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Trump Orders More Unemployment Pay, a Payroll Tax Deferral

President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The president on Saturday moved to bypass lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

States Race to Pass Policing Reforms After George Floyd's Death

In this Saturday, July 25, 2020, file photo, the words "I can't breathe" are flashed on a wall during a Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The urgency to reform is bipartisan, as both Democratic and Republican majorities in various legislatures have moved quickly to pass bills banning chokeholds, making it easier to hold officers legally accountable for their actions and other reforms. 

Trump Seems Ready, Willing to Bypass Lawmakers on Virus Aid

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, walk to speak to reporters after meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The White House signaled Saturday that the president was soon expected to sign four executive orders, contending Washington's gridlock had compelled him to act as the pandemic undermined the country's economy and the November election nears.

Biden Risks Alienating Young Black Voters After Race Remarks

In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Joe Biden’s gaffes concerning Black Americans risk exacerbating his challenges with young Black voters who have been more skeptical of him than their older counterparts. 

Schools Face Big Virus Test as Students Return to Classroom

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

As educators prepare to welcome students back to class, schools’ ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand will be put to the test in thousands of districts around the country.

Entire Cubs-Cards Series Postponed After More Positive Tests

In this July 24, 2020, file photo, members of the St. Louis Cardinals wait to be introduced before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

US Reports Show Racial Disparities in Kids with COVID-19

In this July 23, 2020 file photo, health care workers prepare a COVID-19 test sample before a person self-administered a test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami. (David Santiago / Miami Herald via AP)

Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. 

Cardinals’ Game Against Cubs Postponed After Positive Test

In this July 24, 2020, file photo, members of the St. Louis Cardinals wait to be introduced before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina. 

US Rescinds Global ‘Do Not Travel’ Coronavirus Warning

Travelers make their ways to the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, File)

The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide alert. 

1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends

In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Alaska Airlines planes are parked at a gate area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Airlines said over 300 employees among the company's workforce in Anchorage may lose their jobs on Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

It is the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless aid. Before the pandemic hit hard in March, the number of Americans seeking unemployment checks had never surpassed 700,000 in a week.

Biden Won’t Go to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Nomination

In this July 28, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

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.

Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 70, Injures Thousands

Aftermath of a massive explosion is seen in in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. 

Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed Monday afternoon in the Capitol, but multiple obstacles remain.

Field of Dreams Game in Iowa Postponed to 2021 Due to Virus

In this July 22, 1977, file photo, people portraying ghost players emerge from a cornfield as they reenact a scene from the movie “Field of Dreams” at the movie site in Dyersville, Iowa.  (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall, File)

The game at a newly constructed ballpark on the cornfield adjacent to the site of the 1989 movie had been scheduled for Aug. 13 in Dyersville, Iowa.

Microsoft Confirms Talks Seeking to Buy US Arm of TikTok

This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. President Donald Trump will order China’s ByteDance to sell its hit video app TikTok because of national-security concerns, according to reports published Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo / File)

Microsoft says it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition.

SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 Years

In this May, 30, 2020 file photo, NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Pad 39-A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo / John Raoux, File)

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.

Debate Begins For Who’s First in Line For COVID-19 Vaccine

In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo / Hans Pennink)

Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. 

Blackhawks Stun Oilers 6-4 in Series Opener

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks’ Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP)

Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday.

Rent’s Due, Again: Monthly Anxieties Deepen as Aid Falls Off

Roushaunda Williams poses for a photo in Chicago on Thursday, July, 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Another month passes. The coronavirus pandemic marches on. And Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1.

Summer Road Trip? Quarantines Are Crimping Some US Travelers

Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State officials reported more cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Families trying to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts better do some homework on COVID-19 restrictions before loading up the minivan.

‘We Love Baseball’: Wrigley Ballhawks Stay on During Pandemic

Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

While Major League Baseball is beginning this season without fans in its stadiums, the famed ballhawks of Wrigley Field remain at their post amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some Educators of Color Resist Push For Police-Free Schools

Karen Calloway, principal of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, poses Tuesday, July 28, 2020, for a portrait outside the Hyde Park neighborhood campus. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

School districts nationwide are working to remove police officers from campuses, but some Black and Indigenous educational leaders are resisting the push prompted by the national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality.

2nd US Virus Surge Hits Plateau, But Few Experts Celebrate

Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State officials reported more cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo / Robert F. Bukaty)

While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off.

Trump Floats Idea of Election Delay, A Virtual Impossibility

President Donald Trump delivers remarks about American energy production during a visit to the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Women Embrace #ChallengeAccepted, But Some Ask: To What End?

This image provided by Tara Abrahams shows her Instagram post with the #challengeaccepted joining female users across the United States, flooding the photo-sharing app with black-and-white images. The official goal: a show of support for other women. Abrahams, the philanthropic advisor from New York added a caption encouraging people to check their voter registration status and make a plan to vote in November. (Tara Abrahams via AP)

To some, #challengeaccepted represents a clear example of “slacktivism” — campaigns based on social platforms that require little effort of participants. There’s no donation requested, no volunteer shift required, just a few minutes to post a message or image that people are unlikely to fight over.