Nation and World

  • Tradition stymied: A year unlike any since WWII for Augusta
    by PAUL NEWBERRY on April 8, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    The Masters is so intertwined with Augusta, they added an extra day to spring break. You see, the first full week of April isn’t just a blip in time for this place. It’s their identity, their way of life, their cart path to success. A restaurant or bar can take a huge step toward profitability […]

  • Mayor says virus has hit black, Hispanic New Yorkers hard
    by The Associated Press on April 8, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus has been disproportionately high in black and Hispanic communities, and the city is starting an outreach campaign for those residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday. “We’re seeing folks who have struggled before really being hit particularly hard,” de Blasio said at a […]

  • Even as virus deaths mount, governments eye exit strategies
    by MARINA VILLENUEVE AND LORI HINNANT on April 8, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths continue to mount across Europe, New York and other hot spots, the U.S. and other governments are slowly beginning to envision an exit strategy and contemplating a staggered and carefully calibrated relaxation of the restrictions designed to curb the scourge. “To end the confinement, we’re not going […]

  • Biden vs. Trump: The general election is here, and transformed
    by Jonathan Martin and ALEXANDER BURNS on April 8, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    The actual activities of the presidential campaign remain largely on hold, frozen by the coronavirus outbreak that has brought most other aspects of the country’s public life to a standstill. For the foreseeable future, the pandemic has overtaken all other issues in the campaign and may well turn the election into a one-issue debate. […]

  • VP talk could intensify with Harris-DNC fundraising deal
    by BILL BARROW on April 8, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    California Sen. Kamala Harris has made an unusual fundraising move that is sure to fuel speculation about her prospects to be Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Harris, who dropped out of the White House race in December, has set up the kind of arrangement with the Democratic National Committee that is […]

  • UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on virus
    by JAMEY KEATEN on April 8, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars that had come from its top single donor. Some African leaders rallied around the WHO’s Ethiopian-born director-general, Tedros […]

  • Boris Johnson in ICU with coronavirus, condition improving
    by JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA on April 8, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the coronavrus but is “improving,” a senior official said Wednesday, as the U.K. saw its biggest spike in deaths from the virus to date. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak said Johnson “has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical […]

  • Watchdog: Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks
    by MIKE CORDER on April 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    THE HAGUE (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday blaming the Syrian air force for a series of chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in late March 2017 on the central town of Latamneh. The report marks the first time the Investigation and Identification Team, set up in 2018 by the […]

  • Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee
    by WILL WEISSERT on April 8, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, acknowledging the former vice president is too far ahead for him to have any reasonable hope of catching up. The Vermont […]

  • AP PHOTOS: As Wuhan reopens, people begin to venture outside
    by The Associated Press on April 8, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    WUHAN, China (AP) — Some people couldn’t wait to leave town. Others just wanted to get outside and feel free again. All of them wore face masks against the virus that had forced them to stay in their homes for more than two months. Chinese authorities ended the lockdown of Wuhan on Wednesday, allowing people […]