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Alabama health officials can't verify 'COVID party' reports

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could not verify reports of so-called COVID-19 parties where students deliberately tried to become infected, but also warned people not to try it.



At Mount Rushmore, Trump digs deeper into nation's divisions

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history."



US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'

Posted yesterday in National

The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history. U.S. unemployment is at one of its worst points since the Great Depression. Both are true.



Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Selma

Posted yesterday in National

Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader.



Trump's Rushmore trip draws real and figurative fireworks

Posted yesterday in National

President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands, but even in a part of the country where many remain supportive of the president, the event has drawn controversy and protests.



Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Posted yesterday in National

Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television's most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.



Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

Posted yesterday in National



Black businesses see increased sales amid racial reckoning

Posted 7/2/2020 in National

When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his 7-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.



Federal Reserve minutes show concerns about severity of economic downturn

Posted 7/2/2020 in National

Federal Reserve officials last month expressed concerns about the severity of the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, saying the drop in economic activity in the spring would likely be the steepest in the post-World War II period.



Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It's time to put one on.



Trump faces pressure over Russia bounties to kill US troops

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

President Donald Trump on Tuesday came under growing pressure to respond to allegations that Russia offered bounties for killing American troops in Afghanistan, with Democrats demanding answers and accusing Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the risk of U.S. soldiers' lives.



Fed's program for loaning to Main Street off to slow start

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

Michael Haith, owner and CEO of a Denver-based restaurant chain called Teriyaki Madness, is in an unusual position for people like him: He's making money through food delivery and pickup and wants to borrow funds so he can expand.



Facebook bans violent 'boogaloo' groups, not the term itself

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network loosely associated with the broader "boogaloo" movement, a slang term supporters use to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of civilization.



High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen.



Fauci: US 'going in wrong direction' in coronavirus outbreak

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

The U.S. is "going in the wrong direction" with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk -- just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.



As coronavirus roars back, so do signs of a new round of layoffs

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

The reopening of Tucson's historic Hotel Congress lasted less than a month. General manager Todd Hanley on June 4 ended a two-month coronavirus lockdown and reopened the 39-room hotel at half-capacity, along with an adjoining restaurant for outdoor dining.



Dems: Nursing home virus effort 'chronicle of deadly delay'

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

The Trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of COVID-19's impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response has only compounded the devastating toll, according to a report from Senate Democrats.



EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to US tourists

Posted 7/1/2020 in National

The European Union will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, and possibly China soon, the bloc announced Tuesday, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S.



Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

Posted 6/30/2020 in National

Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery.



Supreme Court's abortion ruling raises stakes for election

Posted 6/30/2020 in National

Supporters of abortion rights are elated, foes of abortion dismayed and angry, but they agree on one consequence of the Supreme Court's first major abortion ruling since President Donald Trump took office: The upcoming election is crucial to their cause.



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