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Parents face dilemma as U.S. schools seek to reopen

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The fear of classroom contagion is shared by many parents, who suspect younger pupils will particularly struggle to socially distance or wear uncomfortable masks for hours to avoid getting COVID-19

RESTARTING CLASSES. In this file photo taken on July 09, 2020 instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Challenging Trump on economy, Biden unveils $700 billion recovery plan

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:26 AM

Biden presents the sweeping 'Build Back Better' proposal, a contrast to Trump's 'America First' agenda, during a speech at a metal works plant in Pennsylvania

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Biden on Mat 1, 2020, emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred in 1993 "never happened." "They aren't true. This never happened," Biden said of the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

Another 1.3 million workers file for U.S. jobless benefits

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The pace of layoffs in the United States continues to slow down, but the level remains far higher than any pre-pandemic week

FRANKFORT, KY - JUNE 19: Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court orders release of Trump records but they may stay hidden for now

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) The rulings prompt a string of furious tweets from Donald Trump and are a setback to his claim of absolute immunity from criminal investigation while in office

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Meeting under virus cloud, U.S., Mexican leaders hail relations

Jul 09, 2020 - 1:11 PM

At the White House, Donald Trump hails the US-Mexico relationship as 'outstanding,' and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – a left-wing populist – adopted a conciliatory tone

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and U.S. President Donald Trump speak before a working dinner at the White House July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump and López Obrador met privately in the Oval Office earlier in the day. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Trump 'bullying' blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'LTC Vindman's patriotism has cost him his career,' says his attorney, David Pressman

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at the U.S. Capitol on October 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Vindman will appear at a closed-door deposition, as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Foreign students fear deportation over Trump visa threat

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:11 AM

'The rule is really, really cruel,' says one student from India

CAMBRIDGE, MA - AUGUST 30: Pedestrians walk into the Harvard Yard at Harvard University on August 30, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The U.S. Justice Department sided with Asian-Americans suing Harvard over admissions policy. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Biden-Sanders taskforces unveil proposals for party unity

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:28 AM

The 110-page document calls for major steps to combat climate change, reduce systemic racism, expand affordable health care, and reform a US economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic

Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

U.S. tops 3 million COVID-19 cases

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:15 AM

The coronavirus is surging in several southern hotspots including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona, while it has almost entirely receded from its former epicenter in New York and the northeast

STAY HOME. A sign in front of an investment business in Chesterton, Indiana, urges residents to stay at home, May 13, 2020. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Harvard, MIT sue Trump gov't over order revoking visas for foreign students

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:12 PM

The lawsuit is in response to a July 6 announcement by the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement that the affected students must leave the country or transfer to a school offering in-person tuition

Djokovic still undecided over U.S. Open

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:45 PM

After recovering from coronavirus, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has only confirmed to play at the French Open in September

BASHED. Novak Djokovic says the widespread criticism he received felt like a 'witch hunt.' Photo by Martin Bureau /AFP

Dela Rosa says U.S. offered visa after Duterte-Trump call

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Taking up the United States on its offer, Senator Ronald Dela Rosa says he will go to the American embassy after quarantine restrictions are eased

NEW VISA. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ was never meant to satisfy

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:45 PM

This treatise on empathy and forgiveness may be the needed, but not the easiest, pill to swallow

Nadal raises doubts over U.S. Open participation

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Rafael Nadal opts to see action in the Madrid Open, a warmup tournament for the rescheduled French Open

MAJOR DECISION. Rafael Nadal may just stay in Europe as US sees a surge in virus cases. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

FBI chief says China has preferences in U.S. election

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'China's malign foreign influence campaign targets our policies, our positions, 24/7, 365 days a year,' says Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Trump says Kanye West presidency bid 'very interesting'

Jul 08, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Trump notes that it may be too late for West to register in some states and that he lacks the 'infrastructure' for a White House bid

Delta, United join U.S. carriers in receiving Treasury loans

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines are the latest carriers to sign letters of intent for US government loans

