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  Stocks climb as soaring oil prices resuscitate energy stocks

Wall Street pushed higher Thursday after a surge in oil prices helped resuscitate beaten-down energy stocks.

Company offering year’s worth of Disney Plus in ‘dream job’ giveaway

  Joe Biden predicts Democratic convention delay until August

Billy Joel donates $500K to support NY health care workers

  Coronavirus economic fallout mounts, along with competition for masks

  Hobby Lobby in Colo. remains open despite stay-at-home order

  Sled dog driver delivers groceries, medical supplies in Maine

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  Q&A: How to get aid for a small business hit by coronavirus crisis

Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought coronavirus

  Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

  Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

Man accused of killing Nev. trooper was paranoid over coronavirus, court documents say

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

  Couple replaces wedding guests with cardboard cutouts due to coronavirus

Thanks to the cardboard cutouts, all the family and friends that aren’t able to attend the wedding in person because of COVID-19 can still fill the pews.

  Mo. doctor buys camper to live in to protect family from coronavirus

The doctor and her husband used money designated for a home extension to instead buy a camper to protect their family from COVID-19.

Emmy-winning musician Adam Schlesinger dies from coronavirus

Emmy and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, known for his work with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus, his attorney said.

Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there amid the coronovirus crisis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

  ‘A battlefield behind your home’: Deaths mount in New York

  2-year-old at center of AMBER Alert found safe in Florida; suspect in custody

Trump warns Iran against attacking US troops in Iraq

Newborn baby dies from COVID-19 related complications in Connecticut, governor says

Trump: US to deploy anti-drug Navy ships near Venezuela

  Severe coronavirus cases on pace to overwhelm ICU availability in urban and rural areas

Some counties in the country have zero ICU beds; others are on pace to need more than available for COVID-19 cases. Part of the reason may be legislation prohibiting expansion.

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier.

Georgia Sen. Loeffler gets renewed scrutiny over stock moves

Senators in both parties have faced questions about the stock transactions they made in the weeks before the coronavirus upended the U.S. economy.

Doctor and nurse are now TikTok famous

Dr. Rose Marie Leslie and nurse Miki Rai have over 1 million followers between them as they educate them about coronavirus.

  Democrats proposing commission to study US pandemic response

House Democrats are drafting legislation that would create a bipartisan commission to study the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

WATCH LIVE: Latest news conference on COVID-19

WAFB 9News will bring you the latest news conferences from local, state, and federal officials during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Booze buying surges in US during coronavirus outbreak

Many Americans appear to be turning to alcohol to occupy their time during the coronavirus outbreak.

  Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

Parton said she hopes her donation encourages “people that can afford it to make donations.”

  Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak

In a memo to Navy leaders, the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt said that the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating and that removing all but 10% of the crew is a "necessary risk" in order to stop the spread of the virus. The ship is docked in Guam.

  Stocks skid as physical, economic toll of virus worsens

Global shares skidded Wednesday as reports of rising numbers of coronavirus cases deepened the gloom over the likely impact on the world economy.

Study: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teams

The difference in average Graduation Success Rate for white men’s players (94.3%) and black men’s players (80%) stood at 14.3 percentage points, up from 12.6 in the 2019 study.

Sprint and T-Mobile merge, creating new wireless giant

Mobile carrier T-Mobile has completed its takeover of smaller rival Sprint, creating a new wireless giant that rivals AT&T and Verizon in size.

NFL to begin season as scheduled in September

During a conference call Tuesday, league officials announced the season will start in September and teams will play their full 16 game schedule with fans in attendance. International games are also still planned.

‘Wicked’ movie release delayed, ‘Minions’ pushed to 2021

Hollywood studios have been scrambling to revise business plans amid the pandemic, which has closed theaters nationwide and halted productions indefinitely.

  AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump’s pandemic response

Less than half of Americans approve of the job done thus far by President Donald Trump and the federal government in confronting the virus, per a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

  Ohio man uses bucket truck to see mom on third floor of her assisted living home

Charley Adams went out on a limb, so to speak, using a bucket truck to visit his mother.

Why health experts aren’t warning about coronavirus in food

Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus?

FDA wants heartburn meds off the market due to contamination

The move from the Food and Drug Administration Wednesday applies to all prescription and over-the-counter versions of ranitidine, best known by the brand name Zantac.

  April 1, rent’s due: Many struggle to pay in virus outbreak

Many renters are without jobs - nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S. filed for unemployment the week of March 16, about five times the previous high in 1982.

  States largely have authority over when to shut down, reopen

President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it’s governors and local officials who will decide what type of restrictions to impose on their citizens to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Novak Djokovic and brother play tennis in living room with frying pans

The Djokovic brothers set up a makeshift court, using fry pans for racquets and furniture to make a net.

  Texas high school teacher fights for life after COVID-19 diagnosis

A teacher at a Texas high school was on a ventilator and fighting for life Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 just days earlier.

  Texas high school teacher fights for life after COVID-19 diagnosis

A teacher at a Texas high school was on a ventilator and fighting for life Tuesday after testing positive for COVID-19 just days earlier.

  Home Depot, Costco adjust hours, limit number of customers amid coronavirus outbreak

Costco and Home Depot announced measures to limit the number of customers inside their stores at the same time, to promote social distancing.

  After coronavirus recovery, Prince Charles pays tribute to healthcare workers

The UK’s Prince Charles made his first public appearance Wednesday since recovering from COVID-19.

