk running out of protective masks and gowns by next week because of the coronavirus, and at least one facility already had to resort to using plastic garbage bags to make gowns, an industry group warned Wednesday.

US struggles to fill requests for protective gear

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government is rushing protective equipment to states, packing dozens of flights and hundreds of trucks with supplies for medical workers who will be on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.

Trump asks lawmakers for $46B more to battle coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent lawmakers a $46 billion emergency funding request to help the government fight the coronavirus and to reverse cuts proposed just last month to the Centers for Disease Control, the front-line agency in fighting the battle.

World virus infections hit 200,000; Borders jammed in Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Desperate travelers choked European border crossings on Wednesday after nations implemented strict controls in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, creating traffic jams miles long and slowing the passage of trucks carrying critical supplies.

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


New US home construction dips again in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes fell again in February, but not as much as the previous month. Those declines follow a December surge which had pushed home construction to the highest level in 13 years.


Stocks drop as recession fears take hold; Dow loses 1,300

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled more than 5% on Wall Street Wednesday, and the Dow erased virtually all its gains since President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration. Even prices for investments seen as safe during downturns fell as the coronavirus outbreak chokes the economy and investors rush to raise cash.

Price of oil plummets 24% on recession fears

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices had another jaw-dropping skid Wednesday, sending the price of U.S. crude oil below $21 a barrel for the first time since 2002.

Small businesses face devastation as damage from virus grows

NEW YORK (AP) — A restaurant owner wonders how she can stay in business if she can't sell food and drink.

Trump taps powers to boost virus response; Senate OKs bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting twin health and economic crises, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will invoke emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against a coronavirus pandemic threatening to overwhelm hospitals and other treatment centers. The Senate acted on the economic front, approving legislation to guarantee sick leave to workers sickened by the disease.

A cruel paradox: Beating virus means causing US recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus is dealing a death blow to the longest U.S. economic expansion on record, triggering layoffs and putting intense strain on the nation's financial system.

Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B to Americans starting April

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Wednesday it wants to dedicate $500 billion to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month as the centerpiece of a $1 trillion plan to stabilize the economy as the coronavirus epidemic threatens a body slam to taxpayers and businesses.

Travel grinds to a halt, plants close as virus takes hold

The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus worldwide surpassed 200,000 for the first time Wednesday and the damage being seeded in the global economy is growing more clear by the day. Furloughs and job cuts, from dog walkers to oilfield workers, have begun. Governments around the world are pushing drastic countermeasures to help workers, particularly those who live paycheck to paycheck.

Fed launches 2 emergency programs last seen in 2008 crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve put in motion two emergency lending programs Tuesday that were last deployed in response to the 2008 financial crisis, aiming to ease the flow of credit to businesses and households struggling amid the viral outbreak.

Airbnb, hotels seek US government aid as demand flattens

U.S. hotel companies are seeking $150 billion in direct aid for their workers for what they say is an unprecedented fall-off in demand because of the new coronavirus.


Coronavirus rocks already strained ties between US and China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Badly strained ties between the United States and China are deteriorating further with the two sides hurling harsh accusations and bitter name-calling over responsibility for the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Amid virus, Congress' leaders resist call for remote voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are resisting calls to let lawmakers vote remotely, a dispute pitting the scourge of the coronavirus against two centuries of tradition that underscores Washington's struggle to adapt to recommendations that evolve daily about how to handle the pandemic.


AP VoteCast: Biden cuts deep into the Sanders coalition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden cut deep into Bernie Sanders' coalition of young, liberal and Latino voters, securing solid victories in Florida, Illinois and Arizona in unsettled times.

Sanders' campaign says he is reassessing, not dropping out

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that he is reassessing his campaign, raising questions about whether he will drop out after losing three more states and falling prohibitively behind Joe Biden in the 2020 race.


Iroquois Steeplechase rescheduled for June 27

The Iroquois Steeplechase, benefiting The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will be rescheduled for June 27 at Percy Warner Park. It was scheduled for May 9.

