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Coronavirus: US Sees 3.3M New Unemployment Claims Last Week, Highest Ever

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A record number of Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic at the White House on March 25, 2020. (Getty Images) Initial jobless claims soared to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million in the week ended March 21, according to the Department of Labor. That is the highest number of initial jobless claims in history, since the Department of Labor started tracking the data in 1967. The previous high was 695,000 claims filed in the week ending October 2, 1982. Last week’s jump marked a massive increase from a revised 282,000 claims in the prior week. Prior to the pandemic, initial claims had been hovering in the low 200,000s each week, reflecting a strong job market. But in the last couple weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has forced many businesses to suddenly shut down as the country tries to slow the spreading virus. For many businesses that…

True Or False? LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Dispels Online Rumors Swirling Around Coronavirus

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rumors are spreading as fast as the coronavirus, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other authorities want to people to have the hard facts. With so many people confined to their homes, rumors are flying wildly via social media and text message. But Garcetti says he can easily dispel those claims. For example, a social media post from a woman claims the LAPD is stopping people for walking on the street and handing out $400 tickets to anyone considered “non-essential.” Garcetti says this is FALSE. Other claims circulating via text message have made claims of martial law being instituted. A convoy of tanks being transferred by train that was spotted Wednesday by Stu Mundel in Sky 2 seemed to give strength to this particular claim, but the Naval Base in Ventura County says this is FALSE. While it is true the California National Guard has been called up to help with food distribution, and the military says troop and equipment movements are normal in Southern California, and not related to COVID-19. Additionally, Garcetti says he will notify the public if…

3 From Cal State Northridge Test Positive For COVID-19

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – An employee and two students at California State University, Northridge have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The university reported Wednesday that the employee had been on campus within the past week, while the students had not. The students live in a nearby county, school officials said. All the buildings which the employee visited are being closed and disinfected. Like all other schools and colleges in the state, CSUN has canceled in-person classes and has transitioned to online learning. The school remains open to essential operations only, which includes student housing and food service for students who need to continue living on campus. The California State University system announced last week it will postpone 2020 commencement ceremonies for all 23 campuses. Earlier this month, 13 CSU Northridge students who traveled to a large conference in Washington, D.C., were forced to self-quarantine after at least three conference attendees — including one from L.A. County — tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Wednesday, L.A. County had reported 812 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths.

Investors brace for jobless numbers, prompting retreat in global markets, U.S. stock futures

Global markets and US stock futures retreated Thursday as investors turned their attention from the mammoth stimulus package working its way through Congress to a labor market report that could confirm that millions of Americans lost their jobs last week as the coronavirus pandemic shut down huge swaths of the economy. European stocks posted early losses after most major indexes in Asia ended the session down. Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped 4.5%, making it the worst performer in the region. The Shanghai Composite shed 0.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 1.2%. The FTSE 100 opened down 2.6% in London, while losses on Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC 40 approached 2%. Futures of Brent crude, the global benchmark, dropped by more than 3% to $26.54 as fears about oversupply and weaker demand caused by coronavirus continued to weigh on oil prices. US stock futures pointed lower ahead of the release of US jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. ET, a report that will give investors their first sense of how much damage the pandemic is doing to the American labor market. The consensus estimate among economists is that 1 million…

U.S. deaths top 1,000 amid global coronavirus pandemic

U.S. deaths from the coronavirus pandemic topped 1,000 in another grim milestone for a global outbreak that is taking lives and wreaking havoc on economies and the established routines of ordinary life. In a recognition of the scale of the threat, the U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems. The unanimous vote came despite misgivings on both sides about whether it goes too far or not far enough and capped days of difficult negotiations as Washington confronted a national challenge unlike it has ever faced. The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history. Worldwide, the death toll climbed past 21,000, according to a running count kept by Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. had 1,050 deaths and nearly 70,000 infections. Spain’s death toll has risen past 3,400, eclipsing that of China, where the virus was first detected in December, and is now second only to that of Italy, which has 7,500. Lidia Perera, a nurse at Madrid’s 1,000-bed Hospital de la Paz, said more workers were desperately…

Senate passes $2 trillion stimulus deal, but checks may not be sent right away

Lawmakers struck a $2 trillion stimulus deal early Wednesday that includes sending checks directly to individuals amid the coronavirus crisis — but it will likely take until at least May before the money goes out. President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are still pushing to get the direct payments issued by April 6, a White House official told CNN. The date was floated as a deadline earlier by Mnuchin during negotiations. Mnuchin said Wednesday that the administration expects to begin issuing direct payments to taxpayers within three weeks of a stimulus package being signed into law. “Our expectation is within three weeks we will have direct payments out where we have depository information,” Mnuchin said. “We’re looking to get a lot more information and we have procedures to do that.” Mnuchin added that by the end of next week, the administration wants all banks to be able to originate loans on a “same day” basis. Under previous programs in 2001 and 2008, the government took longer than a month to distribute checks. “It is extremely unlikely that people will get payments by April 6 — just two…

