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Silence overwhelming Paris

PARIS (AP) – Silence is invading Paris, now that tourism is banned, and millions of people are confined at home. The agency monitoring sound pollution in the Paris region says some 150 monitoring stations have recorded an “unusual silence” since the virus prevention lockdown officially ...Read more

Thief or thieves makes themselves at home in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a thief apparently made himself or herself at home after breaking into a house in Lincoln, Nebraska. The resident called police Monday evening and said that when she got home from work, she found her back door broken and several things missing. The Lincoln ...Read more

Lottery winnings cut by health crisis

DES MOINES, Ia. (AP) – Lottery jackpots are going to shrink as the coronavirus pandemic tamps down lottery sales. The group that oversees the Powerball game announced Wednesday night that it would cut minimum jackpots in half, from $40 million to $20 million, after there is a winner of the ...Read more

Peeps production stops for pandemic

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — No more Peeps are being hatched for at least a couple of weeks — but it shouldn’t affect Easter baskets. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Just Born confections company said its production facilities there and in Philadelphia closed Wednesday through April 7. But ...Read more

Weed stocks surging during pandemic

UNDATED – (AP) Cannabis stocks are flying high as investors see green following a recent surge in marijuana sales as people forced to stay home because of the coronavirus pandemic stock up. Shares in most of the big cannabis companies are up sharply this week following reports of a spike ...Read more

Navy toilets require $400,000 fix

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A U.S. Government Accountability Office report has found that repeatedly clogged toilets on two Virginia-based Navy aircraft carriers could require treatments that cost $400,000 each to clear the pipes. An accountability office employee told The Virginian-Pilot the pipes ...Read more

Virtual Racing replaces NASCAR this weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is planning another virtual race during the coronavirus shutdown. The stock car series held a successful event over the weekend, giving its fans something to watch and enjoy with sports everywhere basically shut down. Denny Hamlin won the first event, The Dixie ...Read more