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UK interest rates cut, funds freed up to ease virus impact

UK interest rates cut, funds freed up to ease virus impact

LONDON — Britain took bold steps on Wednesday to cushion the economic shock of the coronavirus outbreak, as the government announced a 30 billion-pound ($39 billion) stimulus package and the Bank of England slashed its key interest rate to a record l
Mormons to hold major conference without attendees

Mormons to hold major conference without attendees

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that it will hold a major conference in April that features speeches by top leaders without any attendees because of the spread of the coronavirus.
Mariners, Sounders, XFL shut out in Seattle because of virus

Mariners, Sounders, XFL shut out in Seattle because of virus

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners are seeking alternative options for their season-opening series after Washington Gov.
Justices allow 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy to continue

Justices allow 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy to continue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal.
Russian lawmakers move to keep Putin in power past 2024

Russian lawmakers move to keep Putin in power past 2024

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers on Wednesday rapidly rubber-stamped sweeping constitutional changes that could keep President Vladimir Putin in power until 2036.
Loughlin, Giannulli lawyer is prosecutors' 'worst nightmare'

Loughlin, Giannulli lawyer is prosecutors' 'worst nightmare'

BOSTON — After winning guilty verdicts against top Enron executives in one of the most high-profile cases of corporate fraud, the lead prosecutor declared: “No matter how rich and powerful you are, you have to play by the rules.
Ex-CFL football player to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scam

Ex-CFL football player to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scam

BOSTON — A former Canadian Football League player will plead guilty to paying US$200,000 to have someone take a college entrance exam in place of his two sons as part of an admissions cheating scheme, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
News agency: Iran VP, 2 Cabinet members have new virus

News agency: Iran VP, 2 Cabinet members have new virus

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's senior vice-president and two other Cabinet members have contracted the new coronavirus, a semiofficial news agency reported Wednesday as the death toll in the Islamic Republic from the outbreak rose by 62 to 354.

NewsAlert:World Health Organization declares COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic

GENEVA — World Health Organization declares COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. More coming The Associated Press
AP VoteCast: A state-by-state look at Democratic primaries

AP VoteCast: A state-by-state look at Democratic primaries

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press surveyed voters in three of the six states that held Democratic presidential contests on Tuesday.