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S&P 500 ticks higher to record, powered again by tech stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 ticked higher to close at another all-time high Friday, powered by strength for technology stocks and a couple reports on the U.S. economy that were better than expected. The benchmark index rose 11.65 points, or 0.3%, to 3,397.16, even though the majority of stocks in the index weakened. […]

Wall Street ticks up, adding a bit more to S&P 500’s record

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ticking higher on Wall Street Wednesday, adding a bit more to the S&P 500’s record in another morning of muted moves for the market. The S&P 500 was up 0.2%, a day after it wiped out the last of its losses created by the pandemic and surpassed its Feb. […]

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus?

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus? No. While mosquitoes can spread some diseases, most notably malaria, experts say COVID-19 is not among them. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has no data to suggest the coronavirus is spread by either mosquitoes or ticks. COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through […]

Nationals in a hole, and this year they’re short on time

For a second straight season, the Washington Nationals are off to an awful start. There may be no coming back from this one. A 10-3 loss to Atlanta on Sunday dropped the Nationals to 14-25 on the season. Washington famously started 19-31 last year before going on to win the World Series. In this shortened […]

For most NYC students, back to school but not the classroom

NEW YORK (AP) — Monday’s return to New York City schools wasn’t the one anyone planned for. For most, it wasn’t a return at all. Only pre-kindergarten and some special education students ended a six-month absence from school buildings after a last-minute decision to postpone, for the second time, plans to be among the first […]

Parents of children with autism push for reduced penalty for assaulting police

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)- The mother of an adult son with autism is among those supporting a bill to change the penalty for assaulting a law enforcement officer in Virginia. The same legislation has been criticized by some who fear lessening the stakes sends the wrong message about how the public should treat police. The bill […]

Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

PARIS (AP) — Struggling to contain resurgent virus infections, European leaders decried a collective failure to vanquish the pandemic and told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that the time has come for countries to reinvent international cooperation. This year’s unusual work-from-home General Assembly — with leaders communicating only in prerecorded speeches — comes as […]

Pandemic overwhelms Trump’s message in critical N. Carolina

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is fighting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, howling with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and warning that violent mobs are infiltrating the suburbs. But on a recent morning along Arbor Street, a peaceful tree-lined road with stately brick Colonials and Tudors near Winston-Salem, the women who are […]

Child care crisis pushes US mothers out of the labor force

NEW YORK (AP) — Angela Wynn had just launched her own project management business, hitting a career stride after years of struggle that began with earning an undergraduate degree as a single mother. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, forcing many schools to shift online. The now-married mother of five saw little choice but to give […]

Biden friend Sen. Coons to elevate faith on convention stage

Chris Coons is cut from the same cloth as Joe Biden in many ways: He occupies the same Senate seat from Delaware that Biden held for 36 years, is a Democrat known for seeking bipartisan collaboration where possible and is open about his faith’s influence on his life. When Coons speaks to the Democratic National […]

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