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FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, graduates of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government hold aloft inflatable globes as they celebrate graduating during Harvard University's commencement exercises in Cambridge, Mass. Colleges across the U.S. have begun cancelling and curtailing spring graduation events amid fears that the new coronavirus will not have subsided before the stretch of April and May when schools typically invite thousands of visitors to campus to honor graduating seniors. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 13, 2020 - 10:09 am
BOSTON (AP) — Colleges across the U.S. have begun canceling and curtailing graduation amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic will stretch into spring. Some are exploring “virtual"alternatives, while others are considering inviting seniors back for commencement at a later date or just mailing out...
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FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., speaks at a rally in Springfield, Mass. Rep. Omar has announced her remarriage, just four months after her marriage ended following an allegation she was having an affair with her political consultant. Omar posted the news on her Instagram account Wednesday, March 11, 2020, with a photo that showed her and a bearded man smiling and displaying wedding rings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh File)
March 12, 2020 - 1:24 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has married a political consultant who worked for her, months after the two were accused of having an affair, which she denied. A marriage license filed in Washington, D.C., shows Omar married political consultant Tim Mynett on Wednesday. Omar...
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Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, right, looks on, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 11, 2020 - 11:53 pm
A basketball tournament, with no fans. A St. Patrick’s Day, with no parades. College campuses, with no students. Corporate headquarters, with barren cubicles. The nation snapped to attention on Wednesday as the new coronavirus was declared a pandemic, stocks slid into bear market territory and the...
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FILE - In this March 17, 2018 file photo, boats move through the water as the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago. Chicago on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 joined the growing ranks of cities across the United States to cancel its Saturday St. Patrick's Day Parade amid concerns about the coronavirus. The city will not be dyeing the river green either. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP File)
March 11, 2020 - 10:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The postponement of the March 17 parade adds to the roster of events and holidays upended around the...
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Customers have lunch with a transparent plastic panel setup on the table to isolate each others to prevent virus spreading in Hong Kong, Feb. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 09, 2020 - 5:31 pm
Mounting disruptions caused by the new coronavirus are prompting new travel restrictions and deepening economic worries. A majority of the world's cases of the disease are considered recovered, but the continued spread of the virus is leading to case spikes in some places. These are some of the...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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March 08, 2020 - 5:38 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Irish eyes at the U.S. Capitol will not smile on President Donald Trump on St. Patrick's Day. Trump is skipping an annual bipartisan luncheon with House and Senate lawmakers celebrating the ties that bind the U.S. and Ireland, a White House spokesman said. Trump blamed...
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People visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Thursday, March 5, 2020. Palestinian authorities said the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built atop the spot where Christians believe Jesus was born, will close indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
March 05, 2020 - 9:31 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials on Thursday indefinitely closed the storied Church of the Nativity in the biblical city of Bethlehem over fears of the new coronavirus, weeks ahead of the busy Easter holiday season. The announcement by the Palestinian tourism ministry threatened to...
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A Muslim prays from a hotel overlooking the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Health Minister Abdel-Fattah Mashat was quoted on the state-linked news site Al-Yaum saying that groups of visitors to Mecca from inside the country would now also be barred from performing the pilgrimage, known as the umrah. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
March 04, 2020 - 10:20 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak disrupted Islamic worship in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia on Wednesday banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, while Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions in Riyadh and...
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Members of the Virginia Union band pose in front of a CIAA Tournament sign in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. The CIAA college basketball tournament is celebrating its 75th year. (AP Photo/Steve Reed)
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February 29, 2020 - 2:35 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobby Vaughan can't help but smile when he thinks about the tradition of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. “It's a party where they just happen to play some basketball," said the 92-year-old Vaughan, who has served a player, coach and...
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Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, talks to a health official about the latest situation on coronavirus at the Saudi Food and Drug Authority in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. Saudi Arabia halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears of the global outbreak of the new coronavirus just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Photos show Saudi King Salman, right, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and Saudi Arabia's founder late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
February 27, 2020 - 1:35 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Thursday closed off the holiest sites in Islam to foreign pilgrims over the coronavirus, disrupting travel for thousands of Muslims already headed to the kingdom and potentially affecting plans later this year for millions more ahead of the fasting...
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