  Kroger announces ‘Hero Bonus’ for frontline employees

Grocery chain Kroger will be paying many of its employees more money for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of virus

The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the event it refers to simply as The Championships is being scrapped for 2020.

  You can’t unsee Jack Black’s TikTok video, but why would you want to?

Jack Black's “Quarantine Dance” features high kicks, spins, and even a dodgy attempt at the “Russian Doll Dance” from “The Nutcracker.”

Flavor Flav’s firing from Public Enemy was a hoax, Chuck D says

Flavor Flav getting fired from Public Enemy was apparently a publicity stunt to promote an album.

  Truck carrying toilet paper crashes, burns on Texas interstate

Texas Department of Transportation officials said the load of toilet paper “burned extensively."

How to prep for and spend your government relief check

Now is the time to prep your finances and plan. The best use of your relief money depends on your individual circumstances.

  U.S. businesses cut 27,000 jobs in March, before virus hit

ADP said that the figures were compiled from the week ending March 14, when the number of people seeking unemployment benefits was still largely in check.

  A nurse worked for a week while infected with the coronavirus. The hospital wasn’t testing staff.

A nurse says she worked for about seven days at two hospitals in New York City while infected with the coronavirus.

  Trump says ‘life and death’ at stake in following coronavirus guidelines

Officials described a death toll that in a best-case scenario would likely be greater than the more than 53,000 American lives lost during World War I.

  Rural areas fear spread of coronavirus as more hospitals close

While the nation's coronavirus hot spots so far have been big cities like New York and New Orleans, officials fear inadequate testing and the lack of medical resources linked to hospital failures will catch up with smaller population centers.

  Minn. state trooper gives doctor masks instead of speeding ticket

The N95 masks that health care workers need to protect themselves while treating coronavirus patients are in dangerously short supply.

  AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misfires on virus death rates, tests

President Donald Trump is making premature assertions about relatively low death rates in the U.S. and revising history about how seriously he viewed the threat, including the need for ventilators.

  Census Day arrives with US almost paralyzed by coronavirus

The Census Bureau is required by federal statute to send the president the counts that will be used to carve up congressional districts — a process known as apportionment — and draw state legislative districts by Dec. 31.

  Parents suspected in 2 daughters’ homicides found dead in W.Va. woods

Police are waiting for an autopsy report from the state medical examiner’s office to determine how the couple and children died.

  Doctor kicked out of Ind. gas station for being Asian in coronavirus-related discrimination

Police say they have been notified of the situation, and the gas station has been advised that discrimination is inappropriate.

  Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

The number of U.S. deaths could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if Americans continue to stay home and limit contact with others, experts predicted at a media briefing with President Donald Trump.

Man hides coronavirus symptoms to visit expectant wife at NY hospital

Following the incident, the hospital system announced all workers and visitors, as well as patients displaying COVID-19 symptoms, will wear protective masks.

  CNN’s Chris Cuomo hosts show from basement after testing positive for coronavirus

Cuomo, who said he’s been experiencing coronavirus symptoms, said he had been exposed to people who had tested positive.

Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

The FBI has failed to follow its own policies for ensuring the accuracy of applications it submits to conduct wiretaps in national security investigations, including in some cases by not having documentation to support arguments made to judges, according to a letter released Tuesday.

  Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

Front-line health workers have the greatest need for masks. And when people are sick, wearing a mask helps lessen the chances of infecting others. In places where relatives care for the sick at home, the World Health Organization also has recommended they wear a mask.

  Florida docking plan in the works for ill-fated cruise ships

Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are anxious to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship’s coronavirus caseload.

  ‘Star Wars’ actor Andrew Jack dies of coronavirus at 76 in Britain

Andrew Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”

Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

While more people have been connected in recent years, tens of millions still lack access to high-speed internet because phone and cable companies hesitate to invest in far-flung rural areas.

Businesses may get COVID-19 relief loans as soon as Friday

Companies will be able to submit applications on Friday.

FCC implementing new system to combat spoofed robocalls

The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules on Tuesday in an effort to crack down on the practice of caller ID “spoofing,” which is used to trick consumers into answering scam robocalls.

  VIDEO: Indiana woman creates goofy COVID-19 song to Beatles tune

The 65-year-old retired worship leader came up with the lyrics while she was trying to fall asleep.

  At least 28 test positive for COVID-19 in Texas after chartered spring break trip

At least 28 out of approximately 70 people who took a chartered flight for a spring break vacation to Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Stocks drift, still headed to worst quarter since 2008

The surge of coronavirus cases around the world has sent markets to breathtaking drops since mid-February, undercutting what had been a good start to the year.

US finds major cross-border tunnel used to smuggle drugs

Authorities seized more than two tons of a variety of drugs, a departure from earlier discoveries that consisted largely of marijuana.

  How to strengthen your immune system to combat illnesses

Isolating due to the coronavirus is not the only way you can help keep yourself from getting sick. Boosting your immune system is a good idea to ward off illness and you can do that from the comfort of your own home.

Part of lost continent found under Canada

Baffin Island in northern Canada is known for its stunning mountains and glaciers and it's where scientists uncovered the evidence of a continent hiding in rocks.

  Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout

The decision prompted a rebuke from New York Attorney General Letitia James, who called on the National Labor Relations Board to investigate.

  A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April's bills are coming due. Here is help navigating the biggest issues.