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‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ Singer Bill Withers Dies at 81

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

Bill Withers poses in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, June 21, 2006. The 67-year-old singer-songwriter will be honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Monday for his musical contributions. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Tony-Winning Playwright Terrence McNally Dies of Coronavirus Complications

NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81.

FILE - This May 14, 2006 file photo shows Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally in front of the Philadelphia Theater Company in Philadelphia. McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" …

Kenny Rogers, Actor, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81.

Country music star Kenny Rogers perfoms at a concert in Warsaw, Tuesday, April 27, 1999. With the Warsaw concert Rogers began his European Tour 1999. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Pennsylvania Governor Orders Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses to Shut Down

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf issued a sweeping shutdown order to tens of thousands of “non-life-sustaining” businesses Thursday, decreeing they must close their physical locations by 8 p.m. to slow the spread of the coronavirus or face enforcement by state police and other government agencies.

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Schultz: Small Business Leader Praises Tax Deferment Deal as ‘Huge’

Marisa Schultz writes Job Creators Network president Alfredo Ortiz, speaking for small business owners, says people are thrilled with the Trump administration’s decision to defer tax payments up to 90 days. Such a program could spell the difference between staying in business during the coronavirus pandemic or closing up shop.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: A general view of atmosphere is seen during American Express and Small Business Owners in a Toast to 10 Years of Small Business Saturday with Karlie Kloss November 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for American Express)

AP: Seattle Researchers Test First Coronavirus Vaccine

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday — leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.

A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)