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Trump drops idea of New York lockdown as U.S. death count crosses 2,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would issue a travel warning for the hard-hit New York area to limit the spread of the coronavirus, backing off from an earlier suggestion that he might try to cut off the region entirely. Learn More


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Spread of coronavirus accelerates in U.S. jails and prisons

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sean Hernandez says he covers his mouth and nose with a t-shirt or towel when he leaves his cell, the only defense he can improvise against the coronavirus outbreak now sweeping through New York’s Rikers Island jail system. More »


Federal inmate serving time for drug charge is first inmate to die from COVID-19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Patrick Jones, a 49-year-old prisoner in Louisiana who was serving a 27-year prison term for a drug charge, became the first federal inmate to die from COVID-19, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced late on Saturday. More »


Trump struggles with tone in virus crisis, aides urge more empathy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The coronavirus pandemic is forcing President Donald Trump to show empathy to console Americans under siege, and it's not easy for a brash leader more accustomed to bellicose politics. More »


As virus threatens, U.S. embraces big government, for now

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - It may, as House Majority Leader and Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer said on Friday, be out of love that the United States agreed to shut down much of its economy to stop a viral epidemic and save lives. More »


With eye on election, Trump in high-stakes balancing act over coronavirus response

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump offered a preview of his re-election campaign playbook last year when he visited the building site of a multi-billion-dollar cracking unit in western Pennsylvania, hailed as one of the largest construction projects in the country. More »


Clothing rental service Rent the Runway lays off workers amid coronavirus outbreak

(Reuters) - U.S. clothing rental firm Rent the Runway said on Saturday it had laid off retail employees following temporary store closures amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. More »


Tornado wrecks buildings, tosses cars in Jonesboro, Arkansas

(Reuters) - A large tornado struck the city of Jonesboro in Arkansas on Saturday, wrecking buildings and flipping cars, according to local media and images posted online. More »


Exclusive: Amazon entices warehouse employees to grocery unit with higher pay

(Reuters) - Inc is offering higher pay to recruit its own warehouse employees to pick and pack Whole Foods groceries amid rising demand and a worker shortage, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters. More »


On Oklahoma plains, an island of near normality in a pandemic

GUYMON, Okla., March 28 (Reuters) - On red cobbled Main Street in Guymon, the biggest town in Oklahoma's panhandle, Jesus Ruiz gives "high and tight" hair cuts as a red, white and blue barber's pole turns lazily outside. More »


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