Frist to chair Mayor Cooper’s COVID-19 response fund

Mayor John Cooper, with philanthropic, corporate and government partners, has created the COVID-19 Response Fund at United Way of Greater Nashville. The Fund’s advisory committee will be chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.

Dollar General's first hour each day will be seniors only

GOODLETTSVILLE (AP) — Dollar General is dedicating the first hour of its daily store operations to senior citizens in response to the new coronavirus.


Tennessee lawmakers eye quick finish amid virus restrictions

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers acknowledged they were shirking federal health recommendations on the coronavirus by sitting in close quarters as they conducted business Tuesday.


University of Tennessee to keep classes online amid virus

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee is keeping classes online-only for the rest of the spring semester at all of its campuses amid the spread of the coronavirus.


Volkswagen to close Europe plants for two weeks

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen said Tuesday it would close most of its European plants for two weeks due to uncertainty about demand for cars and supplies of parts amid the virus outbreak and said it wasn't possible to give a reliable outlook for this year's profits.


Mall of America, largest in US, closing amid virus scare

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The largest retail and entertainment center in the U.S. said it would temporarily shut down Tuesday in support of Minnesota's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by discouraging people from gathering.

Administration announces 90-day delay for many tax payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their 2019 tax bills for 90 days past the usual April 15 deadline. The extension announced Tuesday is an effort to inject up to $300 billion into the economy at a time when the coronavirus appears on the verge of causing a recession.

White House warning to millennials: Stay out of the bars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The scientific community's message to young Americans about the coronavirus got more pointed on Tuesday: Stay out of bars.

To keep seniors safe at home, Medicare expands telemedicine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Tuesday it will immediately expand coverage for telemedicine nationwide to help seniors with health problems stay home to avoid the coronavirus.

Trump addresses coronavirus' heavy impact on the US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was focused Tuesday on addressing the devastating impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the American economy, meeting with tourism executives and speaking on the phone with restaurant executives, retailers and suppliers.

Stranded travelers struggle to get home as borders close

BERLIN (AP) — Traffic jams swelled along borders and some travelers appealed to their governments for help getting home Tuesday as countries in Europe and beyond imposed strict controls along their frontiers aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Cinemas close nationwide, studios push new movies into homes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. movie theaters have closed nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, turning dark nearly all of the country's 40,000-plus screens in an unprecedented shutdown.

World hunkers down at home, stranded travellers scramble

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 effect. Others were scrambling to get home, caught up in widespread travel restrictions that aimed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Officials seek $750 billion in economic aid to thwart virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an urgency unseen since the Great Recession, Congress is rushing to develop a sweeping economic lifeline for American households and businesses suddenly capsized by the coronavirus outbreak.

Military faces limitations in responding to virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is already helping combat the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and is considering ways to do more.

Scratched: Kentucky Derby now set for September due to virus

The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May to September on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Feds dropping case for 2 Russian companies in troll probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is moving to drop charges against two Russian companies that were accused of funding a social media campaign to sway American public opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


Stocks jump after Trump promises to 'go big' on virus aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing solidly higher after President Donald Trump promised he's "going big" with plans to blunt the economic pain caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump's economic aid could approach $1T, senators say

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking Congress to unleash a torrent of emergency economic aid — including direct checks to Americans — an effort unseen since the Great Recession to shore up households and the economy amid the coronavirus crisis.

Trump moves to blunt coronavirus' heavy impact on US economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of an expected surge in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to blunt the impact of the pandemic on the U.S. economy, fundamentally altered by a push for a nation to stay home.

Wide swath of economy seeks share of COVID-19 rescue package

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress works on a rescue package to help shore up a U.S. economy hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a wide swath of business, from the solar power industry to casinos and hotels, along with doctors, nurses and educators are urging lawmakers to give them a share of the pie.

More wipes, no jeans: Amazon limits warehouse shipments

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, in an attempt to fill its warehouses with toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other items in high demand, said Tuesday that it will limit what suppliers can send to its warehouses for the next three weeks.

