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Mercedes F1 team helps to develop breathing aid in pandemic - WTOP LONDON — Formula One team Mercedes has helped to develop a breathing aid that could keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care and ease some pressure on Britain’s strained health service.

In Zimbabwe, ‘you win coronavirus or you win starvation’ - WTOP HARARE, Zimbabwe — “We are already ruined. What more harm can coronavirus do?” Irene Kampira asked as she sorted secondhand clothes at a bustling market in a poor suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital…

Federal workers seek hazard duty pay because of exposure to coronavirus Three federal workers have filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking hazard duty pay because they said they were exposed to individuals infected with the coronavirus while on the job.

Bangladesh garment makers say $3B in orders lost to virus - WTOP DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh garment manufacturers says fashion retailers have cancelled or put on hold more than $3 billion in orders due to the coronavirus outbreak, though a handful have…

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks kill 11 troops, police - WTOP KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban attacks in Afghanistan’s north and south have killed at least 11Afghan soldiers and policemen, the country’s Defense Ministry and a provincial official said Monday.

Blissful ignorance? Submariners likely unaware of pandemic - WTOP Mariners aboard ballistic submarines are habitually spared bad news while underwater to avoid undermining their morale, say current and former officers.

How the coronavirus shook Congress out of complacency The warnings they were issuing. and response from White House," said Katherine Clark, a Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. Some who have criticized Congress's response are willing to absolve lawmakers of primary responsibility for the botched response to the coronavirus.

Tokyo Olympic head expects call from IOC’s Bach on new date - WTOP TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic President Yoshiro Mori said Monday he expects to talk with IOC President Thomas Bach this week about potential dates and other details for the rescheduled games next year.

City at center of China’s virus outbreak gradually revives - WTOP WUHAN, China — Shopkeepers in the city at the center of the virus outbreak in China were reopening Monday but customers were scarce after authorities lifted more of the anti-virus controls that…

Jordan releases travelers quarantined at Dead Sea hotels - WTOP AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan on Monday began releasing releasing thousands of travelers who were quarantined for the last two weeks at five-star hotels on the Dead Sea in order to prevent the spread of…

This Date Capitals History – March 30 - WTOP This Date in Capitals History : From Ron Lalonde recording the first hat-trick in team history, to another 50-goal season for Alex Ovechkin…

Our economic system is on life support. But who are we really saving? When the crisis eventually subsides, governments - now saddled with debts higher than at any time during peacetime history - will inevitably face calls to implement austerity to pay off the debt burden. One again, the burden will fall on ordinary people.

California prepares for coronavirus surge in week ahead - WTOP LOS ANGELES — Californians endured a weekend of stepped-up restrictions aimed at keeping them home as much as possible while hospitals and health officials scrambled Sunday to ready themselves…

Sonya Doctorian - Colorado Public Radio Sonya Doctorian is an independent producer whose work focuses on short-form documentaries. Living in Boulder County is a homecoming for Sonya, who was a video journalist for Denver's Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009.

Lululemon steps up digital efforts, e-commerce as physical stores closed due to COVID-19 Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald said the company is pulling back on some strategic imperatives while stepping up digital, omnichannel and e-commerce investments.

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2020 Article IV Consultation with Kuwait WASHINGTON, DC - the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund concluded the Article IV consultation with Kuwait and considered and supported the staff appraisal without a meeting. Nonoil growth strengthened to estimated 3 percent in 2019, propelled by government and consumer spending.

Vermont governor calls on public to support local journalism amid pandemic Vermont's governor implored state residents to support local journalism outfits on Sunday as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the U.S.

Gay candidate's congressional campaign faces new challenge after COVID-19 diagnosis Congressional candidate and New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres, the first out LGBTQ elected official from the Bronx, announced on Twitter last week that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Asian shares extend losses as toll from pandemic surges - WTOP BANGKOK — Asian shares started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts…

DOJ probing stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of coronavirus crisis: report The Justice Department is reportedly probing decisions made by at least one lawmaker to sell stock in the days before the market turned downward as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Washington, DC inspires travellers to keep the dream alive with a virtual vacation Even though trips to America's capital are off limits for now, there are still plenty of ways for your clients to stay inspired. To fight the threat of cabin fever, Destination DC has put together a few fun ways travellers and agents can plan their next trip to Washington.

Dozens more at Tennessee nursing home have virus; 2 dead - WTOP An outbreak of the new coronavirus at a Tennessee nursing home has spread to dozens more of its residents and staff members, Gov. Bill Lee’s office said Sunday night. A hospital said without…

Michigan state lawmaker dies of suspected coronavirus infection Isaac Robinson died on Sunday due to a suspected coronavirus infection, according to his family.

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