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U.S. consumer spending up 5.6%; virus could stall gains

WASHINGTON - American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6%, helping regain some of the record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the economy. But the virus' resurgence in much of the … more

Fauci optimistic vaccine will be widely available

WASHINGTON (AP) - Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday. Appearing before a House panel investigating the … more

Bahamas, Florida brace as new Hurricane Isaias bears down

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Forecasters declared a hurricane watch for parts of the Florida coastline on Friday as Hurricane Isaias drenched the Bahamas on a track for the U.S. East Coast.Officials … more

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain dies of COVID complications

ATLANTA (AP) - Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74. A post on … more

2nd U.S. virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

NEW YORK - While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off. Scientists aren't celebrating by any means, … more

Groups unite to urge Congress to extend food aid to schoolchildren

NEW YORK - A high-profile coalition of educators, activists and philanthropists - including the American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP and the charity World Central Kitchen - is urging Congress to extend and expand emergency provisions that … more

Trump floats November election delay, a virtual impossibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and confronted by fresh evidence of an economic collapse and an escalating public health crisis, on Thursday suggested delaying … more

Guatemala teacher pedals his classroom to students

SANTA CRUZ DEL QUICHE, Guatemala - When the novel coronavirus closed Guatemala's schools in mid-March, teacher Gerardo Ixcoy invested his savings in a secondhand, adult tricycle. But this is not just transportation. It's also a mobile classroom, … more

U.S. officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the … more

U.S. to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spurred on by President Donald Trump's demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense leaders said Wednesday, detailing a Pentagon … more

Trump defends disproved virus treatment on social media

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump issued a stout defense Tuesday of a disproved use of a malaria drug as a treatment for the coronavirus, hours after social media companies moved to take down videos promoting its use as potentially harmful … more

Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve expressed concern Wednesday that the persistent viral outbreak will act as a drag on the economy and hiring in the coming months and said it plans to keep … more

Holocaust survivors urge Facebook to remove denial posts

BERLIN (AP) — Holocaust survivors around the world are lending their voices to a campaign launched Wednesday targeting Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to take action to remove denial … more

Storm pummels Caribbean with heavy wind, rain en route to US

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Heavy rains pummeled the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday due to a weather system headed to Puerto Rico and other islands that was expected to develop into a tropical … more

U.S. is expected to report a record-breaking economic plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained … more

Iran fires missile at mock aircraft carrier amid U.S. tensions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported on Tuesday, an exercise aimed at threatening the U.S. … more

Poll: Anxiety props up Biden, Trump voters fervent

WASHINGTON - Murtice Sherek is not excited about Joe Biden. The Minnesota Democrat, a 79-year-old retired nurse, preferred another candidate in the presidential primary. She also worries about Biden's age, 77. But anxious about another four years … more

Head of China CDC gets injected with experimental vaccine

BEIJING (AP) - The head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention says he has been injected with an experimental coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to persuade the public to follow suit when one is approved. "I'm going to reveal … more

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer's disease

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer's disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of … more

Here's how Trump's opposition to mail voting hurts the GOP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Republicans once dominated voting by mail in Florida. But that was before President Donald Trump got involved. After months of hearing Trump denigrate mail-in balloting, Republicans in the critical battleground state now find … more
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