DELTA AIR LINES. A Delta plane takes off. Photo from Delta website

U.S. killing of Iran's top general 'unlawful' – U.N. expert

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concludes it is an 'arbitrary killing' that violated the UN charter

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes off Indonesia – USGS

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:55 PM

'There's no tsunami potential and, so far, no reports of any damage,' says a spokesman for Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency

U.S. services sector returned to growth in June 2020 – survey

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index rises to 57.1% in June, well above expectations

(FILES) In this file photo women wearing facemasks exit a shopping mall where a sign is posted at an entrance reminding people of the mask requirement Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall on June 12, 2020 in Arcadia, California, as Phase 3 in Los Angeles County's battle with the coronavirus pandemic is underway with businesses reopening. - US retail sales posted a surprise spike of 17.7 percent in May, the Commerce Department said on June 16, 2020, in a sign the economy may be recovering from coronavirus shutdowns. The reading was nearly double what analysts had forecast and more than reversed the 14.7 percent plunge in April when businesses nationwide closed their doors to stop the virus from spreading. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

'The Last of Us 2': Are we not ready for a major character death in games?

Jul 06, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Let's reflect on the hate 'The Last of Us 2' has received

Trump idea of 'National Garden of American Heroes' raises questions

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'We will defend, protect, and preserve the American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America,' Trump says

HEADLESS. People photograph a statue depicting Christopher Columbus which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Thiem expects U.S. Open decision next week

Jul 05, 2020 - 6:59 PM

As virus cases surge again in the US, world No. 3 Dominic Thiem trusts organizers will make the right decision 'if they see any danger'

LESSON LEARNED. Dominic Thiem admits the players made 'a mistake' during the tennis charity event hosted by Novak Djokovic. File photo by Michael Dodge/EPA-EFE

Kanye West says he's running for U.S. president

Jul 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,' the rapper and fashion designer tweets

2024? Kanye West again tweets about plans to run for president of the US. Photo from Kim Kardashian's Instagram

U.S. aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Jul 04, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conduct dual carrier operations in the waterway to 'support a free and open Indo-Pacific'

DRILLS. This US Navy photo obtained October 7, 2019 shows the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)(L), and the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 6) and ships from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group underway in formation while conducting security and stability operations in the US 7th Fleet area of operations on October 6, 2019 in the South China Sea. File photo Navy Office of Information/AFP

[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

As U.S. struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:18 PM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump calls on supporters to defend America's 'integrity,' accusing protesters calling for racial justice of 'a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children'

SOLID ROCK. The Mount Rushmore National Monument is seen from the visitors center in Keystone, South Dakota on July 2, 2020. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. Treasury agrees on loan terms with 5 airlines

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The United States Treasury says American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky West Airlines, and Spirit Airlines agreed to the government's terms

Image from American Airlines website

Supreme Court to decide on release of secret Mueller evidence, after election

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The House panel continues to investigate Trump for impeachment in relation to alleged collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice in that case

Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019.  MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

U.S. trade deficit widens as virus hits exports

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States exports are down 4.4% to $144.5 billion, while imports fall 0.9% to $199.1 billion in May 2020

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Novartis pays over $700 million to settle U.S. kickbacks case

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Novartis is accused of having hosted tens of thousands of speaker programs and events which the United States Department of Justice says were used to bribe physicians

NOVARTIS. The Novartis facility in Stein, Switzerland, on February 18, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. regulators complete test flights on Boeing 737 MAX

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:20 PM

Besides evaluating data from the test flights, regulators still must develop pilot training protocols for the Boeing 737 MAX and inspect newly manufactured aircraft

TEST FLIGHT. A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, on June 29, 2020. Photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

U.S. private hiring, manufacturing recover in June 2020 after virus plunge

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Data from payroll services firm ADP show private firms in the United States hired 2.4 million workers, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index jumps to 52.6%

JOBS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a 'Now Hiring' sign in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia, on May 14, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

6th golfer tests positive in U.S. PGA Tour

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:03 PM

As the tour rolls into into its fourth week, American Chad Campbell joins the list of players who tested positive for COVID-19

