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Layoffs stuck at high level as 1.3 million seek jobless aid

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo, empty United Airlines ticket machines are shown at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. United United Airlines will send layoff warnings to 36,000 employees - nearly half its U.S. staff - in the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus outbreak is hurting the airline industry. United officials said Wednesday, July 8 that they still hope to limit the number of layoffs by offering early retirement, but they have to send notices this month to comply with a law requiring that workers get 60 days' notice ahead of mass job cuts. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

More than 1.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a historically high pace that shows that many employers are still laying people off in the face of a resurgent coronavirus

Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices

Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans chairs in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Four months, 3 million confirmed infections and over 130,000 deaths into the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, Americans confronted with an alarming resurgence of the scourge are facing long lines at testing sites and going a week or more without receiving...

Criticism of U.S. pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Germany's Minister of Health Jens Spahn attends a press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Top U.S. allies are denouncing the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization

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CDC voting safety guidelines support mail, early balloting

Pole worker Bob Tipton hands a ballot to a voter during voting at precinct 61 in Edmond, Okla.,Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections, as states expand absentee and early voting options for November amid fears of spreading...

Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don't reopen

President Donald Trump listens during a

President Donald Trump is launching an all-out effort to press state and local officials to reopen schools this fall

Supreme Court upholds employer opt-out from cost-free birth control

The Supreme Court, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Supreme Court is siding with the Trump administration in its effort to allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women as required by the Affordable Care Act

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

A man on a bicycle stops to take a photograph outside the Supreme Court, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Supreme Court is siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can’t sue for employment discrimination

Exhausted cities face another challenge: a surge in violence

FILE - In this July 5, 2020, file photo, an officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago. Still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic and street protests over the police killing of Floyd, exhausted cities around the nation are facing yet another challenge: A surge in recent shootings has left dozens dead, including young children. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)

Exhausted American cities are facing yet another challenge in addition to the coronavirus and the street protests over the police killing of George Floyd

Two COVID-ravaged NY churches take different recovery paths

Parishioners receive the sacrament from the Rev. Luis Gabriel Medina during Communion at Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in the Queens borough of New York, Monday, July 7, 2020. This was the first in-person Mass at the church in almost four months. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Two New York City churches ravaged by the coronavirus are taking different approaches to reopening as they mourn, between them, the loss of at least 134 members of their congregations

Even if we start to fix climate change, the proof may not show up for 30 years

The young climate activists clamoring today for rapid cuts to the world's fossil fuel emissions could be well into their 30s or 40s before the impact of those changes becomes apparent, scientists said in a study published Tuesday.

U.S. tells WHO that it is withdrawing because of coronavirus response

President Donald Trump speaks during a Tulsa, Okla., rally in June 2020. (Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford)

The Trump administration has begun the process of withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization, a move that could hurt the U.N. agency's response to the coronavirus pandemic and reshape public health diplomacy.

Marine Corps says shooting reported at California base

The U.S. Marine Corps says it is investigating reports of an active shooter at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

FILE - Hot air balloons are inflated during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, file)

The government’s small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs that Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

In this May 27, 2020, file photo, medical personnel adjust their personal protective equipment while working in the emergency department at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan in New York. The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the initial weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running out again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again

Retailers to governors: Please mandate face mask wearing

Retailers have a message for state governors: Please make everyone wear a face mask

Police fatally shoot gunman at VA hospital in Milwaukee

Officials say a man armed with a shotgun was killed by police as he tried to enter a Milwaukee veterans hospital

Major U.S. cities face spike in deadly shootings

A poster with photos are attached to a fence in the South Austin neighborhood of Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020, during a vigil for 7-year-old Natalia Wallace, who was shot and killed as her family gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday Saturday night in the 100 bock of North Latrobe Avenue Kingsbury Street. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

As the nation faces a pandemic, financial catastrophe and massive social justice demonstrations, it is also confronting a spike in violence in some of its major cities.

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