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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 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,...

Unemployment falls to 10.2% even as US job growth slowed to 1.8 million in July under pressure from pandemic

Aug. 7, 2020 8:32 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment falls to 10.2% even as US job growth slowed to 1.8 million in July under pressure from pandemic.
President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the Whirlpool Corporation facility in Clyde, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Trump is in Ohio to promote the economic prosperity that much of the nation enjoyed before the coronavirus pandemic and try to make the case that he is best suited to rebuild a crippled economy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

Aug. 6, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — President Donald Trump billed his trip to Ohio Thursday as a chance to promote economic recovery, but he quickly pivoted to a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God. Even for a president known for his blunt...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., joined by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

Aug. 6, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties are calling on the U.S. Postal Service to immediately reverse operational changes that are causing delays in deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic...

TVA rescinds decision to outsource technology jobs

Aug. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just days after President Donald Trump criticized the Tennessee Valley Authority for hiring foreign workers, the federally owned energy corporation announced Thursday it was rescinding a decision to lay off its in-house technology workers. The authority had been planning on...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020, file photo, partitions are installed between beds as work is performed to turn Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., into a 400-bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. When California was anticipating a spring surge in coronavirus cases it turned an old NBA arena and practice facility into a field hospital prepared to take hundreds of patients. They were told to expect 30 to 60 patients within the first few days, but only nine arrived over the next 10 weeks. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

State spent millions on arena hospital that saw 9 patients

Aug. 6, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors arrived at an arena-turned-medical center in Sacramento in mid-April and were told to prepare for 30 to 60 coronavirus patients to arrive within days. They spent the weekend working feverishly to get ready. State officials envisioned the cavernous Sleep Train Arena and an...

A chimpanzee holds an enrichment treat at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif., on April 14, 2020. Zoos and aquariums from Florida to Alaska are struggling financially because of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet animals still need expensive care and food, meaning the closures that began in March, the start of the busiest season for most animal parks, have left many of the facilities in dire financial straits. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Financially struggling zoos could be latest pandemic victims

Aug. 5, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Since the coronavirus pandemic began keeping visitors at home, the jaguars and chimpanzees at the Oakland Zoo have enjoyed the quiet, venturing out to areas of their exhibits they usually avoid. The bears and petting pigs miss the children, though, and are seeking more attention from...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with U.S. tech workers, before signing an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers

Aug. 3, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers. Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind Allegiant Stadium, new home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team, as it nears completion in Las Vegas. Officials in Nevada have declared

Officials declare Allegiant Stadium in Vegas almost complete

Jul. 31, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials declared “substantial completion" of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the NFL’s relocated Raiders. Friday has been the target date for completion since ground was broken in November 2017 for the...