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Devotees of the “Nazareno de San Pablo” kneel as a statue of Jesus in a Pope mobile moves past during Holy Week celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The annual procession, in which pilgrims normally take to the streets, is not allowed this year due to quarantine laws to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus, so the Catholic Church is driving the religious icon around the capital for people to see from their homes. (AP PhotoAriana Cubillos)


VIRUS OUTBREAK — Coronavirus infections are spiking in Japan and creating hot spots in India’s congested cities just as the U.S. and some of the hardest-hit European countries are considering when to start easing restrictions that have helped curb their outbreaks of the disease. By Nick Perry and Marina Villenueve. SENT: 990 words, photos. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PREPARATIONS — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, gowns and other supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients. By Michael Biesecker. SENT: 610 words, photo.

The waning moon rises behind a building illuminated in blue to recognize health care workers, in downtown Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The city is under a stay-at-home order, asking everyone to stay inside and away from others as much as possible, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-TRUMP-POLITICS OF BLAME — President Donald Trump turns to a familiar political strategy as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic: deflect, deny and direct blame elsewhere. Trump is trying to distance his White House from the mounting death totals by cycling through a long list of possible scapegoats. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 990 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-CENTENARIAN SURVIVOR — To recover from the coronavirus, as she did, Ada Zanusso recommends courage and faith, the same qualities that have served her well in her nearly 104 years. Italy, along with neighboring France, has Europe’s largest population of what has been dubbed the “super old” — people who are at least 100. As the nation with the world’s highest number of COVID-19 deaths, Italy is looking to its super-old survivors for inspiration. By Paolo Santalucia. SENT: 690 words, photos. Also see MORE ON VIRUS OUTBREAK below.

Find more all-format coverage on the Virus Outbreak featured topic page in AP Newsroom.

A man runs in a park as the sun sets, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The city is under a stay-at-home order, asking everyone to stay inside and away from others as much as possible, in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)

ELECTION 2020 — Joe Biden will represent the Democratic Party against Trump this fall, the former vice president’s place on the general election ballot cemented by Bernie Sanders’ decision to end his campaign. A general election campaign that will almost certainly be the most expensive and among the nastiest in U.S. history is underway. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 990 words, photos.

Find more coverage on the 2020 U.S. Elections featured topic page on APNewsroom.

APOLLO 13 ANNIVERSARY — Apollo 13′s astronauts never gave a thought to their mission number as they blasted off for the moon 50 years ago. Even when their oxygen tank ruptured two days later — on April 13. Jim Lovell and Fred Haise insist they’re not superstitious. They even use 13 in their email addresses. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1,280 words, photos. With APOLLO 13 ANNIVERSARY-QUOTES.

President Donald Trump listens to a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)




VIRUS OUTBREAK-RACE — As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-WASHINGTON — The Trump administration issues new guidelines to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 get back to work — if they have no symptoms. SENT: 990 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-TAIWAN-WHO CHIEF — Taiwan’s foreign ministry strongly protests accusations from the head of the World Health Organization that it condoned racist personal attacks on him that he alleged were coming from the self-governing island democracy. SENT: 600 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-YESTERDAY’S-SKILLS — The coronavirus has shuttered many small businesses that do our work and supply our things. SENT: 980 words, photo.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-BORDER ENFORCEMENT — The Trump administration has quietly shut down the nation’s asylum system for the first time in decades amid the coronavirus. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-VIRGINIA-GOVERNOR — Governors have become increasingly important in battling the coronavirus, but only one of them is a doctor — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. SENT: 810 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-MIDEAST — Iran’s supreme leader is suggesting that mass gatherings in the Islamic Republic may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 70 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

Reporters raise their hands to ask a question of President Donald Trump during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP PhotoAlex Brandon)

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-DUBAI-BOOZE-DELIVERY — Dubai’s two major alcohol distributors partner to offer home delivery of beer, spirits and wine as the new coronavirus now threatens a crucial source of tax and general revenue for the rulers of this Islamic city-state. SENT: 950 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-AUSTRALIA-CRUISE-SHIP — Police wearing protective gear board a cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members of the vessel linked to hundreds of coronavirus infections and 15 deaths across Australia. SENT: 310 words, photos.

AP’s CORONAVIRUS PODCAST, “Ground Game: Inside the Outbreak,” today looks at how a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York contracted COVID-19 and what that mean for virus transmission between humans and animals and vice versa. Listen to the podcast after 3 p.m. at https://appodcasts.com/category/ground-game/. Embed code is available on AP Coverage Plan.

A separate wire advisory has also been sent detailing AP’s complete coronvirus coverage.




OBIT-TRIPP — Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70. SENT: 660 words, photos.

BUCCANEERS-BRADY-STERN — Tom Brady: It was “just time" to leave Patriots for a new challenge. SENT: 900 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FEEDING THOSE IN NEED — D.C. activists team up to feed the needy under lockdown. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-IRAN-PHOTO ESSAY — Virus stills Iran’s frenetic capital. SENT: 300 words, photos.

JOSH-HAMILTON-ARRESTED — Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton indicted, accused of beating daughter, 14. SENT: 580 words, photo.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-LONG DISTANCE CONGRESS — Congress considers ways to govern from afar during the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 910 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS — Congress in standoff on virus aid, but first checks coming.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-NICARAGUA — International health officials are warning that the Nicaraguan government’s perplexing weekslong refusal to take measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus is heightening the risk of an epidemic in Central America even as neighboring countries take tough action. SENT: 990 words, photos.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-RURAL-INDIANA — Three southeast Indiana counties have among the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rates in the country. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.




FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Shares were mostly higher in Asia though Japan’s benchmark fell as local leaders sparred with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government over measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 980 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-SMALL-BUSINESS-RELIEF-Q&A — Speed is of the essence if a federal relief program for small businesses is going to be effective in combating the damage wrought by the coronavirus lockdowns. By Business Writers Joyce M. Rosenberg And Ken Sweet. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-AIR TRAVEL — The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus. By Airlines Writer David Koenig. SENT: 650 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-HOME BUYING STRUGGLES — Would-be home sellers and buyers in the United States as well as in Europe are caught in the grip of a pandemic that has upended the housing market just as it was entering the busy spring season. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.




JIM NANTZ-SILENT SPRING — Jim Nantz, the voice of the Final Four and the Masters, is home just like everyone else while the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the sports world on pause. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 910 words, photos.

AP WAS THERE—1975 MASTERS — The 1975 Masters, which featured a back-nine battle among Tom Weiskopf, Johnny Miller and eventual winner Jack Nicklaus, is rated the fourth-best championship at Augusta National by a panel of golf writers. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




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