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  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

  3 teens accused of jumping over wall into Mar-a-Lago with AK-47

  Capitol negotiators trade broadsides on stalled virus aid

  Back-to-back suits seek to dissolve NRA, its charitable arm

Notre Dame opens ACC play against Duke, won’t play Navy

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

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How an arrest upended filming of ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’

  France’s Macron announces fundraising conference for Lebanon after Beirut blast

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

  Texas dad saves kids from 12-foot alligator

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

  Dog lost during Calif. wildfire reunited with owner

Greg Skeens' little blue heeler, Buck, ran off after a coyote escaping the wildfire, leaving Skeens to believe he was gone for good.

  Groceries are getting more expensive

Prices are spiking at supermarkets, and it’s not just because people are eating in and dining out less.

Obama’s Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn “Obamacare,” but his predecessor’s health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome.

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

  ‘Heroine’ nurse protected 3 newborns at hospital hit by Beirut explosion

  Girl, 5, with autism who went missing during Isaias found dead in Pa.

Lawyers argue about psychologist in newspaper attack case

  Proposal to disband Minneapolis police blocked from ballot

Survivors mark 75th anniversary of world’s 1st atomic attack

The dwindling witnesses to the world’s first atomic bombing marked its 75th anniversary Thursday, with the mayor and others noting the Japanese government’s refusal to sign a nuclear weapons ban treaty, highlighting its hypocrisy.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

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.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

5 found dead in suspected arson fire at Denver home

Five people were found dead Wednesday after an early morning fire destroyed a suburban Denver home — a blaze that authorities said they suspect was intentionally set. Three people escaped the fire by jumping from the home's second floor.

FBI raids California home of YouTube star Jake Paul

FBI agents including a SWAT team have raided the home of YouTube star Jake Paul.

FAA: Boeing pressured safety workers at SC aircraft plant

The FAA wants to fine Boeing $1.25 million, saying company managers pressured employees who were doing safety-related work for the agency at a South Carolina plant.

  Negligence probed in deadly Beirut blast amid public anger

The Lebanese government says it is putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate came to be stored at the port for years.

38,000 pounds of imported ground beef under recall

JBS Food Canada ULC is recalling 38,406 pounds of boneless beef head meat products that it says weren’t presented for import re-inspection into the United States.

Bank of America glitch; accounts show $0 balance

The bank said it’s trying to address the problem as quickly as possible.

Fiat Chrysler to recall vehicles that may pollute too much

About 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles with four-cylinder engines in the U.S. may spew too much pollution, and the company is working with government officials on a recall.

  Beirut: Wedding photo shoot video captures blast

Photographer Mahmoud Nakib is still rolling as he get pushed down the street by the shockwave.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Shirley Ann Grau dies at 91

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Shirley Ann Grau has died at the age of 91.

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

The company has been testing Reels in Brazil since November and in France, Germany and India since earlier this summer.

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients.

Big Ten football season set to begin on Labor Day weekend

Under the revised schedule, teams will play conference opponents they originally were set to meet and will have one additional cross-division game.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at TheWalmartDriveIn.com.

  More millennials buying homes during pandemic

Some in real estate say the coronavirus is pushing younger homebuyers out of the city and into their first homes.

  Trump considering giving convention speech from White House

Trump also called for the first formal presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 29, to be moved up on the calendar because early voting will have already begun in some states.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

Biden will not go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October

  Homeless among most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic

This might be the worst time to be homeless in America, and the nation may not have seen the worst of it yet.

Biden on cognitive test: Why would I take a test?

Biden's exchange was part of an interview conducted with the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Student loan borrowers: Don’t wait on Congress for more relief

Restarting payments for tens of millions of student loan borrowers will likely lead to delinquencies and defaults, experts say.

State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor’s ouster

Stephen Akard announced his resignation just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog's office.

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

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

Pete Hamill, legendary New York columnist and novelist, dies

Pete Hamill died at a Brooklyn hospital from heart and kidney failure.

  Trump encourages mail voting in Florida but sues in Nevada

In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law.

Images of student crowds raise questions in Georgia schools

Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

  Off-duty deputy, friend save 3 lives after ATV flips into water in Calif.

Two men jumped in to help after the ATV crash, with one making tourniquets for the injured driver and the other freeing the two passengers, who were face down in the water, from their harnesses.

5 young men honored for rescuing Wash. deputy under attack from suspect

Authorities say the five young men helped subdue a suspected drunken driver who had a deputy in a chokehold following a multiple car collision.

Judge orders trial tied to discovery of Idaho kids’ bodies

Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to charges related to hiding the remains of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Authorities have yet to file charges related to the deaths of the children.

  Tropical storm Isaias whips up eastern US, killing at least 6

Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain along the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it smashed boats together and caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.

Trump gives $35 million to aid human trafficking victims

The money can also be used to help victims find permanent housing, get a job and receive occupational training and counseling.

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

  “It’s crazy,” Trump says of Nevada’s mail-in voting decision

President Trump speaks to Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to wind up in court because of the financial harm from the coronavirus outbreak.

  Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

Astronauts: SpaceX Dragon capsule ‘came alive’ on descent

The astronauts on SpaceX's first crew flight say their Dragon capsule “came alive” and sounded like a beast as it descended through the atmosphere to a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.

  Trump says generals feel Beirut blast was likely an ‘attack’

President Donald Trump says U.S. military generals have told him that they think the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing more than 70 people, was likely a bomb.

Disney to release ‘Mulan’ on streaming service, for a price

“Mulan” is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4.

U.S. Marines locate sunken vehicle with human remains on board

The vehicle sunk off a southern California coast July 30.

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — 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.

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

Clorox's shortage of disinfectant cleaning materials will remain difficult to find well into 2021, according to their incoming CEO.

  Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by Congress.

  Sidestepping Congress, Trump says he will act to deliver Americans another stimulus

The president wants to extend the $600 weekly benefit to unemployed Americans.

  Trump’s demand for US cut of a TikTok deal is unprecedented

Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok.

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

Navy SEALs cut ties with museum over Colin Kaepernick video

The leader of the U.S. Navy SEAL said the unit has severed ties with the National Navy SEAL Museum, a nonprofit organization that is not overseen by the Navy in Fort Pierce, Florida.

  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

Retailers believe the coronavirus pandemic could bring increased back-to-school business.

House passes $1.4 trillion federal spending bill

The 2,371-page legislation calls for $1.4 trillion in federal spending to head off a government shutdown that would otherwise take place this weekend.

Judge sentences ex-MSU coach to jail in Nassar-related case

A judge sentenced ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages to 90 days in jail plus probation for lying in a case related to Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of athletes on campus.

Tampa teenager accused in Twitter hack pleads not guilty

Graham Ivan Clark, 17, is accused of using the hijacked Twitter accounts to scam people around the world out of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.