White House seeks $850B economic stimulus amid virus crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is proposing a roughly $850 billion economic rescue package Tuesday amid the coronaviru s outbreak, a sweeping stimulus for businesses and taxpayers unseen since the Great Recession of 2008.

Fed to try to ease flow of credit with new lending facility

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its latest emergency action, the Federal Reserve is establishing a lending facility to try to ease the flow of short-term credit to banks and businesses as the economy grinds to a halt from the viral outbreak.

Retail sales fall 0.5% in February, biggest drop since 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales fell 0.5% in February, the largest drop in more than a year, indicating that the consumer sector was slowing even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States. Economists said they were looking for even weaker numbers in coming months.

US job openings jumped in January, before virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply increased the number of jobs they advertised in January, a sign the job market and economy were in mostly solid shape before the virus outbreak hit.

US industrial production rises 0.6% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose last month for the first time since November as chillier weather kept utiliities busy and an uptick in auto production pushed manufacturing output higher. The economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak was not apparent in the February numbers.

Govts pledge aid as global commerce seizes in face of virus

Governments and central banks are scrambling to find ways to keep businesses from going bankrupt as the virus outbreak grinds the world economy to a halt.

Distilleries using high-proof alcohol to make hand sanitizer

NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania distillery owner who grew increasingly angry as he saw the skyrocketing price of hand sanitizer has decided to do something about it: He's temporarily converting his operation into a production line for the suddenly hard-to-find, gooey, alcohol-based disinfectant.

Hit by virus, US airlines seek aid far exceeding post-9/11

With each day that the coronavirus outbreak spreads and claims more lives, the damage to global airlines rises too. U.S. carriers on Monday put a price tag on their pain: They asked the federal government for more than $50 billion in rescue aid.


Coronavirus scrambles Democratic contest as 3 states vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The new coronavirus hampered efforts by voters to get to the polls in some states on Tuesday as the global pandemic scrambled the Democratic presidential contest.


How the coronavirus is upending American politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most elemental act of American democracy — voting — will be tested Tuesday as four states set to hold presidential primaries confront the impact of a global pandemic that has turned everyday life upside-down.

Senate votes to extend, not tweak, 3 surveillance powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to extend, rather than tweak, three surveillance powers that federal law enforcement officials use to fight terrorists, passing the bill back to an absent House and throwing the future of the authorities in doubt.


Titans use franchise tag on NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have tagged Derrick Henry as their franchise player, making sure they keep the NFL rushing leader around for at least this season.

Titans agree to four-year extension with QB Ryan Tannehill

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans are keeping the quarterback that led them within a victory of the Super Bowl, agreeing to a four-year, $118 million extension with Ryan Tannehill.


Tennessee offering food, financial help to tornado victims

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennesseans affected by the massive tornadoes that ripped through the state earlier this month will soon be able to apply for emergency federal benefits.

Tornado-hit historic buildings face difficult choice

NASHVILLE (AP) — Property owners affected by the tornadoes earlier this month now face two options: rebuild or bulldoze.


Board OKs closing Nashville bars, limiting restaurant seats

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Metro Board of Health on Sunday agreed to close bars and limit restaurant capacity to combat the spread of the new coronavirus.

Party's over: 4 states close bars, restaurants over virus

On Saturday night, revelers in many parts of the country ignored warnings against attending large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On Sunday, it became clear that in many places, the party is over.

Lee closes Capitol, halts state travel over coronavirus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Friday halted all non-essential business travel for state employees, banned visitors and tours from the state Capitol and heavily discouraged groups of 250 or more from gathering.


Elton John postpones tour: A look at concerts on hold

Elton John postpones tour: A look at concerts on hold

Academy of Country Music postpones awards show amid virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The show won't go on for the Academy of Country Music, after all.


Governor asks all schools to close by Friday; Legislature curtailed

NASHVILLE (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee on Monday asked all schools in Tennessee to close by the end of the week due to coronavirus spreading across the state.

