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States on hook for billions under Trump's unemployment plan

Posted yesterday in National

Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to bypass Congress, will sign on.



5.1-magnitude quake hits North Carolina, causes minor damage

Posted yesterday in National

The most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state early Sunday, rattling homes, businesses and residents.



Rice looking good in Louisiana and Mississippi

Posted yesterday in National

Agriculture experts in Louisiana and Mississippi say the rice crop is looking good.



Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into election

Posted yesterday in National

Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall.



Why choice of running mate matters more than usual this year

Posted yesterday in National

For all the secrecy and speculation that typically surrounds the search for a vice presidential candidate, the decision rarely sways an election. But ahead of Joe Biden's imminent announcement, this year could be different.



55 years after riots, Watts neighborhood still bears scars

Posted yesterday in National

There were no fires this time in Watts. There was no looting, no shooting and no National Guard troops patrolling.



US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

Posted yesterday in National

Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday.



Liberty U's Falwell takes leave after social media uproar

Posted yesterday in National

Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation's top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even among fellow conservatives.



White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes virus spike

Posted 8/8/2020 in National

With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before he faces voters in November.



Virus aid talks collapse; no help expected for jobless now

Posted 8/8/2020 in National

A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment at week's end, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for an economy pummeled by the still-raging coronavirus.



Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

Posted 8/7/2020 in National

President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.



Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

Posted 8/7/2020 in National

Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago."



Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

Posted 8/6/2020 in National

After more than a week's worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying.



No hoopla: Virus upends Trump and Biden convention plans

Posted 8/6/2020 in National

At the last minute, President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, are searching for places to impressively yet safely accept their parties' presidential nominations as the spread of the coronavirus adds fresh uncertainty to the campaign for the White House.



Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Posted 8/6/2020 in National

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.



Coronavirus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

Posted 8/6/2020 in National

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to learn the results.



Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Posted 8/5/2020 in National

Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints that Democratic negotiators are taking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an agreement appears far off.



'Too many are selfish': US nears 5 million virus cases

Posted 8/5/2020 in National

Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars -- there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.



Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida

Posted 8/5/2020 in National

In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only days after threatening to sue Nevada over a new vote-by-mail law.



COVID-19 reshapes and reduces back-to-school spending

Posted 8/5/2020 in National

For Michelle Lynn England, back-to-school shopping always meant heading to Target and the local mall with her two girls and dropping about $500 on each of them for trendy outfits. Not this year.



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