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CORONAVIRUS

Minnesota officials won’t call spike in COVID deaths a trend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday reported 17 new deaths from the coronavirus, the highest one-day death toll in two months. Minnesota's daily death figures usually have been in single digits in recent weeks. The new fatalities raised the state's death toll to ...

Brown County hits 100 cases of COVID-19

NEW ULM — Brown County reached more than 100 cases of confirmed COVID-19 among residents Aug. 19, since the first reported case in March. Brown County currently has 10 cases in isolation and actively infectious, 88 have recovered and are considered non-infectious, and two cases have been ...

How can Wall Street be so healthy when Main Street isn’t?

By STAN CHOE, ALEX VEIGA and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is not the economy. Rarely has that adage been as clear as it is now. An amazing, monthslong rally has put the S&P 500 back to where it was before the coronavirus slammed the U.S, ...

Many steps needed for accurate COVID-19 test results

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A widely used coronavirus test is under scrutiny this week after federal health officials warned that it could deliver inaccurate results if laboratory technicians don't follow the latest updates from the manufacturer. The Food and ...

Report: Nursing home cases up nearly 80%

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19 cases in U.S. nursing homes jumped nearly 80% earlier this summer, driven by rampant spread across the South and much of the West, according to an industry report released Monday. "The case numbers suggest the ...

Universities scramble to deal with virus outbreaks

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press North Carolina's flagship university canceled in-person classes for undergraduates just a week into the fall semester Monday as college campuses around the U.S. scramble to deal with coronavirus clusters linked in some cases to student housing, ...

More US churches sue to challenge COVID-19 restrictions

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Churches in California and Minnesota, backed by a conservative legal group, filed lawsuits this week against the governors of their states challenging restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak that they contend are violations of religious ...

Many say suggestion to eliminate payroll tax doesn’t add up

By AAMER MADHANI, JOSH BOAK and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's push to cut Social Security payroll taxes for the rest of the year — and even arguing for a permanent cut — would do little to bolster the coronavirus-battered economy ...

For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans counting on emergency coronavirus aid from Washington may have to wait until fall. Negotiations over a new virus relief package have all but ended, with the White House and congressional leaders far apart on ...

Worldwide virus cases top 20 million

Double in six weeks By MARK STEVENSON, NICKY FORSTER and MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections ...

No federal relief leaves states, cities facing big deficits

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press State and local government officials across the U.S. have been on edge for months about how to keep basic services running while covering rising costs related to the coronavirus outbreak as tax revenue plummeted. It's now clear that anxiety will last a ...

In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the Great Recession are now punctuating the coronavirus talks. With Republicans again balking at big ...

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain ...

Insider Q&A: Leader for independent restaurants hit by virus

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Amanda Cohen is a leader of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, a new lobbying group of chefs and restaurants that was formed in response to the viral pandemic. Professionally, Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, a fine-dining ...

States on hook for billions under Trump unemployment plan

By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump's plan to ...

US tops 5 million confirmed virus cases

By NICOLE WINFIELD and LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press ROME (AP) — With confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. hitting 5 million Sunday, by far the highest of any country, the failure of the most powerful nation in the world to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm ...

DeWine tests negative for virus after earlier positive test

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and DAN SEWELL Report for America/ Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday after testing positive earlier in the day before he was to meet with President Donald Trump, according to his Twitter page. The ...

Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money are teetering on the brink of collapse after a marathon meeting in the Capitol Thursday night generated lots of recriminations but little progress on the top issues confronting negotiators. ...

Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with ...

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving ...