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Traders wear masks as they work in their posts at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the first day of in-person trading since the exchange closed in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:20

Traders are wearing masks and must undergo a health screening before entering the New York Stock Exchange, which shifted to electronic trading in March because of COVID-19.

Workers prepare takeout orders May 1 in Houston. For more than two out of three unemployed workers, jobless benefits exceed their old pay, researchers say. That discrepancy can raise awkward questions for workers, bosses and policymakers.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 09:14

For more than two out of three unemployed workers, jobless benefits exceed their old pay, researchers say. That can raise awkward questions for workers, bosses and policymakers.

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 05:34

Evidence points to wildlife as the starting point. But it could take years to pinpoint the source.

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 05:21

With state income and sales tax revenues crashing, one expert predicts, "We're about to see a school funding crisis unlike anything we have ever seen in modern history."

A voter registration volunteer in Philadelphia in 2018. New registrations had surged going into 2020 but have dropped off dramatically as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:43

Most places where Americans usually register to vote have been closed since March. It's led to a big drop in new registrations right before an election that was expected to see record turnout.

With months to go until the 2020 election, the presidential transition process is already underway.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:01

In recent years, Congress has approved laws formalizing the transition process and ensuring there is buy-in from the two major candidates, even at this stage of the campaign.

On Tuesday, April 28 demonstrators outside Westville Correctional Facility protested conditions in the facility.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 04:00

Prisoners and their relatives have contradicted state officials about the conditions and medical care inside Indiana prisons. Some say didn't learn an imprisoned relative had COVID-19 until he died.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says places of worship can resume in-person services pending county approval. Attendance will be limited to fewer than 100 or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower.
Tue, 05/26/2020 - 01:44

The new guidelines stipulate religious centers must limit attendance to 100 people or 25% of the building's capacity, whichever is lower. They also recommend against singing and group recitation.

People enjoy the spring weather as they sit at a restaurant in Stockholm on April 15 during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 17:29

Sweden's controversial strategy has become a rallying cry of anti-lockdown protesters in the U.S. But not even the official behind the country's coronavirus approach is sure it was the right call.

A pharmacy tech pours out pills of hydroxychloroquine May 20 at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on May 20, 2020. After a study found COVID-19 patients using the drug were dying at higher rates, the World Health Organization announced it would suspend its clinical trial.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 15:36

The WHO cited a scientific study published last week suggesting that proposed COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroqine may do more harm than good in halting its study to review data.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden depart after placing a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park on Monday.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 14:33

"Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget," Biden said before leaving the wall. He later told reporters,"It feels good to be out of my house."

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran pays his respects at the Korean War Memorial behind a face mask in Philadelphia.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 14:15

The coronavirus pandemic has made a day of contrasts — between joy and commemoration — feel even more confusing. For the most part, weather and official efforts kept the festivities muted.

President Donald Trump participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. Trump went on to deliver Memorial Day remarks at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 14:04

The president spoke at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where American forces repelled the British during the War of 1812. Trump praised the soldiers now fighting the coronavirus.

Jimmy Cobb was the last surviving member of what's often called Miles Davis' First Great Sextet.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 13:35

The drummer was the last surviving musician to play on Miles Davis's iconic 1959 album.

Muslim worshipers in Kabul offer prayers Sunday at the start of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire during the holiday, a surprising move after months of bloody fighting.
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 10:06

The Taliban announced the cease-fire in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, and the Afghan government quickly reciprocated by initiating a process to release up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners.

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