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West Texas oil patch girds for bust as crude price craters toward $20 a barrel

Mar 18, 2020
The Permian Basin region, anchored by the towns of Midland and Odessa, has survived past shakeouts, but some think this could resemble the crash of the 1980s.
A crude oil pipeline in Texas.
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When home becomes office, day care and school all at once

Mar 18, 2020
Kids, spouses and roommates are adding stress to unconventional work arrangements.
Designating time for each parent to work or watch the kids could help while working from home.
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Some must go to work, as others work remotely to avoid COVID-19 exposure

Mar 18, 2020
Firefighters, health workers, paramedics, sanitation workers and others still need to go out to do their jobs.
Essential jobs, like sanitation services and firefighters, can't be done from home.
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Trump invokes Defense Production Act in response to COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020
The move allows the federal government to order companies to make critical medical supplies like ventilators and masks.
The U.S. Defense Production Act will help in the manufacturing of ventilators. Above, new ventilators are prepared at the Columbus Covid2 Hospital in Rome on Monday.
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Campus chaos: International students navigate COVID-19 closures

Mar 18, 2020
Whether they're heading home or finding a way to remain on campus, international students have had their semesters upended by COVID-19.
When news broke that Harvard was shutting down in-person classes for the rest of the semester, international students had to figure out how they would stay on campus or depart.
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For those without homes, social distancing might not be possible

Mar 18, 2020
Homeless shelters in Portland, Oregon, are being asked to make sure people who are coughing sleep in beds six feet away from those who aren't.
Raven Drake has been living in a tent on the Western bank of I-5 in North Portland for the last few months. She’s recently set aside a second tent near hers for sick people to isolate themselves.
Jonathan Levinson

COVID-19 is making it hard for London businesses to "keep calm and carry on"

Mar 18, 2020
One industry group says Britain's hospitality businesses have taken in 60% less money than usual and customer visits have plunged 40%.
Jesse Dunford Wood, chef and owner of Parlour restaurant pub in London, at work in his kitchen.
Lauren McLean

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HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and growing list of cities suspend evictions because of coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020
Lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on evictions across the country, as more and more schools, events, restaurants and bars shut down.
San Francisco was one of the first big cities in the country to put a temporary moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus.
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How does an extra 90 days to pay taxes help Americans?

Mar 18, 2020
A 90-day extension to pay taxes owed to the federal government will help people come up with a game plan.
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Checks to U.S. households could provide stimulus after COVID-19 downturn

Mar 18, 2020
Government leaders contemplate the idea as part of a multi-billion dollar plan to stimulate the economy.
Democrats have called an aspect of the GOP bill a “slush fund” that would give Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (center) the ability to help industries without transparency.
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