Congress weighs choice: ‘Go big’ on virus aid or hit ‘pause’

It's a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  WHO warns that 1st wave of pandemic not over; dampens hopes

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

  Some restaurants offer dine-in service, others play it safe after restrictions lifted

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

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  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

  NY Times publishes names of lives lost to virus on front page

  How to stay safe while stepping out during a pandemic

  Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

  High prices at grocery stores and supply chain disruptions expected to persist

Americans looking to get outside this holiday weekend, maybe fire up the grill, should be prepared to see high prices at grocery stores, especially cookout staples like ground beef and chicken.

  Crowds pack pool bar at Lake of the Ozarks amid pandemic

Pasmore said, while at Backwater Jack's, he didn't see anyone practicing social distancing.

  Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from N.C. governor

Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet.

  13,458 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 635 deaths

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

  Solemn rituals carry on with new precautions at Arlington National Cemetery

  Entertainment venues reopen with restrictions

  1st deadlines approach for laid-off workers to get health insurance

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale.

  Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

People around the country are struggling to find ways to honor fallen heroes on a Memorial Day like no other, with people avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data.

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery.

  FDA commissioner urges Americans to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding Americans to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It's not going to happen.

Tourism season shows signs of strength even amid pandemic concerns

The new normal for the beginning of the tourism season looks pretty normal.

  Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

The U.S. has been the hardest hit country, with more than 96,000 deaths among 1.6 million confirmed cases.

Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak ti

Can you catch COVID-19 in a swimming pool?

Years of research around pool maintenance shows that if a pool is using the proper chemicals, it’s a relatively sterile environment.

  Mo. hair stylist works while symptomatic, tests positive for coronavirus

Between May 12 and May 20, a stylist at a Great Clips came in contact with 84 clients and seven coworkers, who now all will be tested for the coronavirus.

Trump’s disconnect with DC widens during viral pandemic

The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz's principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

Business owners sue Hattiesburg, mayor over COVID-19 order

The owners of a Hub City business sued the City of Hattiesburg and Mayor Toby Barker, claiming the city violated their constitutional rights after the business was closed under state and local executive orders.

Universal Orlando sets reopening date

The resort said it will begin welcoming guests again on June 5.

Uber Eats rolls out more ‘Family Style Meals’

A full rollout in the United States and Canada will come by June.

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

  Gov. Reeves extends safer-at-home order, will allow parks to reopen

As of Friday, there are more than 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state with nearly 600 deaths.

Mother holds newborn for first time after spending 72 days hospitalized with Covid-19

Trichelle McDaniel came to Touro's Emergency Room on March 11th with flu-like symptoms. She was 35 weeks pregnant. It was soon discovered she was positive for Covid-19. She went into preterm labor and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

  Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread.

Matthew McConaughey delivers 110K face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor is out delivering personal protective equipment to rural Texas hospitals.

  Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Friday’s report in the journal Lancet is not a rigorous test of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, but it is by far the largest look at their use in real world settings, spanning 671 hospitals on six continents.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Memorial Day, Harry Potter and Gibson guitars

The National Memorial Day Concert, Gibson Guitar's new show and a Harry Potter-themed play get a virtual premiere.

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons. Officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Trump orders flags at half-staff in memory of coronavirus victims

This will also be the scene at government buildings and national monuments throughout the U.S.

  AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history.

  CDC estimates 35% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic

The numbers are part of new guidance the CDC is providing leaders to help them from planning.

Gulf Shores planning for massive crowds Memorial Day weekend

Before you pack your beach towel make sure to keep in mind that social distancing doesn’t stop at the shoreline.

  Classic arcade game Pac-Man turns 40 on Friday

One of the most popular video games of all time is now 40 years old.

  Nation’s capital aims to start reopening May 29

Bowser on Thursday penciled in Friday, May 29 as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan.

  Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

  'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits.

  Officials: Jackson VA treated 86 positive COVID-19 cases, 61 in recovery

There are 20 active cases, 18 veterans and two employees.

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

As Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern times, the world’s greatest deliberative body is doing almost anything but deliberate the coronavirus.

  Facebook to allow employees to work from home for the rest of 2020

CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes over the next five to 10 years, half of the company could be working remotely fulltime.

100-year-old WWII veteran gets standing ovation at hospital after beating COVID-19

A 100-year-old WWII veteran has been released from Henrico Doctors’ Hospital after beating coronavirus!

Broadway star Cordero suffers setback in coronavirus recovery, wife says

His wife Amanda Kloots said his health was going downhill during an Instagram Live video stream.

  Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

Mayor installs curfew for Jackson residents

The curfew is in place for at least five days, at which time the city leaders will review if an extension is needed.

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Gov. Reeves appoints chairman of SWIB

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is back to discuss the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Faith groups help people file for unemployment during virus outbreak

Many are frustrated, confused and desperate just trying to file unemployment. Some faith groups are stepping up to help.

  Before and after pictures show nurse’s battle with coronavirus

The 43-year-old’s saga began in early March before any of the social distancing restrictions were in place.

  Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from US prison

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was released from federal prison Thursday to serve the remainder of his sentence at home.

  Politicians seek to reassure as doubts swirl over coronavirus pandemic safety; unemployment rises

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the unemployment rate could peak in May or June at 20% to 25% — a level unseen since the depths of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

  ‘Invisible demon’: Virus hits even top-rated nursing homes

The coronavirus has had no regard for health care quality or ratings as it has swept through nursing homes around the world, killing efficiently even in highly rated care centers.

  Coronavirus outbreaks reported at some churches with in-person services

Reopening churches for in-person services brings an increased risk of infection.

  Residents call for action after dozens of people ignore social distancing, gather at Ga. river

Homeowners living near the Chattahoochee River in Roswell, Georgia are fed up after they say large groups of people gathered near the river this weekend.

Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works closing stores in Canada, US

L Brands announced that approximately 250 Victoria's Secret and 51 Bath & Body Works stores.

  Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same

Even as some universities abandon hope of in-person instruction next semester, citing concerns from public health officials, dozens are announcing plans to welcome students back in August.

  Tenants accused of not social distancing face eviction from Ala. senior living facility

Six residents at the apartment complex have tested positive for COVID-19, and three have died, according to the city housing authority.

Attorney Richard Schwartz donates 1,000 masks to UMMC

Attorney Richard Schwartz donated 1,000 face masks to healthcare workers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Wednesday morning.

Miss. funeral home owner addresses misconceptions amid coronavirus pandemic

In-person funerals are still safe to attend, though there are guidelines you must follow.

Hamlin scores 2nd win of season at rain-shortened Darlington

NASCAR's second race back during the coronavirus pandemic was delayed nearly 90 minutes then stopped with 20 laps remaining because of rain.