Tenn. brothers donate sanitizer products bought for resale

Thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer and packs of antibacterial wipes and medical masks have been donated after a failed attempt by two Tennessee brothers to resell them for profit during the U.S. coronavirus outbreak.


Supreme Court postpones arguments because of virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court announced Monday that it is postponing arguments for the first time in more than 100 years because of the coronavirus, including fights over subpoenas for President Donald Trump's financial records.


Automakers dodged parts shortage, but virus poses new threat

DETROIT (AP) — When the coronavirus cut off the flow of parts from China in early January, most global automakers were ready: Anticipating such a crisis, they had prepared to tap other suppliers and to conserve parts that they had stored.

UK asks Ford, Rolls-Royce to make ventilators

The British government is asking manufacturers including Ford and Rolls-Royce to make ventilators for coronavirus patients.

Peugot closing European factories

The French automaker whose brands include Peugeot and Citroen says it is closing its factories in Europe until March 27 "due to the acceleration observed in recent days of serious cases of COVID-19."


US tells older people to stay home, all ages to avoid crowds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday urged all older Americans to stay home and everyone to avoid crowds and eating out at restaurants as part of sweeping guidelines meant to combat an expected surge of coronavirus cases.

Holed up in the US: Coronavirus shutdown threatens jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans holed up at home against the coronavirus Monday, with many of them thrown out of work until further notice, as authorities tightened the epic clampdown and the list of businesses forced to close across the U.S. extended to restaurants, bars, gyms and casinos.

G-7 leaders try to ease tension, vow to coordinate on virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and its top economic allies pledged Monday to more closely share real-time information about the coronavirus and the availability of medical equipment and to support jobs, global trade and investment.

MLB delays opening day to mid-May at earliest due to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.

Senate Democrats seek $750B for new coronavirus aid package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a new coronavirus aid package, with at least $750 billion to boost hospital capacity, unemployment insurance and other direct aid for American households, businesses and the health care industry.

US ups virus response in face of a possible surge in cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government moved Monday to try to blunt the impact of an expected surge of coronavirus cases, racing to bolster testing and aid even as the financial markets fell and Americans scrambled to reorder their lives.

Canada closing borders to non-citizens, Americans exempted

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he will close the country's borders to anyone not a citizen, an American or a permanent resident — and even they have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival — due to the coronavirus pandemic.

UK ramps up virus fight; 12-week isolation for over-70s

LONDON (AP) — British authorities on Monday dramatically ramped up measures to combat the new coronavirus, urging all U.K. residents to avoid unnecessary contact with others and telling people in the most vulnerable groups to stay at home for three months.

EU funds firm developing virus vaccine amid US interest

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union on Monday announced a multimillion-dollar investment in a German company that is working on a potential vaccine for the new coronavirus amid reports that the U.S. government was interested in acquiring the firm.

US officials: Foreign disinformation stoking virus fears

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday.

EU chief proposes 30-day ban on nonessential entry into bloc

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Monday proposed a 30-day ban on non-essential travel into the bloc, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, while insisting on the need to keep the internal borders between the 27 member states open as much as possible.

Gov't virus testing will prioritize medical staff, elderly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government's effort to rapidly expand testing for the coronavirus will initially focus on screening health care workers and the elderly, Trump administration officials said Sunday.

White House moves to protect Trump, staff against virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House put in place new measures Monday to protect President Donald Trump and his staff during the coronavirus outbreak, including taking the temperature of anyone who enters the complex, including visitors and members of the press corps.

What now? Facing life without the entertainment world

NEW YORK (AP) — Overheard as the entertainment world stalled in response to the coronavirus outbreak: "What are we gonna do now, read books?"

Vegas casinos and resorts to close amid pandemic

The owners of iconic Las Vegas casinos such as Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas are shutting down as the coronavirus pandemic prompts authorities to lock down public gathering places.

