UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on coronavirus

The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars that had come from its top single donor.

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  Even as coronavirus deaths mount, governments eye exit strategies

  Justice delayed: Coronavirus crisis upends US legal system

Florists see sharp decline in business the week before Easter

Holden Beach closes beach strand, no beach sunrise service on Easter

  Here’s why cats potentially exposed to coronavirus should stay inside

  Starbucks antes up $10M for employees impacted by coronavirus

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At least 53 people have died from coronavirus in North Carolina as total cases surge past 3,400

‘Don’t cut your own bangs, cover the gray.' Stylists share tips for hair maintenance while salons are closed​

‘Having a wedding right now wouldn’t be normal’: Raleigh couple postpones Easter Wilmington wedding

NerdWallet: 7 kinds of COVID-19 relief for college students

  10 dead at Georgia nursing home as coronavirus hits facility

  100 American Airlines flight attendants test positive for coronavirus

  Harris Teeter to limit the number of customers inside stores

You can add Harris Teeter to the growing list of stores that are reducing the maximum number of customers allowed inside in an effort to promote social distancing.

  Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

  THE LATEST: Things to know about COVID-19 in the Cape Fear

The intensifying spread of COVID-19 across the globe is causing major events and large group gatherings to be cancelled, people to stock up on disinfectants, and keeping students at home.

  At least 53 people have died in NC as COVID-19 cases reach 3,400

At least 53 people have died in North Carolina as COVID-19 cases in the state reach 3,426, according to data from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

  Baltimore police investigating after video shows sergeant coughing near residents

  N.C. receives FEMA approval to set up coronavirus-related housing alternatives

Brunswick County postpones clean up week, shred events

  CDC weighs loosening back-to-work guidelines for some exposed to coronavirus

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare accepting donations of PPE

  Insulin maker to cap out-of-pocket costs amid coronavirus pandemic

Tenn. assisted living facility connects community with residents through pen pal program

For many residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the strict stay-at-home orders have caused loneliness as they attempt to stay in touch with family barred from visiting them.

  Credit rating agency says AMC Theaters is in big trouble

S&P Global downgraded AMC Theaters from B to CCC- and said it expects the company to remain closed beyond June because of the coronavirus.

‘Tails’ from the home office

Working with pets around has become the norm for a lot of us!

  Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to be counted because requested absentee ballots never arrived.

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven't yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.

Services available for victims of domestic violence during pandemic

Services available for victims of domestic violence during pandemic

‘I was fighting for my life’: 60-year-old COVID-19 survivor credits God for her recovery

A South Georgia family is celebrating after their loved one survived COVID-19.

  Texas woman, 18, arrested after threatening to spread coronavirus, police say

Police charged the suspect with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, after she surrendered.

  NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that if Americans continue to practice social distancing for the rest of April, "we will be able to get back to some sense of normalcy."

  Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid coronavirus

Democrats in and out of Wisconsin screamed for the low-profile contest to be postponed, yet Republicans — and the conservative-majority state Supreme Court — would not give in.

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been selected by peers last month for the oversight position.

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Americana legend, John Prine, has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the New York Times. He was 73.

  N.C. hospital reopening to alleviate expected surge in COVID-19 patients

It closed in 2017 but state leaders say it is now being prepared to reopen with the expectation it could help with the influx of COVID-19 patients in North Carolina.

  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

Dr. Anthony Fauci is now a familiar face to Americans as he gives daily updates at the White House. Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro talked to him Tuesday about what communities across the country are facing.

Pediatrician suggests helping children understand about social distancing

The coronavirus is presenting challenges to parents to make sure their children are safe, and also make them aware of the reasons why they may not be able to play with their friends or go to see loved ones.

  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

Trump seeks $250 billion more from Congress for payrolls

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said more money is needed for the popular new $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

  Trader Joe’s, others will close on Easter

Trader Joe’s is joining other stores like Lowe’s, Target and Costco in giving their employees a break during the pandemic.

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Texas in allowing it to ban most abortions while the state is under an emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

Thomas Modly issued a written apology Monday hours after President Donald Trump, at a White House news conference, described his comments about Capt. Brett E. Crozier as "rough."

UNCW announces all summer 2020 classes will be online

UNCW announced Tuesday there will be no face-to-face classes during the 2020 summer session.

  Computer issues at SBA said to hold up small business loans

The SBA’s loan processing system stopped working Monday, making it impossible for loans to be approved and funds distributed, according to a trade group for community bankers and the CEO of an online lending marketplace.

  What’s ‘essential?’: Consumers express frustration as stores adjust to new rules

What is and is not considered "essential" has changed day to day, causing confusion and frustration.

  Allergies, flu, coronavirus: What your symptoms mean

How to tell the symptoms of allergies, the flu and coronavirus apart.

  Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli connect with music

Hoping to raise moods, Bruce Springsteen and Andrea Bocelli each plan to reach their fans with music — The Boss as a guest DJ and the tenor with a live performance.

  Brunswick County couple stranded on cruise ship for 35 days heads home

A Brunswick County couple is finally headed home after being trapped on the Coral Princess Cruise Ship for 35 days.

