US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other
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US Faces a Memorial Day Like No Other

(AP) — Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations. U.S. authorities warned beach-goers to heed social distancing rules to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has infected 5.4 million... Read More

Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
Employment
Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill Aims to Provide Unemployed With Access to Skills Training
2020-05-22 20:18:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced in both the House and Senate this week would create a flexible, $4,000 skills training credit for workers who have lost their job due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Skills Renewal Act affords these... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
Congress
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

Coronavirus Changes Nature of Campaign Planning and Spending
Campaigns
Coronavirus Changes Nature of Campaign Planning and Spending
2020-05-22 19:42:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the coronavirus outbreak that began in earnest in March profoundly affected the nature of politicking ahead of one of the most consequential elections in modern times. For instance, the latest batch of Federal Election... Read More

Mnuchin Says ‘Strong Likelihood’ US Will Need More Stimulus
Economy
Mnuchin Says ‘Strong Likelihood’ US Will Need More Stimulus

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Congress will very likely need to pass more stimulus legislation for the U.S. economy, as the nation struggles to recover from the coronavirus outbreak. “I think there is a strong likelihood we will... Read More

Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus
Aging
Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus
2020-05-22 13:09:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from the ravages of coronavirus. The Senate Special Committee on Aging listened to medical experts’ opinions on measures needed to help... Read More

Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?
Space
Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. In the age of coronavirus,... Read More

Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken
Economy
Pandemic-Related Job Losses Top 38 Million as Pace Continues to Slacken
2020-05-21 21:48:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the nine weeks since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic reached 38.6 million last week, just as states across the nation began to take decisive steps to reopen their... Read More

Trump Threatens Aid Freeze for Michigan, Nevada Over Baseless ‘Voter Fraud’ Charge
Political News
Trump Threatens Aid Freeze for Michigan, Nevada Over Baseless ‘Voter Fraud’ Charge

President Donald Trump took a page from his Ukraine scandal playbook Wednesday and threatened to withhold federal aid for Michigan and Nevada if the states allow residents to vote by mail in November’s general election. Trump, who was impeached last... Read More

As All 50 States Start Reopening, Questions on Virus Tracking Data Fuel Concerns
State News
As All 50 States Start Reopening, Questions on Virus Tracking Data Fuel Concerns

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is defending his administration’s reporting of coronavirus data, after a state Department of Health manager said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 tracking data as officials moved to reopen the state. Rebekah Jones, who... Read More

Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
State News
Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
2020-05-20 21:19:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million coronavirus relief package on Wednesday that taps into some of the $1.25 billion in funding the state received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In March, Congress... Read More

Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
Economy
Surging Unemployment In Travel Sector Likely to Make for Memorial Day Like No Other
2020-05-20 17:18:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Unemployment among the nation's travel sector workers has reached 51% heading into the Memorial Day weekend, as Americans continue to refrain from resuming their normal lives in the face of the slowly easing coronavirus pandemic, according to data... Read More

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