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Conditions for companies that get virus aid: Room for abuse?

Dozens of parked American Airlines planes are parked at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Moon, Pa. The airport has become a parking destination for the airline during the COVID-19 shutdown. (Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent the kinds of abuses that have marked some corporate bailouts of the past.

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Maryland braces for flood of unemployment claims

Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in New York. Applications for jobless benefits are surging in some states as coronavirus concerns shake the U.S. economy. The sharp increase comes as governments have ordered millions of workers, students and shoppers to stay home as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Maryland is bracing for a sharp increase in unemployment claims from the COVID-19 pandemic likely to dwarf the Great Recession’s flood of jobless and swamp the state’s $1.3 billion unemployment insurance fund. The closure of non-essential businesses coupled with orders to reduce public ...

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