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To-Go Drinks an Elixir for Public, A Lifeline for Business

A drinks-to-go table is set up outside the Old Crow bar on Greenville Avenue in Dallas, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Some states and cities in the U.S. are allowing cocktails to go due to the pandemic. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

The coronavirus is shaking up America’s liquor laws. At least 33 states and the District of Columbia are temporarily allowing cocktails to go during the pandemic. 

Republicans Nominate Trump to Take on Biden in the Fall

President Donald Trump speaks on stage during the first day of the Republican National Committee convention, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Charlotte. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

“This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump said in an unscheduled appearance after the nomination was official. “Our country can go in a horrible direction or in an even greater direction.” 

Trump Announces Plasma Treatment Authorized for COVID-19

Protesters and supporters of President Donald Trump wave banners as the president's motorcade enters the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

After expressing frustration at the slow pace of approval for coronavirus treatments, President Donald Trump announced Sunday the emergency authorization of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients.

Trump’s Vision of American Greatness at Center of Convention

President Donald Trump speaks to the 2020 Council for National Policy Meeting, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Republicans will aim to recast the story of Donald Trump’s presidency when they hold their national convention, while drawing a stark contrast with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

House Passes Bill to Reverse Changes Blamed for Mail Delays

In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mail box in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik, File)

With heated debate over mail delays, the House approved legislation in a rare Saturday session that would reverse recent changes in U.S. Postal Service operations and send $25 billion to shore up the agency ahead of the November election.

As More Colleges Stay Online, Students Demand Tuition Cuts

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, file photo, people remove belongings on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome, File)

As more universities decide to keep classes online this fall, it’s leading to conflict between students who say they deserve tuition discounts and college leaders who insist remote learning is worth the full cost.

As US Deaths Mount, Virus Takes Outsize Toll on People of Color

In this undated photo provided by Charlton Rhee, Rhee, a nursing home administrator from New York, poses for a photo with his parents, Man Joon Rhee and Eulja Rhee. Charlton Rhee, whose parents came to the U.S. from South Korea, lost both of them to COVID-19 as the virus surged in New York City.  (Courtesy of Charlton Rhee via AP)

As many as 215,000 more people than usual died in the U.S. during the first seven months of 2020. And half the dead were people of color — Blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and, to a marked degree unrecognized until now, Asian Americans.

1 in 5 Nursing Homes Short on PPE and Staff in Virus Rebound

In this July 17, 2020 file photo, a senior citizen holds the hand of a care coordinator at a Health facility in Miami. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

One in five U.S. nursing homes faced severe shortages of protective gear like N95 masks this summer even as the Trump administration pledged to help, according to a study released Thursday.

Biden Seeking Party, National Unity in Convention Climax

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden stands on stage after Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., spoke during the third day of the Democratic National Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden is hoping to start unifying a divided America as well as the nation’s diverse Democrats Thursday night as he accepts his party’s presidential nomination in the climax of recent history’s most unorthodox national convention.

Ex-Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Charged in Border Wall Scheme

n this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, former White House strategist Steve Bannon arrives to testify at the trial of Roger Stone, at federal court in Washington. Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.” (AP Photo/Al Drago, File)

President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday on charges that he and three others ripped off donors to an online fundraising effort to build a southern border wall.

Democratic Boundary Breakers’ Night: Obama, Clinton, Harris

In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden stands left as his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. Democrats insist the GOP's grip on this Deep South state is weakening. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, File)

Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president, and Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president by a major party, are speaking on Biden’s behalf Tuesday night. And Kamala Harris, the first Black woman on a major party ticket, will deliver highly anticipated remarks.

Poll: Pandemic Shifts How Consumers Use Gig Companies

In this March 16, 2020 file photo, a delivery worker rides his bicycle along a path on the West Side Highway in New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo, File)

A new survey shows how consumer attitudes about using ride-hailing and delivery services have changed. It also highlights a wealth divide, where Americans with higher incomes are able to utilize the services to help reduce their risk of infection.

‘One of Us’: South Asians Celebrate Harris as VP Choice

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks after Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduced her as his running mate during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Harris, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, often focuses on her identity as a Black woman. At times during her political career, as she ran for California attorney general and senator, some didn’t realize she was of Indian descent.

