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US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes That Slowed Mail

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide. The judge called them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian…

‘Nothing Left in the Bucket’: Wildfire Resources Run Thin

(AP) – Firefighters battling the West Coast wildfires say this year’s blazes are some of the worst they have ever seen. They say the fires are taxing the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire fighting forces to…

Hurricane Sally Unleashes Flooding Along the Gulf Coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Sally has lumbered ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, with top winds of 105 mph. The coast is being pummeled with sideways rain and beach-covering storm surges. Sally’s northern eyewall raked…

US Outlines Sweeping Plan to Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is outlining a sweeping plan to make COVID-19 vaccines available for free to all Americans. But polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism across the country. In a report Wednesday to Congress and an…

Trump, Biden Face off on West Coast Wildfire, Climate Change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role. He reiterated his unfounded claim that poor forest management is…

Slow-Moving Hurricane Sally Carrying a Deluge to Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Storm-weary residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast are preparing for a new weather onslaught as Hurricane Sally churns toward them. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Sally is expected to reach the shore…

Us Remembers 9/11 as Pandemic Changes Tribute Traditions

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are commemorating 9/11 as a new national crisis in the form of the coronavirus pandemic reconfigures and divides anniversary ceremonies and a presidential campaign carves a path through the observances. In New York, victims’ relatives…

Us Layoffs Remain Elevated as Job Market’s Gains Weaken

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures…

Explosive Wildfires Across California Stoked by Fierce Winds

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires are raging unchecked across parts of the Western United States, and authorities say gusty winds could drive flames with new ferocity. Diablo winds in northern California and Santa Ana winds in the south are…

Bold Hopes for Virus Antibody Tests Still Unfulfilled

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coronavirus tests touted by President Donald Trump and his top officials to help reopen the economy are widely available, but predictions for their usefulness haven't panned out. The tests check the blood for antibodies that help fight…

Jobless Claims Fall to 881,000 but Layoffs Remain Elevated

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of laid-off Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to roughly 880,000 last week, a sign of possible improvement but the evidence that the viral pandemic keeps forcing many businesses to slash jobs. The latest figures,…

Biden Focuses on Schools and Pandemic, Then to Visit Kenosha

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- Joe Biden is traveling to Wisconsin on Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump, as the key swing state becomes the focal point for political debate over violence at protests. First, Biden is hammering Trump on…

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