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US Consumer Spending Sinks by Record 13.6% in Face of Virus

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession. Last month's spending decline was far worse than the revised...
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National Guard Called as Minneapolis Is Burning

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard on Thursday as looting broke out in St. Paul and a wounded Minneapolis braced for more violence after rioting over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody, reduced p...
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When COVID-19 Hit, Firebaugh United to Squash It

In early April, Firebaugh was a COVID-19 hot spot for positive cases and deaths. Now the west-side farming town of 8,300 people is being cited by Fresno County health officials as a success story.  "We're gonna continue what we're doing. We want to keep ...
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Trump Preparing Order Targeting Social Media Protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, two days after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets. Trump had threaten...
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