Disney to close hotels, all retail stores due to COVID-19

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World will close all of its hotels in Florida due to growing concern over the new coronavirus, the company announced early Monday.

AMC Theaters to limit attendance to 50 people per showing

NEW YORK (AP) — AMC Theaters, the largest movie chain in North America, will limit attendance at all screenings to 50 people to adhere to the CDC's latest social distancing guidelines.

Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday called on people to stop hoarding groceries and other supplies as one of the nation's most senior public health officials urged Americans to act with more urgency to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown.

Business Fallout: Walmart limits hours, airlines cut flying

WASHINGTON (AP) — United Airlines will slash 50% of its flying capacity in April and May and warns the cuts could extend into the peak summer travel season as the impact of the new coronavirus on airlines grows more dire.

Michigan governor closes restaurants to dine-in customers

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in customers, effective at 3 p.m. Monday, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Dems and politics of the pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans normally hear from President Donald Trump when he is opining on Twitter, riffing from a rally stage or otherwise improvising. This past week was different as he sat in the Oval Office with a script laid out for him to read on a matter grave enough for a prime-time address to the nation.

Arc of Trump's coronavirus comments defies reality on ground

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the course of a few weeks, President Donald Trump veered from confidently assuring Americans his administration had the coronavirus outbreak "very well under control" to declaring a national emergency and tweeting all-caps caution about the pandemic that has upended every facet of American life.


Dow dives 2,997 points on fears virus will cause recession

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market plunged more than 12% Monday for its worst day in more than three decades as voices from Wall Street to the White House said the coronavirus is likely dragging the economy into a recession.

Major banks to face profit hit from low rates

The nation's largest banks face a hit to their profits as the Federal Reserve slashes interest rates and bond yields continue sliding amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is putting the brakes on the economy as businesses and travel shut down.

US airlines seek billions in aid as outbreak cripples travel

U.S. airlines are asking the federal government for grants, loans and tax relief that could easily top $50 billion to help them recover from a sharp downturn in travel due to the new coronavirus.

Amazon seeks to hire 100,000 to keep up with surge in orders

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Monday that it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with a crush of orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online.

Business asks government to act to avert 'devastating' hit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest business organization asked the Trump administration and Congress on Monday to act rapidly to help companies have access to cash and avert a "potentially devastating" hit to the economy as the coronavirus pandemic forced closures and quarantines that threatened to choke off commerce worldwide.

Stocks nosedive on Wall Street, triggering trading halt

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks dropped 8% in the first minutes of trading Monday on Wall Street and triggered another temporary halt to trading as huge swaths of the economy come closer to shutting down, from airlines to restaurants. Emergency actions taken by the Federal Reserve late Sunday to prop up the economy and get financial markets running smoothly again may have raised fears even further, some investors said.

Fed may take boldest steps in a decade to ease virus impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is all but sure to take its most drastic steps Wednesday since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis to try to counter the coronavirus' growing damage to the U.S. economy and the financial markets.

AP Explains: What did the Federal Reserve do Sunday and why?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandishing an array of financial weapons, the Federal Reserve announced extraordinary action Sunday to try to blunt the heavy damage the coronavirus outbreak has begun to inflict on the U.S. economy.

Virus seizes markets; it's no longer business as usual

Global markets and businesses big and small opened the week to a landscape seemingly altered by the coronavirus pandemic. National retail chains have closed all stores. Banks are taking steps to keep cash on hand, lots of it. Markets in Asia, Europe and the U.S. are plunging. Following is a quick look at how the outbreak is impacting the financial and business sector, as well as millions of workers and customers.

When market drops, play long game with retirement savings

The stock market has been on a punishing roller coaster ride this week, suffering its largest one-day drop in more than 30 years Thursday, on concerns that the spread of COVID-19 will hit the global economy hard.

EU leaders set for virus talks amid border measure worries

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Monday called for more coordination and insisted on the need to keep the 27-nation bloc's internal borders open as much as possible as member states implement measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

France fines Apple $1.2 billion for anti-competitive acts

PARIS (AP) — French regulators fined Apple 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) on Monday for striking deals to keep prices high, in the biggest-ever such sanction by France's Competition Authority.

