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Oprah to headline Facebook, Instagram graduation event

Oprah to headline Facebook, Instagram graduation event

NEW YORK — Oprah will be the commencement speaker and Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X and Simone Biles will offer words of wisdom to the Class of 2020 in a multi-hour graduation streaming event on Facebook and Instagram on May 15.
Consumer confidence plunges in April as millions lose jobs

Consumer confidence plunges in April as millions lose jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence plunged in April as millions lost their jobs, with an index that monitors attitudes about current business and work conditions dropping by the largest amount on record.
US home prices rose before viral outbreak shut economy

US home prices rose before viral outbreak shut economy

WASHINGTON — U.S home prices were rising at a steady pace in February, before the viral outbreak shuttered much of the economy and caused a sharp decline in home sales. March sales of new and existing homes then plummeted as much of the U.S.

Gospel singer Troy Sneed dies from coronavirus complications

LOS ANGELES — Grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed has died from complications with the coronavirus. He was 52. Sneed’s publicist Bill Carpenter said the singer died early Monday at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Winfrey, Roberts to appear in global virus relief livestream

Winfrey, Roberts to appear in global virus relief livestream

LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts and former President George W. Bush will be among 200 star-studded participants in a 24-hour global livestream event.
Asian celebs work to combat racist attacks amid pandemic

Asian celebs work to combat racist attacks amid pandemic

NEW YORK — Actress Olivia Cheng was recently volunteering in Vancouver when she says she witnessed a man drive up to an elderly Chinese woman, roll down his window and yell, “This is your fault!” before throwing trash at her.
Prince Harry records message for Thomas the Tank Engine

Prince Harry records message for Thomas the Tank Engine

LONDON — Prince Harry has recorded a special message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of children’s favourite Thomas the Tank Engine.
Brazil edges toward being next big coronavirus hot spot

Brazil edges toward being next big coronavirus hot spot

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is emerging as potentially the next big hot spot for the coronavirus amid President Jair Bolsonaro’s insistence that it is just a "little flu” and that there is no need for the sharp restrictions that have slowed the infection

Milwaukee police find 5 dead in house; suspect in custody

Police found five people shot to death Monday inside a Milwaukee home and arrested the man who dialed 911 to report the slayings, the city's police chief said. The police department received a call around 10:30 a.m.
Questions swirl as Fed meets amid deepening economic crisis

Questions swirl as Fed meets amid deepening economic crisis

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve has largely calmed turbulent financial markets. Yet a far tougher task remains: Helping rescue an economy and job market that appear to be free-falling into the worst catastrophe since the Great Depression.