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EPA to limit enforcement of environmental laws during coronavirus emergency, giving companies more flexibility

(WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency will put companies and specific facilities in charge of monitoring their own compliance with environmental laws during the novel coronavirus emergency, according to officials.This move has led critics to accuse the agency of backing off its role to prevent uncontrolled pollution or other violations.EPA…... Read More

Will coronavirus break the Internet? Here's what the experts say.

(NEW YORK) -- As the novel coronavirus makes its insidious way around the world, many businesses have mandated that employees whose work does not require their physical presence to work from home -- a real-time stress test of America's internet infrastructure.Experts are seeing traffic surges in both home broadband Internet…... Read More

A third report a job loss, half a pay cut as coronavirus crisis grips the economy

(WASHINGTON) -- Economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis are gripping the nation: One in three Americans in an ABC News/Washington Post poll say they or an immediate family member have been laid off or lost their job as a result of the pandemic, and more – half – report a…... Read More

Small businesses hit by coronavirus: 'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran answers common questions to help

(NEW YORK) -- As the novel coronavirus spreads across the country, the financial impact of the pandemic continues to devastate workers and small businesses.A record number of workers -- 3.28 million -- filed for unemployment claims in the week ending March 21, according to U.S. Department of Labor data released…... Read More

Coronavirus economic updates: 3.28 million unemployment filings shatter 1982 record

(NEW YORK) -- The coronavirus pandemic has quickly evolved from a health crisis to a financial one, shuttering businesses, upending entire industries and sending financial markets reeling.Here's the latest news on how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the economy. For more on financial resources available during the pandemic, click here.…... Read More

Coronavirus may have devastated the theater world. Artists are adapting

(NEW YORK) -- Last Monday, when the governor of Vermont issued an order banning gatherings of 50 or more people, the leadership team at Northern Stage in White River Junction knew what they had to do.They had been planning for this incredibly tough moment as COVID-19 spread across the country.The…... Read More

As unemployment claims see record high, hear from those affected

(NEW YORK) -- As the number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus continues to climb, so does the number of unemployment claims made in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday morning 3.28 million unemployment claims were filed in the United States between March 15 and…... Read More

Small businesses face 'nightmare' cash crunch from coronavirus pandemic

(NEW YORK) -- Comedy clubs, bookstores and cocktail makers are among the millions of American small businesses facing a race against time in an unprecedented financial battle for survival."It's not funny. You know, that needs to be clear," said Allyson Jaffe, co-owner of DC Improv, which closed its theater and…... Read More

Former Twitter CEO teams with San Francisco chef to feed those in need

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- When the coronavirus swept through San Francisco, closing businesses and forcing people to stay in their homes, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo knew he had to do something.So Costolo, a partner in the popular San Francisco eatery Che Fico Alimentari, called up the restaurant's chef, David Nayfeld.“I…... Read More

Bad connection working from home? Fish tanks, plants and other Wi-Fi disruptors

(NEW YORK) -- Amid mandatory social distancing to halt the spread of novel coronavirus, a significant percentage of the country's office workers are working from home.Critical to keeping American businesses afloat is workers having efficient and well-performing connectivity from home, which means not only sturdy Internet access from a reliable…... Read More

Ventilators shipped from veterinarians to hospitals to combat COVID-19 shortage

(NEW YORK) -- The nation's hospitals, facing dire shortages of lifesaving ventilators as the coronavirus outbreak continues, are finding help from an unlikely source: animal doctors.The country's largest veterinary schools, animal hospitals and even zoos are offering up ventilators to hospitals that are scrambling to care for a growing number…... Read More