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  • Virus crisis ebbs in China, spreads fear across the West
    PARIS – The coronavirus epidemic shifted increasingly westward toward the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses. “We are concerned that countries’ abilities to respond are being compromised by the severe and increasing disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment, caused by rising demand, hoarding and misuse,” said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. More
  • Virus spread prompts Fed to slash rates
    WASHINGTON – In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point Tuesday in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus. Chairman Jerome Powell said at a news conference that the virus “will surely weigh on economic activity both here and abroad for some time.” It was the Fed’s first move since last year, when it reduced its key short-term rate three times. More
  • Sanders wins top prize, California; rival Biden surges nationwide
    WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders seized victory in Super Tuesday’s biggest prize, California, while a resurgent Joe Biden scored wins in the upper Midwest and African American strongholds in the South, in a dramatic offensive. The two Democrats, lifelong politicians with starkly different visions for America’s future, were battling for delegates as 14 states and one U.S. More
  • Thousands of migrants look for way around shut Greek border
    KASTANIES, Greece – Thousands of migrants and refugees searched for ways to cross Greece’s border with Turkey on Tuesday, as Athens ramped up its diplomatic efforts for help from the European Union to seal off its eastern land and sea frontiers. Turkey has made good on a threat to open its borders for those seeking to cross into Europe. More
  • Elgin restaurant closes abruptly with weddings, events still booked
    Gifford's Kitchen & Social in Elgin closed abruptly this week, leaving in a lurch customers who booked parties, fundraisers and weddings. A steady stream of unhappy people stopped by the restaurant at 2300 Bushwood Drive on Tuesday afternoon after news spread on social media. More
  • PICS: Excitement mounts as Durban's M4 is set to reopen next week
    Six months after a large section of the M4 Ruth First highway had to be closed after a roadway was washed away during torrential downpours, the road is set to reopen next week.
    06/4/2020 - 7:07 am | View Link
  • 1.87 million Americans filed for unemployment last week
    Another 1.87 million people filed for unemployment last week, the Department of Labor said on Thursday. The big picture: The coronavirus pandemic is still putting a historic strain on the labor market ...
    06/4/2020 - 1:34 am | View Link
  • Many recognized during HAC Senior Week
    Here’s an overview of the Houlka Attendance Center Senior Week 2020 events, including a list of award recipients, based on information provided by Senior Class Sponsor Carra Turner.
    06/2/2020 - 11:00 pm | View Link
  • VIDEO: John Oliver Discusses Voting by Mail on LAST WEEK TONIGHT
    With the 2020 presidential election nearing and a pandemic in full swing, John Oliver discusses why voting by mail is necessary, the fearmongering surrounding it, and why we need to start planning for ...
    06/1/2020 - 7:53 am | View Link
  • Mystery solved for the week of May 25
    I am quite impressed with the plant knowledge of Arkansas gardeners! The first plant this week stumped everyone. I got this picture for an ID from a friend. His friend found it in her new garden in ...
    06/1/2020 - 3:05 am | View Link
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