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FILE - People pass the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Wall Street is stalling on Friday, Aug. 7 as a whirlwind of worries about rising U.S-China tensions and whether Congress can deliver more aid for the economy threaten to halt its big run.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street stalls; S&P 500 drifts after 5-day win streak

Aug. 7, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street's big rally is stalling on Friday, despite a better-than-expected report on the U.S. job market, amid worries about rising U.S.-China tensions and whether Washington can deliver more aid for the economy. The S&P 500 was down 0.2% in afternoon trading, after wavering between...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Last-ditch virus aid talks; Trump team heads back to Capitol

Aug. 7, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders launched a last-ditch effort to revive collapsing Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money, summoning Trump administration negotiators to the Capitol on Friday in hopes of generating progress. Both sides said the future of the negotiations was uncertain after a...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo, a large video display reads

US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has weakened

Aug. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus has weakened hiring and the economic rebound. At any other time, hiring at that level would be seen as a blowout gain. But after employers shed a...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's McClellan Reload Base in Sacramento, Calif. As Newsom unveiled details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic, one of the state's two powerful teachers unions warned that reopening schools would be

The Latest: California tops 10,000 virus deaths, 3rd highest

Aug. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, making it the U.S. state with the third-highest deaths since the start of the pandemic. The figure was reported Friday by Johns Hopkins University, with 10,024 dead since the outbreak began in California in February. New...

FILE - In this March 1, 2017, file photo, then Elon Trustee Louis DeJoy is honored with Elon's Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Elon. N.C. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and union officials say the U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking worries ahead the anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections. Manchin on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 said he has received numerous reports from post offices and colleagues about service cuts or looming closures in West Virginia and elsewhere, prompting him to send a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy asking for an explanation. (Kim Walker/Elon University via AP, File)

Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

Aug. 7, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster general,...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren, left, speaks during a round table discussion at Silver Lane Elementary School, in East Hartford, Conn. Rosengren  on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 defended the central bank’s efforts to launch a Main Street lending program and said the small number of loans approved so far would likely expand by a significant amount in coming months, especially if the pandemic worsens.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, file)

Fed official defends slow start to Main Street loan program

Aug. 7, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official on Friday defended the central bank’s efforts to launch a Main Street lending program and said the small number of loans approved so far would likely expand by a significant amount in coming months, especially if the pandemic worsens. While the Fed...

FILE - In this May 6, 2020 file photo, a woman walks past a closed barber shop in Cleveland. Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection Program, which ends Friday, Aug. 7,  after giving out 5.1 million loans worth $523 billion.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Loan program ends, hard-hit businesses hope for 2nd chance

Aug. 7, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018 file photo, White House counsel Don McGahn, listens as he attends a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal appeals court in Washington has revived House Democrats’ lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before a congressional committee. But the court's action Friday left other legal issues unresolved with time growing short in the current Congress.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn's testimony

Aug. 7, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday revived House Democrats' lawsuit to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to appear before a congressional committee, but left other legal issues unresolved with time growing short in the current Congress. The full U.S. Court of...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020 file photo, vehicles circulate on Army Boulevard, on the second day of the reopening of the economy, three-months after a lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus in Soyapango, El Salvador. For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check, in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold by August. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

El Salvador political stalemate a drag on pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — For months, the strictest measures confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America seemed to keep infections in check in El Salvador, but a gradual reopening combined with a political stalemate has seen infections increase nearly fourfold. Other countries have seen...

Oregon lawmakers return to big deficit, police questions

Aug. 7, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will meet for its second special session of 2020 beginning Monday to try to fix a $1.2 billion revenue hole due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers predict the session could be completed within a day or two, that time frame could be lengthened...