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Dow Jones Drops 7.8%, Worst Fall Since 2008

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 7.8%, its steepest drop since the financial crisis of 2008, as a free-fall in oil prices and worsening fears of fallout from the spreading coronavirus outbreak seize markets. The sharp drops triggered the first automatic halts in trading in two decades. The price of oil plunged nearly 25% after Saudi Arabia indicated it would…

Oil Plunges 20% as Another Virus-Fueled Trading Week Begins

NEW YORK (AP) – Oil prices are plunging as a dispute among producers could lead a global economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $9.50, or 20.1%, to $35.77 per barrel, as of 7:58 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday after earlier touching its lowest price since 2016. The dramatic…

No Fans, No Fun: Athletes Uneasy Over Empty-Arena Solutions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – As U.S. sports leagues weigh whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is one of the few players who can tell them exactly what that looks like. He pitched for the Chicago White Sox in a 2015 game played without fans in Baltimore…

Gunfire Ends Lil Baby Concert in Alabama; 1 Injured

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a shooting in an Alabama arena left one person with a life-threatening wound and ended a concert by Atlanta-based rapper Lil Baby. News agencies reported that Birmingham police had not said whether anyone was arrested or in custody after the fight Saturday night in the Bill Harris Arena. A video posted to YouTube recorded…

Kemp: 3 More Cases of COVID-19 Found in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) – Three more cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Georgia, bringing the number of cases so far to five, Gov. Brian Kemp’s office said Saturday. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say one individual is from Cobb County and recently returned from Italy. That person is under isolation at…

UPDATE: Alabama Executes Inmate Convicted in Killing of 3 officers

Photo: Alabama Department of CorrectionsA man convicted in the 2004 shooting deaths of three police officers in which another man pulled the trigger has been executed in Alabama. Authorities said 43-year-old Nathaniel Woods was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday after a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore. Woods was convicted of capital murder in the deaths…

Elizabeth Warren Ends Her Presidential Campaign

Elizabeth Warren has ended her Democratic presidential bid after a disappointing finish in Super Tuesday states. That’s according to a person familiar with her plans. The Massachusetts senator’s campaign had the markers of success: robust poll numbers, impressive fundraising, a national organization. But she was squeezed out by Bernie Sanders, who had an immovable base of voters she needed to…

Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden

  Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and has endorsed Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the former New York City mayor, who had pinned his 2020 hopes on the Super Tuesday states and drained more than $500 million from his own fortune into his ultimately unsuccessful campaign. Bloomberg announced his departure…

At Least 25 Killed in Tennessee Tornadoes

A man walks by The Basement East, a live music venue destroyed by storms Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding buildings and killing multiple people. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing at least 25 people. One of the…

AP Sources: Buttigieg Ending his Presidential Campaign

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg walks to speaks with members of the media, Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Plains, Ga. Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg walks to speaks with members of the media, Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Plains, Ga. Associated Press Pete Buttigieg, who rose…