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Palestinians report 1st cases of coronavirus in Gaza Strip

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — The Palestinian Health Ministry announced early Sunday that two residents who returned recently from Pakistan to the Gaza Strip tested positive for the coronavirus, the first cases to be diagnosed in the Palestinian encl
Crossover country superstar Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Crossover country superstar Kenny Rogers dies at 81

NASHVILLE — 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.
New York bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home

New York bans gatherings, nonessential workers to stay home

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced sweeping orders Friday that will severely restrict gatherings of any size for the state's more than 19 million residents and will require workers in nonessential businesses to stay home.
Virus prompts US and Mexico to restrict border travel

Virus prompts US and Mexico to restrict border travel

WASHINGTON — Mexico and the U.S. announced Friday that they would prohibit all “non-essential” travel across their shared border as part of efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Trump angrily defends his handling of coronavirus pandemic

Trump angrily defends his handling of coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON — Defending his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, an angry President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at reporters and broke with his own health officials on the science of the outbreak.
Army closing recruiting stations, moves effort online

Army closing recruiting stations, moves effort online

WASHINGTON — The Army on Friday became the first military service to announce it is shutting down all of its recruiting stations around the country in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Gen.
Mississippi delays a GOP primary runoff amid pandemic

Mississippi delays a GOP primary runoff amid pandemic

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he is postponing the March 31 Republican primary runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District because of the coronavirus. The new date is June 23.
US home sales jumped to 13-year high before viral outbreak

US home sales jumped to 13-year high before viral outbreak

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales jumped in February to their highest level in 13 years, a trend that will almost certainly be reversed as people stop showing their property out of fear of infection in the coronavirus outbreak.
Virus: Graceland shuts, music festival postponed in Memphis

Virus: Graceland shuts, music festival postponed in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Elvis Presley's Graceland is temporarily closing in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. The Memphis, Tennessee-based tourist attraction said Friday that tours of Presley's former home-turned-museum have been called off.
Netflix establishes $100 million virus relief fund

Netflix establishes $100 million virus relief fund

LOS ANGELES — Netflix said Friday it is establishing a $100 million relief fund for workers in the worldwide creative community affected by the coronavirus-caused halt of most film and television production.