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FILE - In this Sunday, April 2, 2017, file photo, Tim McGraw, left, and Faith Hill arrive at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected. A Nashville, Tenn., company called “Road Dog Touring, Inc.” was approved for a small business loan of $2 million to $5 million. The company owns the official website for country singer Tim McGraw, timmccgraw.com, and a joint official site with his wife, Faith Hill, timandfaith.com. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Kanye West? Tim McGraw? Girl Scouts? All got PPP loans

Jul. 7, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected. Clothing lines by...

FILE - Hot air balloons are inflated during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, file)

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

Jul. 6, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected. Kanye West's...

FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue.  Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Social media companies face revenue hit from boycotts

Jul. 2, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue. Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion. Both already faced...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden team putting together list of Black female court picks

Jun. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that his team is putting together a list of potential options for his first Supreme Court nominee, which he has already pledged will be a Black woman. “We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, Barber Mike McAndrew holds a mirror as customer Rob Verrastro looks at his new haircut at Three Saints Barbershop and Shave Parlor in Jessup, Pa. Restaurants, retailers and salons are desperately trying to stay afloat as the U.S. economy reopens in fits and starts after months in a coronavirus lockdown. But billions of dollars allocated by Congress as a lifeline to those very businesses are about to be left on the table when the government's Paycheck Protection Program stops accepting applications for loans Tuesday, June 29. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)

Billions of dollars in aid for small businesses go unclaimed

Jun. 29, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billions of dollars offered by Congress as a lifeline to small businesses struggling to survive the pandemic are about to be left on the table when a key government program stops accepting applications for loans. Business owners and advocacy groups complain that the money in the Paycheck...

In this image made from video and released by the advocacy group Reconnect, Rayshard Brooks speaks during an interview about five months before an Atlanta police officer shot and killed him in earlier June 2020, in Atlanta. In the video interview with Reconnect, Brooks talked openly of his prison time. He described a cycle of job rejection and shame. He talked of a system that takes millions of Americans, many of them Black like him, away from their families and treats them more like animals than individuals. (Reconnect via AP)

Rayshard Brooks struggled in system but didn't hide his past

Jun. 26, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Rayshard Brooks didn’t hide his history. About five months before he was killed by Atlanta police in a Wendy’s parking lot — before his name and case would become the latest rallying point in a massive call for racial justice and equality nationwide — Brooks gave...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, the social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store in Chicago.  On Wednesday, July 17, 2020, Several civil-rights and other advocacy groups are calling on large advertisers to stop Facebook ad campaigns during July 2020 because they say the social network isn’t doing enough to curtail racist and violent content on its platform. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Verizon joins ad boycott of Facebook over hateful content

Jun. 25, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Verizon is joining an escalating movement to siphon advertising away from Facebook in an effort to pressure the company into doing more to prevent racist and violent information from being shared on its social networking service. The decision announced Thursday by one of the world's...

Jamaal Bowman, who is running against Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., speaks during his primary-night party Tuesday, June. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

The Latest: Primary race for Engel's seat too early to call

Jun. 24, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a handful of primary elections across the United States (all times local): 1:30 a.m. The Democratic primary in New York’s 16th Congressional District is too early to call. As of 1 a.m. ET on Wednesday, challenger Jamaal Bowman had roughly 61% of the counted vote....

In this Saturday, June 13, 2020, photo, a man cycles past a mural in Guadalupe, Ariz. As the coronavirus spreads deeper across America, it's ravaging through the homes and communities of Latinos from the suburbs of the nation's capital to the farm fields of Florida to the sprawling suburbs of Phoenix and countless communities in between. (AP Photo/Matt York)

COVID-19 is ravaging America's vulnerable Latino communities

Jun. 19, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

GUADALUPE, Ariz. (AP) — A Hispanic immigrant working at a fast-food restaurant in North Carolina is rushed to the hospital after she contracts COVID-19. A sickened Honduran woman in Baltimore with no health insurance or immigration status avoids the doctor for two weeks and finally takes a cab to the...

Delegates are seen prior to the vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, June 19, 2020. The U.N.’s top human rights body has voted unanimously to commission a U.N. report on systemic racism and discrimination against blacks. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photo via AP)

UN rights body to report on racism after Floyd killing

Jun. 19, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body agreed unanimously Friday to commission a U.N. report on systemic racism and discrimination against black people while stopping short of ordering a more intensive investigation singling out the United States after the death of George Floyd sparked...