L.A. County Board of Supervisors seek to remove Sheriff Villanueva as head of emergency operations center

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is taking steps to remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva as the head of the county’s emergency operations center during the coronavirus outbreak, a move he called a “pure power grab at the worst time possible.” Three supervisors reached late Wednesday said the proposed change is months in the making and stems from the need to centralize disaster operations after a fragmented response during the deadly Woolsey fire, which killed three people and burned nearly 97,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in 2018. But Villanueva said the timing suggests retaliation for his decision to close gun shops during the pandemic, viewing them as nonessential businesses. “This is pretty much a silent coup, what they’re trying to orchestrate,” Villanueva said. “We should be worried about masks, about test kits, and I have [Supervisor] Kathryn Barger worried about guns and ammunition.” Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Hermosa Beach to Close Beach, Strand Walkway

Share this article:The beach in Hermosa Beach and beachfront walkway, the Strand, will be closed at 6 a.m. Saturday in an attempt to stop gatherings that could increase the spread of the coronavirus, city manager Suja Lowenthal said Wednesday. “We understand the desire to be outside and in nature is more powerful than ever and being out in nature is permitted if people avoid crowds and maintain 6 feet of distance from non-household members,” Lowenthal said. “While most people are staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19, the actions of a few who choose not to follow the rules can cost the lives of many. The sooner we close the beach and Strand, the better our chance to slow the spread of COVID-19.” Hermosa Beach’s Downtown Parking Structure will also be closed to the public to discourage people traveling to the beach and the Strand, Lowenthal said. The closures will remain in effect until city officials have determined it is safe to re-open the beach, Strand and parking structure, Lowenthal said. The decision to close the beach and the Strand came in response to…

No Tickets Sold With All Six Powerball Lottery Numbers

Share this article:There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery and the estimated jackpot for Saturday’s drawing is expected to grow to $79 million. There were also no tickets sold with five numbers, but missing the Powerball number, the Multi-State Lottery Association, which conducts the game, announced. The numbers drawn Wednesday were 3, 10, 34, 36, 62 and the Powerball number was 5. The jackpot was $69 million. The drawing was the eighth since a ticket with all six numbers was sold. The odds of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is 1 in about 293 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 24.87. The Powerball game is played in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. No Tickets Sold With All Six Powerball Lottery Numbers was last modified: July 8th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

L.A. County animal shelters overloaded, looking for people to foster and adopt pets

Many animal shelters have temporarily closed their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic but officials are urging people to make appointments to adopt or temporarily foster the overwhelming number of animals in their care. Although the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control decided to temporarily shut down their seven locations, they are still taking care of pets and are hoping to find homes for them — even if it’s temporary. When the department closed their doors, they reached out to more than 400 adoption partners, asking for help getting the animals out of the shelter and into homes. “Since everybody’s doing the social distancing and spending so much time in their homes, it’s a great opportunity to bring an animal into your home and foster it,” Frank Corvino, deputy director of the county’s Department of Animal Care and Control said. The department created a 5-step “quick foster program” to help the overwhelming numbers of animals in their care get adopted. “Literally, pull into the care center. You don’t even have to get out of your car and we give you the animal and the…

Coronavirus: Parents Of Special Needs Students Facing Unique Challenges, Some Say LAUSD Not Doing Enough

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With school out until at least May, Marini and Tarik Smith find themselves facing a special challenge as they work to homeschool their two children. Marini is a full-time college professor and Tarik is a full-time school counselor. “Our lives have been kind of flipped upside down, to be honest with you,” Marini said. The Smiths have turned their dining room into a learning center, affectionately called Smith Academy, for their second grader Noah. But homeschooling has proven to be more difficult for 6-year-old Colson, who has a rare genetic condition that leaves him unable to speak or stand. “It’s been definitely challenging,” Marini said. “We have so many unique needs in the house.” RELATED: LAUSD, Mattel, Baby2Baby And Teamsters Work Together To Support Families The Smiths have help from a nurse and Marini’s mom, but Jenny Hontz, who works for parent advocacy organization Speak UP, said LAUSD was not doing enough to support parents of children with special needs. “Right now, not all kids are getting an equal education,” she said. “It’s very inequitable.” LAUSD, which has been focusing on…

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