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Congressional Black Caucus PAC backs Biden’s White House bid

The Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential bid Monday, further cementing his support among the nation’s influential black political leadership. The political action committee’s unanimous endorsement came on the heels of several key nods of support among caucus ...

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`Handmaid’s Tale,’ Harry Potter on challenged books list

Stories with gay and transgender themes, a spoof inspired by the family rabbit of Vice President Mike Pence, and classics by J.K. Rowling and Margaret Atwood were among the books that received the most objections last year at schools and ...

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Relief checks are a lifeline for some, a cushion for others

Millions of Americans received government relief checks last week, and more are on the way. For some, the payment gets them to a more comfortable place financially; for others, the money just gets them to next month. Bridget Hughes, a ...

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Virus forced schools online, but many students didn’t follow

During the first week that her San Diego public school was shuttered to slow the spread of the coronavirus, not one of Elise Samaniego’s students logged on to her virtual classroom. Three weeks in, the teacher still hadn’t connected online ...

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Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook will soon let you know if you saw or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site. The new notice will be sent to users who have liked, reacted to, or commented on posts featuring harmful or false claims ...

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New pressure on lawmakers as virus aid for firms hits limit

With a key coronavirus rescue fund exhausted, lawmakers faced new pressure Thursday to break a stalemate over President Donald Trump’s $250 billion emergency request to replenish the program that helps small businesses keep workers on their payroll. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ...

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Hit by the virus and weighing a raid on your 401(k)? Beware

Many Americans are struggling financially due to the coronavirus. A recent federal relief package makes it easier for people financially harmed by the coronavirus outbreak to tap into their retirement savings for cash by loosening rules for withdrawals and loans. But should ...

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Reopening could require thousands more public health workers

Before Washington state lifts its stay-at-home order, public health workers in Seattle’s King County want to be ready to douse any new sparks of infection. That task, they say, requires at least 20 more investigators to call people who test ...

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Nurses suspended for refusing COVID-19 care without N95 mask

Nurse Mike Gulick was meticulous about not bringing the coronavirus home to his wife and their 2-year-old daughter. He’d stop at a hotel after work just to take a shower. He’d wash his clothes in Lysol disinfectant. They did a ...

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US job losses mount as economic pain deepens worldwide

The ranks of Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus ballooned Thursday to more than 20 million in just four weeks, an unprecedented collapse fueling widening protests and propelling President Donald Trump’s push to relax the nation’s social distancing ...

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