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Trump declares churches 'essential,' calls on them to reopen

Trump declares churches 'essential,' calls on them to reopen

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as “essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown.
California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's unemployment rate nearly tripled to 15.
Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighbourhood

Pakistan jet with 98 aboard crashes in crowded neighbourhood

KARACHI, Pakistan — A jetliner carrying 98 people crashed Friday in a crowded neighbourhood near the airport in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi after an apparent engine failure during landing.
Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam but await fate

Loughlin, Giannulli plead in college scam but await fate

“Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty Friday to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as part of a college admissions bribery
Perry's studio moves toward reopening while industry waits

Perry's studio moves toward reopening while industry waits

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Perry is planning to make his Atlanta-based mega studio one of the first domestic filming grounds to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.
Egyptian acclaimed sculptor Adam Henein dies at 91

Egyptian acclaimed sculptor Adam Henein dies at 91

CAIRO — Acclaimed Egyptian artist Adam Henein, who joined ancient pharaonic themes with sleek modernism in sculptures that often portrayed birds and other animals, died Friday, his family said. He was 91.
Big art, small package: Tiny plays offered to stage at home

Big art, small package: Tiny plays offered to stage at home

NEW YORK — The task facing playwright Tito Livas was intense: Write a new play in a few days that could be read alone or aloud with friends. Don't worry if it's too crazy. Oh, and make it 10 minutes or less.
Florida unemployment rate triples in April to nearly 13%

Florida unemployment rate triples in April to nearly 13%

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.

Guinean singer Mory Kante, 'baobab of culture,' dies at 70

CONAKRY, Guinea — Guinean singer Mory Kante, an influential figure in African and world music, has died, his family said Friday. He was 70. Kante brought Guinean, and Mandingo, culture to the world. He was called an ambassador of Afro-Pop music.
China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

BEIJING — China’s No. 2 leader on Friday promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but avoided launching a massive stimulus on the scale of the United States or Japan.