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Fri, 05/29/2020 - 07:18

The president was responding to violent protests days after the killing of a black man. He said he will send in the National Guard, adding: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."

The ancient Gondwana Rainforests of Australia were damaged by recent wildfires. A new study finds the world lost roughly one-third of its old growth forest in the past century.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 06:54

A new study finds rising temperatures and climate-driven disasters are helping transform the very makeup of the world's forests. This has major implications for biodiversity and more warming.

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 06:23

The legal cases argue that online classes don't have the same value as on-campus ones.

Cliven Bundy listens to other speakers before giving the keynote address to the state convention of the Independent American Party of Nevada, in February 2018.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 05:13

A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday will hear the government's appeal for a retrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

Rosalind Pichardo advertises a daily food giveaway service in the heart of Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood, where more people die of opioid overdoses than any other area in the city.
Fri, 05/29/2020 - 05:01

Relaxed regulations in response to the pandemic means more access to addiction treatment medications. But recovery programs are accepting fewer people, and the danger of overdose remains high.

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.

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