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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...

COVID-19 antibody testing and diagnostic testing are administered at a converted vehicle inspection station, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Local officials across Texas say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas passes 10,000 confirmed new virus cases in single day

Jul. 7, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 10,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day Tuesday for the first time, crossing a sobering milestone rarely seen since the pandemic first hit the U.S. in March. The record high of 10,028 new cases in Texas served as another alarming new measure of the swift...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020, file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, stands among supporters as he leaves his official residence of Alvorada palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro said Tuesday, July 7, he tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus's severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil's President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 7, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he has tested positive for the coronavirus after months of downplaying its severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. The 65-year-old right-wing populist who has been known to mingle in crowds without covering his...

Texas tries to recoup unemployment after overpaying Texans

Jul. 7, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas is attempting to recoup unemployment payments after mistakenly sending them to thousands of Texans amid the pandemic. The Texas Workforce Commission, an agency that oversees unemployment benefits, estimates that it overpaid by $32 million, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. The...

Rodano's staff member Mikayla Cook wears her mask at the Public Square business as she waits for the evening flow of customers, Monday, June 29, 2020. The bar/restaurant requires staff to all wear masks as well as taking digital temperatures of customers entering the establishment in Wilkes-Barre Pa. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Rising infections in southwest Pennsylvania prompt concern

Jul. 7, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Renewed pandemic restrictions appeared possible in southwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as virus infections in Pittsburgh and its border counties surged, driven in part by people frequenting bars and restaurants, according to health officials. Already, Allegheny County, where...

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Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Jul. 7, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the risks from the coronavirus pandemic but for political reasons. “They think it’s going to be good for them...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at the Georgia Cancer Center in Augusta, Ga., Thursday, July 2, 2020, as part of his

Georgia cases pass 100,000; Kemp beseeches local officials

Jul. 7, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — More than 100,000 Georgians have been confirmed to have coronavirus infections, as the number of people currently sick enough with COVID-19 to be hospitalized pushed past 2,000 on Tuesday. The milestones came as Gov. Brian Kemp urged local officials to join in his push for voluntary...

Cars line up for coronavirus testing at Hansen Dam Recreation Center, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bay Area counties back off indoor dining as virus surges

Jul. 7, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Indoor restaurants and outdoor bars in San Francisco will not open next week as planned, while in Santa Clara County officials plan to reopen hair and nail salons but will also hold off on indoor dining because of rising coronavirus infection rates. Despite the variations in what's...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to take pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert the money to private schools, California and four other states argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, July 7, 2020, against the Trump administration. Becerra and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the lawsuit, which was joined by Maine, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

States sue US department over virus relief funds for schools

Jul. 7, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to take pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools and divert the money to private schools, California and four other Democratic-led states argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Trump administration. California Attorney...

Tara Carlson poses for a photo outside her home in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Carlson pulled her kids out of summer camp at the last minute, losing $300 in deposits. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Missouri summer camp virus outbreak raises safety questions

Jul. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state's top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening. The outbreak happened anyway. An overnight summer camp in rural...