Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

Thousands of bikers are pouring into the small South Dakota city of Sturgis as the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rumbles to life despite fears it could lead to a massive coronavirus outbreak By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press August 7, 2020, 7:50 PM 5 min read STURGIS, S.D. — Thousands of bikers poured into the small […]

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Children Vulnerable to Abuse Are Imperiled as Caseworkers Stay Home

TOLLHOUSE, Calif. — In February, the child abuse hotline for Tollhouse, a small community in the Central Valley, received the first of several tips raising urgent concerns about the well-being of twin infant boys. Child welfare workers quickly concluded that the infants, just 2 days old, were at grave risk. When they visited the mother, […]

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Missing sailors rescued from Pacific island after SOS signal spotted in the sand

Three men were rescued from a small, uninhabited Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand, the Australian Department of Defense said on Monday. The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago near the Philippines for three days before their internationally recognized distress signal, which originated from Morse code, was spotted […]

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Egypt faces reckoning over sex crimes as ‘Assault Police’ page is shut down

WARNING: ALLEGATIONS BELOW MAY BE DISTURBING Farah Radwan, a 27-year-old small business owner, was walking down the street in Cairo when she said a man stepped in front of her. “You get people who are aggressive and that’s when it gets dangerous… I’m embarrassed to be Egyptian,” Radwan told Fox News. Before long, more than […]

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Nation’s top CEOs sign letter calling for urgent small businesses aid

Many small businesses across the country face near-certain catastrophe if they do not receive Federal aid soon, a Monday letter signed by some of the biggest names in business claims. Mom and pop shops face “a wave of permanent closures” by Labor Day if the government doesn’t step in with a comprehensive recovery program, according […]

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Australia-bound plane was so packed with cocaine it crashed after takeoff: police

A small plane bound for Australia crashed shortly after takeoff in Papua New Guinea last week – partially because it was weighed down by $80 million worth of cocaine stowed as cargo. Five men who are members of a Melbourne-based crime syndicate were arrested in Australia and charged with conspiring to import 500 kilograms, or […]

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Jimmy Butler on why he wanted to wear a nameless jersey in Heat win vs. Nuggets | NBA on ESPN

Miami Heat small forward Jimmy Butler breaks down his team’s win vs. the Denver Nuggets. Butler also discusses his decision to wear a nameless jersey, only to have an official blow a whistle before tip-off so he could switch to one that says his last name. #NBA #Heat ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the […]

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Small business loan program rife with potential fraud, watchdog says

Suspected fraudsters have infiltrated a loan program meant to help small businesses weather the coronavirus crisis — and the feds are letting them slip through, a watchdog warned. The Small Business Administration’s inspector general has received more than 5,000 complaints from lenders about suspected fraud in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, which offers aid […]

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California Indian tribe gets back Big Sur ancestral lands

A Native American tribe has reclaimed a small part of ancestral lands on California’s scenic Big Sur coast that were lost to Spanish colonial settlement nearly 250 years ago. The Esselen Tribe of Monterey County closed escrow on 1,199 acres (485 hectares) about 5 miles (8 kilometers) inland from the ocean that was part of […]

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Vermont city hit hard by news of immigration furloughs

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Word has spread swiftly around the small working-class city of St. Albans about looming furloughs at its U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services center, the largest employer in the city that just went through layoffs at its hospital. USCIS has warned that if it doesn’t receive $1.2 billion by Aug. 3, it […]

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Plane With Six Aboard Crashes Into Backyard in Utah City

A small plane with six aboard crashed in a residential section of a city in Utah on Saturday afternoon, sending a fireball hundreds of feet into the air, an official said. The official, Officer Jennifer Worthen, a spokeswoman for the West Jordan Police Department, said the crash caused “multiple injuries and possible casualties” but she […]

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Small plane crashes into Utah neighborhood; multiple injured

Authorities say multiple people were injured when a small airplane crashed in a suburban Salt Lake City neighborhood on Saturday By The Associated Press July 25, 2020, 11:36 PM 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WEST JORDAN, Utah — Multiple people were injured when a small airplane crashed in a Salt […]