Japan central bank boosts stimulus following Fed rate cut

BANGKOK (AP) — The Bank of Japan joined other major central banks Monday in expanding its already unprecedented levels of monetary support for financial markets and companies battered by the outbreak of the coronavirus.

China reports Jan-Feb economic activity worse than expected

BEIJING (AP) — China's consumer spending and factory activity fell more than expected in January and February as it fought a virus outbreak, prompting some forecasters to warn this year's economic growth might slump to its lowest level since the 1970s.

Movie ticket sales lowest in 20 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theaters as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood's worst weekends at the box office.


'Bigger than any one of us': Biden, Sanders tackle pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders sought in the Democratic debate to cast themselves as best-positioned to lead the nation through a global pandemic, uniting in their criticism of President Donald Trump's response to the fast-moving coronavirus but diverging in how they would confront the spiraling public health and economic crisis.

DEBATE TAKEAWAYS: Biden tries to draw in Sanders supporters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders launched a new phase of the 2020 presidential election Sunday night, with a one-on-one debate held in a Washington studio without a studio audience.

AP FACT CHECK: The Dems on pandemic, Social Security, more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders sparred one-on-one Sunday in a Democratic debate held without a live audience in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. The growing crisis prompted some questionable statements from the presidential rivals, as did issues they argued about for months on once-crowded stages.


Titans waive tight end Delanie Walker, kicker Ryan Succop

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have waived three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker and kicker Ryan Succop.


TN Supreme Court halts in-person proceedings over coronavirus

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's highest court on Friday suspended all in-person judicial proceedings until the end of the month due to the spread of the new coronavirus.


Trump seeks to broaden virus testing; confusion persists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration scrambled Friday to broaden testing for the coronavirus with a flurry of new measures, and public confusion persisted over who should be tested and how to get checked for the disease.

Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency in order to free up more money and resources. But he denied any responsibility for delays in making testing available for the new virus, whose spread has roiled markets and disrupted the lives of everyday Americans.

As virus inches closer, Trump says he's likely to be tested

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will likely be tested for the coronavirus "fairly soon," as questions swirled about why the president, his top aides and his family weren't doing more to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misrepresents Obama's actions on H1N1

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day, President Donald Trump boasted of "smooth" coronavirus testing across the country. The next day, he pronounced the testing system inadequate, and assailed the public-health bureaucracy, Barack Obama and Joe Biden for not fixing it before he became president.

Trump preparing to invoke emergency powers over coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing to invoke emergency powers over the coronavirus outbreak, an emerging development Friday as an aid package teetered in Congress without his full public support.

No rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virus

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports calendar by the new coronaivirus that already is responsible for the loss of March Madness and the delay of opening day baseball.

Pelosi, White House near agreement on coronavirus aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration hoped to announce an agreement Friday on a coronavirus aid package to reassure anxious Americans by providing sick pay, free testing and other resources in an effort to calm teetering financial markets and the mounting crisis.

Analysis: Trump's virus playbook offers US vs world strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a "foreign" virus, he says — one that can be fought by closing the nation's borders to dangerous foreigners carrying scary disease.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump is wrong about insurers and coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump incorrectly stated in his address to the nation that the health insurance industry has agreed to waive patient co-payments for treatment of COVID-19. The industry has not made such a commitment.


Pentagon reconsiders Microsoft contract after Amazon protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reconsidering its awarding of a major cloud computing contract to Microsoft after rival tech giant Amazon protested what it called a flawed bidding process.

Facebook takedowns reveal sophistication of Russian trolls

Facebook and Twitter revealed evidence Thursday suggesting that Russian efforts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election are getting more sophisticated and harder to detect.


