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Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

The number of high school seniors applying for federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. In the first weeks of the pandemic, the [...]

By | 2020-07-09T08:41:02+00:00 Wednesday, July 8, 2020|

Stores focus on cleaning to get shoppers back to spending

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget about making shopping fun. As clothing retailers and others try to stay viable during the coronavirus pandemic, they're hoping steps like cleaning during store hours, offering hand sanitizer and other safety measures will bring in customers to spend. At the same time, they are largely leaving fitting rooms open and [...]

By | 2020-07-09T08:41:11+00:00 Wednesday, July 8, 2020|

Debates turn emotional as schools decide how, if to open

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm. The plans for the upcoming school year [...]

By | 2020-07-09T08:41:34+00:00 Wednesday, July 8, 2020|

U.S. Supreme Court: Justices rule states can bind presidential electors’ votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the [...]

By | 2020-07-09T08:41:43+00:00 Wednesday, July 8, 2020|

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in coronavirus boom

WASHINGTON — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report. The lobbyists identified by the watchdog group Public Citizen either worked in the Trump executive branch, [...]

By | 2020-07-09T08:50:58+00:00 Wednesday, July 8, 2020|

Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

NEW YORK — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for several apps, 39-year-old Saori Okawa still wasn't making as much money delivering [...]

By | 2020-07-09T08:50:20+00:00 Wednesday, July 8, 2020|