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With billions at stake, banks try to save stunned borrowers

By KEN SWEET The Associated Press NEW YORK — Tarred as villains during the 2008 financial meltdown, banks of all sizes are trying to help out Americans reeling from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Banks are scrambling to put into place loan forgiveness and ...

Social distancing during virus? Try banking online

If the coronavirus has you self-isolating, you’re likely more concerned about staying in touch with loved ones and carefully planning your grocery excursions than about changing your money routine. But if you’re concerned about how to do your everyday financial tasks from home, consider ...

Virus chaos snarls farm workers as new season buds in Europe

By KERSTIN SOPKE and GEIR MOULSON The Associated Press GENTHIN, Germany — Asparagus grower Henning Hoffheinz is looking at blue skies, a record-early harvest — and a big problem. The harvest of white asparagus — a ubiquitous and cherished fixture on springtime menus in Germany, ...

Cancellations, closures

The following is a list of area cancellations due to concern over the virus COVID-19. This is a work in progress and will be updated daily: Events ∫ The sportsman dinner to benefit the Wildlife Museum at the Johnstown Moose Club has been canceled. The gun raffle drawing will take place at ...

Pope prays for ‘fragile’ humanity needing help in pandemic

VATICAN CITY — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other’s help and ...

NY seeks breathing machines, but supply is low

ALBANY (AP) — New York’s scramble to find enough breathing machines to treat its rapidly expanding legion of coronavirus patients illustrates a problem vexing hospitals and governments worldwide. In his nationally televised briefings this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made ...

U of Rochester, ex-professors settle retaliation claims Friday

ROCHESTER (AP) — The University of Rochester will pay $9.4 million to settle a lawsuit brought by nine former professors and students who said they faced retaliation after bringing sexual misconduct claims against a professor, the group’s attorneys said Friday. “Our clients have had to ...

NYC subway driver dies after train fire; police investigate

NEW YORK (AP) — A fire in a shopping cart on a New York City subway train led to the death of the conductor and injuries to several other people early Friday, and authorities are investigating it as a crime, officials said. Fires were reported at three other stations along the same subway ...

Restaurants, trying to stay afloat, revamp menus, operations

CINCINNATI — In the battle to keep their New York City restaurant going despite sharp restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak, the owners of Il Posto Accanto tried something Beatrice Tosti di Valminuta would have considered sacrilege in normal times. That was offering their traditional ...

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

OAK PARK, Ill. — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not consider that the kind of postcard ...

Maine sail-maintenance shop turns to sewing medical masks

NEW YORK — On the coast of Maine, Eric Baldwin and his staff of two usually spend their days selling, repairing and washing sails for boats. They transform their surplus sailcloth into tote bags to bring in extra money. But when the coronavirus outbreak slowed business, they turned their ...

A Florida Derby day like none other looms at Gulfstream Park

By TIM REYNOLDS The Associated Press MIAMI — Jack Knowlton has a condo about a mile away from the finish line at Gulfstream Park. And that’s as close as he will get to the winner’s circle on Saturday. He’s hoping his horse can get there anyway. The 69th running of the Florida ...

NASCAR considering schedule shakeup

By DAN GELSTON The Associated Press It was bump day for the Indy 500. The Indianapolis 500 is now a summer event. The Monster Mile could be set for a monster-sized NASCAR weekend spectacle of racing. And a supersized shakeup of the schedule looms whenever NASCAR and IndyCar resume in the ...

Douglas’ offseason approach setting new tone for Jets future

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. The Associated Press NEW YORK — No big splash. Not a lot of flash. No breaking the bank. Joe Douglas entered his first full offseason running the New York Jets armed with a clear plan. And, so far, the general manager is sticking to it. He has been busy improving ...

NFL draft to go from extravaganza to unadorned

By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press An NFL draft handled remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic is the latest twist to an event that has become as popular as any pro football happening short of the Super Bowl. Roger Goodell alerted NFL teams in a memo Thursday night that the dates ...

MLBers to keep service time

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of ...

NCAA’s have featured many party crashers

By ERIC OLSON The Associated Press If not for those magical eight days seven years ago, Florida Gulf Coast might still be that upstart school trying to create an identity in the Sunshine State, never mind nationally. Dunk City changed everything. The high-flying Eagles and ...

Biggest tourney upsets? N.C. State’s 1983 title run hard to top

By AARON BEARD The Associated Press There are still moments, even after nearly four decades, when Ernie Myers has trouble believing it all really happened for his North Carolina State team. The series of tense upsets. The airball-turned-buzzer-beating dunk to stun top-ranked Houston ...

Virus deals financial punch to state budgets

The coronavirus is pounding state governments with a financial one-two punch, costing them many millions to try to contain the disease just as businesses are shutting down and tax revenue is collapsing. The sharp drop in revenue could jeopardize some states’ ability to provide basic ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the ...