Andrew Cuomo: NY schools can reopen for in-person classes

All school districts across the state of New York are cleared to open, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference by phone. Schools in New York and around the country closed in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state become a global epicenter early on, but has since lowered infection rates sufficiently. […]

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Go ahead and laugh, but maybe the Bears’ approach to COVID-19 will help during the season

Bears coach Matt Nagy said the Bears might have an advantage this season because of the way they have approached COVID-19. | Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The teams that stay healthiest during the pandemic will have a big leg up in 2020. These are strange times for everybody but perhaps strangest for NFL coaches, […]

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Pelosi says Democrats willing to compromise at $2T for coronavirus bill, rejected by Trump admin

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats were willing to compromise at $2 trillion for the fourth coronavirus stimulus package, but that the Trump administration rejected their offer. Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that Democrats have been “mightily trying to find common ground.” KUDLOW BELIEVES TRUMP WILL USE EXECUTIVE ACTION FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF “We’ll take […]

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Portland mayor ‘finally’ coming around to condemning ‘anarchists’ attacking courthouse, says acting CBP commissioner

The mayor of Portland is “finally” coming around on condemning violent riots in the city, said acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan on Friday. “He’s saying the exact same thing that I’ve been saying with the respect to the federal building that these thugs, these criminals, these anarchists were doing to the federal courthouse,” Morgan […]

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Trump claims Biden ‘no longer worthy of the Black Vote’ in wake of diversity comment

President Trump on Friday said his presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden “is no longer worthy of the Black Vote,” after the former vice president made comments contrasting African American and Latino diversity. “After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!” Trump tweeted Friday morning. Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted: “Sleepy […]

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No Fans, Fewer Workers. How Hard Could Holding Races at Silverstone Be?

“Like nailing jelly to a wall,” said Stuart Pringle, managing director of Silverstone Circuits, on the difficulties of holding two grands prix on consecutive weekends and doing it under the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The back-to-back races are part of Formula 1’s new schedule after the sport had to create a race […]

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New York teachers’ unions demand ‘immediate closure’ of schools over a single coronavirus case

New York teachers’ unions this week said that just one positive case of COVID-19 in a school should prompt an “immediate closure” for 14 days, as the groups roll out their proposals for the fall 2020 semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. The New York State United Teachers and the United Federation of Teachers this week urged the state […]

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UK’s Sunak: BoE forecasts show improvement, but hardship lies ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday the Bank of England’s new economic forecasts represented an improvement on the old ones, but he acknowledged that they show hardship lies ahead. On Thursday the BoE said the economy would not recover its pre-pandemic size until the end of 2021, slightly later than […]

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AMC revenues plummet in ‘most challenging quarter’ in 100 years

AMC Entertainment, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, said it lost half a billion dollars in the second quarter, making it the company’s worst quarter since it was founded in 1920. The chain, which was forced to close cinemas across the nation as the coronavirus swept the nation in March, said it swung to a […]

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NFL legend Brett Favre says Trump golf outing was ‘an honor,’ praises president’s skills

Legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre said Thursday that it was “an honor” to become the latest sports star to play a round of golf with President Trump late last month. Trump invited Favre to tee off at his National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on July 25. A three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, Favre said the […]

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Uber’s food delivery business doubles as ride demand crushed amid COVID-19

Uber Technologies Inc said demand for its food delivery service more than doubled in the second quarter as many users remained largely homebound, while demand for ride-hailing trips was only marginally recovering from pandemic rock bottom. The company said that despite those larger challenges it is sticking to its goal of being profitable on an […]

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Biden wouldn’t block Trump’s prosecution if the Justice Department pursued it

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that if he were to beat President Trump in November, he would not block an attempt from the Justice Department to prosecute the former president. Biden said that while the act against a former U.S. president would be “very, very unusual” and “not very … good for democracy,” he […]

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New York suing to dissolve NRA is ‘one of the dumbest mistakes’ you can make in election year: Ari Fleischer

