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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)


VIRUS OUTBREAK — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care for treatment of his coronavirus illness, while authorities in New York hope that a leveling off of deaths and new hospitalizations would hold and signal that the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak had turned a corner. By Colleen Long, Jennifer Peltz and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 1,080 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PREDICTING THE OUTCOME — A statistical model cited by the White House generates a slightly less grim figure for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators. The only problem with this bit of relatively good news? It’s almost certainly wrong. All models are wrong. Some are just less wrong than others — and those are the ones that public health officials rely on. By Seth Borenstein and Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 880 words, photo.

A homeless person sits on a wheelchair under rainy weather on Sunset Blvd., in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles Monday, April 6, 2020. One population is particularly vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus: the homeless. Officials have vowed repeatedly to get them indoors, but testing shortages and bureaucratic wrangling are making it difficult. Relatively few of California's 150,000 homeless population have been moved into individual quarters. It's unclear how many even have the highly contagious virus. It's a problem playing out nationwide and it's unclear how many may even have coronavirus. (AP PhotoDamian Dovarganes)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-MIDEAST-DISRUPTED BURIALS — Ancient burial rituals common across the largely Muslim Middle East are being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. As the death toll from the pandemic surpasses 4,500, fear of contamination and government-mandated lockdowns have imposed traumatic restrictions on bereaved families from Egypt to Iran to Pakistan. By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Samya Kullab. SENT: 940 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-VIDEO-CONFERENCE-HACKING — As businesses, schools, churches and others turn to video conference platforms to stay connected amid the global coronavirus pandemic, many have reported being attacked by uninvited guests. The disruptions, dubbed “Zoom-bombing,” have included racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic messages and have drawn the scrutiny of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. By Regina Garcia Cano and Aaron Morrison. SENT: 1,050 words, photo. Also see MORE ON VIRUS OUTBREAK below.

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A city worker sprays disinfectant as a man sleeps on the street, in central Mexico City, Monday, April 6, 2020. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday there will be no huge economic stimulus program as the country faces the threat of coronavirus-induced crisis almost certainly unlike any it has seen in the past century. (AP PhotoRebecca Blackwell)

ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN — Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to defy a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday’s presidential primary election. The chaos underscores the lengths to which the coronavirus outbreak has upended politics. By Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples. SENT: 890 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates expected throughout the day; polls open at 8 a.m.

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AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL-CHARGED — Cardinal George Pell welcomes Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes and says his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis. By Rod McGuirk. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. With AUSTRALIA-CARDINAL CHARGED-CHRONOLOGY.

Basketball hoops and backboards, removed from city parks, sit in a row outside a storage facility as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Wheat Ridge, Colo. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP PhotoDavid Zalubowski)




VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGES IN TROUBLE — Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered a series of financial losses. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS — Congressional leaders push ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump agrees that Americans will need more help. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 930 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHINA-STRUGGLING FARMERS — Chinese authorities are easing travel controls after declaring victory over the coronavirus, but flowers and some other crops that are deemed nonessential are withering while farmers wait for permission to move them to markets. SENT: 640 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-OPPOSITES ATTRACT — A mismatched pair’s love story ends on Long Island with deaths four days apart from the coronavirus. By National Writer Matt Sedensky. SENT: 840 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-APPEAL TO G20 — Many former global leaders and other VIPs urge the world’s 20 major industrialized nations to approve $8 billion in emergency funding to speed the search for a vaccine, cure and treatment for COVID-19 and prevent a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 520 words, photo.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVING ON THE MARGINS-PHOTO GALLERY — Virus haunts the destitute living on the margins in Morocco. SENT: 670 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-BIDEN — Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak. SENT: 300 words, photos, video.

AUSTRALIA-SHARK DEATH — Shark kills Australian wildlife worker on Great Barrier Reef. SENT: 250 words.


VIRUS OUTBREAK-AIRCRAFT CARRIER — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologizes for saying the captain of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. SENT: 990 words, photos.




KENNEDY TOWNSEND-MISSING RELATIVES — The body of the daughter of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was located in about 25 feet of water and recovered, authorities say, and they will keep searching for her son, after the two went missing following a canoeing accident last week. SENT: 510 words, photo.




FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Asian shares rose, echoing the rally on Wall Street, amid a few glimmers of hope that the coronavirus pandemic could be slowing. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 820 words, photos.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CELEBRITIES-UNVARNISHED — We’re learning a lot about each other these days and that’s especially true with our celebrities. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.




AP WAS THERE-1954 MASTERS — A panel of 15 golf writers were asked to vote on what they considered the best Masters in history. SENT: 970 words, photos.




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