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Take Five: Quarter-life crisis

Few will regret the end of the first 2020 quarter. Fears of a U.S.-Iran war gave way to the coronavirus pandemic which JPMorgan reckons will have pushed the world economy into a 12% contraction over January to March. The quarter saw the most brutal global equity collapse since the Great Depression, exacerbated by a 60% oil price slump.

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Opinion: How to reopen America

Covid-19 poses two dire threats to the United States: the potential death of 200,000 to 1.7 million Americans, according to a set of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scenarios that were first reported by The New York Times; and the devastation of the $22 trillion annual economy.

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Mayors say they can't get needed supplies

Mayors from 213 cities across the country report they do not have, and have no way of acquiring, adequate equipment and supplies to protect first responders amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to a survey released Friday.

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Automakers are racing to make ventilators. But it's not that easy

US automakers have come to the rescue when the nation has faced supply shortages during wartime in the past. Ford built heavy bomber airplanes and GM built amphibious assault craft, among other things. So it seems only natural that, in the rush to address the critical shortage of ventilators in the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, automakers would again be among the first to answer the call to help.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico's peso slides after S&P downgrade, broader Latam FX weaken

Mexico's peso slipped more than 2% on Friday, hit by a pandemic worry-driven ratings downgrade, while other Latin American currencies also weakened as the dollar attempted to claw back some gains. Regional stocks also tumbled, for the first time in four days, as Wall Street indexes sank. After a three-session rally when it jumped 10.6%, the peso fell after rating agency S&P downgraded Mexico's credit rating to BBB from BBB+, matching that of

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