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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…

U.S. State Dept. Wants You to Reconsider Traveling Abroad

The Department of State wants U.S. residents to reconsider traveling outside of the country because of the coronavirus. It says travelers may experience border restrictions and quarantines. These conditions could arise with very little notice. For the latest information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. Visit travel.state.gov to see travel advisories and updates on safety and…

U.S. Capitol Closing to Public Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate sergeants at arms said in a statement that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT today. Lawmakers, aides, journalists and official visitors will be allowed into the buildings. The statement…

Princess Cruises to Stop Operations for 60 Days Because of Coronavirus

Princess Cruises has announced, due to the coronavirus, it will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for 60 days, affecting trips departing March 12 to May 10. Cruise ships have been particularly hard hit amid the new pandemic and have been turned away by dozens of ports and countries. The Diamond Princess cruise ship, which Japanese officials…

U.S. Senate Race Heating up before Upcoming Run-Off

President Donald Trump offered his “complete and total endorsement” in a pair of tweets directed at U.S. Senate Candidate Tommy Tuberville Tuesday. The president’s apparent snub to Tuberville’s opponent and Trump’s former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, comes just three weeks before the GOP run-off election. ….(which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES…

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 years for Sexual Assaults

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault. It’s a sight the Hollywood mogul’s multitude of accusers thought they would never see. Weinstein was convicted last month of raping a woman in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman at his apartment in 2006. He…

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…