US job losses mount as economic pain deepens worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus have ballooned to at least 22 million. The economic pain is weighing heavily on leaders around the world. In the United States, where 5.2 million more people filed for unemployment benefits in the past week, President Donald Trump is preparing to announce guidelines to allow some states to reopen. In China, where the virus started, stores and restaurants are largely open, but customers are scarce.  Despite relief checks sent out this week to millions of Americans, some have begun to protest the virus restrictions that have closed factories and brought many small businesses to their knees.