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U.S. crime drops in lockdown, domestic violence risk climbs

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With more than two-thirds of the U.S. population ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s tougher for burglars to find an empty house to rob. But the cooped-up residents seem more likely to fight each other. That’s what ...

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Iowa professor charged in gagging death released from jail

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa college professor accused of murder in the gagging death of her husband has been released from jail because of concerns about the coronavirus. Dallas County Judge Michael Jacobsen had earlier refused to lower the ...

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Small-time actor peddled fake coronavirus cure to millions online, feds charge in first covid-19 prosecution

The Justice Department brought its first coronavirus-related criminal fraud case in the nation on Wednesday night, accusing a small-time actor in Southern California of peddling a fake cure to millions of his social media followers and trying to woo investors ...

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Looking beyond the pandemic

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Although we haven’t yet reached the most extreme stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, it might not be too soon for businesses to start planning for what happens after the crisis. “It is an interesting question because obviously people are focused ...

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House to vote Friday on $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid plan

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Senate passed a mammoth $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented response amid record new jobless claims and mounting evidence that the economy is ...

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Congress’ relief bill would vastly expand unemployment aid

NEW YORK—With record-high numbers of Americans seeking unemployment benefits after losing their jobs because of the coronavirus, Congress is set to significantly enhance the program. The $2.2 trillion rescue package nearing final approval will, for four months, add $600 a ...

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Duffy: $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill ‘a huge win’

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Anticipated approval of $2 trillion in emergency legislation means small businesses can continue to pay employees, laid-off workers will receive full pay for four months and local governments and health care providers can continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic. “This ...

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Coronavirus-related crimes capitalize on global fear, panic

WASHINGTON — Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. Con artists peddle fake cures and financial scams. As the coronavirus pandemic  ...

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Regulation changes help notaries during pandemic

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Most notaries public may have to stay home right now because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but they can continue to notarize documents from home without face-to-face contact. That’s because among the many executive orders Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has issued ...

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U.S. Attorney appoints coordinator for COVID-19 fraud

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U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. is asking the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 pandemic by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at (866) 720-5721, or by sending an email to disaster@leo.gov. Examples ...

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New York joins California in locking down against the virus

New York state moved to join California on Friday in ordering nearly all residents to stay in their homes, as governors undertook their most sweeping efforts yet to contain the coronavirus and fend off the kind of onslaught of patients ...

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Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15

WASHINGTON (AP) — The income tax filing date has been pushed back from April 15, to July 15, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Mnuchin announced the decision in a tweet Friday saying that at President Donald Trump’s direction “we are ...

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