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New Rules: Foreign Pupils Must Leave US if Classes Go Online

In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa, File)

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.

United Sending Layoff Notices to Nearly Half of US Employees

In this March 25, 2020 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip, File)

United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees — nearly half its U.S. staff — they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus pandemic is hurting the airline industry.

AP Exclusive: ‘Strike for Black Lives’ to Highlight Racism

In this June 19, 2020, file photo, people demonstrate in Chicago, to mark Juneteenth. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S.

Small Business Aid Went Beyond Hard-Hit Companies, Data Show

In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tasos Katopodis / Pool via AP, File)

A federal program designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity owned firms. Which companies benefited in Illinois?

Activity in Services Sector Shows Record Rebound in June

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Activity in the U.S. services sector rebounded strongly last month, but those gains are now being threatened by the resurgence of coronavirus cases in many parts of the country. Local economists weigh in.

Protective Gear For Medical Workers Begins to Run Low Again

In this July 5, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers help each other with their personal protective equipment at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee, File)

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.

‘Senseless Crime’: The Victims of July Fourth Shootings

A Chicago police officer investigates the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

From San Francisco to South Carolina, a spate of shootings claimed the lives of people celebrating or just taking a drive over the Fourth of July weekend. Chicago saw one of its bloodiest holiday weekends in memory.

Chicago’s July Fourth Weekend Ends with 17 Dead, 70 Wounded

A Chicago police officer helps a child walk through an area being investigated after two men were shot Friday, July 3, 2020, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

One of Chicago’s bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effort to quell the violence with an additional 1,200 police officers on the streets.

Latino, Black Neighborhoods Struggle With Test Disparities

In this Sunday, June 7, 2020, photo, Elbin Sales, second from left, poses for a photograph with his wife, Yecenia Solorzano, right, and children Jordi Sales, left, and Athena Sales, amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Immokalee, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

As the pandemic explodes in diverse states like Arizona and Florida, people in communities of color who have been exposed to the virus are struggling to get tested. 

Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Shut Down Pending Review

In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. (Tom Stromme / The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

No More Delays: What to Know About the July 15 Deadline

In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo, a W-4 form is viewed in New York. (AP Photo / Patrick Sison, File)

As the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, the federal government postponed the traditional April 15 filing deadline until July 15. Taxpayers must file or seek an extension by the new deadline or face a penalty. 

7-Year-Old Among 13 Killed in Weekend Shootings in Chicago

Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a deadly shooting where a 7-year-old girl and a man were fatally shot in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

At least 13 people, including a 7-year-old girl at a family party and a teenage boy, were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. At least 59 others were shot and wounded.

Museum: ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Car With Confederate Flag to Stay

A replica of the General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger, seen at the 2010 New South Wales All American Day, held at Castle Towers Shopping Centre, Castle Hill, Sydney. (sv1ambo / Wikimedia Commons)

A northern Illinois auto museum has no plan to stop displaying a Dodge Charger from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show with the Confederate battle flag painted atop the vehicle. 

Kansas Newspaper’s Post Equates Mask Mandate With Holocaust

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo / John Hanna)

A weekly Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor’s order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Virus, Floyd Death Merge in Brutal Blow to Black Well-Being

In this June 5, 2020 photo provided by the Mountain Area Health Education Center, physicians, residents and staff from the facility in Asheville, N.C., take a knee to show support for renewed calls for racial justice after the police killing of George Floyd. (Brenda Benik / MAHEC via AP)

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately.

Muti Conducts Syria Musicians in Memorial Concert Amid Ruins

In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year’s concert at the golden hall of Vienna’s Musikverein, Austria. (AP Photo / Ronald Zak, File)

Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy.

Facebook Groups Pivot to Attacks on Black Lives Matter

In this June 19, 2020, file photo, protesters wear protective masks as they march after a Juneteenth rally outside the Brooklyn Museum, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracies theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets.

Amid Furor Over Monuments, Trump Seeks ‘Garden’ of US Heroes

This Jan. 27, 2017 file photo shows a statue of George Washington in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history.

Much of US Scales Back on Holiday, But Trump Plans to Go Big

President Donald Trump smiles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump’s style.

Stimulus Money Could Pose Dilemmas in Nursing Homes

In this Friday, April 17, 2020 file photo, a health worker arrives to take a nose swab sample as part of testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But what are the rules around how the money is handled?

‘People Aren’t Stupid’: Pence’s Virus Spin Tests Credibility

Vice President Mike Pence wears a mask as he is introduced to speak to the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at their headquarters in Rockville, Md., June 30, 2020. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president’s bombast into more measured, calming language. 

More Fireworks in Americans’ Hands for July 4 Raises Risks

 People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. (AP Photo / Ben Margot)

Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, especially as infections surge across the U.S.

MLB Cancels All-Star Game for First Time Since 1945

In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers play in Game 2 of the baseball World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Tim Donnelly, File)

Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

July Fourth Weekend Will Test Americans’ Discipline

Flags line the beach in Belmar, N.J., on June 28, 2020. With large crowds expected at the Jersey Shore for the July Fourth weekend, some are worried that a failure to heed mask-wearing and social distancing protocols could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo / Wayne Parry)

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small.

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Are Rising in 40 of 50 States

Nurse Tanya Markos administers a coronavirus test on patient Ricardo Sojuel at a mobile COVID-19 testing unit, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

“What we’ve seen is a very disturbing week,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, said in a livestream with the American Medical Association. 

AMC Pushes Back Movie Theater Reopening by 2 Weeks

In this April 29, 2020 file photo, the AMC sign appears at AMC Burbank 16 movie theater complex in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello, File)

AMC Theaters, the nation’s largest chain, is pushing back its plans to begin reopening theaters by two weeks following the closure because of COVID-19.