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Fight for police-free schools has been years in the making

The group of protesters started out small, just a handful of students who told officials at school board meetings why they wanted police out of Madison, Wisconsin, schools. Over four years, their numbers grew but not their results. So they took to yelling from the audience and making emotional pleas about how police make students, […]

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Republicans ditch coronavirus payroll tax cut, haggle over unemployment payments

© Reuters. House Small Business Committee in Washington, DC By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republican leaders and White House officials tried to hammer out a proposal for a fresh round of coronavirus aid on Thursday, which officials said will not include a payroll tax cut and could reduce an enhanced unemployment benefit. […]

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Draft Republican plan for U.S. coronavirus relief has more direct payments: aide

© Reuters. House Small Business Committee in Washington, DC WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Republicans plan to propose another round of direct payments to Americans in the next coronavirus relief bill, a senior aide said on Thursday, as the White House urged Republican lawmakers to get a $1 trillion relief package out quickly. The draft […]

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Mnuchin says no payroll tax cut in coronavirus relief bill

© Reuters. House Small Business Committee in Washington, DC WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday the White House is interested in getting a trillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill out quickly and will not include the payroll tax cut long sought by President Donald Trump. Mnuchin also said the White House was […]

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New Treatment for Covid-19 Shows Promise, but Scientists Urge Caution

LONDON — A small study of hospitalized Covid-19 patients in Britain has identified a promising new treatment for the illness, a British biotechnology company said on Monday, with initial results showing that an inhaled form of a commonly available drug can reduce the odds of patients requiring intensive care. But the trial, which sent shares […]

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Engine maker Briggs & Stratton files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy

Briggs & Stratton Corp., billed as the world’s largest manufacturer of small gas engines, has filed for bankruptcy protection citing challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic By The Associated Press July 20, 2020, 3:22 PM 2 min read WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Briggs & Stratton Corp., billed as the world’s largest manufacturer of small gas engines, […]

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‘We really need help’: Coronavirus overwhelms rural Oregon

Heather Griggs presses a phone to her ear in a makeshift office in the small brick courthouse that once served as a jail in rural Pendleton, a place best known for its annual rodeo. Her assured tone masks her exhaustion when she tells the person on the other end that they may have been exposed […]

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Treasury’s Mnuchin open to blanket forgiveness for smaller business relief loans

© Reuters. House Small Business Committee in Washington, DC By Pete Schroeder and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday policymakers should consider blanket forgiveness for all smaller businesses that received “Paycheck Protection Program” loans. Mnuchin told lawmakers that they should consider such an approach to reduce complexity, coupled with […]

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Coronavirus forced job cuts at a third of small businesses

A third of the world’s small businesses slashed jobs as the coronavirus ate into their sales and forced many to shut down, a new survey shows. The figures released Tuesday detail a bleak landscape for small merchants around the globe as they grapple with COVID-19 and the massive economic crisis it has caused. Some 33 […]

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‘Coming Out of the Woodwork’: Black Lives Matter in Small-Town America

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Nikki Wilkerson was used to thinking of herself as the “small brown girl” growing up in rural Pennsylvania. She has been eyed skeptically while out shopping and questioned by the police for no clear reason at all. But she had resigned herself to keeping quiet about racism, which her white friends never […]

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‘Star Wars’ animated series ‘The Bad Batch’ coming to Disney+

A new animated “Star Wars” series is imperial marching its way towards the small screen. Disney Plus has issued a series order for “Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” a spinoff of the popular “Clone Wars” series, Variety has confirmed. This new show, which is slated to launch on Disney Plus sometime in 2021, hails from Lucasfilm […]

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Trump Rally Postponed, Campaign Says, Citing Weather

WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing concerns about President Trump attracting only small crowds at his re-election events, officials said Friday that his campaign was postponing a planned rally for the following evening in Portsmouth, N.H., citing safety concerns associated with an incoming tropical storm. The rally was set for an outdoor space in an airport hangar, […]

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