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As Beirut Reels From Explosion and Protests, Countries Meet to Plan Aid

As Beirut Reels From Explosion and Protests, Countries Meet to Plan Aid

France, the U.S. and other countries are mobilizing to help rebuild Lebanon’s capital, a day after thousands of angry protesters took to the streets to demand justice for a deadly explosion they blame on years of poor governance. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a United Nations-backed virtual donor conference on Sunday that will seek…

Australia’s Victoria state reports its deadliest day of COVID-19 outbreak | CBC News

Australia's second-most populous state, Victoria, reported its deadliest day of the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, with 17 people dying, as police thwarted a planned anti-mask rally in the capital of Melbourne.A large police presence is seen in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. Officers arrested a number of people planning to take part in an anti-mask protest…
Spare a Moment for the Unpaid Tech Heroes of 2020

Spare a Moment for the Unpaid Tech Heroes of 2020

When my computer screen abruptly faded to black a few weeks ago, then started flashing an ominous question mark, I did what I’ve done since I was 19: bugged my friend Evan. He’s not an engineer or an information technology specialist. But he’s been into gadgets since our college days and radiates confidence to my…
As Beirut Reels From Explosion and Protests, Countries Meet to Plan Aid

As Beirut Reels From Explosion and Protests, Countries Meet to Plan Aid

France, the U.S. and other countries are mobilizing to help rebuild Lebanon’s capital, a day after thousands of angry protesters took to the streets to demand justice for a deadly explosion they blame on years of poor governance. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a United Nations-backed virtual donor conference on Sunday that will seek…
Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he’s reelected

Trump promises permanent cut to payroll tax funding Social Security and Medicare if he’s...

President Trump pledged on Saturday to pursue a permanent cut to the payroll taxes that fund Social Security and Medicare if he wins reelection in November, a hard-to-accomplish political gambit that some experts see as a major headache for the future of the country’s entitlement programs.Trump unexpectedly promised the policy action as he signed a…
Coronavirus Heightens Housing Insecurity for Black and Hispanic Populations

Coronavirus Heightens Housing Insecurity for Black and Hispanic Populations

Priscilla Williams has been luckier than many. Her job as public housing program coordinator pays a decent salary and can be done from home. But the coronavirus pandemic has still strained her finances—so much so that Ms. Williams, a 39-year-old Black woman, has exhausted her savings and is now about 2½ months behind on the…
To Some Investors, 10-Year Treasury Note Isn’t What It Was

To Some Investors, 10-Year Treasury Note Isn’t What It Was

For years, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note has been every investor’s touchstone. Now some people are saying they can’t trust its signals the way they once did. The yield on the benchmark U.S. government security, long a key economic barometer for financial markets around the world, barely budged in response to Friday’s better-than-expected jobs report.…
Companies Want Access to Your Medical Files to Speed Up Life Insurance Purchases

Companies Want Access to Your Medical Files to Speed Up Life Insurance Purchases

Americans who want to buy life-insurance policies but are turned off by the often slow-moving application process increasingly have an option for bypassing blood and urine samples. There is a catch. These customers will have to give life-insurance companies access to their private medical records. Doctors, hospitals and other health providers...

What social distancing? 250,000 bikers begin descending on South Dakota for 10-day festival

Thousands more maskless bikers have descended on a small town in South Dakota and crowded into bars ignoring social distancing rules.Bikers began arriving in Sturgis, South Dakota, Friday and continued to drive into the city on Saturday for one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world. The city of 7,000 usually sees an influx of…
Esper on aid to Lebanon after deadly Beirut blast: US doing ‘everything we can’

Esper on aid to Lebanon after deadly Beirut blast: US doing ‘everything we can’

Mark Esper: We still don't know what caused the Beirut explosionSecretary of Defense Mark Esper spoke with Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro about the Trump administration's plans to aid Lebanon in the aftermath of the Beirut blast, the escalating tension between the U.S. and China, the decision to withdraw American troops from Germany and more.The…