Communications show scientists’ alarm at slow initial response by U.S.

Lab scientists expressed dismay at the Trump administration’s failure to move quickly and at bureaucratic demands that delayed coronavirus testing.

Trump suspends immigration laws, showcases vision for locked-down border

President Trump has used emergency powers to quickly turn people away from the southern border and deny due process.

Government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn’t helping now

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A person prays in front of a gravestone in Wuhan, China, in 2011, ahead of Tomb-Sweeping Day. (VCG/Getty Images)
A person prays in front of a gravestone in Wuhan, China, in 2011, ahead of Tomb-Sweeping Day. (VCG/Getty Images)
Lines form at Wuhan’s eight main funeral parlors, including at the Hankou Funeral Home, as relatives come to collect ashes before Tomb-Sweeping Day. (Weibo)
Lines form at Wuhan’s eight main funeral parlors, including at the Hankou Funeral Home, as relatives come to collect ashes before Tomb-Sweeping Day. (Weibo)
Lines of cars formed outside the Hankou Funeral Home as people waited for hours to collect the remains of loved ones who died of the coronavirus. (Weibo)
Lines of cars formed outside the Hankou Funeral Home as people waited for hours to collect the remains of loved ones who died of the coronavirus. (Weibo)

Chinese families should be sweeping graves now. But thousands still haven’t buried their dead.

Saturday is Tomb-Sweeping Day, when Chinese people head to their ancestors’ graves to remove weeds and brush away dirt, to offer food and wine and paper money so loved-ones can enjoy the afterlife. But few will be tending to graves this year as authorities are curtailing memorial services.

Retailers furloughed nearly 1 million workers this week. But the industry’s troubles are just beginning.

Analysts say at least 15,000 stores, including some well-known brands, are likely to close permanently.

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