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Manager Mike Bonavita wears a protective mask as he cleans windows at the Quattro Italian restaurant in Boston on May 12 during the coronavirus pandemic. This month, Massachusetts' governor declared wearing masks mandatory.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:10

Wearing a mask has become political as some state officials have faced backlash for mandating mask use during the coronavirus pandemic.

The IRS has announced that with employer approval, employees will be allowed to add, drop or alter some of their benefits — including flexible spending account contributions — for the remainder of 2020.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

The new guidance amounts to a midyear open-enrollment period and applies to firms that buy health insurance to cover their workers as well as to those that self-insure — paying claims on their own.

Gen. Jim McConville, the Army chief of staff, visiting Fort Irwin in California's Mojave Desert. The Army is working to get back to large-scale training after a three-month hiatus due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

The Army plans to resume large-scale combat training in the Mojave Desert in a few weeks, after a three-month hiatus. A recent simulation showed just how that will work with the coronavirus spread.

An election worker in Dallas setting up a polling place ahead of the March 3 in Texas. Texas officials are resisting efforts to expand mail-in voting due to the pandemic and insisting that voters cast ballots in person in upcoming elections.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:00

Even as many other states expand mail-in voting due to the pandemic, Texas officials say they may prosecute voters who ask for an absentee ballot because they're scared of going to the polls.

A portrait of George Floyd is part of the memorial for him near the site of his arrest. He died Monday night in Minneapolis; video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as he pleaded that he couldn't breathe.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 21:13

Friends and loved ones say George Floyd, who died after an encounter with four Minneapolis police officers Monday, was an athlete, a former rapper and someone who was fun to be around.

Protesters react in front of police as they gather in downtown Los Angeles on May 27, 2020 to demonstrate after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died while being arrested by a police officer in Minneapolis who pinned him to the ground with his knee.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 20:25

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he will defend the right to protest over George Floyd's death but urges peaceful demonstrations, saying, "It is how we express pain, process tragedy, and create change."

Barber shops and other businesses will remain closed in Chicago while many stores elsewhere in Illinois reopen on Friday.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 19:59

Illinois is joining many other Midwest states in reopening some retail shops, restaurants, salons and other businesses Friday. The mayor is delaying until the middle of next week.

Bilal Chaudhry, 16, picks up a dozen eggs to give to a person in a car during a free egg distribution in Cumru Township, PA. The distribution was held to help people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 17:02

We don't always behave the way economic models say we will. We don't save enough for retirement. We give money to charity. This week, why we act in ways that go against our "rational" self-interest.

A car drives down an otherwise empty Las Vegas Strip amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 8.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:47

Nearly 41% of jobs in the state's food and accommodation industry have been lost. The overall levels are comparable to the Great Depression, says David Schmidt, a state economist.

Pedestrians in Hong Kong walk under a giant screen showing a live telecast of Chinese President Xi Jinping, at the closing session of the National People's Congress on Thursday.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:23

Here are some key points about what the latest moves by Beijing and Washington may mean for Hong Kong.

Boston police officers ride past the finish line of the Boston Marathon, which was canceled and replaced with a virtual event on Thursday.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:19

All participants who were set to run in the event initially slated for April 20 and later pushed back to Sept. 14 will have the opportunity to participate in an online alternative.

President Trump's latest confrontation with Twitter was set off after the tech company placed fact-checking warnings on two of his tweets.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:00

President Trump signs an executive order aimed at limiting the broad legal protections enjoyed by social media companies days after Twitter fact-checked two of his tweets.

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Richard Collins III. He was murdered in 2017 days after being commissioned by the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:28

Richard Collins III was given the honorary promotion to first lieutenant, three years after he was stabbed to death on the campus of University of Maryland in 2017.

Vehicles move through a nearly empty Times Square earlier this month in New York City. On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out his plans for reopening the city after weeks of sweeping measures to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 15:07

The epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. has spent weeks under strict restrictions. But the mayor says up to 400,000 people will likely return to their jobs soon — with some conditions.

Face masks are effective in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. His message was bolstered by Rosie Perez and Chris Rock, who joined Cuomo at a Thursday news conference in Brooklyn.
Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:54

"You don't want to wear a mask — fine," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. "But you don't have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn't want you to."

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