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Virus Bill Blocked in Senate as Prospects Dim for New Relief

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of wrangling that gave way to election-season political combat and name-calling over a fifth relief bill that all sides say they want but are unable to deliver. 

Return of Football Renews Fears Over More Virus Spread

In this Aug. 29, 2020, file photo, fans walk through a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium marked with traffic cones to keep fans from parking too close together during NFL football training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

The kickoff of the NFL season Thursday with 17,000 fans in the stadium illustrates the nation’s determination to resume its most popular sport in the middle of a pandemic that has already killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

States Ask Judge to Reverse Changes at US Postal Service

In this April 2, 2020 file photo, a United States Postal Service worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich. I(AP Photo / Paul Sancya, File)

A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake.

Halt of Coronavirus Trial is ‘Safety Valve’ at Work: Fauci

This July 18, 2020, file photo, shows the AstraZeneca offices in Cambridge, England. (AP Photo / Alastair Grant, File)

The top U.S. infectious disease expert said AstraZeneca’s suspension of final testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows “one of the safety valves” built into the studies to spot any potential problems.

Tech’s Sudden Sell-Off Continues; Nasdaq Sinks 10% in 3 Days

The Charging Bull statue is shown in New York’s financial district, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. More sharp declines for big tech stocks are dragging Wall Street toward a third straight loss on Tuesday. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

Big technology stocks tumbled again on Tuesday, continuing the Icarus-like flight path for companies that just a week ago were the high-flyers carrying Wall Street to record heights. 

Appeals Court Agrees R&B Singer R. Kelly Should Stay Jailed

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R. Kelly can remain behind bars awaiting multiple trials on child pornography and other charges in three states, an appeals court in New York said Tuesday.

The Summer of COVID-19 Ends With Health Officials Worried

A jet skier passes a patriotic shanty-boat owned by AJ Crea on Pontoosuc Lake on Labor Day in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others.

Harris Meets Blake Family, Trump Goes on Attack in Labor Day Blitz

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a tour of the IBEW 494 training facility Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met the family of Jacob Blake to kick off her Labor Day visit to the critical swing state of Wisconsin, while President Donald Trump assailed the Democratic ticket.

Census Bureau Must Temporarily Halt Winding Down Operations

This April 5, 2020, photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

The U.S. Census Bureau for now must stop following a plan that would have it winding down operations in order to finish the 2020 census at the end of September, according to a federal judge’s order. 

Jacob Blake Speaks Out For First Time Since Police Shooting

In this September 2019 selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. He is recovering from being shot multiple times by Kenosha police on Aug. 23. (Courtesy Adria-Joi Watkins via AP)

Jacob Blake has spoken publicly for the first time since a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot him seven times in the back, saying he’s in constant pain from the shooting, which doctors fear will leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

Voting in Person Nov. 3? Expect Drive-Thrus, Sports Arenas

In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, a voter casts a ballot at a drive-thru voting station in the Barre Civic Center in Vermont’s statewide primary in Barre, Vt. (AP Photo / Lisa Rathke, File)

Voting will look a little different this November. States are turning to stadiums, drive-thrus and possibly even movie theaters as safe options for in-person polling places amid the pandemic.

Trump Denies Calling US War Dead ‘Losers,’ ‘Suckers’

President Donald Trump speaks before participating in a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against accusations that he mocked American war dead as his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, intensified efforts to frame the election as a referendum on the president’s character.

Will Long Labor Day Weekend Mean Another Coronavirus Spike?

A waiter in a face mask delivers food to the tables outside of a local restaurant during lunch on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Hoboken, N.J. (AP Photo / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The fear is that backyard parties, crowded bars and other gatherings will cause the coronavirus to come surging back. “I look upon the Labor Day weekend really as a critical point,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert.

Blake’s Father Says Paralyzed Son Optimistic After Shooting

Jacob Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr. talks to a crowd at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

Jacob Blake’s father said Friday that his “happy-go-lucky” son is optimistic for his future, although he remains paralyzed from the waist down after being shot seven times in the back. 

Kelly’s Lawyers Want to Question Gang Member in Cell Attack

In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Attorneys for R. Kelly want to question a convicted member of the Latin Kings gang who says he beat up the jailed R&B singer in a Chicago cell.

Mayor of Rochester Suspends Officers Involved in Man’s Suffocation Death

A makeshift memorial is set up, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Rochester, N.Y., near the site where Daniel Prude was restrained by police officers. (AP Photo / Adrian Kraus)

Seven police officers involved in the suffocation death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York, were suspended Thursday by the city’s mayor, who said she was misled for months about the circumstances of the fatal encounter.

Biden, in Kenosha, Says US Confronting ‘Original Sin’

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden meets with members of the community at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wis., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden told residents of Kenosha, Wisconsin, that recent turmoil following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, could help Americans confront centuries of systemic racism.

White House Faces Skepticism Over Prospects for a Vaccine

In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting, of Harpersville, N.Y., an injection 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, File)

A letter from federal health officials instructing states to be ready to begin distributing a vaccine by Nov. 1 — two days before the election — has met, not with exhilaration, but with suspicion among some public health experts.

More Than 250 Arrested Since Blake Shooting in Wisconsin

A protester holds a flag during a Black Lives Matter protest Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

Kenosha police updated arrest figures Thursday, saying of the 252 people arrested, 132 did not live in Kenosha County. 

Black Man Killed by Rochester Police is Remembered as Loving

In this image taken from police body camera video provided by Roth and Roth LLP, a Rochester police officer puts a hood over the head of Daniel Prude, on March 23, 2020, in Rochester, N.Y. (Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP)

Daniel Prude, 41, known to his big Chicago-based family by the nickname “Rell,” died March 30 after he was taken off life support, seven days after the encounter with police in Rochester.

Curfew Ends in Kenosha Ahead of Visit from Joe Biden

A protester holds a flag during a Black Lives Matter march Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

A curfew that was in place in Kenosha for the more than a week after the police shooting of Jacob Blake was lifted Wednesday.

NIH Panel: Plasma Shouldn’t be Considered Standard of Care for 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)

A group of medical experts advising the National Institutes of Health says there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of plasma therapy for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Depression, Anxiety Spike Amid Outbreak and Turbulent Times

In this Monday, June 1, 2020 file photo, a woman looks through a window at a near-empty terminal at an airport in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

Mental health therapists’ caseloads are bulging. Waiting lists for appointments are growing. And anxiety and depression are rising among Americans amid the coronavirus crisis, research suggests. 

United Plans to Furlough 16,000 Workers, Fewer Than Expected

(Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)

United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October, down from an earlier target of 36,000 after thousands of workers took early retirement, buyouts, or long-term leaves of absence.

Owner of Burned Business Accuses Trump of Misleading Public

President Donald Trump tours an area on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, damaged during demonstrations after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The owner of a Kenosha camera shop that was destroyed during unrest and featured during the president's visit says Trump used his store for political gain by appearing with a former owner while touring the epicenter of the latest eruption over racial injustice.