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More Than 6.6 Million Applied for Unemployment Help Last Week

More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. A Labor Department report shows that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk…

Publix Offering Rent Relief for Businesses in Publix-Owned Shopping Centers

Publix announced Saturday that it’s offering rent relief to businesses operating in nearly 300 Publix-owned shopping centers. This, including 23 in Alabama, that have closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The relief package includes waiving rent for two months, as well as waiving payments for common area maintenance fees and taxes, regardless of the tenant’s access to other relief or…

Civil Rights Leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, Alabama Native, Dies at 98

Civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery delivers the keynote address at Clark Atlanta University’s fall convocation Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Atlanta. Lowery urged young people to vote at the event where a voter registration march was planned but canceled because of the weather. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Nationally-known civil rights leader Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has died at the…

President Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package, in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Trump has signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families…

Update: U.S. House to Vote Friday on Senate-Approved Aid Package

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Friday on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill that the Senate approved unanimously Wednesday night. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted the bill will pass the House with “strong bipartisan support.” The bill will bring aid to businesses, workers and health care systems struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, the unprecedented response to it,…

Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for new Coronavirus

Prince Charles & Camilla (Source: Clarence House) LONDON (AP) – Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new Coronavirus. The prince’s Clarence House office says the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. It says his wife Camilla has tested negative. The palace says Charles…

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

TOKYO (AP) – The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says the games will be held “no later than summer 2021” but they will…

Update: Tributes Pour in for Country Music Superstar Kenny Rogers

Tributes are coming in from across the music and entertainment world for country music superstar Kenny Rogers.  His family announced that he died last night at the age of 81. The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes…

Staff Member to Vice President Mike Pence Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has tested positive for coronavirus. Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller says the unidentified staff member did not have “close contact” to either the vice president or President Trump. MORE COVERAGE FROM CBS NEWS “Further contact tracing is being conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines,” Miller said. The case appears to be the first…

Target to Reduce Store Hours, Create Dedicated Shopping Hour for Vulnerable

To allow employees additional time for cleaning and restocking, Target announced Tuesday that the retail giant will reduce its store hours temporarily. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all Target stores will close by 9PM local time daily. All stores will continue to open at their regularly scheduled times. In addition, the retailer announced that it will introduce a dedicated shopping hour,…