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FILE - This May 22, 2018 file photo shows Stephen King at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. With independent bookstores shut down nationwide, a new online seller is offering help. In January, Andy Hunter launched Bookshop.org. Simon & Schuster is adding buy buttons for Bookshop.org to all of its websites and promoting Bookshop through emails and elsewhere online. It also has enlisted numerous authors, among them Stephen King, Susan Orlean and Jason Reynolds, to get the word out about Bookshop on social media and elsewhere. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2020 - 1:25 pm
Andy Hunter, founder of a new online sales outlet for independent booksellers, had seen a crisis building well before the coronavirus pandemic shut down many of the country's stores. "Between 2015 and 2018, I saw this big jump in the percentage of weekly sales for physical books that were going to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York. Patterson announced #SaveIndieBookstores, a partnership with the American Booksellers Association and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. He is contributing $500,000 and is urging others to contribute this month. Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The best-selling novelist has donated millions in recent years to booksellers. He's also given millions to schools and libraries and literacy programs.(Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2020 - 9:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson has a history of helping independent bookstores. The best-selling novelist has donated millions in recent years to booksellers, while also giving millions to schools and libraries and literacy programs. Now, with stores closed or closing nationwide because of the...
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In this April 1, 2020, photo, a passenger holds up a green pass on their phone on a subway train in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where the pandemic began in December. (AP Photo/Olivia Zhang)
April 02, 2020 - 12:49 am
WUHAN, China (AP) — Since the coronavirus outbreak, life in China is ruled by a green symbol on a smartphone screen. Green is the "health code" that says a user is symptom-free and it’s required to board a subway, check into a hotel or just enter Wuhan, the central city of 11 million people where...
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Wearing a mask amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19 a woman pushes a basket full of groceries out of a store in Richardson, Texas, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
April 01, 2020 - 7:58 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Wednesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________ THINGS WE VALUED: The outbreak has reshuffled the pecking order of what holds...
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A worker inspects bottles of antiseptic alcohol at the Santa Teresa rum factory in La Victoria, Aragua state, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Venezuela's premier rum distillery and one of Venezuela's few private businesses says that most of its production will be for antiseptic alcohol, in an effort to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
April 01, 2020 - 3:23 pm
LA VICTORIA, Venezuela (AP) — The Santa Teresa distillery in Venezuela has lifted spirits for generations with its amber-red rum, famous around the world for being slowly sipped over ice or mixed into cocktails like the Cuba Libre. Now, the company has turned its steel vats and steaming...
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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) smiles with head coach Sean Payton after being taken out in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in New Orleans. Saints coach Sean Payton said he didn't mean to insinuate on a television appearance this week that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees had informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season. “I'm a big dummy,” Payton said Wednesday, April 1, 2020, during a conference call with media in New Orleans. “I honestly don't know if it’s his last year. I think the thing he's done, and we've all done, is taking it year by year.” (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)
April 01, 2020 - 3:15 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton said he didn't mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season. “I'm a big dummy,” Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans...
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Jade Brooks at her apartment, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Boston. It's the first of the month and everybody knows the rent's due. Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus turned the economy upside down. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
April 01, 2020 - 11:23 am
It's the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent's due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down. Many of those renters are without jobs - nearly 3.3 million people in the U.S...
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Businesses are closed and very few people are out in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Monday, March 23, 2020, heeding the advice of Gov. Tom Wolf. (Aimee Dilger/The Times Leader via AP)
March 31, 2020 - 6:46 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________ INDUSTRY: Less than a week after saying it planned to reopen five North...
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FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is rolling back tough Obama-era mileage standards and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts to slow climate change. The administration released its relaxed mileage rules Tuesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
March 31, 2020 - 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too — more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more...
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In this March 28, 2020 photo provided by Juan Huergo, Laura Gabaroni and her husband Juan Huergo take a selfie on board a tender after they were evacuated from the Zaandam, a Holland American cruise ship, near the Panama Canal. The Orlando- area couple was transferred to the Rotterdam, together with others who were deemed healthy. Four people have died on board the Zaandam and many others have are suffering from flu-like symptoms. (Juan Huergo via AP)
March 31, 2020 - 3:19 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Passengers from an ill-fated South American cruise are eager to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state's health care resources are already stretched too thin to take on another ship's coronavirus caseload. The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that the...
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