Materials industry

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 - 7:46 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 - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a bird flies among wind turbines near King City, Mo. The Trump administration is moving to scale back criminal enforcement of a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species. The former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP billions of birds could die if the government doesn't hold companies liable for accidental bird deaths. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
March 31, 2020 - 5:15 pm
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don’t land. After several thousand migrating snow geese perished in the Berkeley Pit's acidic, metal-...
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FILE - In this photo taken on March 21, 2020 police officers check on motorists in Baisieux, on the Belgian-French boarder, northern France. Criminals have spotted a new business opportunity with the coronavirus pandemic and are now plundering the needy and the fearful and even disrupting the medical sector, online and off, with fraud, counterfeit products and cybercrime, a report issued Friday by the European law enforcement agency Europol says. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
March 27, 2020 - 10:53 am
PARIS (AP) — Criminals are preying on a fearful public and disrupting the provision of medical care during the coronavirus pandemic by selling counterfeit products, impersonating health workers and hacking computers as many citizens do their jobs online at home, European law enforcement agency...
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A cashier works behind a plexiglass shield at a Super H Mart grocery store in Niles, Ill., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Local grocery stores are installing plexiglass shields in the checkout aisle as a coronavirus precaution. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 26, 2020 - 3:31 pm
QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Grocery stores across the U.S. are installing protective plastic shields at checkouts to help keep cashiers and shoppers from infecting one another with the coronavirus. At a Stop & Shop supermarket Thursday in Quincy, just south of Boston, shoppers paid for and bagged...
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This photo from by the Tucson, Ariz., Police Department shows a COVID-19 testing kit of the type stolen from the El Rio Health Clinic in Tucson as they seek the public's help in identifying the person who stole them. And elsewhere, a Long Island man was arrested by after police say he tried to get into a hospital under restrictions to see his girlfriend. And federal authorities shut down a phony website selling vaccine kits for $4.95. As the coronavirus pandemic rises across the country, so are crimes related to it. (Tucson Police Department via AP)
March 24, 2020 - 8:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thieves steal surgical masks and COVID-19 test kits. 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 spreads, so too do the crimes...
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FILE - In a June 3, 2014, photo, the Paradise Fossil Plant stands in Drakesboro Ky. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
March 24, 2020 - 1:21 pm
DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the...
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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, and German Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, right, address the media in Berlin, Germany, Monday, March 23, 2020 during a press conference on the supplemental budget 2020 and how the ministries will react against the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)
March 23, 2020 - 9:28 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Monday approved a massive new package of measures to cushion the devastating effects of the virus outbreak on the economy, bringing the total aid on offer to more than 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion). The assistance includes money to tide small companies and...
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In this May 19, 2011 photo, robots weld a Chevrolet Sonic at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. General Motors, Ford, jet engine maker Rolls-Royce and other companies are talking to their governments about repurposing idled factories to produce vital goods to fight the coronavirus such as ventilators and surgical masks. On Friday, March 20, 2020 President Donald Trump invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act, allowing the government to marshal the private sector to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it allows the government to steer factories to overcome shortages, makers of heavy goods such as cars and trucks can't just flip a switch and produce something else. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
March 21, 2020 - 3:02 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Factories that crank out cars and trucks looking into making much-needed ventilators. Distilleries intended for whiskey and rum to instead turn out hand sanitizers and disinfectants. And an electronics maker that builds display screens repurposed for surgical masks. All are answering...
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A sign notifying the availability of pasta in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, outside Warwick Way Food & Wine in Victoria, London, Thursday March 19, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
March 19, 2020 - 5:31 pm
It was less than 11 weeks ago that the first cases of pneumonia were detected in Wuhan, China. The speed at which what would soon be named COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, knocked the global economy askew is unparalleled in our lifetimes. Following are developments Thursday...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, a mechanized shovel loads coal from an 80-feet thick seam at the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. Montana regulators reached a deal Thursday, March 12, 2020, allowing the state to enforce environmental laws at the mine after it was bought last year by a Navajo-owned company. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
March 12, 2020 - 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators have reached a deal allowing the state to enforce environmental laws at a large coal mine bought by a Navajo-owned company, officials said Thursday. For months, executives from the Navajo Transitional Energy Company and state officials had been unable to...
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