Executive order to put limit on number of customers in essential retailers, Gov. Cooper says

Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he will sign more executive orders as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Logan’s Roadhouse fires employees, closes 261 locations

The company that owns Logan's had already declared bankruptcy before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the economy.

3 COVID-19 cases connected to Columbus County nursing home

Two residents and a staff member at Liberty Commons Nursing and Rehab Center have tested positive for COVID-19, the center confirms.

  Southport cancels its iconic Fourth of July festival

The city of Southport announced on Tuesday that it will be canceling its iconic Fourth of July festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  NHCS teachers’ small-scale operations making big impact

Teachers at New Hanover County Schools are helping out medical professionals and the community by 3D printing shave shields and crafts ear protectors.

Nearly 450,000 North Carolinians file for unemployment

Members of North Carolina’s House Select Committee on COVID-19 received an update on the status of the state’s unemployment applications. Members of the committee’s economic support working group participated in the meeting via conference call to maintain social distancing.

  Wall Street’s rally fizzles as oil prices suddenly plunge

The market’s gains faded as the price of U.S. crude oil abruptly flipped from a gain to a steep loss of more than 9%.

Ex-MLB player finishes medical school, primes to fight virus

Hamilton played 47 games in the majors, mostly as a pinch hitter and fill-in first baseman.

  Fourth grader’s Zoom class conference interrupted by pornographic video, Fla. mom says

One Florida mother said she was shocked when her fourth grader’s class video call was interrupted by pornography.

  State to provide financial support to essential workers and child care providers

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday it will provide financial assistance to help essential workers afford child care. It will also provide bonuses to child care teachers and staff who provide care during the COVID-19 crisis.

  Matthew McConaughey hosts virtual bingo match for senior citizens

The actor calls out the winning numbers for a virtual match in a video on the Facebook page for The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living.

  Leland doggy daycare stays open to support essential workers and their dogs

Magnolia Bed and Biscuit takes care dogs so essential workers can work with a peace of mind.

Lowe’s to close on Easter to give employees day off amid coronavirus outbreak

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s will be closed on Easter Sunday in order to give employees a day off during the coronavirus pandemic.

  When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

The hospitalization of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first head of government to be stricken by the coronavirus, has pushed this matter to the fore.

Paul recovered from coronavirus; volunteering at hospital

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and has started volunteering at a hospital in his Kentucky hometown.

  VIDEO: Dancing WWII vet rocks his quarantine jam

Chuck jams on his front porch to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

  Little Caesars donating 1 million pizzas to first responders, hospitals

Restaurant chain Little Caesars has announced it will donate 1 million pizzas to first responders and medical workers in the next few weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  New Hanover County ABC Board to allow restaurants, bars to return some liquor because of coronavirus

The New Hanover County ABC Board is hoping to offset some of the hardship faced by its bulk-purchase customers.

  Pregnancy not linked to severe forms of coronavirus, study says

The study was published Monday in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

  Social media platforms try to limit spread of false 5G coronavirus claims

YouTube and other social media platforms are trying to limit the spread of false 5G coronavirus claims after cellphone towers in the United Kingdom were attacked.

  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny ‘essential workers,’ New Zealand leader says

New Zealand has decided there is some magic in the world after officially declaring children’s favorites the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy are essential workers.

  Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’

As leaders try to get a handle on the coronavirus outbreak, they are turning to numerous mathematical models to help them figure out what might — key word, might — happen next and what they should try to do now to contain and prepare for the spread.

Brunswick County suspending pet adoptions until May 1

In an effort to further limit contact between the public and its staff, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services has decided to suspend pet adoptions until May 1.

  Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after the coronavirus outbreak triggered financial losses that could total more than $100 million at some institutions.

  Mich. woman recreates cruise at home after it was canceled due to coronavirus

On Facebook, the woman posted pictures of herself “enjoying the water” and drinking tropical drinks – made from apples instead of coconuts.

  Virus deaths slow in some places, British PM’s condition worsens

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York seems to be leveling off in a possible sign that social distancing is working in the most lethal hot spot in the U.S., the governor said Monday — a trend that appears to have taken hold more convincingly in hard-hit Italy and Spain.

  Wisconsin moves forward with election despite virus concerns

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly prompt a court challenge and inject new uncertainty about whether the election will move forward.

‘I never thought I’d get it”; Harrisburg woman wants you to learn from frightening fight with COVID-19

A Harrisburg woman is recovering from the coronavirus and now she wants others to take it seriously after a frightening experience.

Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said another $1 trillion is needed, beyond the just-passed $2.2 trillion effort.

3M, U.S. reach agreement that allows mask exports to Canada

The company said Monday that the U.S. government and 3M have a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the United States.

UNC-Chapel Hill scientists hopeful new anti-viral drug can treat COVID-19

The drug, called EIDD-2801, has finished testing in mice and is headed to human clinical trials.

  California loans 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

The loan comes after California's hospitals added more than 3,000 ventilators to their supplies through refurbishing old or broken ones and buying some new.