Stocks roar back from big losses after emergency declaration

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street roared back from its worst day in 30 years Friday with a broad rally that sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearly 2,000 points higher — its biggest point gain ever — after President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

Movie theaters, for now, stay open nationwide

NEW YORK (AP) — Movie theaters have long acted as a refuge in times of war and recession. Their screens have flickered virtually unabated for the last century. But the coronavirus presents a rare case and an acute crisis for a medium already under threat by the advent of streaming services.

Delta slashes flights by 40% as virus cripples global travel

Delta Air Lines will cut passenger-carrying capacity by 40% to deal with a nosedive in travel demand, and it is talking to the White House and Congress about assistance to get through a downturn caused by the new coronavirus.

Fed takes extra steps to sooth virus-rattled bond market

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank have taken large steps this week to try to calm financial markets and restore some degree of confidence. So far, it hasn't quite worked. The central banks are facing a crisis only partly responsive to the medicine they can provide.

Employers navigate virus pandemic without firm guidelines

NEW YORK (AP) — It started with extra hand sanitizer and wipes for keyboards and headphones. Then came the directive for employees to lug their laptops home every night just in case. Finally, the memo arrived urging all employees to work from home — just not in their pajamas.

The mighty bull market falls victim to a tiny virus

NEW YORK (AP) — In the end, the mighty bull was slayed by a tiny virus.

Trump economic team grasps for credibility with outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the financial crisis a decade ago, President Barack Obama could look around the room and turn to an economist who served as Harvard's president, a former president of the New York Federal Reserve and a renowned academic considered one of the world's authorities on the Great Depression.

Q&A: New travel ban shakes up airlines, passengers

Airlines and travelers are still sorting out the new travel ban that President Donald Trump announced late Wednesday that bars most foreign visitors coming to the U.S. from continental Europe for 30 days.

A look at some of the hardest hit sectors in the S&P 500

Seven weeks after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the U.S., the outbreak is now classified as a pandemic and it's doing widespread damage to critical economic sectors of the global economy. Airlines are dropping routes because people are not flying, workers are staying home, public events that raise millions of dollars for local communities have been canceled and oil prices have sunk to near $30 a barrel. Here's a look at some of the hardest hit sectors in the S&P 500, and how far they've fallen in the past 30 days.

Trump signs bill to help telecoms replace Huawei equipment

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a bill that provides $1 billion to help small telecom providers replace equipment made by China's Huawei and ZTE.

Virus-related sports cancellations leave little to bet on

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — There's still darts. Or New Zealand cricket. The fast-spreading coronavirus has led to an unprecedented slew of cancellations or suspensions of most major professional and college sports events in the U.S., particularly within the last 48 hours.


US surveillance powers set to temporarily expire

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three surveillance powers available to the U.S. government are set to temporarily expire Sunday after a trio of senators opposed a bipartisan House bill that would renew the authorities and impose new restrictions.


MLS shutting down for 30 days due to coronavirus

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer is shutting down for 30 days because of the coronavirus, delaying the home opener for the expansion team co-owned by former England captain David Beckham.


NHL 'pausing' season amid coronavirus concerns

The NHL is following the NBA's lead and suspending its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Titans waive linebacker Cameron Wake, RB Dion Lewis

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have waived linebacker Cameron Wake after one season into what had been a three-year contract.

NFL teams curtailing or stopping scouting operations

NFL teams are curtailing or completely stopping scouting operations as a safeguard against the spread of the new coronavirus.


MLB delays opening day by at least 2 weeks because of virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season by at least two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak and suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule.


Global concert industry in flux as coronavirus spreads

NEW YORK (AP) — Multi-platinum rock band Third Eye Blind had never canceled a tour, even when its members "all had salmonella poisoning and we were all green and vomiting," as bandleader Stephan Jenkins put it.


Lee declares emergency in Tennessee over COVID-19

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency Thursday to help the state address the spread of the new coronavirus.

