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Protesters rally against liability protections for employers relating to COVID-19 on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, outside the Legislature on the second day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City, Nev. Nevada's part-time Legislature concluded an emergency special session early Thursday, Aug. 6, after passing a slew of policies that address issues that have arisen amid the coronavirus pandemic and protests over systemic racism. (David Calvert/Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

Nevada lawmakers OK mail ballots, virus liability protection

Aug. 6, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — After Wednesday night hearings continued into Thursday morning, Nevada's part-time Legislature concluded an emergency special session called to address problems that have arisen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning over police abuses of Black people....

FILE - This Aug. 9, 2019 file photo, the logo for Uber appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Uber lost $1.78 billion in the second quarter of 2020 as the pandemic carved a gaping hole in its ride-hailing business, with millions of people staying home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Its food delivery business grew as more people ordered in, but that growing part of its business didn’t turn a profit.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Uber lost $1.8B in 2Q as riders stayed home and ordered in

Aug. 6, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Uber lost $1.78 billion in the second quarter as the pandemic carved a gaping hole in its ride-hailing business, with millions of people staying home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Its food delivery business grew as more people ordered in, but that growing part of its business...

A Fire Department official guards himself against the gusting winds of Tropical Storm Isaias, at Farmington Ave where a tree fell across wires and shut down the street for blocks in Plainville, Connecticut. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

More crews arrive in Connecticut, state probing utilities

Aug. 6, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hundreds of more crews from out of state were arriving in Connecticut on Thursday to help restore power to nearly 580,000 homes and businesses that remained in the dark after Tropical Storm Isaias, as state officials announced an investigation into electricity utilities amid mounting...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt has returned to his office following two weeks of isolating himself at home after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Stitt said in a statement on his Twitter page Monday, July 27, that he's “glad to be back in the saddle” and encouraged people to regularly wash their hands, socially distance and wear masks when social distancing isn't possible. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

The Latest: Oklahoma governor contracts COVID-19 from hugs

Aug. 6, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma governor spokesperson Charlie Hannema said Thursday that Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the nation to test positive for the coronavirus, was infected when he hugged two friends from Tulsa. At least one of the two men, whom Hannema did not identify, later tested...

FILE - This Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md.  New York’s attorney general is suing the National Rifle Association, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for personal benefit. The lawsuit filed Thursday, Aug. 6,  by Attorney General Letitia James followed an 18-month investigation into the NRA, which is a nonprofit group originally chartered in New York.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

Aug. 6, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

4 Ohio operatives plead not guilty in $60M bribery probe

Aug. 6, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four Ohio lobbyists and political operatives pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they conspired as part of what one defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants. Former Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and...

How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

Aug. 6, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Thursday after a report showed the pace of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. Technology and communication services stocks powered the rally, which extended the S&P 500's winning streak to a fifth day. The benchmark index is now...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The governor announced additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis and ordering state employees to complete implicit bias training as the state confronts what she called systemic inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic. She also created an advisory council of Black leaders. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)

Michigan mask requirement extended to day cares and camps

Aug. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday extended her mask requirement to include many children who attend day care and camps, saying the step is necessary to ensure that such facilities can remain open and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, child care centers and camps were...

FILE - A woman wearing a mask walks her dog past the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  Stocks are drifting in early trading on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 6,  after a report suggested that the number of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street perks up as S&P 500 pulls within 1.1% of record

Aug. 6, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks perked higher on Wall Street Thursday after a report showed the pace of layoffs across the country is slowing, though it remains incredibly high. The S&P 500 rose 21.39, or 0.6%, to 3,349.16, as investors also waited for Congress and the White House to reach a hoped-for deal on...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump, McConnell huddle; virus aid talks at risk of collapse

Aug. 6, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump huddled at the White House Thursday with the Senate's top Republican over a vital COVID-19 rescue package, but hopes on Capitol Hill for a deal were souring and there was increasing worry that GOP negotiations with Democrats might collapse. The impasse in the...