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A group of Amazon warehouse workers in New York City walked off the job. ABC
VOA VIEW: Personal safety first.
Macy's says it will stop paying tens of thousands of employees who were thrown out of work when the chain closed its stores in response to collapsing sales during the pandemic ABC
More than 3 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment last week, making it the worst week for unemployment claims in over 50 years. Over half of all U.S. states have ordered nonessential businesses to close, putting millions more at risk of being laid off or not working enough hours to survive. Jill Schlesinger, who called the Senate's coronavirus stimulus bill aimed at easing the pandemic's economic blow a "lifeline" to these workers, joins "CBS This Morning" to put the numbers into context. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad, but the country will recover.
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Millions of Americans already have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis and the worst of the damage is yet to come, according to the Federal Reserve. CNBC
VOA VIEW: These are bad times, but the sun will rise again.
The total number of coronavirus infection cases globally reached 755,500, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. CNBC
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested negative for the coronavirus on Monday after a parliamentary aide was confirmed to be carrying the virus, though the 70-year-old leader would remain in isolation, a spokesman said. CNBC
During a coronavirus task force briefing, President Trump interrupts PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor after she asks about his previous claim that governors don't need all of the equipment they are requesting to fight the pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: PBS is a cesspool of liberal fools.
The U.S. Navy hospital ship sent to Los Angeles to help relieve the strain of the coronavirus pandemic on area hospitals saw its first patients arrive on Sunday. FOX News
The U.S. government has cut deals with Johnson & Johnson and Moderna Inc and said it is in talks with at least two other companies to expand manufacturing capacity within the United States for vaccines to prevent the new coronavirus even before safe and effective ones become available. Reuters
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The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has risen by 812 in the last 24 hours, the Civil Protection Agency said on Monday, reversing two days of declines. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Bad and good news.
U.S. stocks rose on Monday as President Donald Trump followed last week's massive fiscal stimulus package by extending his stay-at-home guidelines, leaving investors to await more signs on the next stages of a deepening economic crisis. Reuters
The United States' flagship crude oil grade plunged on Monday to trade at about $10 a barrel, the weakest since late 1998 as demand plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic and storage filled quickly. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good for consumers.
The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit Monday against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' order halting abortions amid the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: You can't prevail in a lawsuit which is against public interest.
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North Korea condemned U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday in a statement suggesting his remarks were damaging ties between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is acting foolish - Un hurt its relationship with Trump
On March 30, 1870, the 15th Amendment, granting African-American men the right to vote, was adopted into the U.S. Constitution. UPI
VOA VIEW: They block vote Democrat, which failed to deliver to blacks.
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It is good that Trump was able to expand the economy before the coronavirus. Police in North Carolina have arrested a man they accuse of coughing at a customers at a Walmart store and saying he had COVID-19. The Gaston Gazette reports that Robert Eugene Heffner, 26, of Belmont, was arrested on Friday night. The newspaper cites arrest warrants stating that Heffner “purposely coughed at a customer” and said he had coronavirus. Online jail records show that Heffner was charged with misdemeanor counts of a public health violation and failure to comply.
Heffner's charges were to light.