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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pauses as she testifies during a hearing of a House Appropriations Sub-Committee on the fiscal year 2021 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. Students returning from their unprecedented break from school could find themselves making up lost time in summer classes, or in the evening or on Saturday.  Administrators say everything is on the table as they begin to think beyond the immediate needs of teaching through the pandemic to measuring and making up for lost learning once the worst has passed.  DeVos has said she hopes schools will test students in the fall to gauge where they are academically, particularly because this spring's standardized tests that might have provided a barometer were canceled.    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic

Jul. 7, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic. Anything less, she says, would fail students and taxpayers. DeVos made the comments...

A visitor watches Le Baiser (The Kiss) by French sculptor Auguste Rodin in Paris Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The Musee Rodin is reopening this morning albeit with a worrying loss of visitors and income caused by the four-months closure. Museum director, Catherine Chevillot, estimates the loss incurred by the crisis to be around 4.4 million euros (4.9 US dollars). and alleviated by the 1.4 million euro sales of bronze editions of Rodin statues. The museum doesn't sell Rodin statue originals but can sell 12 bronze replica editions of each of them, as it has been for 100 years. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Latest: WHO official watching for rise in virus deaths

Jul. 7, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

The emergencies chief of the World Health Organization says the coronavirus is continuing to gain pace globally. Noting the marked increase in the number of confirmed cases being reported in the past five or six weeks, he warned that a spike in deaths could be soon to follow. “In April and May, we were...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden puts on a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Jul. 7, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil," creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak. The presumptive...

Montana virus infections hit new high as nursing home hit

Jul. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings nursing home said 58 residents and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility has been put under quarantine, as Montana on Tuesday reported its highest daily total of confirmed infections since the pandemic began. Residents and staff of Canyon Creek...

Louisiana senator calls on schools to cancel fall athletics

Jul. 7, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's K-12 public schools should cancel student athletics for the fall semester because of the risks stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, chairman of the state Senate's education committee said ahead of next week's state school board meeting. Sen. Cleo Fields, a Baton Rouge...

North Carolina Mountain State Fair canceled due to COVID-19

Jul. 7, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

FLETCHER, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's agriculture commissioner announced Tuesday that the 2020 Mountain State Fair has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The fair was scheduled to take place from Sept. 11-20 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Commissioner Steve...

FILE - This June 30, 2020, file photo, shows the facade of the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. stocks are dipping modestly in early trading Tuesday, July 7, 2020, as expanding coronavirus outbreaks dim hopes for a speedy recovery. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Most stocks slink back after strong rally, except for tech

Jul. 7, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Most of Wall Street is slipping in midday trading on Tuesday, giving back some of the big gains made the past couple weeks, but a handful of tech giants bucked the trend and kept the market's losses in check. Seven out of 10 stocks in the S&P 500 were dropping, and the index was 0.1%...

Michigan authorizes $115M for businesses hurt by pandemic

Jul. 7, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s economic development board on Tuesday authorized a $115 million grant program for small businesses, nonprofits, farms and agricultural processors hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Entities can start applying July 15. The state will disburse the funding — a...

Emiratis wearing face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic work on the floor of the Dubai Financial Market in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Dubai reopened its Dubai Financial Market stock exchange Tuesday after closing its floor due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

COVID-19 vaccine candidates secure funds; Lysol gets EPA nod

Jul. 7, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ FOOD & SHOPPING: — Overall retail sales are expected to...

Editorial Roundup:

Jul. 7, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

South Bend Tribune. July 2, 2020. St. Joseph County health officials make the right call on masks This week, in the midst of a pandemic that shows no signs of going away any time soon, St. Joseph County public health officials made a common-sense, responsible, science-based decision. They extended the...