Washington strains for virus response amid public closures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington is straining for an ample response to the coronavirus outbreak that is testing the nation's political and health care systems after President Donald Trump restricted air travel from Europe, Congress ran into trouble approving an aid package and the centers of power — the domed Capitol and stately White House — are being shuttered to visitors.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump is wrong about insurers and coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump incorrectly stated in his address to the nation that the health insurance industry has agreed to waive patient co-payments for treatment of COVID-19. The industry has not made such a commitment.

House Democrats' virus bill: Free testing, paid sick leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have unveiled an ambitious measure to provide free testing for the coronavirus, paid sick leave and strengthened unemployment insurance as a response to the worsening outbreak's economic impact on people across the United States.

EU condemns Trump travel ban from Europe as virus spreads

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday lashed out at President Donald Trump's decision to restrict travel from Europe to the United States because of the new coronavirus, calling the the pandemic a global crisis that "requires cooperation rather than unilateral action."

Travel bans, market chaos: Dizzying reaction to virus spread

ROME (AP) — Sweeping travel bans cascaded around the globe Thursday, walling off countries and even entire continents, keeping people inside their homes, and slowing the engines of commerce to stem the coronavirus pandemic. Markets collapsed with the growing realization that there would be no fast end to the uncertainty.

Trump clamps limits on travel from Europe to US for 30 days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking dramatic action, President Donald Trump announced he is sharply restricting passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of Americans.

Starbucks stores might go drive-thru only or limit seating

Some Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada may become drive-thru only while others could limit the number of people allowed inside, the company said, one day after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus a pandemic.

Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has prompted multiple religious faiths to change or cancel services as houses of worship try to help contain the disease. But some church leaders are also tackling another task: communicating a message that elevates both faith and science.

US Capitol closing to public until April amid virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is shutting the Capitol to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus, officials announced Thursday, a rare step that underscores the growing gravity with which the government is reacting to the viral outbreak.


House OKs letting Lee not sign Confederate general day

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee would no longer be required by law to sign a proclamation that names a day each year after a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader, according to legislation passed by the state House on Thursday.


Worst day on Wall Street since 1987; Dow drops 2,300 pts.

NEW YORK (AP) — The escalating coronavirus emergency Thursday sent stocks to their worst losses since the Black Monday crash of 1987, extending a sell-off that has now wiped out most of Wall Street's big run-up since President Donald Trump's election.

`It gets worse': Stocks plummet again over coronavirus fears

NEW YORK (AP) — The deepening coronavirus crisis sent stocks into another alarming slide Thursday, extending a sell-off that has wiped out most of the big run-up on Wall Street since President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Analyst: Best way to fix market swoon is to contain virus

NEW YORK (AP) — The severity of Wall Street's rout this week may echo the swoons for stocks at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, but that's where the parallels end.

Fed intervenes to try to calm markets but investors shrug

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve moved Thursday to try to ease disruptions in the financial markets stemming from the coronavirus by announcing that it will sharply increase its purchases of short-term Treasury bonds.

Trump economic team grasps for credibility with outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the financial crisis a decade ago, President Barack Obama could look around the room and turn to an economist who served as Harvard's president, a former president of the New York Federal Reserve and a renowned academic considered one of the world's authorities on the Great Depression.

Nervous consumers around world pull back amid viral outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buffeted by fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus, consumers in the United States and overseas are showing increasing signs of cutting back on spending in what amounts to a severe threat to economic growth.

European Central Bank deploys stimulus to ease virus damage

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank deployed targeted new stimulus measures to cushion the shock to the economy from the virus outbreak, but its president said monetary policy couldn't do it alone and called for a "decisive and determined" response from governments.

A look at what happens when stocks enter a bear market

Stocks' staggering skid that began less than three weeks ago has pulled Wall Street into what's known as a bear market.

Iran asks for billions in loans as virus deaths climb to 429

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday it had asked for an emergency $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to help fight the spread of a new virus that's swept across the country, infecting more than 10,000 people and killing hundreds.

Coronavirus forces small businesses to rethink strategies

NEW YORK (AP) — Renee and Michael Brown planned to open a third location for their coffee company — and put their plans on hold when the coronavirus hit.

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