The New York attorney general is “one of the most partisan figures,” said Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer on Thursday, as he criticized Letitia James’ move to try to dissolve the National Rifle Association. “This is how an office gets politicized. On the merits of this, there are always two sides to a lawsuit. Let’s see what […]

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Michelle Obama Says She Is Dealing With ‘Low-Grade Depression’

Michelle Obama said this week that she was experiencing “low-grade depression” and seemed to suggest that it was because of a combination of quarantine, racial unrest and the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic. In the second episode of her new podcast, which was released on Wednesday, Mrs. Obama, the former first lady, told the […]

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At least 20 Senate Republicans won’t vote for coronavirus stimulus deal: congressman

Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, said Wednesday that at least 20 Senate Republicans will not vote for a fresh coronavirus stimulus deal. Congress has stalled on a new deal to get money into the hands of Americans for weeks as states across the country continue to battle COVID-19 and severe unemployment; the Trump administration has said if […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci calls Brad Pitt’s Emmy nod for ‘SNL’ portrayal ‘surreal’

Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s “surreal” that his favorite actor Brad Pitt earned an Emmy nod for portraying him on “Saturday Night Live” — but he won’t be joining the star on stage if he wins. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, laughed when asked about Pitt’s nomination for his […]

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Sanders says he wants to tax billionaires’ ‘obscene’ wealth earned during coronavirus pandemic

Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will introduce legislation that taxes the “obscene wealth gains” of billionaires during the coronavirus pandemic. Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, wrote in a series of tweets on Wednesday evening that he planned to target the profits billionaires have made since the virus-induced crisis began in mid-March. The Vermont independent proposed imposing […]

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NY AG Letitia James to make ‘major national announcement’

New York Attorney General Letitia James said she will drop big news at an event Thursday morning. James, in an email that was shared online by a CBS reporter, said Wednesday night that she will “make a major national announcement” without going into further detail. It will be held at the New York attorney general’s office in Manhattan. The […]

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Trump says Sally Yates ‘lying or grossly incompetent’ on Comey testimony

President Trump said former deputy attorney general Sally Yates was either “lying or grossly incompetent” hours after she testified in front of a Senate panel over the FBI’s Russia investigation. “It is not possible she could have known so little about Dirty Cop James Comey (and others) from her high position in the Department of […]

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China condemns US decision to send senior official to Taiwan

China condemned the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services’ scheduled visit to Taiwan Wednesday, and said that “China firmly opposes any official interactions between the US and Taiwan.” “We urge the U.S. to adhere to the one-China principle and the three joint communiques, stop making official interactions of any kind with Taiwan, handle Taiwan-related issues prudently and […]

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Trump says he’ll listen to both sides on Alaska mine project

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would “listen to both sides” after his eldest son and a campaign adviser urged him to intervene to block a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday agreed with a tweet from Nick Ayers, a former aide to Vice President Mike […]

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Biden says border wall construction will stop if he’s elected president

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that while he won’t tear down President Trump’s much-touted wall along the United States’ southern border with Mexico, he also won’t continue construction of the barrier if he’s elected president in November. “There will not be another foot of wall construction in my administration,” Biden said during an […]

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Can Bears turn adversity into prosperity?

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he likes the way his team has responded to the awkward 2020 offseason that has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. “We’ve become even tighter,” he said. | Tim Boyle/Sun-Times Media Matt Nagy is hoping the Bears’ diligent approach in managing the challenges presented by COVID-19 restrictions will give […]

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‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ review: Heavy-handed, but Johnny Depp sure is scary

There are a handful of novels said to be fundamentally unfilmable, “A Confederacy of Dunces,” “Lolita” and “Dune” among them. Many of them have, of course, been made into films anyway. I’d nominate “Waiting for the Barbarians” for that list after seeing Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s 1980 novel, even with the […]

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Discovery to launch new streaming service as profit falls 71 percent

Discovery, home of “90 Day Fiancé” and Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” said Wednesday that it plans to launch a new streaming service as the coronavirus took a bite out of its second-quarter income. The broadcasting giant, which owns channels TLC, Food Network and HGTV, plans to launch a new, subscription-based streaming service that […]

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