PULLOUT.  Four-time winner Chad Campbell withdraws from the PGA Tour. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Officials cheer signs of U.S. rebound; ponder more aid

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'We have entered an important new phase and have done so sooner than expected,' says US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, but he adds the economy cannot fully recover unless COVID-19 is kept in check

RETAIL SALES. A pedestrian walks by a retail store that has reopened in San Francisco, California, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Goldman Sachs: Requiring masks could save U.S. economic recovery

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could 'partially substitute' for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise subtract nearly 5% from US growth

MASKS. N95 face masks produced by 3M. Photo from Shutterstock

Biden says will not hold campaign rallies due to pandemic

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:05 AM

'This is the most unusual campaign I think in modern history,' the former vice president says

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. - Biden on Mat 1, 2020, emphatically denied sexually assaulting a former staffer, saying the incident she claims occurred in 1993 "never happened." "They aren't true. This never happened," Biden said of the accusations made by Tara Reade, a former staffer in his US Senate office. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

U.S. entertainment legend Carl Reiner dead at 98

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The comedian is known for his appearance on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Actor/director Carl Reiner attends the screening of 'The Jerk' during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26657_003 Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TCM/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:11 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says it is vital for leaders to maintain 'consistent, credible, and fact-based communication' with citizens

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A medical staff gets out from a tent of a testing point for COVID-19 in central Moscow on May 2, 2020. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Netanyahu hides cards on eve of Israel 'annexations' date

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Right-wing premier Benjamin Netanyahu gives no indication as to his plans ahead of the possible July 1 kick-off date

ON ANNEXATION. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. File photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Boeing 737 MAX takes to skies for long-awaited test flight

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Though the certification flights are a critical phase, the US Federal Aviation Administration stresses that 'a number of key tasks remain' before the Boeing 737 MAX can return to service

A Boeing 737 MAX jet comes in for a landing following a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington on June 29, 2020. - US regulators conducted the first a test flight of the Boeing 737 MAX on Monday, a key step in recertifying the jet that has been grounded for more than a year following two fatal crashes. A MAX aircraft took off from Boeing Field in Seattle at 1655 GMT, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said. (Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)

U.S. Supreme Court rejects key challenge to abortion rights

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The conservative-leaning court split 5-4 in the decision overruling a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital

U.S. fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 proceedings, which allow a company that is no longer able to repay its debt to restructure without pressure from creditors

ODESSA, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Trucks used in the fracking industry sit in a truck stop, many waiting for work, on February 4, 2015 in Odessa, Texas. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benifited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Hey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:45 PM

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the US president to stop using their songs

'Ugly schedule': Nadal wavers over US Open, Roland Garros

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Rafael Nadal finds the tennis restart schedule unrealistic while Andy Murray fears for the players’ safety

UNDECIDED. Rafael Nadal remains unsure if he’s going to defend his crowns in the US Open and French Open. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Taliban reject claims Russia aided fighters in attacks on U.S. troops

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:23 PM

Taliban also denies that its weapons were given by Russia

ATTACK. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017, US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. restricts visas for Chinese officials over Hong Kong

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:27 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US would restrict visas for unspecified current and former officials linked of the Chinese Communist Party 'who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong's freedoms'

CALL FOR FREEDOM. In this file photo, protesters march on a road during a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

U.S. income drops as CARES Act tapers but spending jumps

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Income in the United States falls 4.2% in May 2020, while spending grows 8.2%

SEEKING AID. People wait to receive food bank donations at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough in New York City on May 15, 2020. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images North America/AFP

In first, Iraq detains pro-Iran fighters accused of anti-U.S. rockets

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:04 PM

It is unclear which authority will be responsible for bringing to trial or sentencing the suspects

Iraqi security forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah as they prepare an operation aimed at retaking the city from the Islamic State (IS) group, on May 22, 2016.   Iraqi forces have in recent days been massing around Fallujah, a city which lies only 50 kilometres west of Baghdad and which has been out of government control since January 2014. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE