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IRS revises instructions, timeline for U.S. stimulus checks

WASHINGTON — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated ...

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

Editor's note: This story has been updated on April 2 to reflect a reversal of decision by the IRS and Treasury. The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue ...

What’s an essential business? It varies from place to place

The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s “essential” and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain ...

With isolation, domestic abuse activists fear an ‘explosive cocktail’

“Safer at Home.” It's a slogan of choice for the mandatory confinement measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. But it's not true for everyone. As the world's families hunker down, there's another danger, less obvious but just as insidious, that worries advocates and ...

As health experts warn of deadly consequences, Trump pushes for country to reopen

Story updated at 6:07 p.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is hoping the United States will be reopened by Easter as he weighs how to relax nationwide social-distancing guidelines to put some workers back on the job during the coronavirus outbreak. Trump's ...

In Kansas case, U.S. Supreme Court rules states can bar insanity defense

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can prevent criminal defendants from pleading insanity without violating their constitutional rights. The decision could prompt states across the country to toughen standards for defendants who wish to plead not guilty by reason of ...

With new restrictions comes rise of ‘quarantine shaming’

The chairman of Arizona's Asian Chamber of Commerce didn't see much downside to attending a small dinner at a local restaurant to bolster the business and bring together other leaders to discuss how to help Asian-American eateries devastated by the coronavirus. That was, at least, until he ...

Trump invokes emergency authority; Big 3 automakers closing

Story updated at 7:49 p.m. Wednesday MINNEAPOLIS — President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked emergency authority to marshal industry to fight the coronavirus, as the economic fallout from the crisis mounted with word that nearly the entire U.S. auto industry is shutting down its North ...

U.S. moves closer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears

This story was updated at 9:54 CHICAGO — Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national ...

New restrictions worldwide as virus weighs on public life, travel, worship

Story updated at 2:56 p.m. Sunday BARCELONA, Spain — New travel restrictions and border closures reverberated Sunday across Europe and beyond as daily life increasingly ground to a halt to try to keep people apart and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Americans returning home faced chaos ...

Trump restricts travel from 26 European nations

WASHINGTON — Taking dramatic action Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced he is sharply restricting passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of ...

NCAA announces upcoming basketball tournaments will be played without fans in attendance

Story updated at 4:47 p.m. Wednesday NCAA tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday that he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's tournaments, which begin next week, ...

States race to control virus by banning large events, as experts warn of worse ahead

Story updated at 4:37.m. Wednesday SEATTLE — Undertaking the most sweeping efforts yet to contain the nation’s coronavirus outbreak, authorities banned large gatherings in the hard-hit Seattle area and San Francisco and closed Seattle's schools Wednesday, while the NCAA announced it will ...