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Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “no later than summer 2021” but they will…

Update: Tributes Pour in for Country Music Superstar Kenny Rogers

Tributes are coming in from across the music and entertainment world for country music superstar Kenny Rogers.  His family announced that he died last night at the age of 81. The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes…

Staff Member to Vice President Mike Pence Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus. Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller says the unidentified staff member did not have “close contact” to either the vice president or President Trump. MORE COVERAGE FROM CBS NEWS “Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines,” Miller said. The case appears to be the first…

Target to Reduce Store Hours, Create Dedicated Shopping Hour for Vulnerable

To allow employees additional time for cleaning and restocking, Target announced Tuesday that the retail giant will reduce its store hours temporarily. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all Target stores will close by 9PM local time daily. All stores will continue to open at their regularly scheduled times. In addition, the retailer announced that it will introduce a dedicated shopping hour,…

McDonalds to Close Seating Areas, Play Areas in Response to Coronavirus

McDonald’s has announced that after today, its company-owned restaurants will close seating areas, self-serve beverage fountains, kiosks and PlayPlaces at all of its U.S. locations. This is in response to the coronavirus. While these changes are only mandatory at company-owned restaurants, McDonald’s is asking its franchise owners to follow the same rules. McDonald’s will shift its focus to serving customers…

Trump Issues New Coronavirus Guidelines; Says Crisis Could Last Until July or August

President Trump, joined by other government leaders for a news conference this afternoon, has issued stricter guidelines in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. The new guidelines call on U.S. residents to avoid groups of more than 10 people, to avoid eating or drinking in restaurants, food courts and bars and encourages schools to close to allow students…

President Trump: U.S. May Be Heading Into a Recession

President Donald Trump says the United States “may be” headed toward a recession as the economy continues to be battered amid the coronavirus outbreak. Trump spoke to reporters Monday at a White House briefing as cases in the U.S. continue to spike. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down by almost 3,000 points today. The president says his administration’s focus…

Cheap Fares Luring Travelers to Fly Despite Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic that’s caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. The U.S. government has restricted travel from most of Europe as well as Iran and China. But there are no limits on flying within the U.S. or to and from other destinations abroad. Airlines have been slashing prices to cope…

President Trump Says He Took Coronavirus Test and Is Awaiting Results

President Trump says he has taken a coronavirus test and is awaiting results. “I also took the test last night. I decided I should based on the press conference last night,” Mr. Trump said. The president was repeatedly questioned about whether he had taken a test during a press conference Friday. Mr. Trump also praised members of the task force,…

U.S. House Passes Coronavirus Aid Package; Heads to Senate

The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved legislation overnight to give direct relief to Americans impacted by the spreading coronavirus. Features of the aid package include free testing and sick pay guarantees for Americans affected. The legislation offers three months of paid family and medical leave.  Small and mid-sized employers would be reimbursed through tax credits. MORE COVERAGE FROM CBS NEWS The…