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Many B.C. businesses uncertain about reopening after COVID passes: survey

VANCOUVER — A survey of more than 1,000 British Columbia businesses has found that nearly half of those which have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic believed they could survive for no longer than three more months.
US home sales plunge 8.5% in March, and it may grow worse

US home sales plunge 8.5% in March, and it may grow worse

BALTIMORE — U.S. sales of existing homes cratered 8.5% in March with real estate activity stalled by the coronavirus outbreak. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that 5.27 million homes sold last month, down from 5.
Asia Today: Singapore extends lockdown amid surge in cases

Asia Today: Singapore extends lockdown amid surge in cases

BANGKOK — Singapore will extend its partial lockdown by four more weeks after reporting thousands of new coronavirus cases in recent days, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Tuesday.
Beaches may be closed, but `beach reads' still on the way

Beaches may be closed, but `beach reads' still on the way

NEW YORK — Mary Parker is a nurse from St. Louis so caught up in the beach novels of Elin Hilderbrand that she makes an annual trip to Nantucket, the Massachusetts island community where Hilderbrand sets her stories.
Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers claiming link to virus

Conspiracy theorists burn 5G towers claiming link to virus

LONDON — The CCTV footage from a Dutch business park shows a man in a black cap pouring the contents of a white container at the base of a cellular radio tower. Flames burst out as the man jogs back to his Toyota to flee into the evening.
Statistics Canada reports retail sales up 0.3 per cent in February

Statistics Canada reports retail sales up 0.3 per cent in February

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says retail sales rose in February for a fourth consecutive month as they climbed 0.3 per cent to $52.2 billion, boosted by sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers and at general merchandise stores.
Luxury menswear maker Samuelsohn starts making surgical gowns in Quebec

Luxury menswear maker Samuelsohn starts making surgical gowns in Quebec

MONTREAL — Clothing maker Samuelsohn has reopened its Montreal factory with nearly 150 employees to begin production of personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and first responders in Quebec.
Some US producers, states reopening amid political pressure

Some US producers, states reopening amid political pressure

SEATTLE — Boeing and at least one other U.S.
Talks drag on $450B virus aid for small business, hospitals

Talks drag on $450B virus aid for small business, hospitals

WASHINGTON — Late-stage negotiations in Washington on a new $450 billion coronavirus aid package dragged past Monday's hoped-for deadline, but the Trump administration and key lawmakers insisted a final pact is within reach.
States work to keep meat plants open despite virus outbreaks

States work to keep meat plants open despite virus outbreaks

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Governors in the Midwest are working to keep large meatpacking plants operating despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers and threaten to disrupt the nation’s supply of pork and beef. In Kansas, Gov.