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Children wearing face shields as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak sit spaced apart in individual tables at the Pereira Agustinho daycare, nursery school and pre-school, after it reopened amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Duque de Caxias, Monday, July 6, 2020. The city of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro’s metropolitan region, became on Monday the first Brazilian cities to resume in-person classes at private schools since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the nation's private school federation. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

First major Brazilian cities resume classes amid pandemic

Jul. 6, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

DUQUE DE CAXIAS, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian cities of Manaus in the Amazon rainforest and Duque de Caxias in Rio de Janeiro's metropolitan region on Monday resumed in-person classes at private schools, the first large cities to do so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both cities have been hard hit...

Earl Edwards, of Canton, Mass., works out on a piece of exercise equipment, Monday, July 6, 2020, at Answer is Fitness gym, in Canton. Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, and museums are among the businesses allowed to reopen in the state on Monday, under the third phase of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's coronavirus economic recovery plan. The rules don't apply to Boston, which is to move into phase three on July 13. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gyms, movie theaters allowed to reopen, but some don't

Jul. 6, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gyms and movie theaters were among the businesses allowed to reopen in Massachusetts Monday under the third phase of the governor's coronavirus economic recovery plan, but welcoming customers again isn't quite as easy as simply unlocking the doors. David Bramante, the owner of the independent...

New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

Jul. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities. The guidelines, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, provide additional pressure...

PawSox, strip club among recipients of coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

The minor league affiliate for MLB’s Boston Red Sox and an infamous Providence strip club are among nearly 2,500 companies in Rhode Island that were awarded emergency loans of more than $150,000 as part of Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus package to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, confers with Clay Britton, her chief attorney, before a meeting with legislative leaders about an executive order she issued to require people to wear masks in public, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says she's worried that if the state doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the state won't be able to reopen K-12 schools in August. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Record COVID-19 spike prompts warning from Kansas governor

Jul. 6, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas set a new record Monday for its worst two-week spike in reported coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, prompting its Democratic governor to issue a stern public warning meant to push the public and local officials in her red state into accepting masks in public as...

Nearly 12,000 Vermont businesses share over $1.1 billion

Jul. 6, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

Nearly 12,000 small businesses in Vermont shared a total of more than $1.1 billion in funding from a federal government lending program to keep small businesses open and workers employed amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday. The recipients...

Montana businesses receive $1.7B from federal rescue package

Jul. 6, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — More than 23,000 businesses and nonprofit organizations in Montana received loans from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, totaling over $1.7 billion, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

Jul. 6, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money from a federal program that probably softened job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited some politically connected firms. The Treasury Department’s...

Newly named Prime Minister Jean Castex, center right, and outgoing French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speak after the handover ceremony in Paris, Friday, July 3, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named Jean Castex, who coordinated France's virus reopening strategy, as the country's new prime minister as the country focuses on reviving an economy hard-hit by the pandemic and months of strict lockdown. (Thomas Samson, Pool via AP)

France: Macron ousts security chief after police protests

Jul. 6, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron ousted his top security official Monday following protests over police brutality, as part of a government shakeup aimed at focusing on France’s post-pandemic economic recovery for the remaining two years of Macron’s term. The man named as France's...

Theater union OKs 2 plans to return to post-virus live shows

Jul. 6, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The national labor union representing stage actors and managers has given the go-ahead for two Massachusetts theaters to resume theatrical performances, offering potential road maps for the national return to live performances. Actors’ Equity Association on Monday approved a one-man...