Puerto Rico seeks ban on flights from US COVID-19 hot spots

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Wednesday asked federal officials to ban all flights from U.S. cities with a high number of coronavirus cases to help prevent the spread of COVID...

Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Mounds of harvested zucchini and yellow squash ripened and then rotted in the hot Florida sun. Juicy tomatoes were left to wither — unpicked — in farmers' fields. ...

French aircraft carrier ends mission amid possible outbreak

PARIS (AP) — The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle headed back to port Wednesday due to a possible virus on-board outbreak of the new coronavirus, France's Defense Ministry said. ...

Furloughs spread, housing disrupted, economic outlook dire

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of t...

Intellectuals warn of 'chaos' if EU can't find solidarity

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — More than 200 European intellectuals, artists and politicians have signed an open letter to European Union leaders urging them to take swift action to ease the economic pain of t...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

The Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic, Wuhan, reopened Wednesday after 76 days in lockdown. Elsewhere, the economic, political and psychological toll of fighting the new coronavirus gre...

Prize-winning reporter writes book on Melania Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post has written an unauthorized biography of first lady Melania Trump. Mary Jordan's “The Art of Her Deal,” which draws upon more ...

Democrats want additions to Trump $250B emergency virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democratic leaders proposed Wednesday adding hundreds of billions of dollars for health care, state and local governments, and food stamps to $250 billion in fresh emer...

Counter-terrorism probe opened in France knife attack

PARIS (AP) — French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead on Saturday. In a statement, prosecutor...

Pope creates new expert commission to study women deacons

ROME (AP) — The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for...

Wuhan coronavirus in the US: Map, case counts and news

Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs overseeing his administration, incl...

With Johnson hospitalized, who's who in Britain's Cabinet?

LONDON (AP) — With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized in intensive care after contracting the coronavirus, who's left to run the country? A look at the key players in Johnson's Cabinet:...

Passover in isolation dampens holiday mood in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Each year, Patricia Sheetrit and her family gather with in-laws for the first night of Passover, bringing together some 20 people for the holiday’s main event, the festive meal known ...

UK govt tries to advance virus response with leader in ICU

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government sought Wednesday to keep a grip on the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic as Prime Minister Boris Johnson started a third day in the intensive care unit ...

Quarantined drag queens land TV show in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Israel imposed a nationwide virus lockdown, shuttering theaters, clubs and bars, the country's drag queens found themselves confined to their homes, their elaborate wigs and glitte...