Advocates Plan Birthday Gift for the 19th Amendment: The ERA

In this Jan 27, 2020, file photo, Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy holds her son, Alex Foy, as she and Delegate Hala Ayala, D-Prince William, back, celebrate the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo / Steve Helber, File)

It was a huge step forward for American women when, exactly 100 years ago, they finally gained the guaranteed right to vote with ratification of the 19th Amendment. But to Alice Paul, the step wasn’t nearly large enough.

Postal Service Halts Some Changes Amid Outcry, Lawsuits

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo vote-by-mail ballots are shown in U.S. Postal service sorting trays the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Facing mounting public pressure and a crush of state lawsuits, President Donald Trump’s new postmaster general announced Tuesday he is halting some operational changes to mail delivery.

Democrats’ Day 2 Focus: Trump’s Global Leadership Deficit

In this combination photo, president Donald Trump, left, speaks at a news conference on Aug. 11, 2020, in Washington and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del. on Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo)

A day after Michelle Obama’s passion wowed Democrats, Joe Biden is drawing on a collection of his party’s most experienced leaders at the Democratic National Convention to underscore what he calls a global leadership deficit.

AP Survey: States Uncommitted to Trump’s Unemployment Boost

In this July 15, 2020, file photo, One-stop operator Vickie Gregorio with the Heartland Workforce Solutions talks to a jobseeker outside the workforce office in Omaha, Neb., as others seeking employment wait behind her. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik, File)

Many governors say the costs to states to receive the bigger boost offered by Trump is more than their battered budgets can bear. They also say the federal government’s guidelines on how it will work are too murky.

Democrats Claim ‘Big Tent’ for First Convention in Pandemic

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., pass each other as Harris moves to the podium to speak during a campaign event at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

The unprecedented gathering is not only testing the bonds of the diverse Biden-Kamala Harris coalition but the practical challenges of running a presidential campaign in the midst of a pandemic.

Pelosi to Call House Back Into Session to Vote on USPS Bill

In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo vote-by-mail ballots are shown in U.S. Postal service sorting trays the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she is calling the House back into session over the crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, setting up a political showdown amid growing concerns that the Trump White House is trying to undermine the agency ahead of the election.

Coronavirus Hasn’t Devastated the Homeless as Many Feared

A woman eats at a homeless shelter inside the San Diego Convention Center Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)

In a country that’s surpassed 5 million identified cases and 169,000 deaths, researchers don’t know why there appear to be so few outbreaks among the homeless. 

Taller Cubicles, One-Way Aisles: Office Workers Must Adjust

Architectural designer Erica Shannon, front, works at a computer as accounting manager Andrea Clark, top, speaks with a colleague at the design firm Bergmeyer, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the company’s offices, in Boston.  (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

Around the U.S., office workers sent home when the coronavirus took hold in March are returning to the world of cubicles and conference rooms and facing certain adjustments, including daily questions about their health.

Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges Writes Children’s Book

This combination photo shows the book cover for "This Is Your Time," left, and a portrait of the author Ruby Bridges. (Random House via AP)

Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges has written a children’s book with a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests.

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, ‘Big Jim,’ Dies at 84

In this Aug. 21, 2007 file photo, former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson, pauses before beginning a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, whose prosecutions of public officials — including a predecessor — helped catapult him to become the state’s longest-serving chief executive, has died. He was 84. 

Q&A: What’s Happening at the US Postal Service, and Why?

In this March 31, 2020, file photo United States Post Office delivery trucks are reflected in the side mirror of a vehicle as postal delivers set off on their daily rounds in Arvada, Colo. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, File)

The U.S. Postal Service is warning states it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the Nov. 3 election will arrive in time to be counted, even if ballots are mailed by state deadlines. 

Study Hints, Can’t Prove, Survivor Plasma Fights COVID-19

 In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a doctor holds a bag of blood plasma donated by a COVID-19 survivor at a blood bank in La Paz, Bolivia. (AP Photo / Juan Karita)

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they’ll ever get a clear answer.

Biden Calls for Nationwide Mask Mandate

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden joined by his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., replaces his face mask after speaking at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate, citing health experts’ predictions that it could save 40,000 lives from coronavirus over the next three months.